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.



B.A. Psychology

Ottawa University



Master’s Degree

Phillips Graduate University



Doctorate

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

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 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).

Daniele Lewin

MA, AMFT

Staff Therapist
Program Director, Child & Adolescent DBT programs

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.

Molly Ackerly

MA, LCSW

Staff Therapist
Program Director, Adult DBT Program
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.

Angelique Poisson

MA, LMFT, ART

Staff Therapist

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.

Fonda Tokushige

MA, LCSW

Staff Therapist

Fonda is a licensed clinical social worker and specializes in treating adults, couples and parents of children of all ages. She takes a caring, non-judgmental approach stemming from compassion for her clients’ life journeys. Fonda joined SoCal DBT to better serve clients with family of origins problems and developmental trauma contributing to significant issues with managing emotions, maintaining stable relationships, and getting into values-based alignment with life. Fonda takes particular interest in gaining insight into the influence of cultural and intergenerational histories and harnessing this insight into recovering from traumatic retentions.

Fonda earned her Master of Social Welfare from the University of California, Los Angeles’s Luskin School of Public Affairs. She is a double Bruin, having earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychobiology and minor in Asian American Studies. To gain a better understanding of systems and the diversity of the human experience, Fonda worked in various county mental health programs and a large health care system where she gained a deep appreciation for grounding her approach to mental health care and therapeutic skill sets in evidence-based practices. This was where she developed a passion for Dialectical Behavior Therapy and decided to become intensively trained in DBT through Marsha Linehan’s Behavioral Tech. Fonda is also trained in DBT Prolonged Exposure, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Gottman Method Couples Therapy. As a member of Dr. Suzanne Wallach’s comprehensive DBT team, Fonda is a DBT Skills Leader, primary DBT therapist and parent skills trainer.

Ethan Sapienza

MA, ACSW

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.

Kayla Fernandez

MA, AMFT, APCC

Associate Staff Therapist

Kayla Fernandez is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist and an Associate Professional Clinical Counselor, who uses a strengths-based approach to help her clients achieve their goals. Kayla brings warmth and compassion into the therapy room to create a safe, trusting environment where clients can do deep work and exploration. Kayla works with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families on developing effective communication, useful coping mechanisms, and increasing self-esteem. She specializes in working with those struggling with anxiety, depression, personality disorders and complex trauma. She has worked with adults and children from a variety of backgrounds and offers a culturally sensitive perspective and is an ally of the LGBTQIA+ community.

Kayla has a bachelor’s degree in Human Development from California State University, San Marcos, where she studied the bio-psycho-social development of the entire lifespan. She then completed her master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at Azusa Pacific University in San Diego. Kayla began her training working with individuals on the Autism Spectrum by providing behavioral strategies to improve communication, and she also worked in various community mental health sites such as The Help Group, where she specialized in treating treatment refractory children, adults and families with acute trauma and complex backgrounds and diagnoses. Kayla helped to provide wraparound care to these complex patients, and often worked within multi-modality treatment teams, assuring that these clients received the highest quality care possible.

Kayla utilizes a trauma informed approach along with Narrative, CBT, and DBT modalities in her private practice. She has training in the CASE Approach for assessing for safety and is also trained in Motivational Interviewing, an evidence-based approach that is designed to strengthen personal motivation for and commitment to a specific goal by eliciting and exploring the person’s own reasons for change within an atmosphere of acceptance and compassion.
Kayla also has a passion for working with couples, and has received certification in Gottman Level 1, which helps couples compassionately manage their conflicts, deepen their friendship and intimacy, and share their life purpose and dreams based on the Sound Relationship House Theory. Kayla has completed Behavioral Tech’s Foundational Training in DBT and continues her specialization in this modality as a primary therapist and skills class leader on Dr. Wallach’s team at SoCal DBT, as well as in her private practice within Dr. Wallach’s group practice.

Sky Biedron

MA, AMFT

Associate Staff Therapist

Sky is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist who uses warmth, compassion, and understanding to build trusting relationships with her clients. Sky works with adolescents, adults, couples, and families struggling with shame, self-esteem, and body image – along with personality disorders, substance abuse disorders, and difficulties with sex, love, and relationships.

Sky has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication from the College of Charleston in South Carolina, and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University in Los Angeles. Sky began her pre-licensure training at The Center for Professional Counseling under the supervision of Susan Levin, LMFT where she strengthened her competence in Humanistic, Psychodynamic, Existential, Gestalt, and CBT modalities. Sky received her foundational DBT training from Shari Manning, Ph.D., former President/CEO of Behavioral Tech, and extensive DBT Skills training from Kate Comtois, PhD, MPH, director of The Center for Suicide Prevention and Recovery (CSPAR). Sky also has training in sex therapy from The Buehler Institute, which prepares clinicians for the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) certification. Sky is an active member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT).

Sky is currently a member of Dr. Wallach’s comprehensive DBT Team, co-leading skills groups as a primary DBT therapist, as well as seeing patients in her private practice under Dr. Wallach’s supervision.

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