Stella Petros is a licensed clinical social worker. She graduated from University of Southern California with master’s in social work, with Mental Health concentration and child and Adolescents as sub-concentration. She has worked at a community based mental health clinic as a clinician, Field instructor, and clinical supervisor over the last fifteen years. She is currently working with the Glendale Unified School District’s Intern Academy as a Field Instructor. In addition, she is a clinical supervisor for a few non-public schools. She also has her private practice in Glendale. Stella is trained in various Evidenced Practice Models. She is also certified as a trainer in QPR and Mental Health First Aid.
Laura Ourfalian is an Associate Clinical Social Worker. She completed her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Social Work at California State University, Los Angeles. She is currently a Psychological Services Provider working at the Glendale Unified School District (GUSD) with the Student and Wellness Services Department. Laura provides mental health services individually and in group settings to K-12 students throughout GUSD school sites. Some of the areas that are addressed are as follows: teen issues, peer pressure, self-esteem, parent/child relationships problems, anxiety, depression, and other social-emotional challenges. She collaborates with parents and teachers to gather family history, current familiar stressors, overall family functioning and student’s behavior both at home and in the classroom. Additionally, she leads parent psycho-educational groups in English, Spanish and Armenian. She has acquired certifications in Mental Health First Aid as an Instructor “Train the Trainer” and QPR as a “Gatekeeper” for Suicide Prevention. Laura Ourfalian is currently working on acquiring her necessary hours to obtain her LCSW.
Dr. Ayvazian received his undergraduate degree at U.C.L.A., his doctorate at U.S.C., and his neuropsychology training at the Fielding Institute. He performs neuropsychological assessments in his private practice, at schools, and in hospital settings. He is on staff at White Memorial Medical Center in Los Angeles, where he trains medical personnel in behavioral health and performs in-patient evaluations.
He investigates deficits in the areas of attention and concentration, auditory processing, executive functioning, language, learning, memory, motor skills and other aspects of neuropsychological functioning.
Dr. George Gharibian has a doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Memphis and a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from California State University, Northridge. He is a licensed psychologist in the state of California and provides psychotherapy in a private practice setting. In addition, Dr. Gharibian is a core faculty member in the Clinical Psychology Psy.D. program at the California School of Professional Psychology in Los Angeles. His teaching and research interests include Intercultural Psychology, Immigration and Mental Health, Clinical Intervention, Trauma, Mindfulness and Family dynamics.
Anna Grigorian-Routon holds a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and a Psy.D. in
Clinical Psychology. She has over 10 years’ experience working in mental health settings, and
has worked in that capacity at several school districts, counseling centers, and agencies in
Southern California, providing school-based counseling services, neuropsychological
assessment, and psychotherapy. Anna’s clinical work and research focuses on children, parents,
and teachers, and she has developed and executed bullying-prevention and mental health-focused
programming geared toward elementary and middle-school students and their parents.
Having been a student, a wife, a mother, and a working professional simultaneously for 7 years,
Anna recognizes the immense importance of self-reflection and self-care, and takes an active role
in mentoring women who are navigating graduate school and their post-graduate careers.
Further, Anna’s future goals include developing a working relationship and pursuing projects
with mental health professionals in Armenia, as well as developing a mentorship program for
early career professionals of Armenian descent as a means of promoting mental health in the
Armenian community at home and abroad.
Anna is currently an Assistant Professor of Psychology at California Baptist University’s Online
and Professional Studies Division, and is also serving as the Education Committee Co-Chair on the AAMHA board.
Tanya Loussinian’s great passion is bringing healing to people who have been through traumatic/stressful experience. Mrs. Loussinian is currently a mental health therapist at a non-public school providing psychotherapy services to adolescents and children with diverse mental health disabilities including Emotional Disturbance, Autism, ADHD, Bipolar, Anger management, Behavioral issues, Depression, Oppositional Defiance, Self-esteem, Suicidal Ideation and others. Her therapeutic approach includes CBT, Play Therapy and talk Therapy. Mrs. Loussinian’s educational background includes a Bachelor and a Master’s degree in Social Work from Californian State University of Los Angeles. She currently holds an Associate License in Clinical Social Work and in pursuit of becoming a licensed clinical social worker. Furthermore, Mrs. Loussinian holds certificates in Psychological First Aid, Counseling on Access to Lethal Means, Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools, Bounce Back Provider Training and Safety-Care.
Sevan Tahmassian is an associate marriage and family therapist, graduated with distinction from California State University, Northridge with his Masters Degree in Counseling. Over the past decade, he has worked in a wide variety of professional capacities as a clinician and educator. He took on a role as a Supplemental Instruction (SI) leader for three subjects—Psychology, Astronomy, and Statistics— at Glendale Community College and California State University of Northridge. He is a trilingual —English, Armenian, and Farsi—psychotherapist, and currently provides individual and couple therapy in a private practice setting in Glendale. His multi-dimensional approach is tailored to the needs of each individual in order to equip his clients to view the issues through different lenses, to broaden their perspectives, and to navigate their value-driven lives. Outside of being a therapist, Sevan enjoys traveling, camping, gardening, reading books, binge-watching TV shows, and most importantly participating in good conversations.
Knar Kahkejian earned her Master’s degree in Social Work, with an emphasis in Child Welfare from San Francisco State University. She specializes in working with at-risk youth, teens, adolescents and families. Her experience ranges from working in residential facilities with foster youth, Department of Children and Family Services, working within the education/school system to prepare children with Autism to reintegrate into mainstream classes, and community based mental health care. Knar’s role as a Social Worker has provided her with a unique lens when working with diverse individuals and populations struggling with various challenges, many of which inhibit them from reaching their full potential. She draws from her expertise in social work and clinical experiences to empower her clients to promote change within themselves. Knar is currently a Psychological Services Provider for Glendale Unified School District.
Lilia Golestanian is an Associate Clinical Social worker. She graduated from University of Southern California with a master’s degree in social work, concentrating on children, youth and family. For the past two years she has been working at Glendale Unified School District as a mental health therapist (TIDES program) as she pursues her LCSW. Lilia provides mental health services individually and in group settings, as well as parenting sessions for K-6 students with diverse mental health disabilities including Autism, Emotional Disturbance, ADHD. Over the past four years, Lilia has specialized in working with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder in both home and school settings. Her therapeutic approaches include Play Therapy, Art Therapy and CBT. She is known for her leadership, organization, consistent, and calm personality, and works hard to make sure every student has the opportunity to tap into his or her own strengths and talents.
Sona Hovsepian, LCSW, is a Senior Clinical Project Director with the Veterans Emergency Management Evaluation Center (VEMEC) at the Greater Los Angeles VA Healthcare System. Currently, her research efforts focus on promoting the health and social welfare of Veterans and the nation before, during, and after national emergencies and disasters through research and evaluation. She serves on the safety committee at the GLA Community Engagement and Reintegration Services (CERS) department. Ms. Hovsepian has worked with the VA HSR&D CSHIIP and the VA Desert Pacific MIRECC Health Services Unit for 8 years conducting research with Veterans with serious mental illness, substance use disorders, and a history of homelessness. During this period, Ms. Hovsepian has developed research and clinical skills with vulnerable populations such as homeless individuals and those with SMI. In addition, she has implemented weight management interventions, conducted provider and patient focus groups, as well as coordinated and recruited for multiple health services research studies. Her clinical work and research aim to improve care for vulnerable populations with psychiatric disorders and addiction. Ms. Hovsepian’s role as a family therapist at the Glendale Adventist Alcohol and Drug Services includes working with individuals and families faced with the challenges of addiction in residential, day, and intensive outpatient program. She has held leadership roles in several non-profit community organizations. Ms. Hovsepian received her undergraduate degree at UCLA and her MSW, with dean’s honorable mention and departmental honors, with a concentration in Families and Children from the USC School of Social.
Arpine Gulgulyan received her Master’s level Clinical Psychology degree from the Yerevan State University and is currently a doctorate student at the California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University. Arpine is an intern at the APA-accredited internship program at the Institute of Multicultural Counseling and Educational Services (IMCES). She is a strong advocate of mental health service delivery for underserved and disadvantaged populations while continuously working on strengthening the ties between local mental health professionals and her colleagues in Armenia. Arpine’s clinical interests revolve around individuals with developmental disabilities across the lifespan and children and families from diverse cultural backgrounds. She has been a member of the AAMHA since 2017 and this year decided to become more actively involved in the materialization of the association’s mission.
Mrs. Kevork is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice. Alice has been providing therapy to families, children, adolescents, couples and individuals for the last 7 years. She obtained her MA in MFT and BA in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College. She chose this field because of her love for children and their families. In her spare time, Ms. Kevork visits her elderly friends who need company. She sees them as rare jewels, values their wisdom and enjoys her time with them. She works from a systemic perspective and specializes in working with the family unit. She also specializes in offering premarital counseling and working with couples who are facing difficulties with intimacy, vulnerability and other relational issues. She is a Certified Prepare & Enrich facilitator as well as a Certified Positive Discipline Parenting Class facilitator and a Certified Anger Management Facilitator.