Adel Eldahmy, MD, MBA

Adult Psychiatrist

 Adel Eldahmy, MD, MBA completed his residency in Psychiatry at the University of California, Irvine in 1984, after which he went into private practice in Southern California. His fellowship in Psychiatry included the Eating Disorders program at the University of California, Irvine.

In 1997, Dr. Eldahmy received his HealthCare MBA from the University of California, Irvine.

Dr. Eldahmy specializes in anxiety, social anxiety, panic disorders, OCD, eating disorders, and mood disorders.

He is the Medical Director of Laguna Behavioral. Dr. Eldahmy has also served as the Medical Director at Long Beach Eating Disorders Clinics; Long Beach Psychiatric Center; Eating Disorders program at Charter Hospital of Long Beach; and Charter Out-Patient Clinics in Los Alamitos, California. He also served as Chief of Staff at Los Altos Hospital in Long Beach, California

Joseph R. Simpson, MD, PhD

Adult Psychiatrist

Joseph R. Simpson, MD, PhD received his undergraduate degree in biology magna cum laude from Harvard University. He received his M.D. and Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis. His thesis work focused on neuroimaging in mood disorders and the functional neuroimaging of cognition-emotion interactions

After completing his adult psychiatry residency at the University of California Los Angeles Neuropsychiatric Institute/West Los Angeles VA Medical Center, he completed a forensic psychiatry fellowship at the University of Southern California. He is board-certified in psychiatry and forensic psychiatry. He has published several peer-reviewed articles in neuroimaging and in forensic psychiatry. Most recently he edited the book Neuroimaging in Forensic Psychiatry: From the Clinic to the Courtroom, published by Wiley-Blackwell in April 2012.

Dr. Simpson is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Southern California and the University of California, Irvine. He is currently a Councilor for the Southern California Psychiatric Society, a District Branch of the American Psychiatric Association, and is also an active member of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law.

Ann Verma, MD

Child Psychiatrist

 Dr. Ann Verma is board-certified in psychiatry and completed a Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She attended medical school at The American University Of the Caribbean School of Medicine, and completed her Psychiatry Residency training in Case Western Reserve School of Medicine and Fellowship training at the University of South Dakota. Dr. Verma is now practicing Psychiatry with a special interest in brain health using a plant based/lifestyle modification approach to brain fitness/wellness in treating her patients. 

Dr. Verma’s work focuses on restoring life balance, brain and body health, and helping her patients improve their functionality and satisfaction in life. Dr. Verma’s has a broad background in the healing arts and many years of experience treating families successfully. Dr. Verma considers a wide range of interventions in her treatment plans including the use of nutraceuticals, medication, genetic testing, psychological testing, plant- based diets,ancient healing herbs, exercise and nutrition coaches, meditation and yoga, psychotherapy, and sleep/relaxation training. Her specialties include: Mood disorders, ADHD,insomnia, and other emotional and behavioral issues affecting adults and children.

Dr. Verma is well liked by families, in fact during most of her initial patient encounters, all the family members were interested in coming back for treatment after being part of their loved one’s care.

Dr. Verma has a passion for integrative care, therefore she is often working with primary doctors, functional doctors, and various other medically trained health practitioners to assist in coordination of care.

Enas Elshiwick, PsyD, MFT


Enas Elshiwick, Psy D., MFT, is a licensed psychologist and a licensed marriage family therapist. She has experience working with a variety of clients, including, issues of relationships, marriage and family, personality, obsessions, compulsions, drug and alcohol addictions, schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders, depressive disorders, anxiety, paranoia, and other issues that effect daily lives.

She has had experience working with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families, in a variety of settings, including private practice, agencies and clinics, and with inpatients (where she was the head of the psychology department of the hospital). She is bilingual (Arabic and English), and understands and has experience dealing with issues of adjustments in terms of culture and religion. She is eclectic in her approach, taking into consideration the client's best interest and welfare.

Michael Ferguson, Psy D, LCSW


Dr. Michael Ferguson has been working in the mental health profession for more than 30 years, and has specialized with Chemical Dependent patients with co-existing disorders, i.e., anxiety and depression.  He received his Bachelors’ Degree in Psychology from Long Beach State University, where he graduated with honors. He completed his Masters’ Degree in Social Work at the University of Southern California and received his Doctorate of Psychology from Ryokan College of Los Angeles.

He served his internships at UCLA Harbor General Hospital in Torrance, California, where he worked with adolescent children and their families. He also trained at L.A. County USC Psychiatric Hospital where he worked with bipolar and schizophrenic populations, and other related psychiatric illnesses. 

During his current practice at Laguna Behavioral he serves a broad and diverse population who frequently present with depression, anxiety and chemical dependency. During treatment they learn how to deal with uncomfortable emotional conditions, i.e., social phobia, communication problems, and other fears without the use of their drug of choice.

Dr. Ferguson has served as Clinical Director for several drug and alcohol recovery facilities. He is certified by the Department of Probation to teach Domestic Violence Classes and currently serves as Clinical Director of a Domestic Violence Agency in South Orange County. He also provides treatment for this population in his private practice.

Dr. Ferguson remains current with research literature associated with professional advancement in treatment and maintains a keen awareness of innovative techniques as he chooses to utilize the most effective methodology in the treatment of clients.

As a practicing psychotherapist with Christian based values, he provides counseling that will help develop and cultivate coping mechanisms which are consistent with Scriptural principals found in the Bible.

Equally important, Dr. Ferguson’s ethical standards remain uncompromised while adhering to the highest level of honesty and integrity.

Mary-Louise Henson, LMFT


Mary-Louise Henson, MFT is a licensed Marriage and Family therapist who has maintained a private practice in Laguna Niguel, CA since 1992. Prior to receiving her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University, she taught elementary school, raised two children to successful adulthood, worked in the fitness industry and co-owned a business.

Her clinical training combined with rich life experience continues to provide her with a unique and evolving perspective on how people can heal, make positive changes, healthier decisions and lead more fulfilling lives. She is able to address a wide range of clinical issues including personal growth, relationship challenges in a technology driven world, infidelity, parenting “stress”, divorce, depression, anxiety, weight management, the fear of aging and health changes.

From 1998 to 2011 Mary-Louise worked with Mission Hospital, Mission Viejo, as a behaviorist in Mission’s Sports and Wellness Weight Management Program. She currently teaches behavioral classes in Stress Management and the Psychology of Weight Loss for Mission’s Cardiac Rehab Program. In September 2011, she began teaching behavioral classes for WellDatrix, a medically supervised weight management program based in Irvine, CA.

Mary-Louise has been a dedicated Iyengar yoga practitioner for the past 15 years and has recently begun Pilates classes.

Catherine L. Speckmann, LCSW


Change-even good change can be difficult. My personal philosophy toward change is based on empowerment. I like to help people recognize and utilize the tools that are available to them. My background is diverse. I began my career in 1989 as an addictions counselor. The connection between addictions and mental health disorders is strong. Dual diagnosis has always been an area of interest for me. I attended the University of Wisconsin where I received my Masters Degree. I graduated with honors on the Children and Family track. Licensed to practice as a clinical social worker in both California and Wisconsin, I have experience in both an outpatient and an acute hospital setting. For many years, I was the Director of the Child and Adolescent program at a Milwaukee clinic. I do, however, work with all age groups. I have experience in the following areas:


  • Addictions
  • ADHD
  • Adjustment Disorders
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Behavior Disorder
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Grief and Loss
  • Mood Disorders (Depression/Bipolar)
  • Self-mutilation
  • Trauma and PTSD.


I have successfully planned and implemented community support groups that address the needs of: children in foster care, parents of children with a mental illness, social skills for children with ADHD, teens and substance abuse, and women in recovery with a dual diagnosis. My practice includes integrating proven, effective clinical treatment methods

along with extensive life experience. I will meet you where you are at and assist you in getting to where you want to be.

Sandy Moghadam, LMFT, DMFT


Dr. Sandy Moghadam performs Cutting Edge Therapy which is a scientific method and state of art approach to life struggles, challenges, and achievements. This unique approach focuses on world transitioning relationships in a new light with the following lenses: A multisystemic and multidimensional innovative relationship therapy approach for individuals, couples, families, and organizations. Designed to help people help themselves in marriage, family, and social relationships and focuses on peoples' uniqueness without generalizing, categorizing, and labeling.

Dr. Moghadam is an adjunct and visiting professor teaching graduate level courses like advanced theories, cross/cultural, parenting, and the impact of financial crisis on people. She has linked her business education to family therapy field by creating an assessment model which includes important factors like financial crisis that impacts mental health and relationships.

Dr. Moghadam got her bachelors degree in business and got into MBA program. She started in management trainee program in banking and reached a Vice President position in financial planning. She also has translated several relationship books, written several articles, books, and chapters of text books.

Chase Espinoza, Psy D

Psychological Testing

Dr. Chase Espinoza is a psychologist who specializes in forensic evaluations, neuropsychological examination, clinical assessment, and psychoeducational testing. He has worked with diverse populations in school-based, forensic, substance abuse, residential behavioral health, and county mental health settings.

Dr. Chase also has experience in providing neuropsychological services for neurology patients in a hospital outpatient setting. He specializes in thorough and individualized recommendations, as well as follow-up consultations.

Dr. Chase is published in multiple subject areas of psychology and presents multiple times a year, often on the topics of co-occurring disorders, male trauma, and intimate partner violence, at conferences and summits. He is an adjunct professor of psychology and research in undergraduate, master's and doctoral programs at three different universities in Southern California and regularly develops courses. A self-described "lifelong learner," Dr. Chase is passionate about his work and constantly aims to expand his expertise.

Adrienne Pasek, Psy D

Psychological Testing

Dr. Adrienne Pasek has extensive experience performing neuropsychological evaluations and cognitive assessments in private practice and for governmental agencies. Dr. Pasek provides trainings and presentations to law enforcement agencies and companies nationwide. Dr. Pasek also has broad experience in conflict resolution as a former Executive Director for a non-profit Mediation Center working for the courts of Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties. She is proficient and skilled in mediation and arbitration for parties seeking alternative solutions to legal disputes. Dr. Pasek is also a former Educational Liaison for several school districts. She has vast knowledge of child development and routinely provides screenings and assessments for children suspected of struggling with learning disabilities.