Dr. Erene Soliman's Psychological Practice
About the Practice
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Erene Soliman, Psy.D.
Dr. Erene Soliman
Dr. Erene Soliman
Dr. Erene Soliman graduated from the Adler School of Professional Psychology in 2007 and has been a Licensed Psychologist since 2009. She has experience in treating a wide variety of mental health disorders. She is culturally well rounded and works with many minorities as she knows that culture plays a major role in coping. She utilizes the ADDRESSING framework by Pamela Hays to conceptualize and treat her clients. She is committed to addressing the systemic barriers that prevent different racial and minority groups from seeking out help. She is also an ally and advocate for sexual minority groups. She believes in the process of change and will help guide her clients to move in a positive direction.
Dr. Soliman has received her Postpartum Support International Certificate Training in Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder with hopes to help this particular population with managing symptoms. In addition to her Postpartum Support Certificate, she is also a member of Postpartum Support International (PSI) and a Co-Chair for the Maternal Wellness Coalition of Fresno County. Her passion is to help support our mothers, fathers, partners, and children to function adaptively in a socially purposeful way.
She also conducts psychological testing to help with treatment planning and to provide additional support within an academic or occupational setting. She is also a qualified Peace Officer Psychological Screening Psychologist that can complete appeal evaluations for local and federal law enforcement agencies.
Dr. Alisha Liljegrenolsson
Alisha Liljegrenolsson, Psy.D. works under the direct supervision of Dr. Erene Soliman. Alisha is a registered Psychological Assistant Intern with a major in Clinical Psychology with Capella University with a GPA of 3.9. She received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2020 from Capella University. She has a Masters's degree in counseling psychology and a Bachelor's degree in health science.
Her dissertation is on gaming addiction using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Neurofeedback. She has experience working with individuals diagnosed with a variety of mental health issues. She attended Postpartum Support International advanced perinatal mental health psychotherapy training and components of care.
She is also certified in BrainPaint training for our biofeedback, offered at our site. Additionally, she has completed the forty-hour domestic violence counselor training under CA Evidence Code section 1037. She has experience working with individuals who struggle with anxiety, depression, behavioral issues, perinatal care, among others. She has worked with a wide range of populations, from young children to elderly individuals.
She believes that we are all on our unique path and assists in meeting the goals and outcomes of our clients for a healthier positive change. Her theoretical orientation is primarily Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Still, she has skills using psychodynamic, client-centered therapy, and person-centered. In the past, she was a Registered Behavioral Technician as well as a Registered Substance Abuse Counselor. She has experience with individuals, couples, psychological testing, and group therapy.
Dr. Luz Vargas
Dr. Luz Vargas
Dr. Vargas assists as a clinical supervisor at Dr. Soliman's Psychological Practice. She understands that seeking psychological treatment can be a difficult and intimidating process so she utilizes a welcoming and collaborative approach with clients she works with and guides her supervisees to do the same. Her goal is to help each client feel relief through learning about themselves, gaining useful coping skills, and finding their most authentic self even during difficult life situations.
Dr. Vargas is a bilingual (Spanish) psychologist that provides therapy to children and adults at a community health center. She utilizes cognitive behavioral interventions, motivational interviewing, and mindfulness approaches to treatment. She is also adjunct professor of psychology at Reedley College. Her interests include bridging the gap between minorities and access to mental health care and as such focuses on diversity and cultural factors that can limit or improve progress in treatment.
Dr. Vargas has prior experience working in the forensic field including prisons, juvenile detention centers, probation office, county jails, and court mandated programs. She previously held a position as suicide prevention specialist and training coordinator at a state prison where she provided weekly classes and trainings to custody, medical, administrative, and mental health staff. This is where she learned how much she enjoyed teaching and started supervising practicum students and is happy to continue supervising interns, practicum students, and psychological assistants at Dr. Soliman’s practice.
Mental Health Clinicians
Dr. Maria Stevens
Dr. Maria Stevens
Fresno native, Dr. Maria Stevens has been working in mental health and social services for the past sixteen years. A graduate from California State University, Fresno and California School of Professional Psychology, she has a prominent education in the behavioral sciences. This includes earning two masters degrees in the disciplines of social work and clinical psychology, and a doctorate in clinical psychology. Dr. Stevens carries this breadth of knowledge into her work and strives to remain a life long learner to better serve her clients.
Dr. Stevens has wealth of experience working with individual clients and groups, in a variety of settings including inpatient hospitals and outpatient, community based mental health. Her current practice is primarily focused on providing individual psychotherapy to a wide variety of clientele.
Areas of specialized practice include integrated treatment of complex trauma with adolescents and adults, treatment for substance use and behavioral addictions, treatment of bipolar and psychotic disorders, and cognitive behavioral treatment for anxiety and depressive disorders.
She has special interest and expertise in the area of psychotherapy with adolescents/teens, young adults, women, persons of color, and those who identify as LGBTQ.
Dr. Celeste Simmons
Dr. Celeste Simmons
She is a licensed psychologist who has had special training working with children and families and with those having issues in the context of the legal system. She takes a collaborative approach to services and feels that the client perspective is an important aspect, as is the professional. Her goal is for clients to feel comfortable in their own skin both in and out of the professional environment. She aspires to have those who seek services to be able to be more self-sufficient than before receiving services. Her hope is that people have a positive experience that will continue to be beneficial for years after termination of services.
She has worked in multiple facets as a mental health professional. She has been providing therapeutic intervention for over a decade, dealing with a variety of presenting concerns. She has served as a consultant for agencies, has worked with school systems and has worked in public and private agencies. She is able to provide consult, therapy and psychological evaluation. She is also able to provide non-clinical services that can include education about mental health and wellness.
She is an advocate for mental wellness and doesn't believe there should be any stigmas about receiving services because everyone struggles with difficulties sometimes. She hopes that you are able to find what you need in your search for professional psychological assistance.
Dr. Alexandra Addo-Boateng
Dr. Alexandra Addo-Boateng
Dr. Alexandra Addo-Boateng has received her doctoral degree in Education Counseling Psychology, a Masters in Marriage-Family Counseling, and a B.A. in Business Management. She serves as an adjunct psychology professor at Fresno Pacific University, a board member at Neighborhood Industries, a local social enterprise; as well as, the Board President of the National Alliance on Mental Illness Fresno-Madera County.
Over the past seven years, Dr. Alexandra Addo-Boateng has provided clinical individual and couples therapy addressing perinatal and paternal wellness, preterm birth, traumatic birthing experiences, and adverse childhood trauma that resurfaced during the perinatal phase of parenthood. Also, Dr. Addo-Boateng serves on the Fresno County Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors (LOSS) team, offering grief support services to families and friends after a suicide loss.
Dr. Addo-Boateng serves on four patient-driven projects at California Health Collaborative; thus, encompassing complex case management and perinatal mental health. As the Director of Perinatal Mental Health Services, Dr. Addo-Boateng's area of expertise is educating community providers and leaders on the multigenerational impact of perinatal mental health disparities, social and cultural implications, diagnosis, and treatment, in addition to program development. At California Health Collaborative, Dr. Addo-Boateng continues to focus on systems change; therefore, closing the gaps in maternal, paternal, and infant mental health.
Dr. Addo-Boateng also oversees maternal mental wellness coalitions throughout the Central Valley and a statewide collaborative, the Maternal Wellness Collaborative of California. As a result of these partnerships, Dr. Addo-Boateng took part in developing universal wellness screening protocols for perinatal women within obstetrician and pediatrician offices, hospitals; and, community-based organizations, and first responders that interface with moms, babies, and families.
Dr. Addo-Boateng believes that addressing childhood trauma and mental wellness among parents and families is a multi-pronged approach, and when done well, the children within the community will benefit substantially.
Mental Health Clinicians
Victor S. Pannu, M.A.
Victor S. Pannu, M.A.
Victor S. Pannu, M.A. works under the direct supervision of Dr. Luz Vargas. Victor received his M.A. in Forensic Psychology and is currently a second-year doctoral student of Clinical Psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology (Alliant International University). He has extensive experience addressing various mental health and counseling needs with incarcerated youth during his career at the San Francisco Youth Guidance Center and Log Cabin Therapeutic Ranch (La Honda, CA). Victor has a deep passion for increasing the accessibility of mental health services to minority populations. He believes in the importance of a therapeutic milieu in his ability to assist clients in their healing process and finding fulfillment in life, and the incorporation of spirituality into mental health care.
Summer Her, M.A.
Summer Her, M.A. works under the direct supervision of Dr. Luz Vargas. She received her Master’s degree in Clinical Counseling from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University, Fresno. She is currently a second-year doctoral student of Clinical Psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology (Alliant International University). Summer believes in providing a safe and comfortable environment for clients by using a strength based and object-relations approach. She has experience working with individuals with diverse backgrounds with a variety of diagnoses including, but not limited to PTSD, depression, anxiety, and Bipolar disorder. She has worked with various populations including survivors and perpetrators of domestic violence, children with behavioral issues, families, couples, and adolescents in juvenile detention facilities. Summer aims to work from a culturally responsive approach in order to optimize the best care for her clients.
Tia Hartsock works under the direct supervision of Dr. Soliman. Tia received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Fresno State. She is currently doing her practicum hours for her Masters in Clinical Psychology with a Clinical Counseling specialization from Capella University. Tia has experience working with individuals diagnosed with Autism, and has a desire to work with individuals experiencing hardships in their day-to-day lives. Tia believes that real change comes from hard work, and aims to meet the client at whatever stage they may be at to help give them tools to succeed and ascertain positive change.
Elizabeth Pichardo works under the direct supervision of Dr. Soliman. Elizabeth received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from California State University, Fresno. She is currently a second-year doctoral student of Clinical Psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology (Alliant International University). Elizabeth believes in the power of the therapeutic alliance as she joins your journey towards healing and reaching a desired quality of life. She believes in using various methods that will fit the client's needs such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Object Relations which focuses on all aspects of relationships with others and the self, and person-centered approach. Elizabeth understands that the cultural and spiritual diversity all individuals bring to the therapy room are highly important, welcomed, and valued. She has experience working with diverse populations and age groups including immigrants, juveniles and adults in detention facilities, adults who have been previously incarcerated, and individuals struggling to understand or manage their anger, depression, trauma, and anxiety. Elizabeth believes in a gently and compassionately challenging clients to achieve therapeutic success and positive changes.
Navjot Dhaliwal works under the direct supervision of Dr. Soliman. Navjot received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Rutgers University, New Jersey. She is currently a second-year doctoral student of Clinical Psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology (Alliant International University). She has experience working with incarcerated youth, both in and out of custody. Navjot believes in the power of healing and wants to increase mental health literacy and accessibility for Punjabi speaking clients and other minority populations. She believes every individual has within them the tools to heal and succeed but often clients need assistance in accessing these tools.
Yaneli Ornelas works under the direct supervision of Dr. Soliman. Yaneli received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Oregon State University. She is currently a second-year doctoral student in the Psy.D. Clinical Psychology program from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University. Yaneli hopes to provide a safe, supportive, and accepting environment that encourages growth and healing. She believes in using cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectic behavior therapy (DBT) to understand and implement appropriate coping strategies for adverse life experiences. Yaneli has experience working with a diverse population affected by mood, personality, and anxiety disorders. Yaneli believes a strong therapeutic relationship and hard work are key components to achieving change toward a successful and joyous life. She is bilingual and provides services fluently in English and Spanish.
We specialize in a variety of services including but not limited to the following:
* Anger Management
* Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders *Racial Identity
* Chronic Pain
* Domestic Violence
* Chronic Medical Concerns