Westmont Counseling Center Staff

Joel McLafferty, LMFT

Joel McLafferty is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and the founder and Executive Director of the Westmont Counseling Center. He previously worked for several community mental health clinics, including Open Paths Counseling Center where he was the Clinical Director. He is an Adjunct Professor at Antioch University Los Angeles and has served as President of the Group Psychotherapy Association of Los Angeles.


Victor Gabriel

Victor Gabriel is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist and is a resident and has been working in the South Central, Compton and Watts communities for several years. He specializes in trauma, survivors of sexual assault, children and teens, depression and anxiety and also has experience with couples.


Priscilla Hefley, LCSW

Priscilla Hefley received her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California. During her tenure as a children’s social worker, Priscilla has partnered with families as they have: overcome systemic barriers, built upon their inherent strengths, and restored their dignity and stability through the exploration of trauma. Priscilla is committed to seeing her clients achieve their mental health goals. 

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Cheráe Stovall

Cheráe Stovall is an Associate Professional Clinical Counselor. Cheráe graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a dual Masters degree in Community Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling. She has over a decade of experience working with adolescents and emerging adults. She specializes in Solution Focused Therapy and Trauma Informed Therapy. Her life passion is serving and advocating for those in underserved communities.


Oyira Akwa

Oyira, in addition to her warm presence, brings a wealth of experience in communication management and administration to WCC.  She directs the day to day operation and is responsible for WCC's friendly work atmosphere.