Aimee Monterrosa, LCSW
Aimee Monterrosa is a therapist, social worker, and passionate advocate for challenging mental health stigmas in communities of color. She’s an LA native with a heart of gold who believes that the mind, body and soul are connected. She believes that in order to heal we must learn to make peace with all three by learning to love, forgive, and build resiliency while overcoming adversity. Aimee has nine years experience working in the field of mental health, domestic violence, and substance use. She currently manages a community resource center and has provided training to clinicians, counselors and other community social service agencies providing trauma-informed care. S he is a graduate of the masters program at the USC School of Social Work with an undergraduate background in Psychology from CSUDH. Aimee is fluent in Spanish. Her goal is to make therapy accessible, effective, trauma-informed and person-centered. She believes that anyone can rebuild, redeem and heal themselves given the proper tools and space to reconnect to a healthy self-image, genuine self-love and a driven personal purpose. Aimee specializes in helping clients learn to heal and manage symptoms related to trauma, including domestic violence and sexual abuse. She works with clients learning to work through depression, anxiety and PTSD. She has a background in substance use recovery and planning through major life transitions such as: divorce, grief and loss and post graduate plans. In her practice, Aimee utilizes CBT, Solution Focused Therapies and Narrative Therapy in a coaching style to help clients feel empowered and engaged to rewrite the course of their life stories and give purposeful meaning to their experiences.
Christopher Harriott, MA, MS, PPS, LMFT
New York City native, Christopher Harriott, is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Board of Behavioral Sciences Approved Clinical Supervisor, an American Association of Marriage and Family Therapist approved Clinical Supervisor and Clinical Fellow and possesses a Pupil Personnel Service Credential for School Counseling from the California Commission on Teaching.
Christopher has over 10 years of clinical experience as an outpatient therapist with Department of Mental Health contracted agencies, non profit organizations and owns his own private practice, The Healing Chariot. He has served as a clinical supervisor and program manager in community mental health settings for over the past 6 years. Trained in several evidenced based practices, providing mental health trainings to several mental health organizations and serving as a former professor at Phillips Graduate University, he has proven himself a strong commodity in the field of psychotherapy. He specializes in trauma (post and acute), depression, anxiety, grief counseling, LGBTQAI+ populations, and mindfulness practices.
Vaelupe Maaele, LMFT
Vaelupe is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who received her Masters of Arts in Counseling in Psychology at National University. Vaelupe has practiced as a mental health therapist for a few non-profit agencies in South Central Los Angeles and Orange County. Vaelupe finds joy in facilitating therapeutic groups such as anger management, parenting and substance abuse using her eclectic approach including CBT, TF-CBT, and motivational interviewing. Vaelupe drives through the lens of her client's strengths and unique differences. Vaelupe is passionate about healing and growing with couples, individuals, and families. In her clinical practice, Vaelupe mirrors the importance of transparency and open communication to fully join her clients in building their tool set, knowledge and pathways to promote a nourishing journey in life.
Willis Cooks, MSSA, MNO, LSW
Willis Cooks, ASW (#78411) earned his Bachelors in Social Work from Clark Atlanta
University and Masters in Social Work from Case Western Reserve University. Upon his
introduction into social work, Willis did not want to be a therapist. He was set on working within
foster care due to his experience of growing up in the foster care system. However, those plans
quickly changed once he realized he could not separate his personal bias from work. He then was
introduced to mental health; this is where he immediately believed he found his passion for
helping people get through the challenges they believed they could never overcome.
Willis leads with a client-centered approach that fully allows the client to be involved in their treatment. He has been trained in trauma-informed care and has experience working with individuals who have been diagnosed with PTSD, depression, bipolar disorder, and a wide range of other diagnoses. He uses cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness to help the client understand the power we each individually hold.
Willis leads with accountability, self-care, and acceptance to guide his clients towards creating the tools needed to create the mentally stable life they have always wanted.
Veronica Clanton- Higgins, MSW (COVID-19 Counselor)
Veronica Clanton- Higgins, MSW, is an author, adjunct professor, mental health professional, and motivational speaker. A native of Compton, CA. She is known for her community advocacy, support of families, & healing of women. VCH Prosperity Consulting, LLC was created in 2016 to address the social, emotional, and spiritual needs of women and families in her community. This was accomplished by educating on the importance of emotional wellness, self care, and setting appropriate boundaries. Veronica has professional experience as a Clinical Intern Program Coordinator, Clinical Training Facilitator, Special Education paraprofessional, and Child Development Specialist.
Veronica's work includes a research study in collaboration with California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach Black Infant Health program, and the March of Dimes. The study focused on reducing stress in African American women through the use of mindfulness-based cognitive behavior therapy. She has also collaborated with Cedars Sinai, Maternal Mental Health Now, and Black Women for Wellness to create mindfulness-based curriculum for African American children to assist in increasing emotional awareness. Her current research focuses on the impact of trauma on individuals who live in marginalized communities. Veronica believes that it is important to break inter generational cycles of trauma in order to promote social, emotional, and psychological healing.
Sydney DeLone (Executive Assistant)
Sydney DeLone recently graduated from the University of California, Davis receiving 2 Bachelor of Arts degrees in Communications and Psychology, and minoring in African American and African Studies. She plans to go back to school to receive her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy and become a licensed clinician.
Sydney is passionate about promoting the importance of mental health especially within the Black community. While in school she did a lot of work in the Black community and plans to continue her work now that she has graduated. In addition to clinical counseling, Sydney is interested about finding alternate ways to make mental health more of a priority in people’s lives even if they do not prefer traditional counseling.