Meet Our Team 

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Dr. McMullin spent her graduate training at PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium, specializing in research-supported treatment of children, adolescents, and young adults.  She worked within a variety of clinical settings for youth, including residential treatment, schools, and medical clinics, treating children, teens and young adults with attentional, behavioral, autistic spectrum, learning, mood, and anxiety disorders.  Dr. McMullin’s work led her to become an advocate for youth with both learning and psychological disabilities.  She also contributed to Dr. Hans Steiner’s research at Stanford Medical School on the cause and treatment of behavioral/attentional disorders.

During her internship, Dr. McMullin worked within a children’s hospital where she utilized health psychology techniques to aid in medical treatment adherence, adjusting to newly diagnosed chronic illnesses, and providing mental health support to reduce physical symptoms of disease.  The connection between the mind and body is quite strong, and she witnessed the pronounced effect of integrating psychotherapy into medical regimens of youth with chronic illness.  She furthered her health psychology interest by working as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Southern California within the Disability Services Program and College Counseling Center.  There she worked with college and graduate students with anxiety, adjustment, depression, and academic problems and advocated for students with disabilities throughout campus.

In her practice, Dr. McMullin specializes in providing individual and family therapy for adolescents, young adults, college students and children.  Her therapeutic approach takes the unique needs of the individual into consideration.  She integrates cognitive-behavioral therapies, mindfulness, and client-centered approaches to psychotherapy into therapeutic work and utilizes a family systems approach to family therapy.  In addition to providing psychotherapy, she conducts psychological testing/evaluation for IEPs and disability diagnoses.

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          Amy Caffero-Tolemy, Psy.D.

Dr. Amy Caffero-Tolemy is a licensed Doctor of Psychology who holds additional graduate degrees in clinical psychology and forensic psychology. During this time, Dr. Caffero-Tolemy spent a year receiving intensive training in neuropsychological assessment and had the opportunity to present her doctoral thesis at the annual conference of the American Psychology-Law Society.

Although Dr. Caffero-Tolemy has spent many years in the classroom, she also has extensive experience in a wide array of therapeutic environments. In addition to working with children and adolescents on the autism spectrum for almost a decade, Dr. Caffero-Tolemy spent significant time working with the chronically mentally ill in both in-patient and out-patient settings. In particular, she spent several years managing a large out-patient substance abuse facility. Drawing extensively on that experience, Dr. Caffero-Tolemy recently began work in a program the offers multi-disciplinary treatment to patients with chronic pain.

Having worked with such a diverse clientele, Dr. Caffero-Tolemy has come to value the importance of creating a positive and trusting therapeutic environment. By approaching clients from an interpersonal therapeutic perspective, her goal is to facilitate the client’s growth in the direction that they choose. Specifically, the therapeutic relationship is used as a magnifying glass to better understand events that occur in everyday life. At the same time, Dr. Caffero-Tolemy is a firm believer in the benefits of techniques including Motivational Interviewing, Dialectal Behavioral Therapy, and empirically-based Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT). In particular, she believes in using CBT to help clients’ develop lifelong tools to address stress, depression, and anxiety.

Dr. Caffero-Tolemy is currently accepting clients with substance abuse issues, as well as those suffering from pain management disorders, depression, anxiety, and bi-polar disorder. She is also sensitive to the needs of adolescents and adults on the autism spectrum and is happy to lend the specialized assistance required by those clients and their families. For clients in need of assessment, Dr. Caffero-Tolemy is fully versed in an array of major tests and is happy to discuss the process in more detail. 

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Dr. Bradley specializes in psychotherapy and hypnosis in the treatment of adolescents, adults and couples. Drawing on her extensive clinical background and life philosophy, Dr. Bradley takes a humanistic/holistic approach, wherein she integrates psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral elements to help clients learn healthy coping skills, strengthen emotional resilience, improve relationships, and to resolve problems to live a healthier, happier, and more fulfilling life. "I believe that, at the unconscious level, each of us has a deep understanding of what our unique purpose is (i.e. a true sense of self). However, through conditioning, life circumstances, cultural/societal expectations, and many other variables, there has grown a great disconnect between the way we are and who we truly want to be. As a facilitator, I will help you navigate through the process of self-discovery, self-understanding and self-acceptance, so that you can once again experience the ultimate state of well-being."

Dr. Bradley has developed a particular strength in helping clients in crisis situations. In addition to psychotherapy, she has found the use of hypnosis to be especially beneficial to help reduce stress and anxiety, improve pain management, reinforce sobriety, enhance performance, and facilitate the grieving process. She has found relaxation and visualization techniques to be quite helpful in improving psycho-social/emotional functioning following a crisis experience. 
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          Elizabeth Shouse, Psy.D.

Dr. Elizabeth Shouse is a licensed psychologist who holds a doctorate in Clinical-Forensic Psychology. She has worked in various mental health settings, doing rotations in inpatient mental health treatment, research, as well as neuropsychological assessment, and psychological testing. She has received specialized training working with those who suffer from anxiety disorders, phobias, and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.

Dr. Shouse specializes in health psychology and chronic pain conditions. She has worked developing and implementing multidisciplinary programs at Pasadena Rehabilitation Institute for individuals dealing with chronic pain. She has worked with patients doing both individual and group psychotherapy, biofeedback, and relaxation and mindfulness training. Drawing from a cognitive-behavioral context, she is dedicated to helping patients improve their quality of life by teaching and delivering tools to help them exercise control over their struggles.

She writes, "Because we are complex beings, and we are affected by many things in both our internal and external world, I believe a holistic approach makes the most sense. With my patients, I focus heavily on the power of the mind, as well as the mind-body connection. As a clinician, I walk alongside my patients to navigate the changes that need to be made so they can achieve their happiest, healthiest, and truest selves."

Dr. Shouse welcomes individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, phobias, OCD, eating disorders, relationship issues, or life stressors. Additionally, for clients seeking assessment services, she is available for such referral issues as pre-surgical evaluation, dementia, ADHD, learning disorders, personality testing, or vocational assessment.

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          Melissa Barley-Trindle, LCSW

Melissa Barley-Trindle earned her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California, with a concentration in mental health.  Her educational background also includes a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, with an emphasis on counseling psychology and women’s issues.  Over the course of her education and training, Melissa has provided mental health services to individuals, couples, families, and groups in a wide range of settings, including group homes, community mental health clinics, college counseling centers, and hospital bedsides.  

While completing her studies, Melissa worked extensively with women and children in domestic violence situations, and later went on to work in group homes with adolescents in the juvenile justice system or child protective services.  In graduate school, she spent a year of internship at USC’s Student Counseling Center where she treated undergraduate and graduate students with depression, relationship issues, anxiety, academic concerns, and identity issues.  Melissa has spent the past 5 years providing mental health and related social services to cancer patients and caregivers at City of Hope Medical Center in Duarte.  Melissa has been privileged to help her patients learn effective coping strategies in the face of devastating chronic and acute illness, as well as counsel patients and families through end of life issues and grief.  

Melissa’s therapeutic orientation is thoughtfully eclectic, drawing largely upon systems theory, psychosocial development, cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness techniques.  Beyond theory or modality, she believes it is most important to “start where the client is,” and work collaboratively to help them reach their therapeutic goals.    

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         Briana Hedman, Ph.D.

Dr. Briana Hedman earned her doctorate degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Denver (APA accredited) and has worked in a variety of settings, including college counseling centers, the VA, Kaiser Behavioral Health, and an outpatient substance abuse treatment center. She has experience working  with adolescents and adults who are struggling with issues such as depression, anxiety, substance abuse, chronic pain, career decisions, relationships, sexual trauma, grief, and identity. She also has specific expertise with leadership development and working with women in male-dominated industries.

 Across many settings, she has seen how therapy helps people with a broad range of concerns, such as: feeling stuck in a relationship, career, or creatively; wanting to build resiliency and coping skills; adjusting to life changes and transitions; support for feeling overwhelmed; questions about identity and values; wanting a better understanding of repeating patterns in your life. Dr. Hedman uses an integrated approach that she adapts to the presenting concerns, needs, and perspective of the client. This may include helping people identify and change unhelpful thinking patterns and behaviors, learning coping skills, building awareness about interpersonal relationships, and increasing self-acceptance.

 Dr. Hedman believes that it is critical to build a strong, trusting, and collaborative relationship with people in order to have meaningful, positive change. She knows that change can be hard, but she strives to help people identify and work toward specific, attainable, short-term goals, as well as considering long-term goals and values. Dr. Hedman enjoys working with people who are curious and motivated to better understand themselves and learn new ways of coping with life’s challenges.

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