James Luzano, M.D.

Dr. Luzano has a background in working with a multitude of mental health illnesses and chemical addictions. He is a consultant to several reputable drug and alcohol treatment centers in Los Angeles and works as an attending psychiatrist at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center. With his work and training at Cedars-Sinai, UCLA, and the Veterans Affairs medical centers, he has extensive and diverse training and experience in state-of-the-art mental health and addiction treatment.

Through his experience in therapy, Dr. Luzano’s approach promotes empathy, understanding cognitive-behavioral processes, psychodynamics, and motivation for change. He has applied these in PTSD and other anxiety, depressive and mood disorders.

Dr. Luzano is a graduate of Columbia University and completed medical school at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. He is board-certified in General and Addiction Psychiatry. He completed Psychiatry Residency at the UCLA-San Fernando Valley Program and completed an Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

For more information, visit: www.drluzano.com

 

Akashdeep S. Gill, M.D.

Dr. Gill is a practicing psychiatrist in the Los Angeles area specializing in both addiction and general psychiatry. Dr. Gill has trained and practiced in multiple clinical settings across the Los Angeles area including UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute, Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Olive View County Hospital and the Veteran Affairs medical centers. 

In line with the Solstice Clinic’s philosophies, Dr. Gill emphasizes comprehensive care with a focus on the integration of evidence based pharmacology and psychotherapy specific to patient needs. He tailors care out of the fundamental understanding that mental health treatment is sensitive and unique for patients and their loved ones.

Following graduation from Kent State University, he received his medical degree from Northeast Ohio Medical University. He completed his Psychiatry Residency at the UCLA- San Fernando Valley Program and graduated from the UCLA- Cedars Sinai Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship. Currently, Dr. Gill works as a consultant at multiple rehabilitation centers around the Los Angeles area specializing in dual diagnosis and addiction treatment.

For more information, visit: www.gillpsychmd.com

 

Nicholas Athanasiou, M.D. MBA

Dr. Athanasiou has experience working with a broad range of mental illnesses and specializes in treating addiction and mood disorders. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the UCLA - San Fernando Valley Psychiatry Training Program and core clinical faculty for their Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship. He works primarily in an academic setting within the Los Angeles-VA system training medical students, residents, and fellows in the field of psychiatry. He is board certified in both Adult Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry.

After graduating from U.C. San Diego, Dr. Athanasiou completed a joint MD/MBA degree program at the U.C. Irvine School of Medicine. He then completed his residency training at the UCLA – San Fernando Valley Psychiatry Program and subsequently an Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship at Cedars – Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Athanasiou also trained as a clinical fellow at the UCLA Mood Disorders Clinic.

 

Jennifer Schaap, MFT Registered Intern #71010

Jennifer is a Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern at The Solstice Clinic. She provides a safe place for clients to express emotions by creating a gentle, supportive and empathic environment. Her main clinical approaches are cognitive-behavioral and psychodynamic. Jen utilizes other treatment techniques as well, believing in an integrated approach to psychotherapy in which she tailors her interventions to her clients’ unique needs and circumstances.

Jen has a background working with Dual Diagnosis clients. She specializes in supporting clients who have experienced severe trauma and addiction. Jen spent several years working at the LGBT Center of Long Beach as a mental health therapist, and continues to specialize in LGBT issues.

Jennifer received her Masters in Clinical Psychology with emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2012 from Pepperdine University.  She received her Bachelors in Psychology in 2008 from UC Davis. Jennifer is a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern who is directly supervised by Dr. Luzano.

To read Jen's blog, visit: https://medium.com/@Jsschaap7

 
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Sohelia Hosseini, Ph.D.

Dr. Soheila Hosseini’s aspiration has always been to understand the complexity of human behavior and through this lens; she has supported her clients to explore distinct ways to live more satisfying and fulfilling lives.

A graduate of the California School of Professional Psychology with a PhD in Clinical Psychology, Dr. Soheila has provided therapy for adults, children, couples, and groups within community mental health centers, private practices and inpatient psychological facilities. She takes pride in working with clients from various cultural backgrounds, the LGBTQIA community, as well as those with diverse mental health conditions, such as: bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, OCD and substance use disorders.

Dr. Soheila’s primary theoretical orientation is cognitive-behavioral (CBT). She is currently working as a psychological assistant under the supervision of Dr. James Luzano providing evidence-based psychotherapy to individuals couples, and groups.

 

 

Caroline Yu Martinez, R.N., PMHNP-BC, CARN

Caroline is a board-certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner and addiction nurse, providing care for a wide range of psychiatric treatment including, but not limited to, mood and anxiety disorders, ADHD, and substance use disorders. She has experience in drug and alcohol detoxification treatment, providing services at PAX House, Redgate Memorial, Long Beach Memorial Care Center, and The Solstice Clinic.  She was honored by the International Nursing Society on Addictions as the 2012 recipient of the Cathy Buffington Memorial Scholarship.

She is a graduate of UC San Diego, and completed her bachelor’s in nursing at the University of Southern Nevada, and her master’s in nursing at California State University, Long Beach. 

Her approach involves providing a thorough evaluation while understanding the patient’s point of view and working collaboratively to help manage psychiatric symptoms in a safe, therapeutic space. 

 

Amanda Reynolds, M.A.

Amanda graduated from Pepperdine University with a Masters Degree in Psychology with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy in 2012. She has been practice manager at The Solstice Clinic for 2 years. Her duties include coordinating care between doctors and clients, and ensuring that all client administrative and logistical issues are taken care of in a timely manner.