Dina Mc Dowell, Medical Case Worker
It was more than a pleasure to work with Paula. During that time, I realized that she would always look outside the box and do what is best for her clients and co-workers. She is extremely well organized and adjusts to challenging situations seamlessly. I Co-Facilitated the following groups with Paula while working together at Compton Mental Health Clinic- Healthy Relationships for Women and Coping with Anxiety and Depression for Men. I saw first-hand her clinical and communication skills at use. She displayed empathy and assisted with the clients’ work on solutions. Observing her was as an invaluable experience and has made me serve my clients in a more positive way. Paula knows her work exceptionally well and is able to assist with individual adults, families, couples, teens, and young children.
Andrea Guido, Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Paula and I worked closely together as colleagues at the LA County Department of Mental Health from 2009-2011. Together we created and ran a trauma group, which greatly benefitted the group’s participants. Paula always created a safe space for her clients to express themselves and was effectively able to assist her clients in the healing process. Paula is knowledgeable in many different therapeutic approaches and is skilled at discerning how to use this knowledge to help her clients meet their goals. She has much empathy for others and uses her intuition well. She is also a reliable and ethical professional whom I give the highest recommendation.
Marylouise BarrosNiska, PhD., LMFT
I have known and worked with Paula since 2015 at the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health. Paula is a wonderful and insightful clinician. She is both professional and compassionate. Her experience coupled with her insight, integrity and ethics combined with her experience in crisis work as well as individual, and group therapy work, make her a first-rate therapist. I would highly recommend her to any mental health organization and most definitely as a personal therapist.
Darren Day, Substance Abuse Counselor
I worked with Paula at The Los Angeles County Compton Family Mental Health Clinic from 2012 to 2015. Paula was an individual therapist to many of my substance abuse counseling clients who were dually diagnosed. The transformative work my clients achieved through working with Paula in individual therapy was evident in the way they participated in my treatment groups, providing excellent input and encouragement to other clients in recovery from addiction and struggling with mental health issues. Paula is kind, attentive, patient, and a great listener; all qualities that go together to make her a phenomenal therapist I highly recommend.