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Shifted Perspective: Wellness and Trauma Consulting

Providing mental health services through Wellness and Trauma Counseling

Our Executive Leadership Team

Dr. Mariela Diocares: CEO/Chief Emotional Wellness Consultant

Dr. Mariela Diocares began her career in mental health after receiving a B.S.O.E. specializing in psychology, sociology and criminology in 2007. At that time, she began working as a crisis counselor for the Suicide Hotline. She specifically worked with children in foster care and group homes who were experiencing crisis situations. 


In 2010, Dr. Diocares completed a Master of Arts in Counseling and was able to assist in implementing mental health resources and additional awareness for behavioral health services in various settings, including school districts. Dr. Diocares completed a Doctor of Education in Counseling Psychology in 2015. Dr. Diocares dedicated her dissertation research on burnout and self-care practices in a clinical setting.


Most recently,  Dr. Diocares worked as a mental health provider in an school district she provided counseling, parenting classes, community resources and crisis interventions for children and their families. Dr. Diocares was also a faculty member in the College of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences at a local university since 2016. 


Dr. Diocares is also a Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist focused on family dynamics. Additionally, she has been trained/certified in the following, to name a few:

 

  • Crisis Management, including suicide prevention and intervention
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Gottman Institute: Gottman Method Couples Therapy
  • Trauma Informed Care Practices
  • Solution Focused Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • Client-Centered Therapy
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Existential Therapy
  • Play Therapy: Children


Dr. Diocares is a current member of the International Association of Trauma Professionals™ . Dr. Diocares is also an ordained minster.


Outside of her professional life, Dr. Diocares delights in spending time with her children and enjoys engaging in yoga (which she absolutely loves!) as a self-care activity.

Dr. Mariela Diocares
Dr. Mariela Diocares

Dr. Eddie Johnson: COO/Chief Emotional Wellness Consultant

  

After serving his country in The United States Army, where he fought in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operational Enduring Freedom, Dr. Eddie Johnson began pursuing his passion towards a mental health career. However, due to wounds sustained from combat that ultimately ended his military career, Dr. Johnson decided to focus on assisting other veterans in a mental health setting. After receiving his Associates in Social and Behavioral Sciences in 2009, Dr. Johnson started working with veterans in mental health support groups at the Loma Linda Department of Veterans Affairs.


In 2015, Dr. Johnson received his Master of Science in Leadership and Management in Organizational Leadership as well as a Master of Science in Business Administration in Human Resources Management. Dr. Johnson's passion for mental health services led him to take a job as a mental health professional on an acute psychiatric unit. While working in this capacity, he  was in charge of all the involuntary holds in the hospital and was a mental health peer support specialist. In 2019, Dr. Johnson received his Doctorate in Business Administration in Healthcare Administration and is working on becoming a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.


Currently, Dr. Johnson provides individual and group counseling as well as working towards becoming a professor at a four-year university. Dr. Johnson coaches football at the university level where he also provides mental health and mentoring services for all football players and family members.   Dr. Johnson is also an ordained minister as well as a certified Life Coach.


As part of his personal self-care practices, Dr. Johnson engages in meditation practices, listening to music, watching movies and working out.

Emotional Wellness Consultants

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Adriana Mendez/Executive Director

Adriana started her education in psychology by earning an athletic scholarship. Through her psychological studies, she found herself learning more about the difference that made her standout. After receiving her bachelor’s degree, she went on to obtain her first Masters in Forensic Psychology. However, she continued to be fascinated by human behavior and quickly began to question the reasons behind certain behavior. She recently received her second masters in Marriage and Family Therapy with a specialization as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. She continued to expand her curiosity with every new topic she learned. She is currently in the process of going back to school for her doctorate degree in Clinical Forensic Psychology.


Adriana has training and experience in crisis intervention, domestic and interpersonal violence, child and sexual abuse prevention, suicidal ideation and prevention intervention, anger management, depression, anxiety and personality disorders. She also has experience in working with clients on probation and at-risk youth counseling. The therapeutic approaches she has experience but are not limited to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), person-centered, psychoanalytic narrative, play therapy when working with children and art and music therapy. She has also been trained with the Gottman Method and the Crucible approach to couple’s therapy. Adriana also has experience working with the LGBTQIA community and advocate for their identity. Adriana is a member of California Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (CAMFT).  


Adriana is fluent in English and Spanish as well culturally competent thanks to her Latinx culture. She has volunteered in remote rural areas in Mexico, where she provided play therapy to children and used psycho-education to help families in need. Adriana’s passion lies in forensic psychology and she balances that with a passion for working with the elderly.


Self-care is important to Adriana because she has found she is not able to effectively function when she does not engage in it. Her practices are hiking, music, road trips, yoga, journaling and abstract drawings and paintings. She also enjoys spending time with family and friends.

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Lizette Urdanez/Clinician

 Lizette was born and raised in Southern California, and has also lived in Spain and Mexico as an exchange student. She earned her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from the University of Texas in 2014 and completed a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from National University. She is currently pursuing her doctorate degree. Lizette was honorably discharged from the United States Army after serving her country for four years. She enjoys working with children, adolescents, adults, groups, and families. 


Lizette has worked with adults and children of all ages from a wide variety of cultures and backgrounds and uses a variety of therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, and Solution Focused Therapy. She has been trained/certified in Trauma-Focused Therapy, Play Therapy: Children, Gottman Institute: Gottman Method Couples Therapy, Crisis Management, Parenting Skills: Incredible Years, and Decoding Teens.


She currently provides in-home therapy for children and their low-income families with emotional and behavioral concerns to include crisis intervention and Educational Related Mental Health Services. Lizette has experience in providing training to help strengthen families of individuals who are raising children of their extended family or foster children by providing them with community resources, education, and other services related to their needs. She is a current member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and the American Psychological Association.


Lizette volunteers for organizations such as I Am Not Invisible (IANI) which aims to increase awareness and dialogue about women Veterans, as well as Casa Hogar Scion, an orphanage in Tijuana, Mexico, where she helps gather resources for children, and offers workshops every other month for new adopting parents to help ease the adoption transition.


Lizette speaks English, Spanish, and Portuguese. Outside of her professional life, Lizette likes to spend time with her family and daughter. She likes to engage in yoga and meditation. Her favorite self-care activities are salsa and bachata dancing and going to the beach.

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Diana Medina/Clinician

 Diana was born in California and spent part of her childhood living in Guatemala, Central America. Diana returned to the states a few years later. She then obtained a degree in Criminal Justice with an emphasis in corrections. In 2015 she obtained a Bachelors Degree in General Psychology and went on to pursue a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from California Baptist University. Diana is currently in the process of continuing her education by obtaining a doctorate degree.


Diana spent most of her time as a youth leader at Iglesia De Restauracion where she mentored adolescents and young adults in educational and spiritual concerns. Diana currently works with children and families in low income communities providing support with emotional and behaviors in school or home environments. She also provides educational related mental health services for parents and teachers.


Diana has been trained in suicidal/crisis interventions, career counseling, cultural diversity, behavioral issues, depression, domestic violence, family conflict, grief, HIV and aids, aging and mental health and Christian Counseling. Certifications include play therapy and decoding teens. Diana is also a member of the CAMFT association and the Inland Empire CAMFT. She is also fluent in English and Spanish.


Diana has a heart for volunteer work and has participated in serving the homeless community, children in need and educating elementary students on higher education. Diana spends her time practicing yoga/ meditation but spends most of that self-care time enjoying Latin dancing.

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Victor Corona/Life Coach

Víctor began his career over 14 years ago with an agency that specializes in the treatment of severely mentally ill clients. Víctor has worked with clients from all walks of life. He specializes in assisting clients in developing skills necessary to live a productive life. With certification in Seeking Safety, Victor has helped clients out of their addiction and into stable housing by guiding them in acquiring the skills they need. Víctor is able to meet clients where they are and get them to where they want to be.