Erin Hoganson, MA, LEP
LICENSED EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGIST
Erin has been working with children and families since 2000. She started her career working with children who were severely impacted by their disabilities as a Para-educator and Special Education Teacher and transitioned to working with both general education and special education students in 2008 as a School Psychologist. Having worked as both a Special Education Teacher and School Psychologist, Erin understands how to navigate the educational system in a way that is student focused in order to identify supports for many difficulties that students today face including: academic intervention, anxiety, anger management, behavior, social skills, emotional regulation, impulse control and motivation. Erin has extensive experience in conducting psycho-educational assessments and providing valuable information to families & educational teams that include supports and interventions for both general education and special education students. She has knowledge in the areas of anxiety, autism, ADHD, learning disabilities, dyslexia, emotional disabilities, intellectual disabilities and other health issues that may affect learning. Erin has experience in working with children who have significant behavior difficulties and helping find solutions for their families and teachers. Erin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from California State University Channel Islands and a Master of Arts in Educational Psychology from Azusa Pacific University.
Kylie Pedersen-Ortiz, LCSW #74365
LICENSED CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER
Kylie was born and raised in Ventura County. She graduated from Buena High School, received her bachelors in Sociology with a minor in Child/Human Development from the University of California, Davis and her Master’s in Social Work from the University of California, Berkeley. After completing school, making some wonderful friendships and working for some time in the Bay Area, she made the decision to move home to be closer to family and give back to the community she knows as home. Kylie has a longstanding passion for working with children, adolescents and families since 2008 and has been licensed since 2016. Kylie has had the opportunity to provide behavioral health services in diverse settings: hospitals, outpatient clinics, family counseling centers and schools. Her approach is client and family centered, focusing on evidence based therapies, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Kylie specializes in helping children and families navigate the many challenges of chronic illness.
Kristi Grizard, MSW, LCSW #99979
LICENSED CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER
Kristi provides a nurturing and supportive therapeutic environment for her clients, in which they can feel comfortable sharing what they are going through with a focus on providing guidance, establishing safety and promoting self-empowerment. Kristi has experience working with a range of children that encounter various challenges such as autism, developmental disabilities, ADHD, mood disorders, anxiety disorders and selective mutism. In her therapy sessions, she practices various treatment methods tailored to fit the needs and goals of her clients. These include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA), Solution Focused Therapy (SFT), Mindfulness. Her clinical experience includes 3 years of working in the schools (k-12), where she provided individual and group counseling sessions. Additionally, Kristi worked at a child development center for 2 years, providing behavioral therapy to children with a range of developmental disabilities. Kristi worked in a community-based mental health outpatient facility, where she worked in multiple intensive family-based programs, a suicide hotline and co-facilitated a substance abuse program. Kristi holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from California Lutheran University, a Masters in Social Work from California State University Northridge.
Detra Young, MA, PPS, LMFT #100407
LICENSED MARRIAGE & FAMILY THERAPIST
Detra has worked with children, adolescents, and families in crisis for over 15 years. She believes improving your life starts with improving your mindset to unleash your full potential. Her goal is to provide each person with strategies to manage and improve their day-to-day functioning. Detra has a therapeutic interest in parenting and family issues, child and adolescent development, sports therapy, fixed and growth mindset, and clinical areas of anxiety, depression, ADHD, and trauma. Detra specializes in several therapeutic approaches based on the needs of each client, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Solution-Focused Therapy. Detra holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Masters of Science in Counseling with a Specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy from California State University of Northridge. She also received her Pupil Personnel Service Credential for School Counseling from California State University of Northridge.
Lucia Shanahan, LCSW #71907
LICENSED CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER
Lucia began her career working in the Child Welfare System in 2004 and has experience helping children and families struggling with substance abuse, poverty, child abuse and neglect and navigating the foster care/adoption system. In 2021 Lucia began working with children as a school-based therapist addressing challenges related to ADHD, autism, anxiety, depression, and time management. Lucia believes strongly in giving children a voice and a providing a safe space to express themselves. Her approach is client and family centered, focusing on evidence based therapies, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Lucia has therapeutic interests in the areas of mindfulness, parenting and family issues, child and adolescent development and clinical areas of anxiety, depression, substance abuse and trauma. Lucia holds a Bachelors degree from the University of Oregon in Psychology and Family & Human Services and a Masters degree in Social Work from California State University, Chico.
Paige Stoker, AMFT #115057
ASSOCIATE MARRIAGE & FAMILY THERAPIST
Paige started her career in 2016 as co-director of a non-profit organization, the Big Smiles Program, that utilizes art to benefit children who are in the hospital. While running the Big Smiles Program, she attended San Diego State University for her undergraduate degree in Psychology. After, she received her Master’s Degree in Marriage & Family Therapy with an emphasis in Art Therapy at Phillips Graduate University. While attaining her Master’s Degree, Paige worked at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) to assist patients and families in exploring the thoughts and feelings related to hospitalization and illness. Since graduating, Paige has worked for Empire since 2019 and has focused on working with children and their families. When appropriate, she utilizes art therapy in sessions to help clients better understand concepts, as well as to expand their knowledge and understanding of their inner thoughts and feelings. Paige aims to create a safe and supportive therapeutic environment for all of her clients. She believes in working collaboratively with the client’s family members and she utilizes each client’s strengths and goals to personalize the therapeutic approach.