Stephanie S. McCulley, MA, APCC

REGISTERED ASSOCIATE PROFESSIONAL CLINICAL COUNSELOR

Phone: 805.633.0962

Email: smcculley@empiretcs.net

Stephanie believes in each person's potential for wellness and healing through connection and expressive arts. Stephanie supports children, adolescents, and adults who are facing life transitions or may be in crisis. She assists her clients with establishing safety, working towards change, developing healthy habits, and practicing self-care. She's worked in outpatient and residential mental health and addiction programs, schools, group homes, and private practice. She is a Registered Associate Professional Clinical Counselor receiving weekly supervision. Stephanie holds a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Expressive Arts Therapy from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA, and a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Studies, Literature, from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Stephanie approaches therapy as a co-creation to involve clients in the process. She strives to provide interventions to meet client needs and goals for where they're at and where they want to go. Stephanie holds space for overcoming challenges and processing emotions to gain insight, identify and develop resiliency, and cultivate hope.

Erin Hoganson, MA, LEP

LICENSED EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGIST

Phone: 805.651.3226

Email:  ehoganson@empiretcs.net

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

Phone: 805.399.2598

Email:  kypedersen@empiretcs.net

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

Phone: 805.262.7913

Email:  kgrizard@empiretcs.net

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 cofacilitated 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.

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