Jeanette Yoffe, M.A., M.F.T., Executive Director, earned her Masters in Clinical Psychology, specializing in children, from Antioch University in June of 2002. She treats children with serious psychological problems secondary to histories of abuse, neglect, and /or multiple placements. She has specialized for the past 10 years in the treatment of children who manifest serious deficits in their emotional, cognitive, and behavioral development.
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Jeanette’s desire to become a child therapist with a special focus on adopted and foster care issues derived from her own experience of being adopted and moving through the foster care system. Her personal experience has informed her education and provided insight into the unique stresses involved with these issues. During her four years as a professional social worker and therapist, Jeanette developed a series of groundbreaking interventions for working with foster and adopted children and currently presents creative workshops for parents as well as therapists and social workers in Los Angeles, at the 2005 Child Welfare League Conference and 2012 DCFS Conference.
Because of Jeanette’s life experience she can more easily connect and relate to the children and teens she works with. She is an exceptional child-care worker who is dedicated to helping each of her clients reach their full potential through mental health therapy and make the difficult journey from despair towards resiliency and hope.
Jeanette is frequently asked to speak on panels to prospective adoptive parents and social workers to help provide an understanding of the psychological and emotional impacts of multiple transitions for children in out of home care and provide tools for parenting adoptive and foster children.
In 1999, Jeanette wrote and performed a one-woman show titled, “What’s Your Name, Who’s Your Daddy?” about her life story growing up in the New York State foster care system and being adopted at age 7 1/2. In 2006, Jeanette received the Foster Care Hero Advocate award (left) for the Foster Care Awareness Campaign from the County of Los Angeles for her outstanding contributions to the children and families served by the Los Angeles County Foster Care System.
Maureen Donley, M.A., M.F.T., Family Clinician, earned her Masters in Clinical Psychology, with a Child Studies Specialization from Antioch University. She brings to her practice a deep passion for family life and all of its complexity. She works with parents, adolescents and kids offering an opportunity to resolve conflict, alleviate distress and lay the groundwork for successfully negotiating life’s inevitable challenges and the ever-shifting dynamic of parent/child relationships. As the parent of two teens and a tween, both by birth and adoption – adoption related issues are a special area of focus. Maureen holds an M.A. from Antioch University. She also completed the Family Training Program at the Southern California Counseling Center and co-facilitates the monthly Adopt Salon Pacific Palisades Family Support Group.
Lisa Altemus , M.A., M.F.T., Family Clinician, earned her Masters in Clinical Psychology, from Pepperdine University. She specializes in individual and family with over nine years of experience and is a graduate of Pepperdine University with a Master of Arts degree specializing in family therapy. Among her areas of expertise are child and adolescent behaviors such as ADHD, and the challenges faced by children and families in foster care and adoption.
Ledette Gambini, M.A., M.F.T. Registered Intern, earned her Masters
in Clinical Psychology, with a Child Studies Specialization from Antioch University. As the mother of two young children adopted through foster care, she understands first hand the complex issues involved for all in the process. Her focus in family and individual therapy is on healing early life trauma and helping to build healthy, loving relationships. She also helps guide those who are currently considering adoption as a way to build their family. Ledette grew up in Colombia, and in addition to being able to conduct therapy in fluent Spanish, she understands the cultural differences around foster care and adoption in the hispanic community.
Casey Jones, M.A., M.F.T. Family Clinician, earned her Masters in Clinical Psychology from Phillips Graduate Institute, specializing in child therapy. She has trained at the Early Childhood Parenting Center and the California Family Counseling Center’s School-based program. Casey provides child, family, and adult psychotherapy for adoption, foster care, parenting, trauma, depression, ADHD, anger, anxiety, and attachment issues. She creates a safe and supportive environment to nurture all families. Drawing from a lifetime of personal experience, Casey offers compassionate understanding and specialized support to all members of the adoption constellation.
Paula S. Free earned her undergraduate degree from Macalester College and is studying for her MA. Her purpose and passion is to use what she has learned as an adoptee to help other adoptees heal. She uses her creative gifts and talents to inspire and encourage. She has authored two poetry books and an autobiographical book on her inner struggle growing up as an adoptee.