Staff

Angel Yang

Angel Yang

Associate Marriage & Family Therapist

Angel Yang is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist with a specialization in Art Therapy. Angel believes that art is a therapeutic modality for expression and healing. She believes everyone has a different approach to healing and some clients need nonverbal ways to process what they can not say out loud.

Nicole Rademacher

Nicole Rademacher

Associate Marriage & Family Therapist

Nicole Rademacher is an Art Therapist & Associate Marriage and Family Therapist as well as a practicing professional artist. No two people are alike and neither is her approach, therefore, she works eclectically fusing narrative, somatic, experiential, and mindfulness. As an art therapist, she enjoys working with clients who want to dig deeper through creative ways, when words are not enough. She is adoption competent and an adoptee herself, and she is also LGBTQ+ affirming.

Joel McLafferty, LMFT

Joel McLafferty, LMFT

Executive Director

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.

Hillary Stevens, MA

Hillary Stevens, MA

Associate Marriage & Family Therapist

Hillary Stevens received a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage & Family Therapy from Pepperdine University. She has 30 years of experience working with children and families throughout Los Angeles County in various capacities. Hillary has clinical experience working with families, children, young adults, and adults who struggle from the effects of trauma, abuse, anxiety, depression, perfectionism, and interpersonal relationships. Hillary is committed to helping her clients achieve mental health through the use of evidenced based psychotherapy.

Naisy Vasquez-Hernandez

Naisy Vasquez-Hernandez

Office Administrator

Naisy Vasquez- Hernandez joined the WCC team in Fall 2021 as our Office Administrator. With over 10 years of administrative work experience and a degree in Communication Studies, Naisy approaches all aspects of any job with a positive, hard- working mindset and is passionate to help others. Naisy is committed to support WCC and together, they will provide excellent patient care.

Andre Jackson

Andre Jackson

Associate Marriage & Family Therapist

Andre is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, he was born and reared in South Central Los Angeles, he works with individuals and couples that are challenged with identity and it's expression, systematic and racialized trauma, intrapersonal and interpersonal communication and overall well being. He employs clinical and holistic approaches when working with clients, which also includes breath work, harm reduction and mindfulness. The clients Andre likes to work with are engaging and motivated for change to improve their lives in some way; are willing to build the capacity for self compassion and explore values and beliefs, as a means to identify, address and work on thoughts and behaviors that cause dysfunction in their lives.

Antoinette Turner, BA, MSW

Antoinette Turner, BA, MSW

Associate Social Worker

Antoinette Turner has received her Masters degree in Social alWork from Brandman University. She has experience working with children and families who struggle with Mental illness, behaviors, trauma, abuse, and neglect. She provides support using solution focus and cognitive base therapy. She strives to meet the needs of the clients through her work.

Kala Patterson, MBA, LCSW

Kala Patterson, MBA, LCSW

Licensed 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.

Keisha Owens

Keisha Owens

Supervisor

Keisha Owens received her bachelor's in psychology from Morgan State University and she completed her master's degree in Counseling Psychology at National University. She has over 20 years of clinical experience across a variety of settings including outpatient specialty clinics, crisis intervention, Dual Diagnosed Substance Abuse outpatient programs, structured intensive outpatient programs, inpatient psychiatric, large nonprofits, and private practice.

Adrian Risher

Adrian Risher

Associate Marriage & Family Therapist

I am an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist who specializes in clients who experience Anxiety, Depression, trauma and victims of crime. My experience includes working with adults, couples, teens and children. My goal is to create an environment for my clients that helps them evolve into the person that they ultimately want to be.

Jacqueline Juarez, MA

Jacqueline Juarez, MA

Associate Marriage & Family Therapist

Jackie Juarez is a Spanish-speaking Associate Marriage and Family Therapist and Associate Professional Clinical Counselor. She obtained her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University, where she received extensive training in providing culturally sensitive and Spanish therapy services to the Latinx community. She uses an eclectic approach to tailor and address each client’s therapy needs. She works with adolescents and individuals dealing with grief, depression, anxiety, and interpersonal relationships.

Rosalind Harrison

Rosalind Harrison

Associate Social Worker

Roz has worked with a number of populations including youth who have experienced trauma, adults dealing with substance use and patients facing serious medical conditions. She has also received training in approaches such as trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing. In her work, she strives to encourage clients' development of their strengths.

Deborah Lambert, APCC

Deborah Lambert, APCC

Deborah is a graduate of Grand Canyon University’s Graduate school of Psychology, with a Master's degree of Science in Professional Counseling. She has a history of working with youth in Juvenile detentions centers, faith-based communities, low-income populations, and Veterans. She is a certified Anger management facilitator and a seasoned Job Counselor who works with individuals to assist with problem solving.