Awarded Jan 2015
Awarded May 2015
Tanika N. Gayle, Psy. D. | Clinical Psychologist-PSY 23903
I am a licensed psychologist in California (CA PSY 23903). I completed my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D) degree at the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University, Los Angeles (APA accredited) and received my Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from Loyola University, Chicago. I also have advanced training in Couples and Family Psychology with a specialization in Sex, Intimacy, and Relationships.
The core of my work is to help people operate from the best in themselves as an individual and in relationship with others. My work helps individuals develop a state of balance by increasing ones true, solid sense of self and the ability to take care of self while working through difficulties that life throws at you. Key tools in accomplishing this is by helping individuals self confront and self validate and stay true to ones' integrity. I work with individuals dealing with everyday life stressors, individuals discovering their sense of identity, and with various discomforts such as depression, anxiety, relationship issues, and family issues. I have a special interest in treating individuals, families, couples, and intimacy issues which includes sex therapy.
In addition to providing therapy, I supervise doctorate Interns for the County of Riverside and I taught the following doctorate level courses; Sex Therapy, Advanced Psychopathology, Human Developement, Alternative Family Therapy, and Ethics. My various roles keep me current with the newest research, treatment approaches, and changes in the field of psychology.
I am past membership chair for American Psychological Association-Division 43 Society of Family Psychology.
Manijeh Badiee, Ph. D. | Psychological Assistant
I am a Psychological Assistant (PSB94021314) in California working under the supervision of Dr. Tanika Gayle, licensed psychologist (CA PSY 23903). I earned my Doctorate degree in Counseling Psychology(Ph.D.) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (APA accredited) and received my Masters in Counseling (M.A.) degree from St. Edwards University in Austin. In addition to providing counseling services, I work as an Assistant Professor of Psychology at California State University, San Bernardino. I teach classes in the undergraduate psychology department as well as the Masters in Clinical Counseling program.
We are all on a journey in this world. At various times, we may feel lost or seek help to figure out the next steps. Perhaps you have psychological symptoms like depression or anxiety, maybe you have had a stressful experience, or you could be responding to society’s ‘isms’ like racism, homophobia, sexism, etc. I view therapy as a collaborative approach in which we work together to address your concerns as well as help you live a life of meaning. We will work together to build a strong therapeutic alliance, develop goals, and move at your pace to lead you to a life of improved mental health, enhanced meaning, and greater self-compassion.
Bilingual in Persian
Monica Cedeño, M. A. | Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT 52054) with over 12 years experience working with children, youth and their families. I grew up in Western New York, visiting my parents' native Costa Rica and other Latin American countries regularly, and learning to speak English and Spanish simultaneously in my childhood.
I obtained my undergraduate degree at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York in Clinical Psychology and Spanish. I went to Oviedo, Spain for a semester to complete my dual major coursework in Spanish and further hone my Spanish language knowledge and skills.
After graduation, I worked in a group home for children and youth 5-14 years old as a Child Care Therapeutic Aide. I became a Cornell University Certified Therapeutic Crisis Intervention instructor, training new staff as well as Therapeutic Foster Parents. I was also paired with the Clinical Social Work Interns to co-facilitate a TheraPlay group, the beginning of my deepening into attachment theory in clinical work. Our work in the group home also laid the foundation for my approach as a strengths based, trauma informed, client centered and creative clinician.
I decided to pursue a Masters in Counseling Psychology with a Concentration in Expressive Arts Therapy in San Francisco. I have always had a connection to the arts in my life, from music to drawing and painting to theater and dance. I have experienced first hand the capacity of the arts and creativity for holding the intangible things in life such as grief and loss. I know their role in healing and providing insight. Combining my passion for counseling and the arts felt like exactly what I had been preparing for all my life. As part of my program, I completed a summer abroad in Saas Fee, Switzerland at the European Graduate School with many of the pioneers in this burgeoning area of this field.
As a therapist, I have worked with children at risk of or experiencing homelessness, children with diagnoses ranging from adjustment or anxiety disorders, to ADHD to Bipolar Disorder. I have worked with youth with Oppositional Defiant Disorder and Conduct Disorder. I have worked with youth diagnosed with autism, speech disabilities, or intellectual disabilities. I have worked with families who have experienced separation issues and trauma due to divorce, domestic violence, deportation, immigration or child welfare issues. I have worked with families who have adopted or fostered youth with trauma in their histories. I have worked with many youth who have struggled with anxiety and school refusal due to being bullied or abused. I have worked with young people struggling to overcome the anxiety related to transitioning from high school and adolescence to adulthood.
I am proud to be an Ally to the LGBTIQ community and strive to be of service to youth and families in all communities regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, ability, age, immigration status, sexual identity, gender identity or expression. I am proud to be a Latina and to be of service to the community. My hope is that in healing our families, we can also heal our communities and the world. I hope to be an advocate for my clients and their higher selves. I strive to teach my clients skills that will cultivate long term change, not only symptom reduction, and will lead to improved fulfillment in family relationships and improved ability to be advocates for themselves.
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