Meet our staff

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Joel McLafferty, MA MBA

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

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.

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Eunice Fuentes, MA

Associate Professional Clinical Counselor

Eunice Fuentes is a Spanish speaking Associate Professional Clinical Counselor and graduated from Loyola Marymount with a Master’s Degree in Counseling. She has been actively involved in the South Central, Inglewood, and Lennox communities for over a decade. Eunice has experience working with children, teenagers, adults and couples. She is dedicated and focused on helping you feel empowered and guiding you through a positive path to grow and well-being.

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Kala Patterson, MBA MSW

Associate Clinical Social Worker

Kala Patterson received her Master's degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California.  She has experience working with clients struggling with relationships, depression, anxiety, abuse, trauma and codependency. She supports clients using a strength-based approach to help them grow, heal and become more resilient. She incorporates Psychodynamic Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Based and Trauma Informed Therapies in her work.

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Priscilla Hefley, MSW

Associate Social Worker

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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Victor Gabriel, MA

Associate Marriage & Family Therapist 

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.

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Karla Alas

Administrator

Karla Alas graduated from University of California, Santa Cruz with a degree in Anthropology. Her main passion is to work with young people and families in underrepresented communities to serve and present resources for them to thrive in their communities. She is skilled in administration, event organizing, and project management.

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Chloe Clark

Social Media Manager

Chloe Clark graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a degree in Communication Studies and Journalism. Chloe is currently obtaining her Master's degree in Journalism at the University of Southern California. She is passionate about creating content to highlight communities of color through different media platforms. She is pursuing a career in broadcast journalism to continue to share stories and connect individuals in order to provide greater perspectives.