About Our Therapists:
Kristen Roberts, MS, LMFT, BCBA
A licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Kristen has worked extensively with special needs children as well as adults. Her commitment and dedication is evident in her 15 years of experience in the counseling field. A ten-year veteran of LeafWing with a Master’s in Counseling from California State University, Fullerton, Kristen is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who has helped countless families, couples and individuals. She brings to the center the type of compassion and expertise that truly embody what we do.
Nancy Nguyen, PhD, LMFT
Nancy is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who is particularly invested in working on the Parent/Child dynamic. Her widespread experience with PCIT (Parent Child Interaction Training), has made her a highly perceptive expert in this field. Receiving her PhD from Penn State, Nancy has gone on to help her clients better connect, adapt and ultimately thrive. Her ten years of experience have given her the insight and training that make her one of LeafWing’s most trusted therapists.
Maria Madrid, MA, MFTi
Supervised by Kristen Roberts LMFT 50185
A program supervisor, Maria has been with LeafWing since August 2016. She works largely with autistic children and their families, providing schools with the support necessary to foster growth and well-being. Maria holds a Master’s in Counseling Psychology/MFT from Argosy University, and has since had the opportunity to work with developmentally disabled adults, women who were victims of domestic violence, as well as providing crisis management to diverse parent/child groups. Her work thus far at LeafWing has certainly had a positive impact.
Jennifer Ley, MS, MFTi
Supervised by Kristen Roberts LMFT 50185
Currently working towards licensure as an MFTi and PCCi, Jennifer holds a Master’s in Counseling from California State University, Fullerton. Her experience to date involves working with a wide array of individuals, couples, and families, those coping with domestic violence, codependency, sexual abuse, relationship issues, as well as problems of self-esteem. Additionally, Jennifer has had the opportunity to help treat clients dealing with mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and autism. A behavior therapist, parent consultant, and now supervisor in the treatment of children with autism, Jennifer has become an asset to the LeafWing team.
Karen Netherlain , MA, LMFT
A licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), Karen holds an Master’s in Clinical Psychology and is EMDR trained. Specializing in trauma, self-esteem issues, addiction, and attachment (bonding) issues, Karen’s approach is one marked by gentleness, positive reinforcement and keen insight. Her work with clients is largely emotion-focused as she helps them navigate through their experiences and inner conflicts. A key member of the LeafWing team, Karen’s expertise and intuitive approach is incredibly well-received.
George Castro, MA, LMFT
George is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over twenty-five years experience in the field. George’s goal is to empower those seeking his counsel. He wants to help children and families grow stronger, healthier, more connected. His is a strengths-based, cognitive approach that involves changing the way we think about our problems and challenges in order to adjust behaviors. A former clinical supervisor for L.A. and Orange Counties, George has worked with incredibly difficult youth-based cases, and his experience in this arena has enabled him to insightfully help children, teens and young adults more effectively navigate social and emotional challenges. George contributions to LeafWing and its clients are immeasurable.
Megan Jimenez, MS, LMFT
A licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Megan specializes in working one-on-one with clients in order to best address their needs, concerns and challenges. With a Master’s in Counseling Psychology from California Baptist University, she has helped a variety of people of all ages and from all walks of life. Her goal as a therapist is to provide a welcoming and constructive environment in which her clients can flourish. And her tenure at LeafWing has helped us more effectively create a genuinely warm and welcoming atmosphere.