Suzanne M. Wallach
PsyD, MA, LMFT
Clinical / Executive Director
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.
Phillips Graduate University
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Dr. Wallach is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and the owner and Clinical Director of Suzanne Wallach & Associates and SoCal DBT. 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.
Dr. Wallach works mainly from both behavioral and psychodynamic perspectives, using Object Relations and Attachment Theory as well as existential, dialectical behavior and cognitive behavioral 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. In 2014, Dr. Wallach completed the Psychoanalytic Center of California’s Adult Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Program.
The Maple Counseling Center
Certification in EMDR
Psychoanalytic Center of California
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program
Linehan Institute DBT Intensive Training for Private Practice Clinicians
Dr. Wallach is extensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and serves as the team leader for SoCal DBT. She has completed a 2 year intensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy for independent practitioners at Dr. Marsha Linehan’s Behavioral Tech in Seattle, Washington with Lizz Dexter-Mazza PhD and Jennifer Sayrs, PhD. This training is the only comprehensive DBT training in the nation supervised by Marsha Linehan, PhD, the original developer of DBT. In addition to being intensively trained in DBT, Dr. Wallach has also completed trainings in Providing Effective DBT Skills Groups by Patricia Gieselman, LMFT, Optimizing Eating Disorder Treatments with DBT with Amy Kalasunas, LPCC, and DBT for Parents, Couples, and Families by Dr. Alan Fruzzetti of McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School. In 2021 Dr. Wallach was intensively trained in DBT for Children with Francheska Perepletchikova, PhD and Kimberly Vale, LCSW-R. Dr. Wallach is currently in the process of obtaining DBT Clinician Certification through the DBT Linehan Board of Certification. This certification is considered the gold standard for DBT providers and signifies that the highest standards of clinical excellence in the practice of DBT have been achieved.
Dr. Wallach is also a seasoned trauma therapist, and was trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) in 2012 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. In addition, in 2020 Dr. Wallach completed a training in Prolonged Exposure for PTSD & Trauma with Drs. Lata McGinn and Lauren Bonavitacola of Cognitive & Behavioral Consultants. Dr. Wallach is also trained in Trauma Resiliency Model, Levels 1 and 2.
Prior to working in her own private practice, she served as a Staff Therapist at an inpatient drug and alcohol treatment center in Beverly Hills and as a staff therapist at Mental Health Center at Cedars Sinai Hospital. While at these facilities, Dr. Wallach worked on a number of highly complex cases, treating high acuity addicts of all kinds as well as clients with behavioral addictions and treatment refractory mood and personality disorders. She also ran Relapse Prevention, Sobriety Maintenance 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).
Program Director/Staff Therapist
Rachel is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She serves as Program Director at Dr. Wallach’s group practice, in addition to being a member of the SoCal DBT Team as a primary therapist, DBT skills group leader, and DBT graduate group leader. She views the therapeutic relationship as a collaborative one, where trust and authenticity foster insight and growth. Rachel works with patients to explore how the past informs the present and promoting self-efficacy through balancing the dialectic of acceptance and change. She specializes in working with LGBTQ+ communities, adults, adolescents and children, and treating individuals with borderline personality disorder, behavioral addictions, substance use disorders, complex trauma, and anxiety disorders.
Rachel received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology, LGBT-Affirmative Psychology Specialization, from Antioch University Los Angeles. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. Prior to joining private practice, Rachel gained experience working in Residential and Outpatient settings. She has worked in addiction and dual-diagnosis treatment facilities, and has also worked with adolescents and young adults transitioning out of mental health and dual-diagnosis residential treatment centers into Partial Hospitalization and Outpatient settings. She completed her graduate school practicum at Being Alive LA, providing LGBT-affirmative psychotherapy, HIV-related case management, and PEP/PrEP education. Additionally, she participated in client-centered advocacy for individuals affected by cultural and systemic oppression. She has continued to focus on enhancing her clinical skills by completing intensive training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Anxiety Disorders with Drs. Judith and Aaron Beck of the Beck Institute, and Prolonged Exposure for PTSD & Trauma with Drs. Lata McGinn and Lauren Bonavitacola of Cognitive & Behavioral Consultants.
Rachel has an eclectic set of skills through her training and clinical experience in working with children and adolescents. She has gained unique crisis intervention training through Cedars-Sinai’s Center for the Study of Young People for adolescents and children struggling with suicidal ideation, non-suicidal self-injury, anxiety, and trauma. Rachel completed her child and adolescent clinical hours counseling and supervising adolescents at Teen Line, a youth crisis hotline certified by the American Association of Suicidology. She has also completed a year-long training under Drs. Violet Oaklander and Karen Fried in applying the Oaklander Model to Gestalt Play Therapy with children––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. Rachel uses these tools comprehensively, working with kids in her private practice and the DBT program struggling with anxiety disorders, trauma, self-esteem issues, and family conflict.
Rachel has extensive experience in providing Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). She completed her prelicensure mentorship under Dr. Suzanne Wallach, receiving comprehensive training as a skills group leader, primary therapist, and team member within the DBT program. She and the DBT team received advanced training from Patty Gieselman, MFT, DBT-LBC™, on Providing Effective DBT Skills Groups. Rachel has attained advanced formal training in DBT through DBT® Treatment Developer Dr. Marsha Linehan’s Behavioral Tech, including Comprehensive Training in Standard DBT (Level 3) and Advanced DBT Training and Adaptations (Level 4). Her Dialectical Behavior Therapy Foundational Training™ instructors included Behavioral Tech’s President, André Ivanoff PhD, and Chief Training Executive, Tony DuBose PsyD. Rachel was trained in DBT for Adolescents by co-developers Drs. Alec Miller & Jill Rathus; and DBT for Parents, Couples, and Families by Dr. Alan Fruzzetti of McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School. She has completed intensive training in the Dialectical Behavior Therapy Prolonged Exposure (DBT-PE) Protocol for PTSD with DBT-PE developer Melanie Harned, PhD, and Annie McCall, LMHC. Rachel is currently in the process of obtaining Clinician Certification through the DBT®-Linehan Board of Certification, which is considered the gold standard in assessing adherence and application of the DBT model in clinical practice.
Associate Staff Therapist
Daniele is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist who uses a humanistic, genuine approach to build trusting therapeutic relationships. Daniele treats trauma, anxiety and mood disorders, borderline personality disorder, and offers LGBTQ+ affirmative, culturally sensitive therapy to adults, adolescents, and children.
Through the approaches of play, art, and developmentally appropriate discussion, Daniele helps children and teens learn in a way that feels safe and natural. She is passionate about helping young people and their families learn tools for managing emotions, thoughts and behaviors. Daniele also uses cognitive-behavioral techniques to help adult clients develop more effective coping skills. With roots in attachment theory, Daniele also assists clients in gaining insight into old patterns and core beliefs. By learning how past informs present, clients are able to work more successfully toward their goals. Ultimately, she strives to help clients build more meaningful relationships, self-respect, and greater engagement with daily life.
Daniele holds a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles where she concentrated on the treatment of children and adolescents and worked as a school counselor with Counseling Partners of Los Angeles. With an interest in research, Daniele studied risk and resilience in young adults in Dr. Gayla Margolin’s USC Family Studies Project. Prior to pursuing her graduate degree, Daniele examined the long-term effects of children’s exposure to the September 11th World Trade Center attacks with the Child Psychiatric Epidemiology Group at Columbia University and NY State Psychiatric Institute in New York, NY. In addition, Daniele has worked in education, providing individualized learning and behavioral support to help students with disabilities succeed.
Daniele was comprehensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) by Dr. Tony DuBose and Dr. André Ivanoff through Dr. Marsha Linehan’s Behavioral Tech and received dedicated training in DBT for Adolescents & Families under Dr. Alec Miller and Dr. Jill Rathus. Additionally, Daniele has completed trainings in mindfulness through Mindful USC and in Suicide Prevention through Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services. To further her knowledge of trauma treatment, Daniele gained experience in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center, and Prolonged Exposure for PTSD & Trauma under Dr. Lata K. McGinn & Dr. Lauren Bonavitacola. Daniele is also an active member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT).
As a Primary DBT Therapist and Skills Group Leader for adults and adolescents, as well as in private practice, Daniele works with clients to identify areas of strength, resilience, and capacity for positive change.
MA, LMFT, ART
Angelique Poisson, LMFT, ATR is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Registered Art Therapist in Los Angeles, California who is a primary therapist at Suzanne Wallach & Associates and SoCal DBT. She is passionate about helping clients unleash their intuition and creativity to harness their capacity to heal, transform, and thrive.
Angelique has been foundationally trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy with additional extensive training in DBT Prolonged Exposure Protocol for PTSD through Behavioral Tech. She has also completed the Grief Specialist training through Ourhouse in Los Angeles.
In addition to private practice, Angelique has developed and implemented art therapy programs for adult and adolescent treatment in Los Angeles and Minneapolis. She was honored for this work in 2017 when awarded the Art Therapy Clinician Award by the Southern California Art Therapy Association. Angelique serves on the board of Westmont Counseling Center in South Los Angeles, and is past president and honorary lifetime member of the Southern California Art Therapy Association. She is a professional member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.
DBT-Linehan Board of Certification, Certified DBT Clinician
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, Optimizing Eating Disorder Treatments with DBT with Amy Kalasunas, Prolonged Exposure for PTSD & Trauma with Drs. Lata McGinn and Lauren Bonavitacola, Complicated Grief Treatment (CGT), Motivational Interviewing, Prolonged Exposure Therapy with Edna Foa, and cognitive behavioral advanced clinical methods.
Molly is certified through the DBT LInehan Board of Certification as a DBT Provider. DBT-LBC Certification is an involved assessment to demonstrate the application of knowledge to the performance and delivery of DBT treatment. It is a valuable reassurance to referring clinicians and to the public that other knowledgeable experts in the field of DBT have successfully assessed Molly. This is the gold standard for DBT providers, and certifies that Molly has achieved the highest standards of clinical excellence in the practice of DBT.
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.
Lucy Swank is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She employs a flexible, eclectic, and idiographic approach, highlighting individual strengths to empower her clients throughout their recovery process. Lucy works with adult and adolescent individuals and couples in her practice. She is intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for those struggling with chronic emotion dysregulation and Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy for those seeking treatment for trauma. Her experience is rooted in other modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Motivational Interviewing (MI). Lucy has a special interest in how attachment style impacts adult relationships and incorporates attachment theory into her practice. Her areas of expertise include relationship issues, life transitions, complex trauma, and emotional instability.
Lucy holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from Columbia University in New York, NY with a specialty in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology & Economics from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA. While at Columbia University Lucy completed the DBT Training Program and Lab under the supervision of Dr. André Ivanoff, President of Behavioral Tech. Lucy completed her intensive DBT training in 2017 with Randy Wolbert & Gwen Abney-Cunningham at Columbia University. In 2019 Lucy completed her basic training in Somatic and Attachment Focused EMDR through the Personal Transformation Institute with Tyler Orr in Monterey, CA. Lucy is an active member of EMDR International Association (EMDRIA).
Lucy has experience working in Residential, Partial Hospitalization, and Outpatient settings as a Primary Therapist. Lucy worked as a Program Therapist at Clearview Treatment Programs in Los Angeles, CA for over three years in the Outpatient Program where she conducted both individual sessions and group therapy. In addition, she sat on a multidisciplinary DBT consultation team. At Clearview, Lucy worked with families and loved ones by heading and facilitating the Family Connections Program which brought families together four weekends a year to receive pscyhoeducation and skills. Prior to licensure, Lucy 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-lead DBT skills groups. Lucy 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.
Associate Staff Therapist
Ethan Sapienza is an Associate Clinical Social Worker, who values a validating, compassionate approach to therapeutic work, prioritizing the relationship between therapist and client. Ethan is a part of the DBT team at SoCal DBT, offering consultation during weekly team meetings, co-leading multiple DBT groups, and working with adults, adolescents and children on improving emotion regulation, increasing impulse control, and developing effective and productive coping mechanisms. He greatly enjoys the work of Dialectical Behavior Therapy, utilizing the balance of acceptance and change to help clients achieve their goals. Ethan also works with those experiencing anxiety and depression, recovering from trauma, and clients who are struggling with OCD.
Ethan completed his Master’s degree in Social Work from Columbia University, where he was selected to be a part of the DBT Intensive Training Program and Lab, under the supervision of Dr. André Ivanoff. While at Columbia, Ethan completed Behavioral Tech’s Intensive Training in DBT with Randy Wolbert and Gwen Abney-Cunningham. Additionally, Ethan gained experience in providing cognitive behavioral interventions, Exposure and Response Prevention for OCD, and EMDR while being a part of the team at Brooklyn Heights Behavioral Associates, a private practice that specializes in comprehensive DBT.
Ethan has also completed trainings on suicide risk assessment, the fundamentals of Motivational Interviewing, utilizing DBT for eating disorders, and how to use functional analyses with individuals and families. Prior to practicing DBT, Ethan worked as an in school counselor to high schoolers, taught kindergarteners and first graders evidence based social and emotional learning curricula, and co-lead a middle school boys mentorship group. He also worked as a data collector and team leader for the NYU ROSES lab, which has sought to prove the effectiveness of a community based alternative to incarceration for adolescent girls in New York City.
Please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Wallach with any questions you may have.
Office: 450 N Bedford Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210