Lisa Blum, Psy.D. (PSY#19790) is a licensed clinical psychologist and certified EFT therapist who specializes in promoting healthy family relationships. Dr. Blum has worked as a mental health professional since 1987. Currently Dr. Blum is in private practice in Pasadena and West Hollywood, where her work includes individual, couples, and family therapy, and consultation, training, and public speaking on family, marital, and parenting issues. She has worked extensively with parents and children, teachers and staff both in clinical practice and in community settings, and she consults to public and private schools and organizations to develop programs that support families. Dr. Blum utilizes Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) in her work to help couples and families strengthen relationships and build deep and lasting connections.
Dr. Blum’s previous experience includes: Supervising Psychologist at the Institute for Girls’ Development in Pasadena; Supervising Psychologist for Children’s Hospital - Los Angeles; Staff Researcher at the UCLA Center for Adolescent Health Promotion; and Director of Education for the HiTOPS Teen Health Center in Princeton, NJ, where she designed educational programs for teens, parents, and teachers on healthy adolescent development. Dr. Blum holds Masters and Doctoral degrees in Psychology from Rutgers University and a Bachelors degree in Psychology with honors from Cornell University.
Silvina Irwin, Ph.D. (PSY#19710) is a licensed clinical psychologist and certified EFT Trainer, Therapist and Supervisor in private practice in Pasadena, CA. In her clinical practice, Dr. Irwin specializes in working with survivors of childhood and adult trauma, focusing on healing and recovery at the individual level, as well as addressing the impact that traumatic experiences have on intimate relationships in her work with couples. Dr. Irwin also provides treatment for mood and anxiety disorders and relationship and family distress. She works with individuals across the lifespan, including children, teens, and adults. In addition to providing clinical services, Dr. Irwin trains and supervises therapists nationally and internationally in EFT and offers the entire series of prerequisite courses for certification in EFT. Dr. Irwin also conducts workshops for professionals in the community, including the police department, Office of the District Attorney, therapists and psychology trainees at various centers, and medical staff at local hospitals, to name a few.
Dr. Irwin was trained and mentored by Dr. Sue Johnson in her development as an EFT trainer. Dr. Irwin was an intern at Harvard Medical School, completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the University of San Francisco, California Medical School. She received her Masters and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Prior to her work in private practice, she was a psychologist at the University of San Francisco providing clinical services, supervision, teaching and training, as well as conducted research on best-practices in the treatment of child trauma.
Alexandra Block, M.A. (AMFT 105759) is a Registered Associate Marriage & Family Therapist with the EFT Resource Center. She applies EFT in her work with couples as well as children, teens, and adult individuals. She has experience in working with the particular difficulties that can occur all across the lifespan and for all members of the family system. In addition, Alexandra has a special interest in working with adoption. She is ASIST certified, competent in assessing and addressing suicidal thoughts, behaviors, and applying interventions.
A native Californian, Alexandra developed her drive and empathetic skills by competing in the equestrian arena from a very young age. During her initial training is when she began to discover her belief that honoring and respecting the humanity in each client is of the utmost importance and integral to her clinical work. Within this includes a strong reverence for a corehuman need—a connection to other human beings.
Alexandra holds her M.A. in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University, she focused her studies in Spiritual and Depth Psychology — an integration of mindfulness, transpersonal, and Jungian modalities, where the therapist’s goal is to help the client unite their conscious with the unconscious in a quest for wholeness and spiritual connectedness. Alexandra formerly worked with clients across the age and gender spectrum at Counseling West where she utilized Sandtray therapy. She has experience and extensive training in crisis management and suicide prevention through Didi Hirsch.
Please feel free to give Alexandra a call if you would like to discuss working together.
Therese Spellman, MA
Therese Spellman, M.A. (AMFT 107715) is a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist with the EFT Resource Center. Therese specializes in helping couples learn to truly see and hear each other in order to reconnect and deepen their relationship. In addition, Therese has experience working with adult individuals undergoing difficult or challenging life transitions and the uncomfortable emotions they produce, as well as with people suffering from trauma, past or present.
Therese earned her Master’s Degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Phillips Graduate University. She also holds Bachelor’s Degrees in Psychology and Women’s Studies from California State University, Northridge. Therese developed her sensitivity to the subtleties of body language and emotional expression from practicing body work for over 20 years as a licensed massage therapist.
Please feel free to give Therese a call if you would like to discuss working together.
Angie Gereis, Psy.D.
Angie Gereis, Psy.D. (PSB 94024454) is a Registered Psychological Assistant with the EFT Resource Center. She specializes in working with individuals across the life span dealing with depression, anxiety, relational concerns, and life transitions. Angie also works with couples and families to repair rifts and strengthen bonds. She has a special interest in working with individuals with post-traumatic stress and complex trauma.
Angie holds her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology, with a strong emphasis on social justice and cultural differences, from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University in San Francisco. Angie is passionate about working with members of various cultural and spiritual and religious identities, as well as transitional aged youth and young adults. Angie completed her predoctoral internship at the APA accredited site of Kaiser Permanente Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine in San Diego, working with individuals, families, and couples across the lifespan with a wide range of clinical presentations. She has previous experience working with severe and chronic mental illness in a hospital setting, adolescents in a school setting, and with marginalized populations in a community mental health setting. Angie holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Social Behavior from University of California, Irvine (UCI). During her time at UCI, she worked as a mentor through the COACH program with the UCI Counseling Center, where she provided peer counseling and guidance supervised by licensed mental health professionals.
Please feel free to give Angie a call if you would like to discuss working together.