Los Angeles Chapter — California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
Therapists of Color Mentorship Committee
The LA-CAMFT Therapists of Color Mentorship Committee exists to to both manage and promote the Therapists of Color Mentorship program. That program helps address inequities experienced by professional mental health therapists of color and intersects with other historically marginalized groups. The first of its kind amongst CAMFT chapters, LA-CAMFT is committed to ensuring quality mentorship for therapists of color by therapists of color. The mentorship program is intended to help bridge the gap by identifying and creating opportunities for growth and advancement in the field, guide clinicians across various stages of professional development, increase accessibility and sustainability in the field, and assist therapists of color to confidently provide services from their culturally authentic self. Click the following link for complete information on the TOC Mentorship Program.
Questions? Contact the Committee Chair!
Keonna Robinson, MA, LMFT
As a native of Northern California, Keonna Robinson, MA, LMFT, moved to Los Angeles in 2013 to pursue her calling as a therapist. She completed her studies at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology with a Master's in Marriage and Family Therapy. With over 11 years of collective experience as a psychotherapist, assistant professor, clinical trainer, and mentor, Keonna has worked within multiple community mental health settings including: residential programs, school-based, in and outpatient care. She has an extensive background working in collaborative care with DCFS, Regional Center, and LA County probation offices. As the founder and co-owner of her private practice, P.E.A.C.E. Wellness Collective: Individual & Family Therapy Center, she currently works with individuals and couples of color navigating grief and traumatic loss, life transitions, and strengthening communication patterns. She supports her clients using the methodology of Ubuntu, meaning “I am because we are”, and conceptualizes trauma from a place of seeking to understand what happened to a person, rather than what is wrong with them. Website: pwcla.com.
Preferred pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Perla Hollow, MA, LMFT
Perla Hollow, MA, LMFT, is a Middle Eastern therapist in private practice in Manhattan Beach, CA providing therapy to children, adolescents, adults and families. Her specialties include utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to address anxiety, depression, phobias, body focused repetitive behaviors, and obsessive compulsive disorder. She also provides family therapy for families with challenges around child behavioral issues. Previously, she worked in community mental health at The Help Group Outpatient Services in both Van Nuys and Culver City. She has also received training in CBT at the CBT Treatment Center in Manhattan Beach. She earned her BA Degree in Psychology from the University of Southern California and a MA Degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University. She is a first generation immigrant from Beirut, Lebanon who is passionate about psychotherapy as well as bridging the cultural gaps that exist in psychotherapy, especially for Middle Eastern therapists and clients. She is also excited about being the co-founder and co-facilitator of the LACAMFT MENA Therapist Community Group. Website: perlahollow.com.
Preferred pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Margareth Gomez, LMFT
Margareth Gomez, is a first-generation immigrant from Guatemala, and a bilingual Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Pacific Oaks college, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Development, and her Master of Arts degree in Marriage Family Therapy with the specialization in Latinx Family studies. She has had fifteen years of working experience in non – profit organizations and profit agencies in different roles. Among those roles include Parent Educator, Community based Therapist, and Case Manager Supervisor for Gang Reduction and Youth Development program in South Central Los Angeles.She now has her own private practice that focuses on an outgoing process of healing with cultural humility and cultural competence lens to provide psychotherapy to BIPOC Community. Her specializations include complex trauma, anxiety, processing grief and loss, depression, and parenting. Her Therapeutic approaches include Strength-based, CBT, Psychodynamic, Gestalt and Somatic based interventions. She has a private practice in Westlake , CA.
Preferred pronouns: She/Her/Ella
Christina Cacho Sakai, LMFT
Christina “Tina” Cacho Sakai, LMFT (she/her), is a Latinx (Mexican-American) psychotherapist in private practice and a former community based therapist, clinical supervisor, associate director, and adjunct faculty at CSULA. She provides psychotherapy with BIPOC folx in a culturally responsive, LGBTQIA+ affirming and social justice-oriented atmosphere. Specializations include healing from trauma, befriending anxiety, processing grief and loss, exploring creativity, and honoring full intersectional identities. Therapeutic approaches include strength-based, psychodynamic, internal family systems and somatic therapy. She is currently in the BIPOC Somatic Experiencing Training Certificate Program .
Leanne Nettles, LMFT
Leanne Nettles, LMFT, Clinical Program Manager of School-Based Services at D'Veal Family and Youth Services in the San Gabriel Valley and Adjunct Faculty at Pacific Oaks College, specializes in working with at-risk children, adolescents, and families in healing trauma and improving socio-emotional and behavioral functioning. A MAP certified supervisor and trainer, she brings energy and enthusiasm to developing team-focused collaborative therapy and community partnerships, and empowering disenfranchised communities. A graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary, Leanne utilizes her training and background experience in dance, spirituality, and multiculturalism to inform and advocate for culturally competent therapy and expressive therapeutic interventions.
Mayra Diaz, LMFT
Mayra Diaz, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in working with anxiety, OCD, and the BIPOC community. She has a private practice in Glendale, CA and is the author of The Panic Attack Relief Workbook. She completed her BA in psychology at UC, Santa Barbara and a MS in counseling at Cal State Northridge. She helps clients build new strategies to promote resilience and self-compassion. Mayra incorporates CBT, ERP, ACT, and mindfulness into her work. She challenges her clients and actively promotes their learning so they can feel ownership of their own change. Website: mayradiaztherapy.com.