All TILA therapists practice through a trauma-informed, antiracist, healing-centered lens.

Maya DeNola, LCSW

Maya DeNola, LCSW  is a lifelong social-change advocate, who was raised on an intentional community in Northern Israel. She has lived on three continents and multiple cities and considers herself a world citizen. Her own experiences of trauma, loss and recover, have informed her career path and therapeutic orientation. Maya views trauma and recovery as an empowering individual process, one experienced and accomplished through multi-faceted holistic practices.

Maya is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and currently serves as the Clinical Director at ManifestWorks, a workforce development program. She provides Field Instruction at Pathways, a Grief and Bereavement organization, and has a small private practice providing individual therapeutic and coaching services, at sliding scale rates to other helping professionals.

Do you accept insurance?Currently only Optum/Oscer.
Do you accept California Victim Compensation Board Reimbursement? Yes
Do you provide pro bono services or sliding scales? Yes, sliding scale. Rate: $130-175
Telehealth or In-Person?Telehealth only currently, open to "walking Appointments".
Languages?English and Hebrew

Ebony Williams, LMFT

Ebony Williams, LMFT (She/Her) is a Black, queer, first generation woman who is also a licensed marriage and family therapist, social emotional healing arts instructor, and a trauma-informed yoga teacher. She created the Ragdoll Project while earning an MFA in Writing at the California Institute of the Arts and has facilitated workshops on both the East and West coasts for trauma survivors and individuals navigating life challenges that range from sexual and domestic violence, grief and loss, LGBTQIA identity, and living in communities challenged by violence.

Ebony also earned an M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy with a specialization in African American Family Studies. Ebony’s current work includes having a small therapy private practice and teaches in the cultural psychology LGBTQIA specialization at Pacific Oaks College and the Social Emotional Arts Certificate Program through UCLArts and Healing Initiative. Ebony is also the founder of Root Wellness Healing, a leadership and organizational wellness consulting practice bringing together best practices in mental health, DEI, holistic wellness, and trauma-resilience.

Do you accept insurance?No
Do you accept California Victim Compensation Board Reimbursement? No
Do you provide pro bono services or sliding scales? Yes
Rate: Telehealth or In-Person?Telehealth Rate: Individual: $150.00 and Couples $225.00

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Paulina Padilla, LCSW

Paulina (she/her) is a first-generation American, bilingual in Spanish, with family roots from Mexico and raised in Southern California. Paulina earned her Bachelor’s degree from Whittier College and Master’s in Social Work from Cal State Long Beach. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has been proudly serving the Latinx community for the past 20 years. For the first part of her career she worked various roles in community mental health serving children and families which helped her understand the layers of healing that are needed in the Latinx community. 

In the past 6 years, Paulina has pivoted her work to opening a private practice in Whittier and focuses her work on supporting women and mothers as well as specializing in trauma. Paulina has specialities in maternal mental health, nonviolent parenting and somatic psychotherapy. She uses somatic work to uncover the resilience and healing that is found in the body. Paulina honors the importance of integrating the mind and body when working through emotional pain. She loves working with mothers and guiding them to access empathy and compassion for themselves and their children. Paulina is excited to start offering parent and post-partum groups in Fall of 2022. 

Do you accept insurance?No
Do you accept California Victim Compensation Board Reimbursement?No
Do you provide pro bono services or sliding scales?Yes, sliding scale
Rate: Telehealth or In-Person?Telehealth and In-Person; Fee range $160-$190
Languages?English & Spanish

Heidi DeLeon, LCSW, CADC-II

My approach is YOU centered! I have a large box of tools you can choose from to help you in healing. EMDR has been my most used used tool! However, in the healing journey I incorporate mindfulness, meditation, cognitive behavorial therapy, solution focused therapy just to name a few. I am pretty direct and transparent and together as we work on your healing we will collaborate on what will be best for you. You can try things and explore, we will see what works and does not work. There really is no cookie cutter approach for therapy. Lets just be honest sometimes we need a hour to just vent and cry! I have worked in addiction treatment for almost 15 years, have my own life experiences that give me a view from a perspective that not all can see from. I am very versed in social justice issues, critical race theory, socio-economic barriers and other systemic issues that many face due to being marginalized and oppressed. There is no wrong way to therapy.

I am eclectic, however I have been a social justice advocate for many years. I am not very quiet when it comes to individual rights. I am formerly incarcerated and found educational restrictions on many communities to be a huge barrier and this became my passion. As well as promoting LBGTQ rights and working to eliminate the margins! Some have called me a abolitionist, but I do not refer to myself, however I firmly believe and support the notion that people can not get well in a cell and incarceration is not the answer. Over the years I have helped advocate to change laws so that various aspects of peoples lives are no longer criminalized such as poverty and sex work. I also have fostered dogs, love nature, creating art and simply sitting on a beach staring at the waves.

Do you accept insurance?Yes
Do you accept California Victim Compensation Board Reimbursement?No
Do you provide pro bono services or sliding scales?Yes
Rate: Telehealth or In-Person?Telehealth

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