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.

Clinical Supervisors

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.

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 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.

Mental Health Clinicians

Elizabeth Pichardo

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. She also has experience working with the LGBTQ+ population. Elizabeth believes in a gently and compassionately challenging clients to achieve therapeutic success and positive changes.

Yaneli Ornelas

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.

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.

Tiffany Richards, PCC Intern

Tiffany Richards works under the direct supervision of Dr. Soliman. Tiffany received her two bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Anthropology (with emphasis on Culture and Psychology) from University of California, Berkeley. She is completing the last semester of her Masters in Science in Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling at California State University, Fresno. Tiffany believes in creating an honest empathic collaborative environment for clients to become their best selves. She believes in an eclectic integrative approach to fit the client’s needs and employs methods such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Strength Based Therapy, Existential Theory, and Gestalt. Because of her educational background, Tiffany has a natural appreciation for diversity and understanding of the importance of social advocacy. She has experience working with diverse populations and age groups including couples, families, immigrants, persons with disabilities (i.e. autism, intellectual/learning, physical, etc.), adolescents, and LGBT+ to name a few. Tiffany believes the key to transformative therapy is a collaboration, honesty, and actively working toward productive outcomes.

Nathan Ramirez

Nathan Ramirez operates under the clinical supervision of Dr. Maria Stevens. Nathan completed his undergraduate degree in psychology at California State University, Fresno. He is currently working towards his doctorate of psychology degree in clinical psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology (Alliant International University, Fresno). He has had diverse clinical experiences throughout his career, working with individuals in many settings affected by anxiety, depression, PTSD, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and substance use disorders. Nathan emphasizes a collaborative and synergistic approach to therapy that focuses on self-compassion and the therapeutic alliance between the clinician and client. He utilizes a range of theoretical orientations, i.e., cognitive-behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, object-relations therapy, and person-centered therapy; and incorporates an interpersonal neurobiology (INPB) informed approach when conceptualizing client's presenting concerns. Nathan values the dynamics of culture and how those factors may affect the therapeutic process and ultimate growth of the client. He has worked with individuals across the lifespan in forensic and community mental health settings.

Tia Hartsock

Tia Hartsock is an Associate Practicing Clinical Counselor and works under the direct supervision of Dr. Maria Stevens. She received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from California State University, Fresno and Her Master's in Clinical Psychology from Capella University. She has experience working with individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and has a strong desire to work with individuals experiencing hardships in their day-to-day lives. She believes real change comes from hard work and determination and she aims to meet the client at whatever stage they may be at to help facilitate successful healing and ascertain positive change.

Jamila Taylor

Jamila Taylor is a fifth-year student in the Alliant Clinical Psychology doctoral program. She received her master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at Alliant University. As a psychological assistant her focus is to help people improve their lives as they address areas of trauma, resilience and living a more productive life. She has experience working with diverse populations, multicultural issues and works with clients from their cultural perspective. She recognizes diversity and respects differences by implementing appropriate treatment interventions to work through various psychological problems. She has experience working with adults and adolescents in long- and short-term care.

Specialization

We specialize in a variety of services including but not limited to the following:

* Anxiety                                                        * Depression

* Coping Skills                                                * Parenting

* Anger Management                                      * Behavioral Issues

* Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders          * Racial Identity

* Sexual Identity                                              * Sleep Disruptions

* Relationship Issues                                       * Career Counseling

* Chronic Pain                                                 * Self-esteem

* Domestic Violence                                        * Grief

* PTSD                                                             * EMDR

* Chronic Medical Concerns                             * Suicidal Ideation

Office Administration

Luis Garibay

Luis is our most senior office administrator. He is currently attending California State University, Fresno working toward his Bachelor's degree in Psychology. Luis has a passion for helping the people in his community and making a positive impact for Fresno. He hopes that mental health can be made more accessible to those in need. He plans on pursuing a master's in counseling to become a school counselor. His interests include music, animals, and being outdoors. He is bilingual. 

Se habla espanol!

Joselyn Gonzalez

Mary Tisdale

Mary has over twelve years experience as an administrator and is currently working toward her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology at Regent University. She joined the U.S. Navy after graduating high school and proudly served for eight years. Mary has the desire to become a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She enjoys taking trips with her family and can be found watching crime dramas in her spare time.

Julian Walker

 Julian has worked in the healthcare field for a couple years and is eager about helping people that need and want it. He is also is pursuing an art/design career and helps the office with creative direction. He is a hard worker but also remembers life isn’t to be taken so seriously all the time. He likes to travel, go to music/art events, or spend time with his family.

Dr. Annette Penn

Annette Penn has a Psy.D in clinical psychology with an emphasis in Forensics. She received her Master’s degree as well as her Clinical Psychology degree with an emphasis in forensics at The California School of Professional Psychology-Alliant International University in Fresno CA. Her focus is to promote healthy behavior and improve healthier and more productive lives. She has experience working with diverse populations using a Cognitive-Behavioral approach both in the prison and community settings. She is aware of multicultural issues and works with clients from their own cultural perspective. She recognizes diversity and respects differences by implementing appropriate treatment interventions to work through various psychological problems. As this point in her career, she would like to lay a course for private practice where she would have exposure to do long-term and short-term psychotherapy, even couple and family psychotherapy.