Staff

Dr. Indhushree Rajan

BEVERLY HILLS

“I deeply care about my clients, and am passionate about helping people heal and realize lasting change in their lives. Let’s work together to help you uncover the best version of yourself, and start experiencing hope, joy, and success again.” –Dr. Indhushree Rajan

Dr. Indhushree Rajan is a Licensed Psychologist (PSY 30808). In clinical settings and in the nonprofit sector, Dr. Rajan has spent nearly 20 years working with child, adolescent, and adult survivors of physical, sexual, medical, and psychological trauma, in diverse cultural and socio-economic communities in California. In the private practice setting, Dr. Rajan enjoys working with a diverse spectrum of clients of different ages and backgrounds, presenting with a wide range of clinical issues including: acute anxiety, depression, PTSD, personality disorders, and learning disabilities. Her extensive experience includes: working with the LGBTQ community, artists, those in the entertainment industry seeking help with creative blocks, career transitions, and industry related pressures, couples and individuals seeking help with dating and relationship issues, and dealing with problems stemming from divorce, and immigrant, first generation, and newly emigrated individuals and couples working through cultural assimilation and identity issues. In addition, Dr. Rajan is able to see Medicare clients, and has extensive experience working with older individuals and couples dealing with medical trauma, neurological issues, aging, and time-of-life transitions. Though she primarily works from a psychodynamic orientation, her approach to therapy is eclectic, in that she draws from a wide range of therapeutic modalities in treatment including: mindfulness practice, cognitive behavioral therapy, family systems, various expressive arts therapies (art, play, narrative, and narra-drama), and somatic/mind-body techniques.

In addition to providing psychotherapy to individuals, couples, and families, Dr. Rajan is available to conduct psychological assessment testing to optimize treatment planning and assist in differential diagnosis. Services are offered on a sliding scale basis to accommodate clients' current financial circumstances.

Direct tel: (424) 285-3547
indhushree@drpaulabruce.com


Dr. Klarissa Castro

BEVERLY HILLS, DOWNTOWN L.A.

Dr. Klarissa Castro is a Registered Psychological Assistant (PSB94021068) who practices individual and couples therapy under the supervision of Paula Bruce, Ph.D. (PSY16248). Dr. Castro earned her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles campus. As a psychotherapist, Dr. Castro has experience working with people who are going through major life transitions, relationship difficulties, trauma, navigating through identity issues, and first generation matters. Dr. Castro empowers her clients to be heard and seen by providing a nonjudgmental space to voice their story. Her approach is collaborative in which she will work with her clients to cultivate insight and develop a stronger sense of self. Dr. Castro’s goal is to have her clients thrive and foster a well-balanced joyful life.

Direct tel: (310) 807 5365
klarissa@drpaulabruce.com


Gozde Gokozan

BEVERLY HILLS

Gozde Gokozan, M.S., M.A. is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, (LMFT 100478) and a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LPCC 4888). Gozde received her Master of Science Degree in Applied Child Psychology from Kingston University, London, United Kingdom and later received her Post Master's Certificate in Child and Family Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy from New York University (NYU), New York. Additionally, Gozde received a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University, Los Angeles. Gozde completed intensive training in the practice of psychodynamic psychotherapy at the Maple Counseling Center, Los Angeles.

As a psychotherapist, Gozde provides a unique psychotherapy approach to treat a wide variety of conditions including anxiety disorders, mood disorders, ADHD, LGBT issues, attachment issues, PTSD, OCD, kleptomania, and grief. Gozde also has experience working with a wide range of clients including adults, couples, and children who have developmental disorders including autism spectrum disorder, social communication disorder, and tic disorders. Gozde facilitates grief and mild traumatic brain injuries process groups for children and adults. Additionally, Gozde has completed an intensive Emotional Focused Therapy externship and is specialized in treating couples. Gozde works with heterosexual couples, same-sex couples, and people who want to explore open relationships or polyamory.

Gozde is multicultural and multilingual, and she has lived in United States, England and Turkey. This allows her to understand cultural differences in human behavior and thought. She can provide therapy in both English and Turkish.

Gozde facilitates grief and mild traumatic brain injuries process groups for children and adults.

Direct tel: (424) 333-0288
gozde@drpaulabruce.com


Dr. Diana Rivera

DOWNTOWN L.A.

Dr. Diana Rivera is a Registered Psychological Assistant (PSB94022021) who practices individual, couple and family psychotherapy under the supervision of Paula Bruce, Ph.D. (PSY16248). She holds a M.A. in Psychology with a specialization in Creativity Studies; she completed her Master's-level research on the impact of recession on female creative professionals living in Los Angeles, which won most popular research for Division 10 of the American Psychological Association (APA) in 2015. She holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and is also a Certified Personal/Professional Development Coach. Her doctoral dissertation explored imagination in human development and in creative process. Dr. Rivera is multi-lingual with knowledge of Spanish, Italian and Catalan, and has former professional experiences in the arts, education and professional development.

Dr. Rivera believes that personal healing and social transformation go hand-in-hand. She values those qualities that make one human, while recognizing those issues that impact one's vitality, passion, purpose and ability to live at the highest level of potential within oneself, with loved ones, at work, in society. Dr. Rivera is dynamic, intuitive and committed to serving her diverse clients of all ages and of various ethnic backgrounds. Her clients are students, entrepreneurs, attorneys, parents/grandparents, artists and entertainment professionals, healers, activists, people in the LGBTQIA community, etc. She has successfully supported clients in regulating emotions, reducing moodiness, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts. She has helped clients understand relational conflict, identity struggles, sexual disturbances, abuses and others traumas that impact daily functioning. She has worked with clients to improve their social-emotional skills at school, at work and in relationships, as well as other health related-concerns such as binge-purge eating disorders and cancer. She has also served to help clients make the most out of life transitions, tap into one’s passion and purpose and go after one’s dreams.

Direct tel: (323) 606-8385
diana@drpaulabruce.com


Shannon Daneshrad

BEVERLY HILLS, DOWNTOWN L.A.

Shannon Daneshrad, M.A. is a Registered Psychological Assistant (PSB94024192) who practices individual and couples psychotherapy under the supervision of Paula E. Bruce, Ph.D. (PSY16248). She received her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology, with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University and has nearly completed her Doctorate (Psy.D.) in Applied Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles. Shannon has experience working with a wide range of clients (children, teens and adults) in a variety of areas including anxiety, depression, trauma, substance abuse, intimacy, ASD, ADHD and relational issues. She has a particular interest in working with teens and adults struggling with issues including family conflict, dating/marriage, separation/divorce, bereavement, workplace issues, and life transitions. Shannon's approach is aimed at finding underlying causes to symptoms that will help the client attain a deeper connection. She is fluent in both English and Farsi.

Direct tel: (213) 342-1026
shannon@drpaulabruce.com


Leor Ram

BEVERLY HILLS

Leor Ram, M.A., AMFT, APCC, is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT 100947) and an Associate Professional Clinical Counselor (APCC 4173) practicing individual, couple, and group psychotherapy under the supervision of Paula E. Bruce, Ph.D. (PSY16248). Leor received his Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology, with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy, from Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology. Through his work at the Trevor Project and intensive training at The Maple Counseling Center in Beverly Hills, Leor has experience working with a wide range of clients. Leor’s psychotherapeutic approach aims to treat a variety of concerns, including depression, anxiety, trauma, substance use, intimacy, attachment issues, learning and behavioral difficulties, and relationship distress. Leor also has a strong background in working with members of the LGBTQ community, and has done extensive research and international presentations on contemporary difficulties facing this population. He also facilitates process groups for adults looking to learn more about themselves and their interpersonal relationships in social settings. Leor’s style of therapeutic treatment is directed toward creating a space where clients can gain insight into their thoughts, actions, and emotions in order to provide a healthier and happier connection to themselves and others, as well as a more desired way of navigating through their lives. Leor is multicultural and multilingual, and can provide therapy in both English and Hebrew.

Direct tel: (310) 461-4148
leor@drpaulabruce.com


Dr. Laura Ruaro

DOWNTOWN L.A.

Dr. Laura Ruaro earned a Professional Doctorate (Psy.D.) in Counseling Psychology from London Metropolitan University and is licensed as a Psychologist both in California (PSY 29974) and in the United Kingdom (PYL30741). Dr. Ruaro also completed a Postgraduate Fellowship in psychoanalytic psychotherapy at the Wright Institute, Los Angeles.

Dr. Ruaro works with adults, couples and families from a psychodynamic perspective, looking at the deep relational dynamics that are in the way of people moving forward and living a meaningful and fulfilled life. She has experience working with a wide range of issues, from depression and anxiety disorders to trauma, bereavement, relationship difficulties and life transitions. She is also trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), which is helpful for the treatment of Panic Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Dr. Ruaro has a special focus in Perinatal Psychology. She is passionate about preparing individuals and couples for the often-challenging transition to parenthood. She is trained to promote a healthy carer-and-baby relationship.

Dr. Ruaro is fluent in Italian and Spanish, as well as in English. She has lived in different countries and, as such, can help understand the impact of migration, interracial/intercultural/interfaith marriages, and acculturation challenges.

Direct tel: (626) 340-0755
laura@drpaulabruce.com


Dr. Janice Nishiyama

BEVERLY HILLS

Dr. Nishiyama earned her Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) and Master of Arts (M.A.) degrees from the well-respected California School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles. She has been a licensed psychologist in California since 1999.

Dr. Nishiyama works primarily with adults and older adolescents, specializing in the treatment of depression, anxiety and trauma, interpersonal and relationship difficulties, issues that arise from a toxic workplace, and women’s issues.

In addition to her work as a psychotherapist, Dr. Nishiyama has high-level experience in the corporate world, working closely with people at all levels of an organization, including C-level executives from Fortune 500 companies, partners at large law firms, middle management and administrative personnel, in her roles as: Management consultant for Deloitte Consulting, focusing on change management and organizational development; Associate Director for MBA Career Services for the University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business, where she built and maintained relationships with executives from companies that recruited MBA students and helped students with their job search strategies; and administration for large, nationally-recognized law firms.

The combination of these experiences has provided Dr. Nishiyama with a broad and deep first-hand understanding of the many challenges people face in their lives, professionally and interpersonally.

Dr. Nishiyama’s approach is individualized. Studies show that the single most important factor in positive psychotherapy outcomes is a trusting relationship between the client and the therapist.  So, first and foremost, her goal is to create a safe and non-judgmental environment where clients feel comfortable addressing their concerns in an open and honest manner.  In addition, she treats the person, not a diagnosis.  While there are common categories of issues and symptoms (like anxiety and depression), each person has a unique story, perspective and experience.  Dr. Nishiyama tailors her work to each individual based on their needs.  Having said that, generally, her approach is to help her clients understand why they think, feel and behave the way they do and the impact those things have on different areas of their lives.  When people have a deeper understanding of themselves, they are empowered to make positive and healthy decisions in their daily lives. And, even after therapy ends, the newly learned insights and skills are carried into the future and benefit clients for the rest of their lives.

Direct tel: (424) 262-1450
janice@drpaulabruce.com