Our Mission

Elevate Mental Health was created to help the psychological wellbeing of others so their lives can be fulfilling and meaningful.

 

We strive to do this by providing a safe and comfortable environment with experienced counselors, evidence based treatment, complementary and eclectic therapy approaches.

Meet The Team

 

Robert Sack, PhD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist/ Owner

Dr. Sack is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist (PSY23839) who conducts individual, couples and family therapy. He also conducts a wide array of psychological assessments for the State of California, Ventura and Los Angeles Counties, attorneys, schools and businesses. Dr. Sack works with a wide variety of clients, but he specializes in working with teenagers and young adults, along with their family/support systems. 

 

He is an interactive, reflective therapist who provides support, insight and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. He integrates complementary methods and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each person. With respect and understanding, he works with each individual to help build the strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing. The goal in therapy is to not just "fix" the current problem, but to also help you identify and work through the foundational issues.

Accepting new clients: Not at this time.

Fees: $200.00-$250.00

Book Your Appointment With Robert Today!

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Lara Buckley, PsyD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Buckley is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist (PSY33291). She provides individual therapy to teens, young adults, and their support systems, who are experiencing difficulties with depression, anxiety, attention, concentration, life transitions, social deficits and other concerns. Dr. Buckley is also trained in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She also conducts neuropsychological, educational and general psychological assessments.

 

Dr. Buckley believes that therapy is a process and that this process will look differently for each individual. She is client-centered and skills oriented in her approach, frequently utilizing Cognitive Behavioral techniques (CBT) in her practice to assist those she works with in developing skills, insight, and resiliency to more effectively manage the challenges they experience. 

Accepting new clients: Yes! Both in person and online.

Fees: $150.00-$175.00

Book Your Appointment With Lara Today!

Carly Makie-Bennett, MSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)

Carly Makie-Bennett, MSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Bachelors and Master’s degree in Social Work from The University of Southern California. Her emphasis is in adolescents, emerging adults, and their families.  She has provided therapy for those dealing with depression, anxiety, school and family related issues, and relationship strain. 

 

Her areas of expertise include: stress, anxiety, depression, performance mindset, and family dynamics as well as personal growth and development. She especially enjoys working with athletes.  Prior to being a therapist, Carly was a division 1 athlete at USC and has trained various athletes from diverse backgrounds for over a decade.

 

Carly utilizes a multidimensional approach to therapy, exploring each individual’s biological, psychological, social and spiritual needs. She desires to come along side others to assist them in healing from trauma, building self-worth, improving communication in their relationships and ultimately obtaining their desired outcomes.

 

She does this by providing support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. With compassion and understanding, she works with each individual to help build on their strengths and attain personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.

Accepting new clients: Yes! Online only at this time.

Fees: $150.00-$175.00

Book Your Appointment With Carly Today!

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Carly Makie-Bennett, MSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)

Carly Makie-Bennett, MSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Bachelors and Master’s degree in Social Work from The University of Southern California. Her emphasis is in adolescents, emerging adults, and their families.  She has provided therapy for those dealing with depression, anxiety, school and family related issues, and relationship strain. 

 

Her areas of expertise include: stress, anxiety, depression, performance mindset, and family dynamics as well as personal growth and development. She especially enjoys working with athletes.  Prior to being a therapist, Carly was a division 1 athlete at USC and has trained various athletes from diverse backgrounds for over a decade.

 

Carly utilizes a multidimensional approach to therapy, exploring each individual’s biological, psychological, social and spiritual needs. She desires to come along side others to assist them in healing from trauma, building self-worth, improving communication in their relationships and ultimately obtaining their desired outcomes.

 

She does this by providing support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. With compassion and understanding, she works with each individual to help build on their strengths and attain personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.

Accepting new clients: Yes! Online only at this time.

Fees: $150.00-$175.00

Book Your Appointment With Carly Today!

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We are excited to welcome Dr. Quenicka to Elevate Psychological Group! She is now booking sessions to begin in July 2022. Contact us today to begin your healing journey.

Dr. Whillma Quenicka, PhD, RAS

Licensed Clinical Psychologist (PSY30598)

Registered Addiction Specialist (Q0912032016)

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Introduction

Welcome to your healing journey! I am proud of you for being courageous; for reaching out for help and for making a decision to start being more in charge of your present life. I am a licensed Clinical Psychologist in the State of California, a trained Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapist, and a Registered Addiction Specialist. My passion is to work with adolescents, young adults, and adult clients who struggle with trauma, anxiety, depression, adjustment disorders and substance use disorders that are motivated to increase their strength and potential so they can have rewarding fulfilling lives. I do not believe that we are our past or that we are what happened to us. It is a part of who we are but does not define who we will become.

 

My goal is to provide hope, healing, and positive attitude, to empower you to take charge of your live. I believe that we are not a product of our circumstances, but we are a product of our decisions. My goal is to empower you with knowledge about boundaries setting by focusing on things that you can control and change, and on how to build adaptive coping strategies. I can help you identify and process unhealed wounds or unresolved issues. I am committed to showing you how to shift your mindset, make attitude adjustments, and to create a more balanced life.

My Background

I was born and raised in Indonesia. I moved to the United States in my late teen-early adulthood due to political turmoil and monetary crisis in my home country. I fluently speak Indonesian, Sundanese, and English. I am currently learning Spanish. As someone with multicultural background (Chinese Dutch Indonesian) married to a Latino, I know that our cultural lenses shape our world view and influence how we function. One’s mental illness and mental health is highly influenced by biopsychosocial factors including cultural embedded beliefs and values.

Through my personal struggles during a tumultuous time, I have learned that having the right mindset and attitude can determine the trajectory of our life. While we cannot change the past, we all have a choice on how to respond to our circumstances adaptively and effectively.

 

Treatment Approach

My clinical work primarily focuses on individual strength, trauma informed care, and evidence-based approaches including EMDR, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Trauma Focused CBT. I also utilize Motivational Interviewing, Person-Centered, and Positive Psychology approaches. I emphasize recovery principles such as strength based, resiliency, empowerment, and hope.

 

I am trained in the following Evidence Based Practices: EMDR, TFCBT, MIT/MET, Seven Challenges, UCLA Matrix for Methamphetamine Use Disorder Treatment, and Seeking Safety for PTSD and Substance Use Disorder treatment.

Thank you for your courage. Thank you for your trust. Thank you for making the step to being therapy.

Accepting new clients: Yes! (In person and telehealth)

 

Therapy Fee: $195.00-$250.00

EMDR Fee: $215.00

Dr. Quenicka also offers coaching services. Click here for more information.