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Meet Our Team

At The Relationship Place Counseling and Therapy, we have a diverse group of therapists on staff.

Meet Our Team

At The Relationship Place Counseling and Therapy, we have a diverse group of therapists on staff.

I am a warm, non-judgmental and genuine therapist. My goal is for you to feel like you’re talking with a trusted confidant. I want you to feel comfortable, supported, and safe so we can work to make your relationship better. Regardless of what you tell me, it won’t surprise or scare me or cause me to judge you.

Dr. Dana McNeil, PsyD, LMFT
Founder of the Relationship Place
Certified Gottman Therapist

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Individual and Couple Relationship Therapist

Dana is a gifted, compassionate, and practical therapist and the founder of The Relationship Place.

Dana proactively sought pre-marital help with her partner before they were married. They worked together through the communication exercises in John Gottman’s book, The Seven Principles to help ensure their marriage would be a success – and it has been!

Dana has achieved the highest level of training possible in the Gottman Method of couples therapy. She has special interests in working with all clients, including those who live out-of-the-ordinary lives or have alternative relationships.

Reconnecting couples in crisis is my specialty, and helping couples realize their relationship goals is my passion.

Jeffrey Young, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Individual and Couples Relationship Therapist

I believe that “Your most important relationship is with yourself.” In order to change and grow, we need to foster an attitude of curiosity, acceptance, honesty, and compassion.

Life doesn’t come with an owner’s manual: each of us is engaged in a process of discovery and meaning-making.

I became a relationship therapist to translate my passion for learning about people and cultures into something that benefits others in a personal, enduring way.

Shannon Troy, LMSW, ACSW

Licensed Master Social Worker (New York)
Associate Clinical Social Worker (California)
Individual and Couples Therapist

With loneliness at an all-time high (it’s a myth that you can’t be lonely if you’re partnered) and relationship distress shortening life spans, it’s important to me to be part of the constructive effort towards a healthier society. Couples therapy is an opportunity for both partners to work through long-standing issues to rebuild a sacred space–or find peace elsewhere, causing the least damage in the process.

I became a relationship therapist due to seeing a trend that common reasons adults enter therapy has to do with experiences from their childhood and underlying behaviors/values that were learned from their parents/adult family members.

Katrina Lopez

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
Individual and Couples Therapist

I feel that if couples are able to participate in couples therapy in order to address and process their concerns, conflicts, and communication styles in a healthy and effective way, then these healthy habits can trickle down the family system. I feel passionate about providing an outside perspective on intimate couples oriented issues in order to provide a perspective that is empathetic and constructive for all members.

I have experience working with individuals, couples, and families in outpatient settings.

Isabella Bendix, AMFT

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
Individual and Couples Therapist

My work has focused on helping clients manage anxiety, depression, trauma, crisis issues, grief, and loss, among other concerns.

I am passionate about working with couples who want to restore trust, build a stronger connection, foster greater intimacy, manage conflicts, improve communication, and prepare for future life transitions such as parenthood or marriage.

The way people foster connection with one another has always fascinated me, especially in intimate relationships. In school, psychology was one of my favorite subjects, but I was unsure of how to incorporate my interests into a career I was excited about.

Tierra Terrell, AMFT

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
Individual and Couples Relationship Therapist

After a few years of unfulfilling work in higher education, I discovered the field of marriage and family therapy and began my journey towards becoming a couple’s therapist. I was particularly drawn to the realm of sex therapy because sex is often viewed as “taboo” despite the fact that most people engage in sexual activity at some point in their lives.

Just as you would let someone start driving without passing driver’s ed, I believe we should be preparing people for successful intimate relationships by providing accurate and inclusive sexual education.

I started my journey working with couples at the beginning of the pandemic doing volunteer work through providing pre-marital coaching. I’ve worked with couples in which one or both partners are recovering from addiction.

Helena Sclavakis, AMFT

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
Individual and Couples Therapist

Through my experience, I’ve seen how an intimate relationship can be both a healing process, where partners can help each other grow, or a harming one, where behaviors towards each other can have a negative toll on the relationship.

My goal is to help couple’s adapt their behaviors to allow the relationship to progress in a more positive and healing way.

For as long as I can remember, I have been interested in what it means to be human.Not only do I find relationships fascinating, they are the most important aspect of the human experience.

Cristiane Valdez, AMFT

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
Individual and Couples Therapist

Over the years that interest drew me to the field of coaching and therapy. I am passionate about working with individuals who want to expand their understanding of their experiences and nurture self-compassion. I feel honored to be working with couples who want support in increasing their understanding of each other and themselves. I look forward to walking alongside my clients in their journey to finding meaning and purpose in their lives and in their relationships.

Hi! I’m Bianca, one of the friendly faces you’ll see when walking into our office. I’m so excited to talk with you! Working at The Relationship Place… we really are amazing. It’s further proved to me that your purpose at work needs to align with your purpose in life. I strongly feel my purpose is to help people & I know we make a difference being that open ear for you, our clients.

Bianca Cordero

Executive Assistant

I understand not one single approach works for every individual, and by knowing that, we aim to be the best version of ourselves for you. There is a real person on the other end of that phone. We get that. We’re here for YOU.

So, take the first step. Call us. Take comfort in the fact that we are here to listen without judgement, speak without prejudice, and help without entitlement. You’re the real rockstar, we’re just here to help remind you. All our clinicians are incredible so let us set you up with your perfect fit.

I feel that every person I meet is a new relationship. We build relationships here.

Pamela Hungerford

Client Ambassador

I am one of the staff members that will answer your calls with compassion and kindness. I understand how important my job is to create a welcoming atmosphere for our clients and therapists. Whether you’re coming as an individual or with a partner/group, we have someone here for you. You work collaboratively with your therapist to make sure all your needs are met.

Reach out to us so we can help. We want you to call with confidence that we’ll hear you out and fit you with the right therapist. We will ensure you have the best experience not only walking in our doors but also when you leave.

I love what we do here at The Relationship Place, and I look forward to welcoming you!

We care a great deal and will not hesitate to take that extra step so that you can feel confident that you are in good hands.

Jalitaa Chen

Client Ambassador

Hi there, I'm Jalitaa and I'll most likely be the person on the other side of the phone whenever you reach out to us! I understand calling in can be nerve wracking, and I just want to say that I am here because I am a real person wanting to help other real people like you. We all have complex lives layered with unique situations, and it's okay to realize that everyone, and I mean everyone, needs a little help sometimes. And that's exactly what we're here for.

We care a great deal and will not hesitate to take that extra step so that you can feel confident that you are in good hands. Not only do we strive to foster and build connections here, but we also give you long-term tools to invest in a stronger future. I believe that compassion and genuine kindness can get you far, and I am ecstatic to provide that for you.

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