Mental Health Care

We take care of your mind as well as we take care your body. Stepping toward improving your mental health can be both exciting and challenging!

At APLA Health, we offer a multitude of mental health care services to meet your needs. Our services are provided by licensed clinical psychologists, licensed clinical social workers, licensed marriage and family therapists, and highly trained therapists.

We can help you with a variety of concerns including:

  • Depression and anxiety
  • Grief and loss
  • Anger management
  • Building healthy relationships and stable support systems
  • Eliminating and/or managing alcohol, drugs, or behavioral addictions
  • Adjusting to life events (job loss, breakups, medical diagnoses including HIV, etc.)
  • Recovery from trauma
  • And many other issues

APLA Health offers outpatient services such as:

  • Individual therapy sessions
  • Confidential assessments, consultations, and intakes
  • A team of substance abuse specialists (Gleicher/Chen Health Center) with the availability of individual therapy, groups, and medically assisted treatment
  • Integration with your medical care team
  • Referrals for more intensive services, if needed
  • Same-day crisis services
  • Group therapy

Groups and Workshops

From Striving to Thriving – Safety and Healing from Trauma (Spanish and English)
Contact for more information regarding dates and times
Gleicher/Chen Health Center – Education Center
Contact: Elizabeth San Elias, LCSW at 323.329.9922
This group will focus on healing trauma by developing healthy coping skills, increasing physical and emotional safety, and working towards healing and acceptance.

Gay, Gray, and Great
Mondays at 6 p.m.
The David Geffen Center
Contact: Kellett Tighe at 213.201.1600 Extension 1005
Support group for HIV-positive men over 50.

Heterosexual Men & Women Living With HIV/AIDS Support and Education Group
Every 2nd and 4th Monday from 1:30 – 3 p.m.
The David Geffen Center
Contact: Walter Campos at 213.201.1621
Support group for individuals diagnosed with HIV and who identify as heterosexual/straight.

Mindfulness Workshop
1st and 2nd Wednesdays of the month at 7 p.m.
West Hollywood Office
Contact: lszamraj@apla.org
Skills-based workshop to learn and develop mindfulness techniques that reduce mental health symptoms.

Appointment Locations

BALDWIN HILLS

Gleicher/Chen Health Center
3743 S. LaBrea Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90016
323.329.9900

LONG BEACH

Long Beach Health Center
1043 Elm Ave., Suite 302
Long Beach, CA 90813
562.247.7740

KOREATOWN

The David Geffen Center
611 S. Kingsley Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90005
213.201.1621

WEST HOLLYWOOD

Appointments for West Hollywood residents
1151 N. La Brea Ave.
West Hollywood, CA 90046
213.201.1621

Clinician Biographies

Sean Boileau, PhD – Behavioral Health Director
Gleicher/Chen Health Center / The David Geffen Center

Dr. Sean Boileau earned his Doctor of Counseling Psychology degree with a focus on Multiculturalism and Diversity at Arizona State University. He deliberately completed field placements in diversity-focused community counseling centers in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods in Phoenix, Arizona, such as Chicanos Por La Causa-Centro de la Familia and Jewish Family Services. He then interned at the University of California, San Diego, and completed his post-doctoral fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley, focusing on creating outreach programming and providing clinical services for members of the LGBT communities on campus. In his early career, Dr. Boileau served as a psychologist and clinical supervisor with the University of California, Santa Cruz, as well as the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.

In addition to serving as the Behavioral Health Services Director at APLA, he currently maintains an active role in a multidisciplinary group practice, as well as serving as an adjunct professor at Antioch University of Los Angeles. He has previously taught undergraduate classes in the Maricopa County Community College System and graduate-level courses at the University of San Francisco.

Specialty Areas
Ambivalence and Poor Motivation
Internalized Homophobia
Low Self-Esteem and Poor Self-Concept
Military and Combat Trauma
Perfectionism / Overachievement

Theoretical Approach
Interpersonal Therapy
Motivational Interviewing
Narrative Therapy
Humanistic Therapy

Language Spoken
English

Elizabeth San Elias, LCSW
Gleicher/Chen Health Center

Elizabeth San Elias is a licensed clinical social worker by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. She obtained a Masters of Social Work from San Francisco State University in 2007 and a Bachelor’s in Social Work in 2003 from California State University, Los Angeles.

Elizabeth has significant experience working with people diagnosed with schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, major depression, and substance use disorders. Elizabeth has extensive experience working with severe and persistently mentally ill adults in field based crisis response programs. She provides trauma informed strength based care. Elizabeth is a passionate advocate for social justice and strives to provide high quality care to marginalized and underserved communities. Elizabeth is bi-cultural and bilingual allowing her to provide culturally competent services to the Latin X community and maintains cultural humility with all clients she serves.

Elizabeth is one of our substance abuse specialists at APLA Health.

Specialty Areas
Trauma
Depression
Addiction Recovery

Theoretical Approach
Rogerian
Harm Reduction

Languages Spoken
English
French

Peter S. Theodore, PhD
Olympic Health Clinic

Dr. Peter Theodore earned his Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology with a focus on Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Health Psychology at University of Miami. His training occurred both in community mental health settings and medical settings including Mt. Sanai Comprehensive Cancer Center and the HIV/Special Immunology department at the Miami Veterans Affairs Hospital. Dr. Theodore was the recipient of an NIMH Pre-doctoral Fellowship in HIV/AIDS Care. He completed his clinical internship at the Long Beach Veterans Affairs Hospital with rotations in substance abuse treatment, HIV/AIDS Care, Palliative Care, Women’s Health and Sexual Trauma. He then completed his post-doctoral training directing a methamphetamine abuse treatment center designed specifically for gay and bisexual men, where he practiced and trained others in LGBTQ Affirmative Therapy. Prior to joining APLA Health, Dr. Theodore served as a core faculty member, Associate Program Director, and coordinator of the Health Emphasis area of the PhD Clinical Psychology program of the California School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles, at Alliant International University, where he was also a founding member of the Rockway Certificate Program in LGBTQ Mental Health. He also served as a psychologist conducting mental health and disability evaluations for the West LA Veterans Healthcare System.

Currently, in addition to serving as a psychologist with APLA, Dr. Theodore maintains a small private practice and serves as an adjunct instructor for Alliant International University and Antioch University of Los Angeles.

Specialty Areas
Addictions/Substance Abuse Treatment
LGBTQ Affirmative Therapy
Sexuality and Identity Issues
Trauma and PTSD
Depression and Anxiety Reduction
Loss, Grief and Bereavement
Adjustment to Chronic Illness and Disease Management

Theoretical Approach
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Motivational Interviewing
Biopsychosocial/Mind-Body
Existential Psychotherapy
Strengths-focused

Language Spoken
English

Bob Kyriacou, PsyD
Gleicher/Chen Health Center / Long Beach Health Center

Bob Charalambos Kyriacou, PsyD is a clinical psychologist fully licensed by the California Board of Psychology since 2008. He obtained his Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) from the fully APA-accredited Graduate School of Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary in 2006. He received his Bachelor’s as well as a Master of Arts degree in Psychology and has over 20 years’ experience working with the adult clinical and forensic population. A generalist, Dr. Kyriacou has significant experience providing treatment of anxiety and depression, with specialties in adult ADD, addiction issues and coming out/LGBTQ-related issues.

Specialty Areas
Addiction
Adult ADHD
Coming Out Issues
Men’s issues
OCD / Panic Disorder / Anxiety Disorder

Theoretical Approach
Existential
Humanistic

Language Spoken
English

Kenn Spears, PsyD
Gleicher/Chen Health Center / The David Geffen Center

Kenn Spears is a clinical psychologist licensed by the California Board of Psychology. He obtained his PsyD with a focus in multi-cultural clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology in 2014. He received his Bachelor’s in Biology and has over ten years of experience in elementary, secondary and higher education.

A generalist, Dr. Spears has significant experience providing treatment for anxiety, mood disturbances, relationships challenges, sexual disorders and life adjustment issues. He has worked extensively with individuals whose mental health challenges are impacted by systemic oppression.

Specialty Areas
Trauma
Sexual/Relationship Challenges
Criminal Justice Involvement
Internalized Homophobia
Anger Management

Theoretical Approach
Humanistic
Interpersonal

Language Spoken
English

Yvette Lanausse Vega, LCSW
The David Geffen Center

Yvette Lanausse Vega, LCSW has a Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Southern California, School of Social Work. She follows the ethics of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). Yvette Lanausse Vega, LCSW is also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of California. This means that she has completed a Master’s Degree in Social Work, provided 3500 supervised hours of clinical therapy and related professional activities and passed two licensing exams. Licensed Clinical Social Workers are licensed and regulated in the state of California by the Board of Behavioral Sciences.

Yvette has significant experience in working with individuals with chronic pain, adjustment to new medical diagnosis, trauma, and anxiety, depression and life transitions. Yvette uses the “mind body connection” in her work. She believes that the mind has influence on our behavior and the good news is that addressing and challenging your thoughts can have lasting positive effects on your well-being.

Specialty Areas
Trauma
Women’s Health Issues (endometriosis, postpartum depression, etc.)
LGBTQIA (Gender and Sexual Minorities)
Transgender Health Issues
Chronic Pain Management

Theoretical Approach
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Trauma-Informed Care
Strategic Intervention

Languages Spoken
English
Spanish

Lilia Santoyo, LCSW
The David Geffen Center

Lilia Santoyo is a licensed clinical social worker. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a certificate in Social Work in 1998 and her Master degree in social work in 2002. Both degrees were obtained from the California State University in San Bernardino.

Lilia is a bilingual and culturally competent therapist with over 18 years of experience. She has vast experience treating adults for anxiety, depression, and adjustment disorders. She is also trained in working with chronically and severely mentally ill adults who have been diagnosed with Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective, and other psychotic disorders. She has worked in both outpatient and inpatient settings and is welcoming to all individuals.

Specialty Areas
Grief and Loss
Life transitions
Trauma
Women’s issues

Theoretical Approach
Humanistic
Interpersonal
Solution Focused

Languages Spoken
English
Spanish

Tyler Williams – LCSW
Gleicher/Chen Health Center

Tyler Williams is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker recognized by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. He obtained his Masters of Social Work from the State University of New York at Buffalo Advanced Standing Trauma-Informed Care and Human Rights perspective MSW program in 2014 & received his Bachelor of Science in Social Work at the State University of New York at Fredonia in 2013. Tyler spent his college education focused on advocating for minority groups and improving mental health awareness, which provided him the foundation to go on and provide services to individuals living with severe & persistent mental illness, chemical dependency and co-occurring disorders across the lifespan. Tyler has worked with individuals, families, and groups in outpatient, inpatient, residential, hospital and correctional settings. Tyler believes in the power of language, the impact and influence of self-talk, and the innate ability to take back your voice and own your story.

Specialty Areas
Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress
Recovery from Sexual Abuse
Criminal Justice Involvement
Addiction, Substance Abuse and Impulsive Behaviors
Minority Groups and Generational Trauma
Depression and Anxiety
Grief, Loss & Complicated Bereavement

Theoretical Approach
Person-Centered
Solution-Focused Therapy
Trauma-Informed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Narrative Therapy
Feminist Therapy

Language Spoken
English