Hi, I’m Tammy Hyland
As clichéd as it sounds, life is surely filled with twists and turns, peaks and valleys.Haven’t we all wondered at some point, “What went wrong…Why me…How on Earth did I get here?” A difficult child or teen, a sick loved one, a relationship on the rocks, and unexpected job termination, a death, a divorce… these are just some of the things that can completely turn our world upside down and put us into a tailspin. Sometimes we are able to navigate through life’s struggles with strength and perseverance, other times we just need help.
Life experience is an important asset when counseling others, and I have plenty to draw from. At the age of 57 I have experienced the pain of divorce, both in childhood and as an adult. I have helped family members and friends who have experienced struggles associated with depression, anxiety, dependency, infidelity, divorce, parenting, step parenting and blended family issues. From a very early age, I had a yearning to understand human behavior and to grow through each experience.
In my 20’s I navigated through the corporate world and learned a lot about organizational psychology and relationships in the work place. In my early 30’s, I became a dedicated stay-at-home mom to my three children, where I learned a great deal about child development, multi-tasking, and most importantly, patience. In my 40’s, I found myself searching for a higher purpose for my life, one that would be rewarding and fulfilling. I knew that I had a gift of connecting with people, as I truly enjoyed hearing about their lives. I found that by lending an empathetic, non-judgmental ear, and asking thought provoking questions, people easily opened up to me about their life struggles. It was after a lot of soul searching, that I decided to take what I had been studying my whole life, people and relationships, and put it to good use.
I completed my Masters in Clinical Psychology at Chapman University and began working in private practice shortly afterward. My personal experience in helping others through life struggles has given me a deep understanding and insight into the emotions that accompany them, and my educational and clinical experience has enabled me to put theory to work and help people in need.
I specialize in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) to help couples and families recognize the regular patterns and cycles in their communication that drives conflict and disconnect. By figuring out “what’s really going on beneath the heated argument” couples and families learn to identify and communicate their softer emotions. Healing begins when one feels heard and understood emotionally.
I also regularly work with clients who struggle with anxiety, depression, and other life circumstances using a therapeutic approach called Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). CBT helps people learn how to identify and change destructive or disturbing thought patterns that have a negative influence on their behavior and emotions.
I am a compassionate and professional advocate for each individual’s needs and have a practical, empathic, goal-oriented approach to counseling. I provide a safe, encouraging, and respectful environment in which individuals may comfortably achieve their therapeutic goals, some of which can include gaining new insights, understanding, and practical skills for maintaining mental and emotional wellness. Therapy is collaborative and my sessions are tailored to best fit the needs and desires of each person.
Tammy Hyland MA, LMFT #92625
Hi, I’m Sheri Sepanlou
Shahrzad (Sheri) Sepanlou is a licensed marriage and family therapist who sees clients in person and online. Sheri graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and received her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Sheri is a compassionate and down-to-earth therapist who loves working with couples, individuals struggling with depression and anxiety, as well as older teens who need a safe and supportive emotional space.
Sheri considers herself a trauma informed (trained in EMDR), psychodynamic therapist and in her work with clients, works on family of origin issues, unresolved trauma, and utilizes mindfulness and CBT techniques to help clients live more fully and happily in the present. Depression and anxiety are often the result of a person’s intense preoccupation with the past or the future and learning to be more mindful and present in the moment, can result in a sense of joy and peace in many clients.
Sheri, who is trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples, works collaboratively with couples on de-escalating tense and highly charged interactions, addressing each partner’s unmet needs and longings as well as the hurt underneath the anger. In EFT, the couples’ negative cycle or the patterns that they are trapped in are identified, and couples learn new and more positive ways of interacting and being with one another. Sheri is a married mother of two teenagers and is aware of the challenges of parenting and of working on a long-term marriage.
Sheri Sepanlou MA, LMFT #125432
Hi, I’m Jan Covyeau
I am a Registered Associate with an M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy from the College of Psychology and Counseling at Hope International University. Prior to becoming a therapist, I worked in the corporate world over 25 years in the areas of education, sales, finance and most recently adoption. I discovered my passion for helping others in my role of Adoption Adviser in the emotionally charged adoption process. It is this passion and my own life challenges, healing and personal growth that served as the catalyst in my pursuit of becoming a therapist.
Entering this field later in life provided me with invaluable personal experiences which have played a key part in helping to better understand my clients and many of the issues they face. I have found my education and experience to be most effective in working with individuals, adolescents and couples that are facing various issues such as anxiety, depression, grief, trauma or relational difficulties.
I also enjoy working with couples and families who are struggling in their relationships. I incorporate the practice of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), a highly effective method for healing relationships. When working with clients, we look at patterns in the relationship and take steps to create a more secure bond and develop more trust to move the relationship in a healthier, more positive direction.
I recognize it takes courage and vulnerability to sit with a perfect stranger and share details about your life, relationships and struggles. I am a firm believer in that there is no issue or setback that is too large to overcome. Therapy is a gift you give yourself. It can truly transform your life and provide you with the opportunity to become your best self.
Jan Covyeau MA, AMFT #112244
Hi, I’m Jeremiah Matters
Life is a journey that is not meant to be navigated alone, so I’m glad you found me. My own journey has not been easy, but even through the struggles in my life I have always felt a calling to help others in need.
I received my Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Azusa Pacific University and am currently providing psychotherapy for individuals, couples, and families for issues ranging from anxiety and depression to relationship struggles. I am also passionate about working with the LGBTQ+ community and helping individuals navigate their Coming Out Journey.
One area of study that I am particularly interested in is Attachment Theory, which describes the deep and long-term bonds that form between two people. As children, how we were shown love, support, care, and affection by our attachment figures affects how we view love today. If your core needs were met growing up, then you probably have a fairly secure attachment style. However, if your needs were met only some of the time or not at all, then you may have developed an insecure (anxious, avoidant, or both) attachment style that has probably affected some of the most important relationships in your life. The beauty of Attachment Theory is that our attachment style is constantly adapting and changing. With new and healthier experiences, we are able to adopt a healthier and more secure attachment style.
One method of counseling that I use when working with individuals, couples, and families is Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). It is a relatively short-term therapy that is evidence based and highly effective. EFT focuses on adult relationships from an attachment perspective. The goal is to improve communication by helping clients become more in touch with their primary emotions and learn how to express those emotions to others so that they form closer connections and bonds.
I always say, “Life is best lived as your authentic self”, and there’s no better way to live with authenticity than by learning how to express who you are and how you feel with those who are closest to you. If you are ready to be more known by loved ones and start living life with more authenticity, please call or text me at the number below. I look forward to working with you!
Jeremiah Matters, MA, AMFT #121794
Hi, I’m Dama Perez
M.A., AMFT, APCC
I am a registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist and Associate Professional Clinical Counselor who is passionate about working with adolescents, couples, and families. I earned an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University. I am fluent in both Spanish and English.
I am passionate about helping my individual clients meet their therapeutic goals whether it be understanding themselves better, developing better coping skills, or healing from past wounds. I find that my experience and education has prepared me in working with clients struggling with anxiety, depression, anger management, and grief. I also enjoy working with couples and families in repairing relationships. When working with couples and families I incorporate the practice of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), a highly effective method for healing relationships.
My professional experience prior to becoming a therapist includes working in human resources and educational leadership for over 10 years. The correlation between a student’s socio emotional wellness and academic success was my impetus in pursuing a career in therapy. I am encouraged when my clients make connections, have breakthroughs, or adapt new skills which positively influence other aspects of their lives. I love being able to serve as an agent of healing in their process.
I take on an empathic and humanistic approach with clients. Having a therapist that you trust and feel comfortable with is important. Feel free to contact me for a free consultation to determine if I may be a good fit for you.
Dama Perez, MA, AMFT #125463, APCC #9519
All Associate Therapists are currently supervised by Tammy Hyland, LMFT 92625