Meet The Team


Barbara has been a licensed marriage family therapist since 2003 specializing in treating substance abuser‘s and their families, anxiety and stress management with adults in individual and group therapy. Barbara attended USC undergrad receiving a degree in Education and then a clear teaching credential from Cal State Long Beach. Barbara received her first Masters in Educational Administration and leadership from the University of La Verne. And then received her second Masters in Family Therapy from Phillips Graduate Institute.

"I Feel that Christian/Catholic therapy is something that I’m very comfortable and enjoy incorporating into our sessions. In addition, my experience with the 12 steps of recovery and many years of teaching  experience help me bring a wealth of knowledge to my clients."


"My goal is to help people. That simple! Taking the first step to seek therapy can be scary and sometimes intimidating. I provide a safe space for clients to feel comfortable in sharing their experiences to discovering their path to healing and living a meaningful and fulfilling life. I meet clients where they are and customize treatment to their needs in utilizing evidence-based practices that are effective.:


Jordan earned her B.A. in Sociology from University of Oregon and M.A. in Mental Health Counseling from Loyola Marymount University. She has a strong clinical background and a passion for working with anyone who struggles with anxiety, worry, and self-doubt. Jordan’s goal is to provide support for clients while working with them to determine their goals and tap into their strengths. She is highly passionate about overall wellness and assisting clients in developing the coping tools that work for them. She has specialties in the areas of communication and social skill building, self-esteem, anxiety, depression, trauma, self-harm, grief, relationship difficulties, post-traumatic stress disorder, and adjustment disorders. Jordan is also interested in multi-cultural counseling, and working with any individual navigating new phases of life.


Katie graduated from Fuller School of Psychology in Pasadena in 2011 and is Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Katie has her Domestic Violence Certificate and extensive work history in domestic violence, women's empowerment, eating disorders, low self-esteem, and trauma. Katie is passionate about showing up authentically in her therapeutic relationships and helping clients achieve more fulfilled and wholehearted living. When not practicing therapy, Katie enjoys spending time with her kids and family, being in nature, and listening to podcasts.

"I utilize an eclectic and strengths-based approach to create an individualized plan to help you accomplish your therapeutic goals. I am a client-centered therapist, meaning that you are the expert of your world, and it is in collaboration that we explore the thoughts, beliefs, and patterns that can get in the way of you living the life you want"


Mena Hughes is a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist specializing in the treatment of addictions, codependency, and trauma recovery.  She has a B.A. in American Studies from University of California, Santa Cruz and M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University. Her clinical expertise has been shaped by both her personal and professional experiences. Having established and maintained her own recovery from alcoholism since the age of 17, Mena is committed to helping individuals and families experience the “crisis” of seeking treatment as a great opportunity for healing, growth and healthy development.  She believes relationships are strengthened and enriched when individuals are free to be fully known, let go of shame, and establish healthy boundaries. Prior to joining Effective Therapy Group in 2016, Mena worked in residential settings for over 10 years. Past clients have expressed she is easy to connect with and genuinely caring. Mena is a practicing Christian and has been married for over 15 years. She and her husband have two young children, a yellow lab and an adopted cat. As a family they love the outdoors and go on new adventures as often as possible.


Dianna  started with The Effective Therapy Group in 2015 as an intern. Dianna continues has experience in working with families, individual, and children with a variety of needs. Dianna enjoys working with children and young adults with special needs. Dianna has worked in the school system for 30-years as a Special Educational Paraprofessional. This has allowed her to work with children and their families to gain a better understanding of the family member with special needs.

Currently Dianna is attending Capella University to earn a Master of Science in Psychology, specializing in Applied Behavior Analyzes. From 2009 to 2016, Dianna attended University of Phoenix achieving a Bachelor of Science in Human Services and Master of Science in Marriage Family and Children Therapist.

"Your past is a key but it does not have to dictate your future "


Sheena Edmonds completed her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family therapy from St. Thomas University (Miami, FL) in 2013. Sheena is licensed as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy in California. Six years of counseling experience across a variety of treatment settings include community mental health services, outpatient substance use, and private practice. She is certified in FOCUS, which is a resiliency training program, for families with children and couples facing adversity and traumatic stress across a variety of situations. Sheena serves adolescents, adults, couples, and families in the following areas.

  • Teen Issues; Peer Pressure, Self Esteem
  • Parent/Child or Partner Relational Problems
  • Dating Violence/Abuse
  • Non-Suicidal Self-Harm Behavior
  • Obsessions and Compulsions
  • Mood Disorders
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Conduct and Oppositional Defiant Disorders
  • Physical, Sexual, Emotional Abuse
  • Anger and Stress Management
  • Dual Diagnoses
  • Marriage and Family Therapy

Sheena is eclectic and uses a blend of Cognitive Behavioral, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused, Reality Based, Client Centered and psycho-education to individuals of ages eight and older.

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