THE FEEL WELL EMPOWERMENT TEAM

Our Team of Dedicated Professionals

Nakeya Fields

Founder & CEO
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) , PPSE, Registered Play Therapist. Trauma Informed Yoga Practitioner

Dahlia Bagnis

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with over 10 years of experience serving children, adolescents and adults. Provides Services at Altadena Site

Giselle Lopez

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) specializing in children, young adolescents, individuals and families. Provides Services at Riverside Site

Jasmine Dixon

APSW, Therapist Specializing in Children, Youth, and Family Therapy.
Clinically suprivised by Kitty McCormick, LCSW

Jason Betts

Asociate Clinical Social Worker (AMFT) Mental Health Professional & Life Coach
Clinically suprivised by Kitty McCormick, LCSW

Katia Kaplun

Associate Clinical Social Worker (ACSW) specializing in Art Therapy with Children and Families.
Clinically suprivised by Kitty McCormick, LCSW

Kitty McCormick

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) specializing in children and families for over 20 years

Pili Bailey

Trauma Informed Yoga Practitioner

Sarah Mairesse

Trilingual (English/Spanish/French) Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Terry Lewis

AMFT, PPS, Mental Health Professional & Practitioner in the Healing Arts
Clinically suprivised by Kitty McCormick, LCSW

TRENNELL PALACIO

Registered Associate Professional Clinical Counselor (M.A, PPS, APCC)

Sairomi Choi

Licensed Acupuncturist specialized in using Oriental medicine, Acupuncture and Nutrition to improve health and well-being of clients.

Nakeya Fields

Nakeya T. Fields, LCSW, PPSE, Registered Play Therapist (LCS 25754/RPT S1916) is a licensed clinical social worker that utilizes talk psychotherapy, play, art, music, aromatherapy, mindfulness, yoga and movement therapy in her practice as a mental health provider. You can follow Nakeya, The Feel Well Coach, on Instagram and Facebook for resources on feeling well.

Nakeya received a BA in Communication, a Master’s in Social Work with a concentration in children & families/public child welfare & a Pupil Personnel Services Credential in school social work and child and attendance from the University of Southern California in 2001, 2005 and 2008, respectively. Nakeya is a Registered Play Therapist – Supervisor and a certified field instructor and clinical supervisor. Nakeya is also certified in Mini Yogis Yoga for Kids yoga, and certificated as a trauma informed yoga therapist and enjoys facilitating yoga individual or group sessions and developing programs for school-aged children and their families.

Nakeya has worked with survivors of abuse: sexual assault, domestic violence, child sexual, physical and emotional abuse and has extensive experience working with high risk populations. She has worked with multiple populations including persons in crisis (such as those managing suicidal/homicidal ideation, psychosis, and Major Depressive Disorder). Nakeya and her team aim to assist clients in managing the social/emotional disturbances that occur throughout the life span by providing innovative counseling and assessment services via contracts with local school districts and community agencies.

In addition to advocating and supporting for the wellness and improved health of others, Nakeya is also very passionate about educating her fellow mental health professionals about their opportunities in entrepreneurship. Nakeya is the author of The MHE Book, Mental Health Entrepreneur – Gain Freedom and Escape the 9-5 Grind:How to Treat Mental Illness and Monetize Your Expertise.

Further, Nakeya acts as a program development and staffing consultant to develop progressive health and wellness programs that incorporate mindfulness, play and creative modalities within educational, corporate and community driven organizations. She also conducts mental health/adoptions assessments on a contract basis, provides in-service seminars and is available for speaking engagements and consultation.

Dahlia Bagnis

Dahlia Bagnis is a licensed clinical social worker with over 10 years of experience serving children, adolescents, and adults. Guided by the belief that change happens within the context of relationships, Dahlia’s practice is grounded in an attachment perspective. She has witnessed the power of secure attachments and enjoys helping individuals and families strengthen bonds and problem solve. A partner in the therapy room, Dahlia works alongside her clients, respecting each as the expert of his or her own experiences. She utilizes an eclectic approach to therapy based on individual needs, drawing from cognitive behavioral and insight-oriented therapies.

Dahlia loves the generalist nature of social work practice, which has allowed her to work with a diverse group of clients including those who have experienced domestic violence, childhood trauma, homelessness, depression, anxiety, struggles with life transitions, and severe and persistent mental illness. Her expertise is in the area of complex trauma, which encompasses repeated traumatic events over a period of time and within particular relationships. She has facilitated trainings on trauma informed practices and served as a clinical supervisor. Dahlia has specialized training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Child Centered Play Therapy.

A Southern California native, Dahlia completed her Masters of Social Work from the University of Southern California. She is a proponent of self-care who enjoys fitness, healthy living, and exploring the
outdoors.

Giselle

Giselle Lopez is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) that works with children, young adolescents, individuals and families using a diverse approach designed to meet the unique needs of the patient. She is a bilingual/bicultural Therapist focusing on assisting the Latino community.
She can provide services in Spanish or English.

Giselle is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of California. Giselle graduated from Loma Linda University Graduate School of Social Work with her Master’s Degree and completed her undergraduate in Sociology from the California State University at San
Bernardino. Giselle is involved with community programs aiming at helping families and children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

Giselle enjoys photography, playing with her furry friends and baking as a way to reach
tranquility. She enjoys working with children and adolescent. She has two beautiful adult children.

Giselle is currently seeing clients in our Riverside, California location. She offers individual, group, couples/marital, parenting consult and family therapy.

Jasmine Dixon

Jasmine is a therapist at Fields Family Services with 10 years of experience providing children, youth, and family therapy. She received a Bachelor’s in Psychology from Old Dominion University and a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Southern California where she also studied non-profit growth and business innovation. Jasmine is also an Advisory Board Member of the Therapeutic Play Foundation where she will contribute her strengths as a non-profit strategist to help grow the organization.

Jason Betts

Hello, I’m a Mental Health professional who would rather be known as a Life Coach. I look forward to supporting and empowering my clients as they transform their lives. Additionally, I facilitate a Domestic Violence support group at the Shepherd’s Door. I also coach youth football in Pasadena for the Panthers Youth Football organization for the past 29 years.

Katia Kaplun

Katia Kaplun is an Eastern European Jewish woman who grew up in Soviet Russia and immigrated to the United States as an adolescent. Her family of origin’s cultural struggles and trauma of their past, along with the experience of integration into American reality and being twice different taught her a great deal about compassion and cultural experiences and pain of others. She believes passionately in learning about our neighbors, embracing differences and dissolving misconceptions.

Katia holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Painting from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University in Los Angeles. She has been fascinated with psychology since childhood, trying to learn more about our reasons for thoughts, feelings and actions, relating with others and capacity for self-transformation and achieving our potential.

With her background in visual and performing arts and love of reading and writing, she tries to bring the healing powers and the magic of creativity and self-expression to her work as a therapist. She also enjoys enlisting nature and exploration of the world around us into therapeutic work, having seen the ways in which they can soothe and awaken our body, mind and spirit. She enjoys doing art therapy with her clients to allow a deeper level of self expression.

Kitty McCormick

Kitty is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has avidly worked with children and families for over 20 years. She received her Masters in Social Work from the University of Southern California, with a concentration in mental health practice with individuals, families, and groups. Kitty has extensive experience in the Los Angeles Unified School District working with at-risk children, adolescents, and young adults. She has also worked outside of school settings addressing the needs of emotionally, physically, and sexually abused children, as well as adults who have experienced life traumas including domestic violence. She has worked collaboratively with child protective services, the County of Los Angeles Probation Department (Juvenile Services), and numerous community service agencies throughout L.A. County to assist and support clients through challenging life situations.

Pili Bailey

Pili Bailey is an experienced trauma-informed Yoga Teacher with a Masters in Chemistry from Georgetown University. She is a certified yoga teacher through YogaWorks. Pili has furthered her training at Loyola Marymount University in Yoga Therapy, to assist her clients who are recovering from injury, illness, and mental and emotional stress. Pili is passionate about her personal yoga practice which includes the study of Yoga Philosophy through the Yoga Sutras and she diligently practices asana under the guidance of certified Iyengar Yoga Teachers, like Dora Hasenbein. Pili is working towards Iyengar Yoga Certification.

Pili is the owner and creator of Essential Yoga Space, which specializes in working with women over 40 to restore the joy of living in their bodies. She is an aromatherapist who incorporates her chemical knowledge in the selection of essential oils to meet the needs of her clients.

Sarah Mairesse

I have been a mental health professional and a practitioner in the healing arts for over twenty years. My passion-families. Our family affects who we are and who we become, for better and for worse. We learn our vocabulary, our habits, our customs and rituals, and how to view and observe the world around us. My role as your therapist is to improve communication, resolve conflicts and break cycles so that who you become is the best that you can be. Our lives are a journey of choices. I am here to help you on that journey.

Terry Lewis

I have been a mental health professional and a practitioner in the healing arts for over twenty years. My passion-families. Our family affects who we are and who we become, for better and for worse. We learn our vocabulary, our habits, our customs and rituals, and how to view and observe the world around us. My role as your therapist is to improve communication, resolve conflicts and break cycles so that who you become is the best that you can be. Our lives are a journey of choices. I am here to help you on that journey.

Trennell Palacio M.A., PPSC, R-APCC

Trennell Palacio, is a Los Angeles-based Registered Associate Professional Clinical Counselor. She has been providing counseling services to Los Angeles area school age children, teens, and families since 2012. She earned her Master of Arts in Counseling, Pupil Personnel Services Credentials from Loyola Marymount University. In addition, Ms. Palacio holds a Pupil Service and Attendance credential from California State University, Dominguez Hills. Ms. Palacio has almost two decades of experience, serving in both public and private schools. This included working as a Counselor Coordinator, Behavioral Interventionist, and Designated Instructional Service (DIS) Counselor. Ms. Palacio has counseling experience across a variety of treatment settings that include; school counseling, attendance counseling, mental health clinician, andccommunity based services. Ms. Palacio serves children, adolescents, adults, families, and groups in the following areas:

• Drug Awareness / Counseling
• Teen Issues; Peer Pressure, Self-Esteem
• Parent/Child Relational Problems
• Non-Suicidal Self-Harm Behavior
• Anxiety Disorders
• Conduct and Oppositional Defiant Disorders
• Physical, Sexual, Emotional Abuse
• Anger and Stress Management

Ms. Palacio uses a blend of Cognitive Behavioral, Mindfulness, Solution-Focused, and Person-Centered practices. A holistic approach is utilized by exploring with and educating clients about how mind, spirit and body are interconnected. Her theory is that when people have hope and can learn to challenge and replace irrational thoughts, beliefs, and attitudes, people are free to experience change.

Sairomi Choi

Choi Sairomi ( Acupuncturist, LAc . NPI 1700256146) is a licensed Acupuncturist. Choi Sairomi recieved a BA in University of California, Irvine,Master’s in Acupuncturist in South Baylo University in 2013, and licessed Acupuncturist by CA Board.

Choi Sairomi managing the patients who have the emotional disturbance and post trauma symtoms. Also, supporting for the wellness and improved health of the people.

Sairomi very passionate about education people for their wellness and healthy life with acupuncture and herbal medicine.