Los Angeles Chapter  California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists

Special Interest Group Chairs

Use the links below to learn more about becoming involved in LA-CAMFT's Special Interest Groups (SIG).

Mary E. Barbour, LMFT, RDN
Somatic Psychotherapy Special Interest Group(SIG) Chair

Mary E. Barbour, LMFT, RDN, Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who counsels and supports those clients who want to create healthy relationships and boundaries, improve communication, rediscover core values, and navigate life with self-compassion and awareness. In her practice she works with individuals, couples, and teens—online in California or in-person in Los Angeles—and specializes in eating disorders, addictions, anxiety, trauma, and couples therapy. Additionally, Mary serves on the board of Boardinghouse Mentors, a non-profit volunteer organization that transforms youth's lives through surfing. Website: www.marybtherapy.com.

Contact Information
310.626.4789 LA-CAMFT Email: barbourmarye@gmail.com
Work/Private Practice Email: mary@marybtherapy.com
Instagram: @marybtherapy

Gina Balit, LMFT, ATR
Expressive Arts Special Interest Group (SIG) Chair

Gina Balit, LMFT, ATR, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Registered Art Therapist. She works in a private practice setting in Woodland Hills, CA. Gina has a deep and life-long love for children and art. She specializes in working with young children of divorce and abuse/domestic violence helping them heal from fear of abandonment in particular. She is bilingual in Armenian (western and eastern dialects) and is passionate about helping her community. She has extensive experience in school-based settings, as well as agencies, shelters, transitional homes, and group practice settings. She has also worked with autistic children and has provided home-based Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA). She has Domestic Violence and Grief and Loss certifications as well as trained in the Trauma Resiliency Model.

Gina is also a graphic designer and a "techie" who is passionate about providing freelance marketing/advertising and bookkeeping services. She values being a leadership position — she also serves on the board of SFV-CAMFT. She holds a Bachelors degree from Cal State Northridge in Child and Adolescent Development with a minor in Graphic Design and a Masters degree in Psychology: Marriage and Family Therapy/Art Therapy. She is a forever coffee, blue, and Disney lover. Website: theartofmft.com.

Contact Information
 323.316.6425 LA-CAMFT Email: co-administrator@lacamft.org
Work/Private Practice Email: gb1105@gmail.com

Carissa Lataillade, AMFT, APCC 
Pre-Licensed Representative
3000 Club Chair

Carissa Lataillade, MA, AMFT, APCC, is passionate about empowering individuals and couples to be their best selves and to thrive. A Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist and Registered Associate Professional Clinical Counselor, Carissa is in private practice under the supervision of Eve Sturges, LMFT. As a Black therapist, Carissa provides individual and couples therapy with a cultural lens. Her areas of interest include depression, anxiety, stress, grief and bereavement, life transitions, identity development, and relational issues. Website: www.paladinmft.com.

Contact Information
Phone: 661.655.2779  | LA-CAMFT Email: prelicensed@lacamft.org
Work Email: carissa@paladinmft.com

Tyana Tavakol
3000 Club Co-Chair

Tyana Tavakol, is a graduate student at Pepperdine University's Clinical Psychology Program in Malibu and a Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee at Airport Marina Counseling Service where she counsels individuals using a psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and mindfulness treatment approach. As a second-generation Iranian American, Tyana is passionate about working with the BIPOC community. Her goal with clients is to enable them to create a life where they can be the most authentic versions of themselves. Tyana has experience helping those who struggle with communication skills, anxiety, depression, and trauma. 

Contact Information
Phone: 310.733.8243 
 | LA-CAMFT Email: prelicensed@lacamft.org
Work/Private Practice Email: tyana.tavakol@pepperdine.edu

Valerie Klayman, LMFT
aka Billie Klayman
LGBTQ+ Special Interest Group Chair

Billie Klayman, LMFT, I’m a Meaning Centered Therapist who has been practicing the art of therapy for over 11 years; I’ve been licensed for over 5 years. I have been a participating member of the Los Angeles Chapter of CAMFT since 2008 and have been part of our executive board as CFO since 2014. I am a supervisor at the Antioch University Counseling Center as well as conducting my private practice at AUCC. Last year I was hired by the city of Culver City to be the resident therapist for the community as well as providing therapy to the members of the Culver City Senior Center. Website: ValerieKlayman.

Contact Information
Phone: 818.458.3379 | LA-CAMFT Email: cfo@lacamft.org
Work/Private Practice Email: therapyforhealing@att.net

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