MEET THE STAFF

David Plotkin, Ph.D.
David Plotkin, Ph.D.
Director / Clinical Psychologist

Direct office phone: (310) 470-9994
Dr. Plotkin received his doctorate in clinical psychology from UCLA and was a member of the UCLA Anxiety Disorders Behavioral Research Program, under the direction of Michelle Craske, Ph.D. Presently, Dr. Plotkin is the director of David Plotkin, Ph.D. and Associates and is also a clinical instructor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, UCLA Semel Institute and Hospital. He teaches and supervises psychiatry residents in the administration of cognitive behavioral therapy at the UCLA Anxiety Disorders Outpatient Clinic. In addition to his clinical and teaching positions, Dr. Plotkin has conducted research and coauthored studies in the areas of panic disorder, social phobia, and substance abuse.
*CA License PSY 19818

Yulia Koba, Psy.D.
Yulia Koba, Psy.D.
Associate / Psychological Assistant

Direct Phone (424) 256-0160
Dr. Koba received her master’s degree in psychology from The New School for Social Research in New York City and her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from The California School of Professional Psychology. She has been extensively trained in evidence-based practices such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Compassion Focused Therapy, and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Dr. Koba specializes in working with trauma survivors and people who suffer from chronic pain including Fibromyalgia, IBS, and Lupus. Dr. Koba believes in mind-body connection and incorporates Mindfulness training and Somatic Experiencing developed by Dr. Peter Levine into her practice. Dr. Koba is a bilingual Russian and English speaker and is familiar with challenges that cultural differences might bring.

Terry Wohlberg,MA, L.M.F.T.
Terry Wohlberg,MA, L.M.F.T.
Associate / Licensed M.F.T.

Direct Phone (310) 622-4414

Terry is a Clinical Instructor at the UCLA Women’s Life Center in the David Geffen School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and the California State Regional Coordinator for Postpartum Support International. She
earned her Master’s Degree from Phillips Graduate Institute and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.

Terry’s areas of clinical focus include women’s mental health and women’s reproductive mental health (depression and anxiety during pregnancy and the postpartum period, traumatic birth experience, perinatal loss, and infertility). In addition, she has experience and a special interest in helping adults with anxiety (Generalized Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Panic, Social Anxiety, and Specific Phobias), depression, insomnia, life transitions, past trauma, and new onset and chronic illness. Terry also has specialized training and experience in loss and grief counseling and is a graduate of the Behavior Therapy Training Institute through the International OCD Foundation.

Terry integrates a variety of therapeutic modalities into her practice including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness-based therapy, trauma resiliency model (TRM) and reflective parenting. Her approach is collaborative, strength-based and tailored to meet the unique needs and goals of each person, within a safe and caring relationship.

Terry is affiliated with several professional organizations including

  • American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (Clinical Fellow)
  • Anxiety and Depression Association of America
  • California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (Clinical Member)
  • Maternal Mental Health Now
  • 2020 MOM
  • International OCD Foundation
  • Postpartum Support International

*CA License LMFT 21154

Nicole Barab, A.C.S.W.
Nicole Barab, A.C.S.W.

Associate Clinical Social Worker/Intern

Direct Phone: 323-813-1291

Nicole Barab is a registered A.C.S.W intern under the Supervision of Dr. Plotkin. Nicole received her Master’s Degree in Social Welfare (MSW) from New York University, and her Bachelor’s Degree from Kenyon College.

For two years Nicole interned in child and adult outpatient psychiatry at Mount Sinai-Beth Israel Hospital and King’s County Hospital Center in New York City. Since moving to Los Angeles, Nicole has interned at David Plotkin Phd and Associates, and at Southern California Counseling Center, working with individuals, couples, children and families.

In addition to her passion for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Nicole is also interested in learning additional evidence-based approaches for helping individuals process trauma, and is currently getting her trauma certification in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR).

With her clients, Nicole’s approach is integrative and collaborative, focusing on the client’s strengths and their individual goals for treatment within a safe and empathic environment.”

Judy Victor, M.A.
Judy Victor, M.A.
Associate / Licensed M.F.T.

Direct Phone (323) 793-6419

Judy Victor received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from New York University.

For several years, Judy interned at the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center, working with individuals and couples, as well as co-facilitating a weekly process group for women. Judy also interned for Burbank Family Services where she counseled at-risk teenagers in a transitional high school in Burbank. Currently, Judy is a Resource Associate at Teen Line, which is associated with Cedars- Sinai Hospital.

Judy is passionate about the possibility of healing and growth through the therapeutic process. Her motivation
comes from a deep belief that every person needs and deserves a place where they feel safe and heard without fear of judgment. Utilizing Mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Judy collaborates with her clients to create a therapeutic plan for each client to maximize their potential for healing.

Lauren Swigert, M.A., L.M.F.T.
Lauren Swigert, M.A., L.M.F.T.
Associate / Licensed M.F.T.

Direct Phone 424-210-7027

Lauren is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy at Pepperdine University. Lauren has provided individual, family and group therapy at Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services and Partnership to Uplift Communities (PUC) Charter Schools. She also worked with individuals, couples and groups in Kaiser Permanente’s Addiction Medicine department.

Lauren was awarded an MFT Stipend by the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health in 2011. Before transitioning to a career in the mental health field, Lauren worked in the entertainment industry, representing screenwriters and directors for film and television.

Lauren works from a strength-based, solution-focused approach that provides clients the opportunity to be the expert on their own lives and to steer the course of treatment according to their needs.

Mona Navarro, Ph.D.
Mona Navarro, Ph.D.
Associate / Clinical Psychologist

Direct Phone (310) 863-6979

Dr. Navarro received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Southern California, with a specialization in children, adolescents, and families. As a developmental psychopathologist, her education focused on how cognitive/neuro factors influenced the developing brain.  In her clinical work, Dr. Navarro utilizes bio-psycho-social models of intervention when working with adolescents and adults.  Her internship was at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles in Adolescent Medicine. Dr. Navarro completed a two year postdoctoral fellowship in the Stress and Mood Program at UCLA and then became the director of the Youth Depression & Suicide Program.  She oversaw a number of research grants and a drug trial on SSRIs for treatment resistant depression.  These research experiences then implemented a family focused and in-home treatment program combining techniques from cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT), dialectical-behavioral therapy (DBT), and Multisystemic Therapy (MST), to target teen suicide.

Dr. Navarro has also been a clinical instructor in the Department of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, UCLA Semel Institute and Hospital.  She also taught and supervised psychiatry residents in the administration of cognitive behavioral therapy for children and their families.  In addition, Dr. Navarro was also an adjunct professor in the department of psychology at both UCLA, USC, CSULA, CSUN, and Santa Monica College.  She taught Introduction to Psychology, Abnormal psychology, Neuropsychology, Statistics, and Child Development.

Dr. Navarro’s research and treatment interests include working in the area of emotional/behavioral dysregulation, anxiety, depression, substance use, ADHD, NLD, various medical conditions (e.g. IBS, Chrons , Diabetes) and other family based issues. She has conducted research and coauthored several studies in the areas of childhood depression & anxiety, PTSD, substance use, and ethnic identity.  In addition, Dr. Navarro conducts training seminars on how to implement evidence based protocols when treating adolescents, gang youth, and their families.  Parent Training and Contingency Management are areas of training Dr. Navarro provides to her families.

Andrew Lavick
Andrew Lavick

Direct Phone: (818) 600-2105

Andrew Lavick is a registered MFT Intern under the supervision of Dr. Plotkin. After graduating with a BA in Psychology from UCLA, he earned a Master’s degree in Marriage, Family, & Child Counseling as well as a MBA from the University of Southern California. Andrew has also attended trainings at the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy and the Awakened Potential seminars at Lifeforce Education. He incorporates these and other treatment approaches to best meet the individual needs of his clients

Prior to joining David Plotkin and Associates, Andrew spent 20+ years as a Management Consultant, providing compensation related recommendations to Fortune 500 companies. After transitioning his career to pursue his true passion, Andrew spent three years at Jewish Family Service, working with adult and elder populations and their families. In addition, he facilitated a men’s Holocaust survivor support group and has been a co-facilitator for an Alzheimer’s caregiver support group.

Andrew is also active in the community. He is currently interning at a counseling center in the San Fernando Valley that provides psychotherapy for those with limited financial resources. Additionally, Andrew is a weekly volunteer at the Sova Food Pantry in Van Nuys.

Stephany Luk, Psy.D.
Stephany Luk, Psy.D.
Associate / Licensed Psychologist

Direct Phone (424) 999-8884

Dr. Luk obtained her doctorate degree in forensic psychology from the California School of Forensic Psychology and has worked in both clinical and forensic settings. She has conducted research in personality assessment, and has training in personality, cognitive, and risk evaluations. Her field training included providing CBT and relapse prevention treatment to clients suffering from extreme anxiety and mood disorders. Dr. Luk received specialized training in cognitive-behavior therapy for chronic pain patients, as well as training in assessment and psychotherapy with clients who are considering or have completed bariatric weight loss surgery. In addition, she obtained special training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), which targets dysregulated and overwhelming thoughts, emotions, and behaviors.

In her practice, Dr. Luk specializes in:

• treatment of anxiety and mood disorders, including panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety, specific phobias, depression, and bipolar disorder.
• chronic pain management
• sleep disturbance
• bariatric therapy, pre- and post-surgery
• cognitive remediation therapy

Dr. Luk integrates two empirically-based treatments—cognitive-behavioral therapy and mindfulness—in order to connect thoughts with behavior and emotion patterns, evaluate effectiveness and values, and control impulses and urges.

Carolyn Kim, M.A., L.M.F.T.
Carolyn Kim, M.A., L.M.F.T.
Associate / Licensed M.F.T.

Direct Phone (424) 532-0020

Carolyn received her Master in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University and a BA in Literature from UC San Diego. Her passion for psychology and wellness began in her early 20s when she studied meditation and mindfulness in Northern California. Her knowledge and experience of mental health grew to include research-backed and empirically studied treatments, such as cognitive behavioral therapy and exposure and response prevention therapy. She gained this experience as a research assistant at UCLA for Dr. Bruce Chorpita’s study on the effectiveness of current mental health technologies for children and adolescents. In addition, she obtained her graduate and post-graduate clinical training at the renowned treatment center for eating disorders, Monte Nido Eating Disorders Treatment Centers, as well as the outpatient treatment facility for eating disorders in Santa Monica, A New Journey (now Rosewood Centers for Eating Disorders). She is also the lead therapist at the Westwood Institute for Anxiety Disorders and treats patients presenting with multiple co-occurring disorders, including severe obsessive-\compulsive disorder, social anxiety, specific phobias and eating disorders.

Carolyn’s experience also extends to bringing mental health care for at-risk populations suffering from a broad and diverse set of mental illnesses. She worked with grade school children at Para Los Niños in addition to the long-standing non-profit organization, The Southern California Counseling Center.

Altogether, Carolyn has direct experience working with adults and couples suffering from depression, anxiety, eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorders, substance abuse, ADHD, self-injurious behaviors, bipolar and related disorders and insomnia. She can also help clients find balance and fulfillment in the wake of complex life transitions.

CA Licensed no. 90023

Sonia Greaven, Ph. D.
Sonia Greaven, Ph. D.
Associate / Clinical Psychologist

Direct Phone (818) 797-4653

Dr. Sonia Greaven specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for adults, adolescents, and even young children suffering from anxiety disorders such as OCD, Panic, Agoraphobia, Separation Anxiety and Phobias. Dr. Greaven has clinical and research experience working with individuals suffering with depression, bipolar disorder and those adjusting to life transitions, such as the birth of a child or preparing to go away to college. Dr. Greaven’s clinical interests extend to supporting professionals working in high stress environments including attorneys, medical and business professionals. Dr. Greaven has conducted research and coauthored studies in the areas of adolescence, health psychology, mood disorders and life transitions.

Dr. Greaven grew up in Canada, where she attended McGill University, and then earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Dalhousie University. While English is her first language, Dr. Greaven is also able to offer treatment in Spanish and in French.

CA License PSY20962

Jacob Gisis, Psy.D.
Jacob Gisis, Psy.D.
Associate / Psychological Assistant

Direct Phone (323) 807-6381

After earning a Bachelor of Science in neuroscience from UCLA, Dr. Gisis received his doctorate from the California School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Gisis conducted neuropsychological research at UCLA and studied trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy at Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute.

Since 2005, Dr. Gisis has provided psychotherapy to diverse clients (adults, children, adolescents, families and groups) experiencing various conditions (depression, trauma, bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety, panic disorder, adjustment disorders and many others). He has worked at various sites in Los Angeles, including The Maple Counseling Center, Hollywood Mental Health Center, Vista Del Mar and UCLA (Office for Students with Disabilities).

Dr. Gisis’s clinical approach spans multiple theoretical orientations (cognitive behavioral therapy, positive clinical psychology, mindfulness and more) to provide his clients with individually tailored, empirically-supported treatments.

Bram Conley, M.A., L.M.F.T.
Bram Conley, M.A., L.M.F.T.
Associate / Licensed M.F.T.

Direct Phone (310) 621-5940
Bram is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor with many years of professional experience. He holds Masters degrees in Counseling and Psychology and completed post-graduate training in cognitive behavioral and mindfulness based psychotherapy. His professional experience includes positions as a clinician and supervisor in higher education, community mental health agencies, and in private practice. Bram is valued by his clients for his compassion, for his ability to be “with them” in their healing, and for having the skills and knowledge to help them make profound changes in the way they feel and live.

Bram received an M.S. in Psychology/Family Therapy from Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia and an M.A. in Counseling from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He was Counselor/Associate Professor at Ocean County College in Toms River, NJ for 14 years and Director of Adult Outpatient Programs at Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services in Los Angeles for 10 years.

Renee Garett, L.C.S.W.
Renee Garett, L.C.S.W.
Associate / Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Direct Phone (424) 286 2664
Renee Garett is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker providing therapeutic services to adults, children, adolescents, and families. Renee graduated Suma Cum Laude from the University of Southern California where she earned her Bachelors Degree. She then continued her education at the University of California, Los Angeles where she completed her Masters Degree in Social Welfare (MSW).
Renee has worked in various capacities as a therapist; at the Child and Family Guidance Center, at Women Helping Women Counseling and Support Services, at Lamp Community, and in private practice. Renee previously worked as a Clinical Supervisor and the Co-Coordinator of the Adolescent and Child Therapy Program at the Maple Counseling Center in Beverly Hills. Renee has been trained and certified in several evidenced based treatment models (i.e. Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Seeking Safety, and Managing and Adapting Practice-for children experiencing symptoms of anxiety, depression, PTSD, and disruptive behavior disorders). Renee also specializes in supporting clients through difficult life transitions as well as working with youth.

Renee is currently a Part-Time Lecturer at the UCLA School of Social Welfare and a clinical supervisor to unlicensed therapists.