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Susan Ashley, Ph.D. is the founder and director of Ashley Psychology Center, opening in 1991. Dr. Ashley has hand-picked a team of therapists, each with particular talents, providing empathic, supportive and effective help for children, adolescents, adults, parents and families. The Center uses a team approach and Dr. Ashley personally oversees every case.
The Center has three main specialities: 1) Children, teens, and families, 2) Evaluation and treatment of Personal Injury Cases for children, teens and adults, and 3) Forensic Psychology. We have a particular speciality in ADD/ADHD and Asperger’s/High Functioning Autism Spectrum, evaluating, diagnosing, and treating all ages from pre-school through adulthood.
Susan Ashley, Ph.D. is a graduate of UCLA and California School of Professional Psychology. She has been a licensed psychologist since 1990. She has a duo-practice with an emphasis on children, teens and families, and emphasis on forensic psychology.
CHILDREN AND TEENS:
Dr. Ashley’s training with children began during her undergraduate work at UCLA. She trained in the UCLA Child Study Laboratories, UCLA Lovaas Autism Project, UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute Early Childhood Learning Program and UCLA Child Care Services. Her graduate training was done at San Fernando Valley Child Guidance Clinic, Glendale Family Services, Parents United, and Camarillo State Hospital. After earning her license as a psychologist, Dr. Ashley spent 12 years providing inpatient psychological testing to teens and adults at Anacapa Hospital. She conducted psychological evaluations for Children’s Protective Services, addressing parenting capacity, impact of abuse on children and teens, and readiness for adoption. She has lectured on and conducted psychological evaluations of potential surrogates and pre-adoption evaluations of parents. Dr. Ashley has lectured in 36 states to professionals on the topic of childhood disorders. She has been featured on numerous radio shows and magazines across the country. She is the author of three best selling books:
The ADD & ADHD Answer Book: Sourcebooks, Inc. 2005 Recommended by American Psychiatric Association and American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry ADHD Parents Medication Guide
The Asperger’s Answer Book: Sourcebooks, Inc. 2006 Winner of NAPPA Honor Award and Winner of ForeWord Finalist Award
1000 Best Tips for ADHD: Expert Answers and Bright Advice to Help You and Your Child. Sourcebooks, Inc. 2012
Dr. Ashley’s forensic training began as a pre-doctoral intern at Camarillo State Hospital, evaluating and treating mentally ill and developmentally delayed criminal offenders. Her post-doctoral fellowship at Los Angeles County Mental Health Conditional Release Program provided training in evaluating mentally ill criminal offenders. Returning to Camarillo State Hospital as a staff psychologist, Dr. Ashley provided treatment and evaluations for mentally ill criminal offenders. She has been on the expert witness panel of Ventura County Superior Courts since 1996, providing psychological evaluations for competency, insanity, sentencing, and dangerousness. Since 1999 she has been a consultant to Ventura County District Attorney’s Office providing psychological evaluations for the Major Crimes Divisions. She also provides consultation and evaluation to Ventura County Public Defender’s Office and to private defense attorneys. Dr. Ashley has supervised the evaluation and treatment of more than 2,000 Personal Injury cases and has provided expert witness testimony for a variety of victims of catastrophic injuries.
Meet our Staff
Dr. Michelle Jackson, Psy.D., Registered Psychological Assistant, PSB 94022655
Dr. Michelle Jackson received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University, a program accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). She received her Master’s degree in Psychology, with an emphasis in Developmental Psychology, from San Diego State University. Her Bachelor’s degrees in both Psychology and Art were earned at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
She completed her doctoral internship at The Help Group, an APA-accredited program focused on providing treatment for children and families. Dr. Jackson has experience working with children, teens, and adults with a range of diagnoses and clinical concerns, including ADHD, anxiety, depression, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Learning Disorders, trauma, Autism Spectrum Disorder, emotional disturbance, social skills deficits, peer conflicts, and parent-child relational problems. She is accustomed to providing therapy in multiple formats, including individual, group, and family therapy.
In addition to her psychotherapy skills, Dr. Jackson also has extensive training in psychological testing. She formulates assessment batteries based on specific referral questions; administers, scores, and interprets psychological measures; writes comprehensive testing reports, and provides children, families, and schools with feedback and recommendations that are realistic and easily implementable.
Dr. Jackson is enthusiastic about working with children, adolescents, young adults, and families, and she is passionate about repairing family relationships and supporting children with atypical and/or special needs. Her familiarity with school-based work, including experience attending IEPS as both a therapist and assessor, allows her to assist families with this process. She also enjoys working with adults, particularly those dealing with anxiety, phobias, and trauma.
Dr. Jackson utilizes a variety of therapeutic techniques, including psychodynamic, Cognitive-Behavioral (CBT), play therapy, humanistic-existential, family systems, and art therapy, in order to meet each client’s needs. Above all, Dr. Jackson takes a relational and warm approach, as she believes that a strong therapeutic alliance is the most important factor in producing lasting change.
In addition to her work at Ashley Psychology Center, she is also a therapist at two of The Help Group’s schools (Stem3 Academy and Summit View).
Dr. Jackson has completed her doctoral degree and is working towards licensure. She is registered with the Board of Psychology as a Registered Psychological Assistant PSB94022655 under the supervision of Susan Ashley, Ph.D. PSY11358.
Tiffany Witwit, M.A., LMFT 87426
Tiffany Witwit, M.A., is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Woodbury University, Burbank, California. Her Master of Arts degree was earned in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University, accredited by the American Psychological Association. Tiffany has been a part of the Ashley Psychology Center since 2003.
Working with families and parents of children with special needs is a primary focus in Tiffany’s practice. She knows from her own first hand experience, the difficulties faced by parents raising a child with special needs. She can provide support, guidance and direction while assisting parents in coping, adjusting and facing challenges that they will encounter by having a special needs child. She understands how stressful and straining raising a special needs child can be on all aspects of life and she helps to provide support while strengthening parent relationships and improving parenting skills. She provides her clients with helpful navigation services to find client specific community resources that can help parents and families utilize outside referrals to the best of their advantage.
Tiffany has extensive experience working with children, teens and adults on the Autism Spectrum; those with Asperger’s Syndrome and High Functioning Autism. Tiffany works with the client to help improve social skills, occupational or school functioning, and interpersonal relationships. Tiffany helps build reciprocal social skills, improve theory of mind abilities and increase emotional intelligence.
Tiffany also specializes in treating children, teens and adults who have experienced trauma. She has extensive experience working with clients who are encountering symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Anxiety, Depression, Adjustment Disorder, and Acute Stress Disorder caused by exposure to a psychological stressor such as but not limited to, motor vehicle accidents, dog attacks, sexual harassment and wrongful death incidents.
Tiffany’s focus in treatment is to assist her clients in restoring them to a pre- accident level of functioning by using a client focused and collaborative approach that helps the client move at their own pace. Together Tiffany and her clients develop a specific treatment plan that is individually and uniquely catered to their needs and goals for therapy.
Tiffany’s background in AD/HD and Asperger’s is well grounded. She served as the researcher for Dr. Ashley’s internationally recognized book “The ADD and ADHD Answer Book: The Top 275 Questions Parents Ask” and for Dr. Ashley’s second book, “The Asperger’s Answer Book: The Top 300 Questions Parents Ask”, a winner of the NAPPA Honor Award for books in parenting and the ForeWord Book Award.
As a psychotherapist, Tiffany provides an eclectic approach, often drawing from multiple theoretical orientations that are individually specific to the clients needs. She often uses Cognitive Behavioral, Person Centered, Family Systems, Existential and Psychodynamic interventions.
Evelyn Marroquin, M.S, MFT Intern IMF67451
Bilingual: English and Spanish
Evelyn Marroquin earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and her Masters of Science in Educational Psychology and Counseling with an emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy at California State University Northridge. She was on the Dean’s List and graduated With Distinction.
Evelyn specializes in treating children, teen and adults who have experienced trauma. She has extensive training in Trauma Assessment, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Domestic Violence, Family Violence, Sexual Assault, and Date Rape.
Evelyn uses Evidenced Based Practices, therapeutic techniques clinically proven in research studies to be effective in helping individuals overcome their traumatic experience.
Adults, teens and children who have experienced an auto, pedestrian or bicycle accident will find Evelyn to provide caring, effective treatment and rapid relief. Evelyn’s approach is short term treatment designed to help individuals quickly return to their pre-accident life. She will teach methods to help clients overcome the disruptive symptoms that surface after an accident, including restoring their ability to comfortably drive, ride a bike or cross streets again, overcome fear of another accident, stop the nightmares and repeated thoughts and memories of the accident, and manage the anxiety and stress caused by the accident.
Dog bite cases are also treated by Evelyn. In addition to using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Evelyn also uses a slow-go-at-your-own pace contact with a therapy dog during treatment sessions. Treatment will allow people of all ages to overcome their fear of dogs.
Accident and dog bite cases can be treated on a lien basis.
Evelyn is completing her hours for licensure under the supervision of Susan Ashley, Ph.D.
Bilingual: English and Farsi
Dr. Ellie Jouzdani, Psy. D., PSB 29824
Dr. Ellie is a registered psychological assistant. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at the University of Florida. Her Masters of Arts and Doctoral Degrees were earned in Clinical Psychology from California School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles, accredited by the American Psychological Association. Dr. Ellie has been a part of the Ashley Psychology Center since 2003.
Dr. Ellie has extensive experience evaluating, diagnosing and treating children, adolescents, adults and families. She has a wide range of experience with ADD/ADHD, Autism Spectrum, Oppositional Defiant, Conduct Disorder, Learning Disability and emotionally disturbed children and teens. Dr. Ellie also has many years of experience in helping children & families who are experiencing hardships of dealing with separation and divorce. Believing that children adjust better to divorce when moms and dads co-parent, Dr. Ellie helps parents learn to share parenting and work cooperatively together. She also helps children adjust and heal from losses and empower them with conflict resolution skills to cope with challenges encountered when dealing with parents’ separation.
Dr. Ellie is extremely passionate in empowering parents and families of children with special needs. She can assist parents with the IEP process. She has attended many IEP’s and can help teach parents advocacy and provide resources to families of children with special needs. She is willing to attend IEPs, inform parents which type of services will be of help to their child and teach steps to seek the services and accommodations necessary to optimize their child’s school functioning.
Issues of self-esteem, social skills and peer pressure are treated by Dr. Ellie in group and/or individual sessions. She has strong knowledge of behavior modification and can help parents learn positive ways to deal with their child’s misbehavior. She is a trained provider of the “Catch Them Being Good” parenting program. She was trained at the Glen Roberts Child Study Center, one of the top child training institutions in the nation.
Her compassionate approach to adolescents helps teens who are struggling with issues of peer pressure for alcohol, drugs and sex. Teens will also find help with issues of loss and grief, romantic relationships, identity formation, sexuality, anxiety, depression, staying in school, and educational and career choices for their future.
In addition to her specialty in child and adolescent psychology, Dr. Ellie has a unique expertise in helping children with bicultural lifestyles. Her doctorate degree in clinical psychology was earned with a specialty in multi-cultural community emphasis. Dr. Ellie works with families from a wide variety of cultures and is sensitive to cultural values and how they impact life in our modern society. She is the developer of the game The Best of Both Worlds, a game for Iranian children who are learning to live in the American culture while retaining their traditional values and heritage. The goal of the game is assisting in developing a healthy bicultural identity. Dr. Ellie is fluent in Farsi.
Dr. Ellie utilizes an eclectic approach, drawing from multiple theoretical orientations individually tailored to the client’s needs. She often uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Person Centered, Solution Focused Brief Therapy and Family Systems. With children often a family systems approach is utilized as she believes parents and their response to their child plays a vital role in the mental health of their child.
Dr. Ellie has completed her doctorate degree and is working towards licensure. She is registered with the Board of Psychology as a Registered Psychological Assistant PSB29824 under the supervision of Susan Ashley, Ph.D. PSY11358.
Elita Hamala, M.A. LMFT 51135
Elita Hamala, M.A., is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.
She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Business Management from Woodbury University, Burbank, California. Her Master of Arts degree was earned in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University, accredited by the American Psychological Association. She was a National Dean’s List Library of Congress Member and distinguished member of the Psi Chi National Honor Society in Psychology.
Elita has extensive experience interviewing, evaluating, diagnosing and treating adolescents and adults with mood, behavior and substance use disorders. After five years of service in a private psychiatric hospital, Elita joined Ashley Children’s Psychology Center. She provides evaluation and treatment services for children, adolescents and adults with histories of trauma, mood and adjustment disorders, anxiety, depression, behavior problems and attention deficit disorder.
Elita also specializes in Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, (PTSD). She works with clients of all ages, from children to the elderly, who have experienced a traumatic event. She uses focused short-term therapy to help individuals heal rapidly from their emotional distress and get back to their pre-trauma functioning. She helps individuals overcome their fears from dog bites, car accidents, physical and sexual assault, victims of crime and other traumatic events.
She works with a broad range of issues across all age groups. Her techniques include Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Brief Solution Focused Therapy. She focuses on short-term treatment with the goal of helping to eliminate problems as quickly as possible.
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