Team Members

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 Maaele 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, ACSW