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.

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.

Cindy Chau , Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family therapist, and together, we will work to address any distress that may have brought you to seek counseling. It is important to note that therapy can bring about more questions before answers. It will be, at times, very uncomfortable. However, therapy does offer the potential for improved sense of self, coping skills to navigate life stressors, improved communication skills, and overall perspective. My experience includes cultural identity development, anxiety & depression, emerging adult issues, substance abuse, anger management, grief/ loss, trauma/ PTSD and behavioral issues such as ADHD. I have 5+ years of working with a diverse population, including adolescents, adults and Veterans in private and outpatient settings. I hope to inspire clients to be brave in addressing areas of pain and discomfort to boldly live their fullest lives.