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    Clinicians

    Steve Khachi, M.D.

    Child, Adolescent, & Adult Psychiatrist
    Founder, Mind Study Center

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    Dr. Khachi is a Stanford-trained physician, who specializes in child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry. He is the founding president of Mind Study Center providing world-class evidence-based, multidisciplinary, and integrated care. Dr. Khachi is known for his expertise in psychopharmacology and various types of individual and family psychotherapy. He has a broad range of experiences in treating psychiatric disorders. He has worked in a variety of settings, including inpatient psychiatric hospitals, outpatient clinics, emergency rooms, eating disorder programs, and drug and alcohol treatment facilities. Dr. Khachi has also worked as a consulting physician to schools, hospitals, and other referring physicians and psychologists.

    Dr. Khachi attended University of California Santa Barbara, where he obtained his bachelor of science in Biochemistry-Molecular Biology. He received his medical degree (M.D.) from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

    During medical school, he developed a strong interest in neurosciences and neuropsychiatric disorders. He was selected as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Scholar, a prestigious research fellowship which funded his neuroscience research at the National Institutes of Health. His research has culminated in multiple peer-reviewed scientific publications, book chapters, and presentations at national and international conferences.

    Dr. Khachi pursued his general psychiatry residency at the University of California San Diego and sub-specialized in child and adolescent psychiatry at Stanford University, where he was selected and served as Chief Fellow of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Child Development. He is double board certified in adult as well as child & adolescent psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and licensed by the California Medical Board.

    He is currently on faculty at the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences (voluntary) at the University of Southern California providing clinical supervision to Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in-training physicians. He has previously served as a Councillor for the Southern California Psychiatry Society. He is an active member of many professional medical associations including the American Medical Association, American Psychiatric Association, and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists.

    Erika L. Poladian, MA, LMFT

    Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (#100831)

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    Erika is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist specializing in evidenced-based psychotherapies for children, teens, adults, and families. She invests her skills in helping clients attain a better quality of life that is characterized by peace of mind and the ability to manage difficult thoughts and feelings through self-compassion and knowledge of the inner workings of the mind.

    She is extremely passionate about her work and takes into account each of her client’s individual differences and needs. She formulates creative and detailed treatment plans which include having a complete understanding of her client's daily lives. She is a firm believer that the combination of a trusting therapeutic rapport and carefully executed evidenced-based interventions can break the bondage of mental anguish and sustain long-lasting healing.

    Erika specializes in treating depression, anxiety, OCD, trauma, autism, eating disorders, behavioral problems, and somatic disorders. She cares deeply for her clients and maintains patience and perseverance in her work no matter what the presenting issues may be. Erika is also well-versed with implementing Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Exposure and Response Prevention, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, FloortimeTM Therapy, Behavioral Intervention, and Play Therapy.

    Erika completed her undergraduate education at the University of Southern California where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and minored in Musical Studies. She continued her education at Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology where she received her Master’s in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy. Furthermore, she obtained extensive clinical training at UCLA’s Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital.

    Abigail F. Schoenberg, MA, LMFT

    Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (#132783)

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    Abby is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who is passionate about supporting her clients on their journeys toward growth and healing. She enjoys creating collaborative therapeutic relationships with each of her clients, acknowledging that they are the experts on their own experiences. She cultivates an environment of safety and open communication, in order for clients to feel comfortable and empowered in their treatment. She prioritizes principles of antiracism and equitability in her practice.

    Abby utilizes an integrative approach that combines elements of psychodynamic, narrative, relational, and client-centered modalities. She is intentional about understanding her clients within the full context of their lives, including biological, psychological, and socio-environmental factors. Her treatment is always individualized; while operating from a primarily psychodynamic framework, she also enjoys using EMDR, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused CBT, and play therapy when indicated.

    Abby is a trauma specialist who helps both children and adults work toward reclaiming their lives in the aftermath of difficult experiences. She is also confident in treating anxiety and depressive disorders at all ages, as well as working with couples on improving connection and communication. Subspecialties include grief and loss (with expertise in child loss), recovery from abuse, family conflict, working with parents on strengthening parent-child relationships, and issues of self-esteem and identity formation.

    Abby completed her undergraduate education at Harvard University, where she earned a Bachelor's degree in Art, Film, and Visual Studies, with a minor in English and American Literature. She then received her Master's in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University, with a specialization in Psychological Trauma Studies. She has multiple years of experience working in community mental health and with children and young adults in foster care.