Suzanne M. Wallach

PsyD, LMFT

Dr. Wallach is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Ottawa University in 2002, her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Phillips Graduate University in 2008, and her Doctorate in Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2014.



B.A. Psychology

Ottawa University



Master’s Degree

Phillips Graduate University



Doctorate

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Dr. Wallach works mainly from a psychodynamic perspective, using Object Relations and Attachment Theory as well as existential, dialectic and cognitive interventions as needed to help patients dealing with substance abuse, behavioral addictions, eating disorders, complex trauma and personality disorders. Her pre-licensure training was completed at the LA Free Clinic and at CalFAM Counseling Center in Encino as an MFT Trainee, followed up by three years as an MFT intern at The Maple Counseling Center in Beverly Hills, a regionally recognized and respected psychodynamic training center.

The Maple Counseling Center

MFT Intern

EMDRIA

Certification in EMDR

Psychoanalytic Center of California

Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program

Linehan Institute DBT Intensive Training for Private Practice Clinicians

Behavioral Tech

Dr. Wallach was trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) by one of the world’s leading EMDR clinicians, Andrew Leeds of Sonoma Psychotherapy Training Institute. She is an EMDRIA certified EMDR therapist, which means that she has completed an EMDRIA approved training in EMDR, and completed hundreds of hours in sessions and consultations beyond what is required for basic training in EMDR.

Dr. Wallach is also trained in Trauma Resiliency Model (Level 1), and has completed the Psychoanalytic Center of California’s Adult Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Program. Dr. Wallach has completed a 2 year intensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy for independent practitioners at The Linehan Institute in Seattle, Washington. This training is the only comprehensive DBT training in the nation supervised by Marsha Linehan, PhD, the original developer of DBT.

Prior to working in her private practice, she served as a Staff Therapist at an inpatient drug and alcohol treatment center in Beverly Hills. While there, Dr. Wallach worked on a number of highly complex cases, treating high acuity addicts of all kinds as well as clients with behavioral addictions. She also ran Relapse Prevention and Client Process groups. Dr. Wallach is an active member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) and EMDR International Association (EMDRIA).

Lindsay Estrada

MA, LMFT

Program Director / Staff Therapist

Lindsay is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.  She has a passion for helping others on their journey to heal and grow, and believes that each person is different, and thus requires individualized care to support them. Lindsay believes that the relationship is the most important and healing aspect of therapy, so she takes great care in treating her clients with authenticity, honesty, and compassion. Lindsay comes to each client with a compassionate heart and open ears, and she hopes that each person is able to create a life worth living.

Lindsay holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from California State University, Long Beach, and a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy, from Pepperdine University, Graduate School of Education and Psychology.  Additionally, Lindsay has complete Behavioral Tech’s Foundational Training in DBT, and is deepening her training as a DBT team member, primary therapist and DBT skills group leader in Dr. Wallach’s comprehensive DBT program.

Lindsay approaches therapy from a humanistic and experiential foundation and places importance in the relational aspect of therapy to foster personal growth and healing in individuals. Lindsay has extensive experience working with substance abuse, trauma, personality disorders, anxiety, and depression, and she is also skilled in treating other mood, thought, and behavioral disorders. Lindsay also assists with skill building interventions drawn from Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction to encourage independence and enhance self-efficacy.

Lindsay has previously worked with addiction and co-occurring disorders in Residential, Intensive Outpatient, and Outpatient settings, in both non-profit and private-sectors as a Primary Therapist. In her role as Primary Therapist, Lindsay coordinated care and treatment of acute cases of addiction and mental health disorders. Lindsay has not only provided individual, couples, and family therapy, but she has also run psychoeducational, process, and skills building groups on a multitude of subjects.  Lindsay is an active member of the California Association and Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT).

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Rachel Jones

MA, LMFT

Staff Therapist

Rachel is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and understands therapy as a collaborative process that allows trust and authenticity to foster insight and growth, exploring how the past informs the present. She practices from a psychodynamic perspective and uses humanistic, CBT, and DBT interventions to support self-efficacy and increase effective coping. She specializes in treating adults, adolescents, and children seeking support around LGBTQ+ identity and clinical issues, anxiety disorders, substance abuse, behavioral addictions, complex trauma, and personality disorders.

Rachel received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University Los Angeles, specializing in LGBT Affirmative Psychotherapy, and her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Pepperdine University. Before her work as an MFT, Rachel worked as a counselor in residential treatment centers and transitional living facilities for adults and adolescents with substance use disorders, behavioral addictions, PTSD, and co-occurring disorders. She completed her graduate school practicum training at Being Alive Los Angeles, focusing on anxiety disorders, substance use disorders, complex trauma, and HIV-related clinical issues. Rachel also worked at Cedar-Sinai’s Center for the Study of Young People, training in crisis intervention strategies for adolescents and pre-adolescents struggling with suicidal ideation, non-suicidal self-injury, abuse, and trauma. She completed her pre-licensure training as an MFT Associate under Dr. Wallach’s mentorship, strengthening her experience in working with personality disorders, addiction, and trauma. Rachel continues to deepen her DBT experience as a team member, skills group leader, and primary therapist within the Comprehensive DBT Program.

In addition to her clinical experience, Rachel has completed specialized trainings in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), and the Oaklander Model. While under Dr. Wallach’s mentorship, Rachel studied Comprehensive DBT through the Linehan Institute’s Behavioral Tech. She trained in CBT for anxiety disorders through the Beck Institute, focusing on generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Rachel has also completed training in Dr. Violet Oaklander’s approach to Gestalt-based play therapy for children and adolescents––a unique model focusing on the safety and development of the child-therapist relationship, nurturing the child’s sense of sense, and increasing the child’s safe and healthy emotional expression using creative, expressive, and projective modalities.

Outside of clinical work, she is an author and course presenter for The Affirmative Couch, an organization providing affirmative training for therapists and empowers LGBTQQIAPK+ communities with information and access to affirmative providers. Rachel is an active member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) and the Lesbian and Gay Psychotherapy Association of Southern California (LAGPA).

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Molly Ackerly

MA, LCSW

Staff Therapist

 

Molly is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She uses a warm, collaborative, and non-judgmental approach to therapy and believes in enhancing individual strengths to help her clients reach their goals. Molly specializes in providing Dialectical Behavior Therapy to adults and adolescents seeking support for mood disorders, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, personality disorders, substance abuse, and trauma. She also uses a variety of evidenced-based treatments including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Mindful Self-Compassion. She has special interest in life transitions, relationship issues, and fostering emotional expression through creativity and art.

Molly holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from Columbia University in New York with a specialty in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from George Washington University. While at Columbia University, Molly completed the DBT Training Program and Lab under the supervision of Dr. André Ivanoff, president of Behavioral Tech. Molly completed her intensive DBT training in 2016 with Randy Wolbert & Gwen Abney-Cunningham at Columbia University. Additionally, Molly has completed trainings in Mindful Self-Compassion with Kristen Neff & Chris Germer, Family Connections Leadership with Alan Fruzzetti, DBT for Adolescents, Young Adults and Families with Alec Miller, Case Conceptualization & DBT Adherence with Emily Cooney, Complicated Grief Treatment (CGT), Motivational Interviewing, Prolonged Exposure Therapy with Edna Foa, and cognitive behavioral advanced clinical methods.

Molly has seven years of experience working in Residential, Partial Hospitalization, and Outpatient settings as a Primary Therapist. As a Primary Therapist, Molly coordinated care of complex cases presenting with co-morbid mental health disorders. Prior to licensure, Molly worked as a DBT intern at Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, CT where she provided individual psychotherapy, sat on a multidisciplinary DBT consultation team, and co-led DBT skills groups. While at Silver Hill, Molly also worked as a Residential Counselor in the Transitional Living Program to provide milieu skills coaching to adults and adolescents with co-occurring disorders. Molly also previously worked on an inpatient unit at Four Winds Hospital in Katonah, NY as a Milieu Manager and Mental Health Worker. At Four Winds, Molly provided DBT milieu skills coaching and crisis de-escalation to adolescents with severe mental illness in an acute care setting. Molly is currently a member of Dr. Wallach’s comprehensive DBT Team as a primary DBT therapist and also a DBT skills leader, as well as a therapist in her private practice within Dr. Wallach’s group practice.

Angelique Poisson

LMFT, ART

Staff Therapist

Angelique is a Registered Art Therapist and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA. She is foundationally trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and specializes in helping clients identify intrinsic motivation for value-oriented behavior. Angelique utilizes mindfulness and creativity to empower clients to create a life worth living and manage the difficult emotions that are part of a full life experience. In 2017, Angelique was awarded the Art Therapy Clinician Award by the Southern California Art Therapy Association. She is passionate about healing arts advocacy and currently serves as President on the board of the Southern California Art Therapy Association. Angelique is also a professional member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.

Daniele Lewin

MA, AMFT

Associate Staff Therapist

Daniele is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist practicing under the supervision of Suzanne Wallach, PsyD, LMFT. She is passionate about helping others on their paths to healing and works to establish a meaningful, trusting alliance with every client. She takes a collaborative approach in therapy and honors each person’s unique background and perspective. Daniele believes that exploring early experiences can help individuals understand how the past influences the present. By increasing insight, she helps clients make clearer choices in the present and future. She aims to instill hope through recognizing areas of strengths, resilience, and capacity for positive change. Daniele sees children age 4 and up, young adults, adults and families in her private practice and in Dr. Wallach’s DBT program.

Daniele holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Loyola Marymount University, and a Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Southern California. She takes an integrative approach to therapy, combining psychodynamic principles with cognitive and dialectical behavior therapy and mindfulness techniques. She believes in individualized treatment and tailors her approach to best fit each client’s goals and needs. Daniele is currently completing Behavioral Tech’s Foundational Training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and is deepening her training in DBT in Dr. Wallach’s practice as an individual DBT therapist and Skills Group leader in Dr. Wallach’s comprehensive program. Daniele has also trained in group therapy, experiential play therapy, and art therapy.

Prior to joining Dr. Wallach’s practice, Daniele provided individual and family therapy to children, adolescents, and their parents. She gained extensive experience addressing issues related to anxiety and mood disorders, trauma, family conflict, and identity development in teens. Daniele is active member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT).

Alegra Kastens

MA, AMFT

Staff Associate Therapist

Alegra Kastens is an Associate Marriage & Family Therapist who received her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University. She specializes in the treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, and Eating Disorders. Her clinical work focuses on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Exposure & Response Prevention, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and mindfulness skills training for adults, adolescents, and children.

Prior to her work in private practice, Alegra worked as a psychotherapist at The OCD Center of Los Angeles specializing in the treatment of OCD, BRFB’s, BDD and anxiety disorders across the life span. She also trained extensively in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, with an emphasis on Exposure & Response Prevention, at the UCLA Adult OCD Intensive Outpatient Program, where she assisted in providing hands-on ERP with clients experiencing moderate to severe OCD. Additional clinical experience includes her work as a counselor at The Maple Counseling Center in Beverly Hills, where she provided individual therapy and couples therapy for clients struggling with anxiety disorders, depression, grief, and complex trauma. Alegra has completed Behavioral Tech’s Foundational Training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and works in Dr. Wallach’s comprehensive DBT program as an individual therapist and skills group leader.

In addition to clinical experience, Alegra has a lifetime of experience as a human being. Her passion for OCD treatment, education, and advocacy comes from her own personal experience with the disorder. She understands firsthand the relentlessness of the disorder and how painfully it holds one’s life captive. Alegra also understands that relief and recovery are real with a large dose of evidence-based treatment and an equally large dose of willingness.

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Judilin Bosita

MA, AMFT

Staff Associate Therapist

Judilin believes therapy has the potential to heal and facilitate positive change. She creates a safe, respectful, and nonjudgmental space to explore aspects of one’s life that may be painful and challenging. Examining early primary relationships, Judilin explores how these attachments may be unconsciously influencing how one is living in the world today. She works with one’s innate strengths and resilience to shift the beliefs that prevent them from deepening their relationship with themself and others. Judilin believes therapy empowers a person to cultivate a life full of meaning and a deeper sense of authenticity and fulfillment. She works with adolescents, adults, older adults, and couples to treat trauma, personality disorders, depression, and anxiety. Judilin advocates for marginalized communities and incorporates antiracism into her work.

Having worked at length in the entertainment industry, Judilin has extensive knowledge and experience with the rocky terrain of this industry. She understands on a personal level how one’s sense of worth can easily tangle with the pursuit of success. Judilin has skill and passion for working with artists who struggle with sustaining belief in their unique talent and humanity while pursuing their dreams.

Judilin graduated with her master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University with a specialization in trauma studies. Prior to this, Judilin earned her bachelor’s degree from The New School University in New York. While practicing as an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist under the supervision of Dr. Wallach, Judilin is earning her doctorate in Applied Clinical Psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

Judilin is currently completing Behavioral Tech’s Foundational training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy while deepening her training in DBT under Dr. Wallach’s practice as a DBT therapist in her comprehensive program. She is a primary individual therapist and DBT Skills group leader in Dr. Wallach’s comprehensive program. In line with her dedication to working with those who struggle with the effects of trauma, Judilin completed training in the Trauma Resiliency Model Level I as well as the first level of sensorimotor training at the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute. Judilin believes in the mind body connection and acknowledges the power of addressing trauma somatically.

contact us

Please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Wallach with any questions you may have.

Office: 450 N Bedford Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Phone: 310.927.4307
Email: suzannewallachmft@gmail.com