Our Team

Jesse Lauricella


Claire Hughes-ALT

licensed clinical social worker

Datong (Tom) Liu

licensed clinical social worker | SEP

Mason Wright

licensed marriage and family therapist

Ben Gilbert

licensed marriage and family therapist

Alex Megarit


Ekaterini Constantine

licensed marriage and family therapist | CERTIFIED EMDR THERAPIST

Harmony Rousseau

licensed marriage and family therapist

Ben Schwartzman

licensed clinical social worker

Dalia Safaradi

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Sogol Drake

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Michelle Howard

licensed marriage and family therapist

Jackie Nolan

CLicensed Clinical Psychologist

Jason Levine

PHD | Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Jason Frank

Mentor | CADC-ll

Our Clinicians Have Extensive Training And Certifications In:

Our Team

• Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing  (EMDR)

• Neurofeedback

• Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

• Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

• Somatic Experiencing (SE)

• Family Systems

• Parent Coaching

• Group Therapy

• Psychodynamic

• Depth Psychology

• Attachment Theory

• Motivational Interviewing

• Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

• Emotional Focused Therapy (EFT)

• Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP)

Jason Frank | Mentor | CADC-ll

With over 9 years of practice in a variety of clinical settings, Jason’s diverse experience working in the field of mental health continues to guide him in helping others.  Jason brings his relaxed, familiar style to each relationship he builds with his clients.  Passionate about all things active, Jason’s approach to client care often involves incorporating surfing, skateboarding, and other forms of therapeutic movement.  Jason’s unique method of engaging clients is an extension of his philosophy that healing begins when we feel inspired, connected, and are moving!


Jason is a clinical psychologist licensed in California. He received his doctorate from New School University in New York City and has been providing clinical treatment to the underserved for 30 years. Dr. Levine has worked extensively, as both an administrator and clinician with those with Substance Use Disorder, the homeless, persons with HIV/AIDS, and those suffering with depression, anxiety, and anger management issues. Dr. Levine also served as the Senior Executive Director at Promises Treatment Centers, a world-renowned residential and outpatient treatment program in Malibu and West Los Angeles. He is now in private practice in West LA.


Jackie is a licensed Clinical Psychologist who specializes in psychological assessment and offers family, couples and individual therapy. Jackie focuses on strength-based and family systems modalities in her work. She brings a highly personable and relational touch complimented by years training and experience. One of Jackie’s great strengths is the ability to unravel highly complex clinical cases, map out attainable treatment goals and guide clients towards meeting them.

Jackie received her undergraduate degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Boston University and her doctorate in clinical psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.  Jackie has worked in every level of mental health treatment providing teens, adults, and their families with evidence-driven support on their reparative journeys.  Jackie is also an adjunct professor teaching Family Systems, Law and Ethics, Chemical Dependency, and Psychological Assessment at two APA-accredited doctoral programs in Los Angeles.  She has a passion for psychological assessment and utilizes her experience as a clinician to inform the assessment process, with a focus on personal strengths as well as areas in need of intervention or support.

Sogol Drake | Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Sogol Drake is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist practicing in Los Angeles, CA. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree at UCLA and went on to pursue a Master’s Degree in Psychology from Antioch University. She served as clinical director in an outpatient substance abuse treatment center and has supervised Marriage and Family Therapy Interns for the past 5 years. Sogol has been practicing psychotherapy in a variety of settings working with couples, adolescents, and the geriatric population. Sogol has extensive training in substance abuse, co-dependency, anxiety, depression, and severe mental illness. She practices an eclectic approach to psychotherapy to fit her client’s needs and has specific training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

DALIA SAFARADI | Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Dalia is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker practicing in Beverly Hills, CA. After completing a double Masters program at the University of Southern California, she received advanced clinical training in child and adolescent psychotherapy at Reiss Davis Child Study Center.

Through her experience working with schools, community agencies, providing supervision to therapists and supporting families in crisis, Dalia witnessed the importance of helping adolescents and young adults develop healthy coping skills. By providing Parent Coaching and Consultation, she supports parents in gaininga deeper understanding of their children’s behaviors and provides strategies to reduce conflict at home.

Dalia’s areas of focus include Anxiety, Trauma, Behavioral Difficulties, Family Conflict, Depression, Self-Harm Behaviors and Parent Coaching. She also provides in-home consultation for families.

Ben Schwartzman | LCSW

Ben is a licensed clinical social worker with nearly 10 years experience providing evidence-based treatments to a diverse client population including working in community mental health and group private practice settings.  Ben completed a thorough training in CBT and became certified as a Diplomate with the Academy of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies and received certification in Interpersonal Psychotherapy.  He also has extensive training and experience in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy as well as Exposure and Response Prevention. Ben treats a wide range of clients with different mental health challenges with a specific focus on anxiety, depression, borderline personality disorder, OCD, emotion dysregulation, impulsivity, suicidality, and self-harm behaviors.  

Ben believes individuals have unique needs and brings both his experience and collaborative skills into treatment.  He provides a custom tailored approach to each client and works through a strength-based and solution-focused orientation to assist people with recognizing challenges, identifying treatment goals, and developing skills to improve their quality of life.  

MICHELLE HOWARD | licensed marriage and family therapist

Michelle Howard is, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) specializing in helping support individuals, couples, and families overcome challenges, improve their relationships, achieve meaningful and lasting change.

With over 17 years of experience, She has extensive experience working in substance abuse treatment, Trauma (PTSD), body image issues, depression, parenting, and ADHD support. She utilizes a family systems, mindfulness and attachment based approach to address the individuals, couples, and families needs to develop healthy coping mechanisms, communication skills, resolving conflicts, and building healthier, more fulfilling relationships. 

Michelle is certified in EMDR (EMDRA) trauma therapy, Attachment and Comment Therapy (ACT), and Mindfulness Parenting, empathizing present-moment awareness, non-judgment, and self-compassion. She has created a workshop and facilitated groups therapy utilizing H.A.L.T., as a basis of understanding and fostering copings skills and self regulation in adults, teens and parents. She is trained in Gottman’s “Bringing Home Baby” educator, facilitating workshops for new couples and families. 

She creates a warm, empathetic, and non-judgmental space where clients can feel comfortable exploring their thoughts, emotions, and experiences. She firmly believe that every individual, couple, and family has inherent strengths and abilities that can be harnessed to achieve their desired outcomes.


Harmony is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in trauma, mood disorders and addiction. She received her Masters degree in Counseling with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from California State University, Northridge in 2007. She received her Bachelors degree in Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles in 2004. She has been trained in Laurel Parnell’s Attachment Focused Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, and Mindfulness.

Harmony began her career working as a primary therapist in a residential dual diagnosis treatment center. She has also provided services at several outpatient treatment centers where she facilitated groups, individuals, couples and family sessions. In addition to her MFT, Harmony also holds a Pupil Personnel Services Credential (P.P.S.) and works for the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District’s Adult Education Program, running all counseling services.

Whatever the reason for seeking support, Harmony’s goal is to help her clients build on the resources they already possess and to foster a safe and nurturing space that invites trust and collaboration into the therapeutic process, so they may be able to realize their purpose and experience joy and fulfillment.

Ekaterini Constantine | licensed marriage and family therapist | CERTIFIED EMDR THERAPIST

As a licensed marriage and family therapist, Kat has provided psychotherapy services to various populations including children and families in private practice, adults with substance abuse issues in intensive outpatient settings, as well as teens in residential treatment. She has developed a passion for working with teens and adults who seek healing and support with carving their own path in life. Her specialty is on people who want to understand and overcome their issues related to post-traumatic stress disorder, attachment wounds, depression, anxiety, performance anxiety, perinatal mood disorders, grief and loss, low self-esteem, and poor stress tolerance. Kat is a Certified EMDR therapist which is regularly utilized in concert with other modalities such as cognitive therapy and/or psychoeducational work to meet the needs of the client.

Kat brings a unique take on multiculturalism in our racially and culturally sensitive society, having herself been raised by immigrant parents from Greece. She attended California State University Northridge where she received a B.A in Psychology and Antioch University Los Angeles for her M.A in Clinical Psychology.


Alex believes that healing comes from within you, and within the context of relationship. In his practice as a therapist and a healer he has been able to take this belief and put it into practice with his clients. Alex found a new passion for healing in 2011 when he began studying the practice of Somatic Experiencing therapy, which focuses on positive psychology and the concept of healing at a biological and nervous system level (reconnecting the mind and body as one). As a facilitator and witness to this healing, Alex has had the privilege of working with clients experiencing a variety of presenting issues. It is his aim to provide a space for you to be your truest self, to help you to create more balance in your life, break free from old patterns, and expand your natural capacity to heal. Alex believes it is an honor and a blessing to be a partner in this healing relationship with clients, their families, and partners.

Alex has experience working with diverse populations and settings, including inpatient, outpatient, children, teens, adults, families, and with chronic mental illness. This experience comes from having worked in non-profit organizations, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, spiritual centers, juvenile justice, and private practice.
Alex is drawn towards working within the world of trauma healing, and helping clients to break free from the bonds that trauma tries to lock us into. Alex focuses much of his work on treating trauma, grief/loss, substance abuse, and interpersonal struggles. His aim is one of to help clients navigate through the world with somatic techniques to help clients heal from the traumas of the past, beginning with positive, while increasing capacity for that which brings discomfort and struggle. His aim is one of integrating areas of resource and strength, from within the client, as well as the therapeutic relationship, in order to build capacity for healing and change.

BEN GILBERT| licensed marriage and family therapist

Ben employs a heavily empathic approach to working with his clients and understands that no one approach to therapy will work for everyone. He strives to establish a strong relationship with his clients by truly seeing and validating who and where they are in life. He collaboratively explores the unique challenges that brought them into therapy while extrapolating desired therapeutic goals and laying out a fresh path towards positive change.

Mason Wright | licensed clinical social worker

Mason is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and an LA native. He received his M.S. in Clinical Psychology from California State University Fullerton where his research on patterns of alcohol use and risky behavior in young adults resulted in contributions to multiple publications. He has been involved with community-based and private mental health organizations in Southern California since 2009, working with clients from diverse populations with a variety of cultural perspectives. Mason has extensive experience working collaboratively with individuals and families dealing with substance abuse concerns and dual diagnosis. He emphasizes the role of trauma and systemic issues when addressing root causes of substance misuse and mental illness. He uses his training in advanced motivational interviewing to enhance clients’ self-awareness and sense of personal responsibility in improving their mental health and wellbeing.

Mason works relationally with clients to establish a safe, non-judgemental environment in which to heal. He appreciates each individuals’ unique set of strengths and challenges and applies a variety of therapeutic interventions tailored to meet the needs of his clients.


Tom received his B.S. in Applied Psychology from NYU and Masters of Social Work from University of Southern California. Prior work experience include: research assistant for NYU immigration studies, research assistant on masculinity in Chinese males, licensed casualty broker at Marsh, and therapist for domestic violence and substance abuse in community-based and outpatient healthcare settings. His interests include: trauma, veteran issues, minority issues, addiction issues, life-transition issues, masculinity issues and relationship issues. He is a fully certified Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, and certified in Positive Psychology (The study of happiness and well-being), Internal Family Systems, EMDR, Emotional Focused Therapy, Substance Abuse, Domestic Violence, DBT, and Trauma-Focused CBT. In his spare time, he likes to play basketball, hike, lift weights and travel. 

Claire Hughes-ALT | licensed clinical social worker

Claire comes to Peak with over 12 years of experience working with teens, adults, and families in the mental health and substance abuse field. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from Fordham University in New York City.

Before landing at Peak, Claire worked in residential, PHP, IOP, and outpatient treatment programs for mental health, eating disorders, and substance abuse treatment in NYC, New Jersey, Utah, and Los Angeles.

Claire trained under Dr. Veronica Barenstein in the Structural Family Therapy model developed by Dr. Salvador Minuchin. Claire utilizes this method to disrupt dysfunctional relational patterns, help re-structure the family hierarchy, and teach new forms of healthy communication. She is also an expertly trained Dialectal Behavioral Therapy clinician and completed her Behavioral Tech Level 3 training in April of 2019 with Dr. Adam Payne and Dr. Vibh Forsythe Cox.

Claire’s approach includes an emphasis on providing the space to be vulnerable and identify areas of growth without judgment while teaching skills to create the desired change. She aims to help her clients move away from “all-or-nothing” thinking, find relief from emotional suffering, and regain control over powerful emotions.

Claire has a special interest in the treatment of eating disorders, Borderline Personality Disorder, OCD, and shame. When she is not working, Claire is FaceTiming with her niece and nephew, making a mess in the kitchen, playing tennis and spending time with her animals.


Jesse has an extensive history working with teens, young adults, and their families. His graduate studies took him to the beautiful campus of Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpinteria, CA where he found a love for depth psychology and the teachings of Jung, Campbell, Hillman, Von Franz, Woodman, and many others. This experience of delving into and working with the unconscious greatly informs the way he conceptualizes his cases and the clinician he is today. 

Jesse also holds a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Spanish Literature from Georgia State University. He lived abroad in Guadalajara, Mexico during his undergraduate studies and is fluent in Spanish. Prior to a career in mental health, Jesse spent the better part of a decade as a touring musician. His passion for creative expression and seeking outlets for emotion is a driving force in his approach to clinical work.

Over the course of the past decade, Jesse has helped run some of the most well-regarded adolescent dual-diagnosis programs in the Los Angeles area. 

Jesse’s areas of clinical focus are trauma, anxiety/depression, addiction, co-dependency, family systems, and the process of individuation. In addition to his other trainings, he is a fully certified Somatic Experiencing Practitioner. In his free time, Jesse is an avid outdoors-man and often spends his free time in the Eastern Sierras, offshore fishing, or up the coast at a remote surf break.