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Allied Psychologists Services, P.C. is backed by a team of many highly qualified, experienced, and dedicated therapists, each dedicated to resolve psychological issues you may be dealing with. Together, they’ve been providing reliable, comprehensive counseling and treatment for the patients.

MEET THE DOCTORS

Samira Vafadar, PsyD (President)

Samira Vafadar, PsyD (President)

Dr. Vafadar has over 16 years of experience practicing clinical psychology. She completed her undergraduate education at York University in Toronto, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She then went on to receive her Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology from the Alliant International University in San Diego, California. Thereafter she continued her training at Alliant University where she obtained a doctoral degree in clinical psychology. Her postdoctoral training includes work in chronic pain, addiction, and forensics.

Dr. Vafadar specializes in a wide array of different psychological disorders including depression, anxiety, post- traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), substance use disorders, sexual abuse, sexual disorders, cultural ethnic issues, and chronic pain. Dr. Vafadar’s approach to treatment is based on creating a supportive, validating and compassionate therapeutic alliance whereby a patient can begin the work of therapy from a place of confidence and and trust. She incorporates various styles of practice, including insight oriented, cognitive behavioral and dialectical behavioral, to guide patients so they can better understand their own strengths and barriers in order to learn more skills to live more fulfilling lives.

Nicole Lightman, Ph.D. (Clinical Psychologist)

Nicole Lightman, Ph.D. (Vice President)

Dr. Lightman is a clinical psychologist who specializes in working with children, adolescents, and young adults. Her primary clinical interests are short-term goal-directed interventions for the treatment of mood disorders, personality disorders, and relational conflict resolution. She offers individual therapy, family therapy, and parent support for behavior management training.

Dr. Lightman emphasizes helping individuals develop and integrate coping skills from a wide variety of approaches and resources to best manage difficult life stressors. Her approach to treatment is individualized and incorporates treatment techniques such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) to help individuals better manage emotional and behavioral difficulties. Such techniques teach skills to help individuals to better self-regulate their emotions, tolerate distress, improve interpersonal relations, and be more mindful of their thoughts and behaviors. Dr. Lightman also provides comprehensive psychological, psycho-educational, and developmental testing for the diagnosis of Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder, and learning disabilities.

Dr. Lightman earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University. She completed her pre-doctoral training at the Youth Opportunity Center, where she conducted assessments and therapy to youth with severe emotional and behavioral difficulties. She then completed her postdoctoral training at the University of Minnesota. There she ran intensive outpatient group programs for children and adolescents with anxiety, depression, social difficulties, and behavioral disorders

Azita Agahi, PsyD MFT (Dr. Azi)

Azita Agahi, PsyD MFT (Dr. Azi)

Dr. Azita Agahi is a Registered Psychological Assistant with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy graduating from Alliant International University (CSPP)/Irvine campus. She received her Bachelor of Art in Psychology with Minor in Science from the University of California Riverside, where she was rewarded a mini grant for a study working as a research assistant with her professor on “the effects of parenting style on children’s behavior that are diagnosed with ADHD”. Thereafter, she was accepted directly to the doctoral program at Alliant International University, where she completed her Master’s degree along the way. Her Doctoral Dissertation was focused on the effects of different parenting styles on children’s behavioral development through adolescence.

Dr. Azita Agahi has over 12 years of extensive experience providing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to help treat depression, anxiety, mood and/or personality conditions, and those who struggle with addiction. She has provided individualized and trauma-based treatment plans, individual, couples, family, and group sessions to children, adolescents, young adults, adults and their families working for the County of Orange, also in dual-diagnosis treatment/recovery programs in residential settings, promoting the optimal healing for those, who struggle with severe mental illness, emotional problems, and addiction. Her mission is to promote the optimal mental health for individuals and families within our diverse communities. She is dedicated to help people process and express their emotions in a healthy way, gain power, control, and insight into their cognitive distortions in order to eliminate harmful defenses and achieve profound results.

Rachel Kwong, PsyD

Rachel Kwon, PsyD

Dr. Rachel Kwon is a Registered Psychological Assistant and is currently supervised by Dr. Nicole Lightman. She graduated from University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor's in Psychology. She then earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology along with a Master’s in Clinical Psychology from Biola University’s Rosemead School of Psychology. Her doctoral dissertation was focused on studying the role of supportive relationships in facilitating post-traumatic recovery and growth among survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

Dr. Kwon has worked in various treatment settings, including university counseling center, inpatient psychiatric hospital, community mental health centers, and residential rehabilitation centers. She also has experience working with the underserved, low-income population in Skid Row, Los Angeles and treating a broad range of psychological concerns including trauma and substance abuse. She completed an APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship at San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health where she conducted assessments and individual and group therapy to children, adolescents, and adults.

Dr. Kwon seeks to create a safe, non-judgmental place for clients to process and gain insight into their experiences and emotions. She draws from various therapeutic orientations, such as psychodynamic, emotion-focused, attachment-based, dialectical behavioral, and cognitive behavioral therapy, in order to individualize her treatment approaches based on each client’s specific needs. She is passionate about providing culturally sensitive and trauma-informed care to those who come from diverse backgrounds. She can also provide therapy in Korean.

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Matthew Nozaki, MA

Matthew Nozaki received his Associates Degree in General Studies, and Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of Phoenix, and is currently pursuing his MA and PhD in Clinical Psychology at Walden University.

Matthew served in the US Marine Corps with 3rd Battalion 4th Marines and The School of Infantry West.

Matthew enjoys helping people in all aspects of life. He has volunteered for a hospital in Southern California where he worked in the Emergency Room to provide emotional support to recently admitted patients, as well as helping hospitalized individuals cope with the stressors of being inpatient.

Matthew is a father to two young boys. He is passionate about teaching and demonstrating the importance of mental health to his boys as well as to the community. He wishes to help people achieve the happiness that they deserve in their lives by lending a compassionate and listening ear. He also wants to assist with the process by providing the tools, and education necessary for people to achieve their highest potential.

Matthew is currently working under the direct supervision of licensed psychologist Dr. Samira Vafadar at Allied Psychological Services where he provides therapy to children, teenagers, and adults as well as psychological testing for ADHD and other diagnoses.

Julie-Ann Goode, MA, LMFT

Julie-Ann Goode, MA, LMFT

Julie-Ann is a doctoral candidate, Licensed Marriage and Family therapist, and EMDR specialist. She works with work, school, and home stress, anxiety, depression, and other issues. She can also treat children with depression, anxiety, anger, and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Her approach is very gentle where she can help with pain and strength.

Some of her many years of experience includes domestic violence, rape/molestation, child abuse, addictions, trauma, intimate partner problems, parenting problems, and work/life balance. Specialized training in EMDR, an effective method of reducing anxiety around stressful events or trauma. She also has international training that allows her to work in a unique way.

Julie-Ann is completing a doctorate in Applied Psychology, with extensive research on the global heroin and opiate addiction epidemic. Self-help information is available from her podcast show "Psych 1On1" on iTunes Podcast and www.therapycable.com

Jaime Spray, Ph.D

Jaime Spray, Ph.D

Dr. Spray is a postdoctoral psychological assistant (PSB-94024787) working under the supervision of Dr. Samira Vafadar (PSY-28213). She earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of California – San Diego (UCSD), Master of Arts in Psychology, and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (Health track) at the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University – San Diego.

Dr. Spray completed her APA-Accredited pre-doctoral internship in community mental health at Four County Counseling Center in Indiana as part of the Heart of America Psychology Internship Program. She then completed a two-year pediatric psychology fellowship at Children’s Hospital New Orleans where she worked on the consultation-liaison service, in multidisciplinary medical clinics, provided outpatient treatment, and conducted comprehensive psychological evaluations.

Dr. Spray specializes in working with children, adolescents, young adults, and families. She has experience in outpatient, inpatient, residential, school-based, multidisciplinary medical clinics, inpatient medical settings, and private practice. Her approach to treatment is primarily cognitive behavioral integrating evidenced-based cognitive behavioral interventions, solution-focused, family-systems, and mindfulness based approaches. Dr. Spray specializes in treating individuals with anxiety, mood disorders, patients coping with medical conditions, behavior management training for parents, trauma, and comprehensive psychological evaluations.

Jacqueline Sandoval, MA

Jacqueline Sandoval, MA

Jacqueline Sandoval, M.A is a Registered Psychological Assistant performing therapy and psychological testing under supervision of licensed psychologist. She had an emphasis in Professional Clinical Counseling and a specialization in Forensic Psychology. She is currently attending the Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP) as a doctoral candidate. Her Doctoral Dissertation was focused on how gender role attitudes influenced punitive judgements and perceived mental illness in mothers and fathers who committed filicide. She received her Bachelor of Art in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She received her Master of Art in Forensic Psychology, with an emphasis in Professional Clinical Counseling from TCSPP.

Jacqueline Sandoval, M.A. has years of experience providing therapy including in Spanish to help treat an array of mental health diagnosis but not limited to depression, anxiety, trauma, and personality conditions. Jacqueline has worked with children of all ages, families, as well as adult and geriatric populations in both mild and acute settings. Jacqueline has worked as an Intensive Services therapist and also has experience working in a psychiatric hospital. Additionally, Jacqueline has experience in treating dual diagnosis in adolescents in a residential facility. Her forensic experience includes working in the forensic unit of a State Psychiatric hospital as well as working with Sex Offenders in an outpatient setting. Her mission is to emphasize the importance of authenticity when working within the mental health field, not only within clients, but authenticity in mental health professionals.

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JUSTIN LIU, MA

Justin received his bachelor’s of science in clinical psychology at the University of California San Diego and is currently pursuing his PsyD at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Justin works under the supervision of Dr. Samira Vafadar doing therapy and testing with individuals and couples.

Justin has experience working at straight talk in Orange County where he treated couples and individuals. He approaches therapy by understanding individuals and their life stories. Justin accepts as true that many individuals are continuously doing their best but may feel stuck or trapped by overwhelming events, their history, fears, or grief. Justin seeks to help empower individuals to make the changes they want to make and create opportunities for self-discovery, compassion, and care.

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