La Maida’s model of clinical recovery integrates insights from ancient wisdom traditions with modern science to empower people in uncovering their innate capacity to heal. Offering multiple modalities, the clinical services provide multiple entry points to awaken consciousness and move people toward self actualization.
Practitioners at La Maida work with the values and practices that naturally arise from an empowerment lens. Treatment plans facilitate and normally include healing trauma in the body, facing difficult emotions with self-regulatory skills like compassion and mindfulness, strengthening the gut-brain connection with dietary and lifestyle changes, and adapting home or work environments to support a greater authentic nature.
Each person receives a comprehensive assessment of the impact of genetics, temperament, early childhood experiences and trauma, current behaviors and lifestyle, along with a deep inquiry to assess their unique strengths, belief systems and coping style.
A holistic formulation is developed that pieces together all these relevant factors into a narrative that is comprehensible, manageable and meaningful. This formulation forms the basis of your personalized treatment by a team that is uniquely designed for you to accomplish your transformation and complete recovery.
As the founder of La Maida Institute, Omid is proud to share his vision of a “communal model for preventive health.” On a day-to-day basis, Omid moves between seeing patients in his clinic, Hope Integrative Psychiatry, and serving as the creative director of La Maida, supporting its growth and development through collaboration and teamwork. Conceptually, he created La Maida based on his belief that community is the key element missing in our society. Community is the link to cultivating and maintaining health, and without it, we experience illness and isolation.
Dr. Naim is a Los Angeles native, an alumnus of UCLA for undergraduate studies and USC for medical school, and he is deeply attached to the innovative spirit of this great city. Upon completing training in general adult psychiatry and a fellowship in child & adolescent psychiatry at UCSF, Omid worked for several years with the most “high risk youth” at Edgewood Center for Children & Families in the Bay Area where he helped design programs that fostered skills to empower youth and families in healing trauma without over-reliance on medication. This work illuminated a shift in narrative from loss and trauma, to dignity and self-reliance; it showed him how the foundational nature of the human spirit and the transformative power of community are essential to the healing process.
Omid integrated these philosophies into clinical care when he founded Hope Integrative Psychiatry, a multimodal group practice, in 2010. Further education as a fellow and Bravewell scholar at the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine under the leadership of Dr. Andrew Weil lead to a deep commitment – to design and create a preventive, communal model for health. La Maida is this model, where inner resilience blossoms through consciousness and community.
Dr. Altman’s approach is holistic, utilizing the mind and body to understand and transform suffering into transformation. Symptoms are understood not as pathology, but as a body/mind response to difficult, life threatening or overwhelming situations. Dr. Altman has extensive knowledge in the physiology and neurobiology of trauma, threat, and resilience. Your personal narrative is changed by deeply understanding and confronting how we experienced life’s biggest challenges. The powerful impact of this work is a deep sense of resilience and confidence to face oneself, relationships and life to the fullest.
Anjali Deva is a NAMA certified Ayurvedic Practitioner and Yoga Teacher who lives in Los Angeles. She is the Ayurvedic Practitioner at Hope Integrative Psychiatry, an integrative mental health clinic in Los Angeles. Her passion began in the kitchen and has grown to include helping people find their inner wisdom, clarity and health through Ayurvedic practices. Her dream is to create a greater consciousness and community in all practices of wellness.
Julie Fernandez is a yoga teacher and breath-work coach specializing in healing trauma. Yoga and breath-work are just some of the tools she uses to relieve and resolve the symptoms of trauma in the body and to regulate the nervous system. Julie’s compassionate approach centers on recognizing the strength within ourselves and shedding the judgements, guilt and shame that arise from unresolved traumas. Some of the conditions she works with include Complex, Developmental and Shock Traumas, Anxiety, Depression, Dissociative Disorders, as well as Eating Disorders.
Alexis is deeply gratified to see the vision for La Maida Institute come to life. She serves on La Maida’s Leadership Council and helps to define and curate the mission and values of the institute. Alexis’s particular clinical interest is nurturing secure attachment and authentic connection in relationships and family life. She believes La Maida can make a profound impact by promoting this value through its programming and educational events.
Alexis is a licensed psychotherapist with 15 years experience working with individuals, couples and families. After completing her graduate and post-graduate education at UC Berkeley and spending years in private practice, Alexis became a founding clinician and assistant clinical professor in the family therapy program at UCSF. It was there that she began to develop her commitment to integrative approaches, incorporating work with attachment, mindfulness and somatic-based therapies.
In 2010, Omid and Alexis relocated to Los Angeles and began one of the most bountiful chapters of their married life. Arielle Ruby was born in 2011 to be followed in 2014 by Samuel Hope. The Naim family grew, and with it the further inspiration to create this beautiful, healing space for their community.
Roddy is a clinical psychologist and coach and has been in the helping profession since 2005. Roddy is currently the Founder and Director of The Heights: Center for Counseling & Wellness. He also affiliated with St. Mary Medical Center where he treats individuals with chronic and terminal illnesses. Roddy received training at a number of facilities: Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, community mental health clinics throughout Los Angeles and Orange County, and public schools. In addition to general psychotherapy, Roddy is trained in a number of specialized treatments: Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, EMDR, and Neurofeedback. Roddy Suos is also a Speech-Language Pathologist, rehabilitating individuals of all ages with speech, language, and cognitive impairments.
It was under Dr. Omid Naim’s training and mentorship that Roddy came to be part of Hope Integrative Psychiatry. They shared the belief that mental health is not simply a function of intrapsychic issues but altogether grounded in our relationship to our communities, what we eat, and how we treat our bodies. In short, Roddy believes that true healing requires an integrative and holistic treatment approach.
Adam is a psychotherapist and group facilitator at La Maida Institute. He has a Master’s degree in Clinical Health Psychology and practice as a registered psychological assistant (PSB94023071).
Adam’s treatment approach is flexible and utilizes evidence-based practices. Effective therapy can be brief and have long lasting effects especially if individuals are willing to continue practicing self-care. Adam’s experience in a variety of clinical settings has given him opportunities to support diverse clients of many walks of life.
His work emphasizes the importance of psychological, biological and environmental contexts, and the relationship between them. Through collaborative dialogue and experiential practices such as mindfulness, Adam helps people to discover and stay connected to their inherent resources and natural abilities for integration and health.
Jonathan is a psychotherapist and meditation instructor at Hope Integrative Psychiatry. His work is based on a desire to foster a compassionate environment of healing for others and help them experience greater satisfaction in their lives. Jonathan has worked in residential, intensive outpatient, community clinic, school, and private practice settings, providing psychotherapy to a variety of adolescent and adult populations. He was trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy at the prestigious Maple Counseling Center in Beverly Hills, CA. Jonathan received additional training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, directly from its founder Pat Ogden, PhD and founding trainer Kekuni Minton, PhD. This treatment modality enables him to help others increase their mind-body awareness, develop greater resources for emotional regulation, and process unresolved traumas.
Jonathan has over seventeen years of personal experience and training in meditation, as well a degree in mindfulness-based Contemplative Psychology from Naropa University. He utilizes the present-moment oriented, non-judgmental principles and techniques of mindfulness to support the healing processes of his clients. The foundation of his work is based on the understanding that one’s “symptoms” are ultimately transient, and one’s underlying ongoing nature is calm, open, and continually oriented towards health.
When Jonathan met Hope Integrative Psychiatry’s founder, Dr. Omid Naim, it was clear they had a strong connection. This connection was based on shared visions of the importance of using an integrated approach toward healing, and taking an individualized relational focus that honors a person’s physical, mental, and spiritual uniqueness within the context of his or her community.
As a member of Hope Integrative Psychiatry’s team, Jonathan seeks to help forward a new model for wellness and psychiatric treatment that integrates cutting edge modalities, and ancient technologies for healing and growth.
John is the owner of The Balanced Brain Neurofeedback Training Center. His work at Hope Integrative Psychiatry is to employ neurofeedback and biofeedback technologies to help clients gain access and mastery over their subconscious brain activity. To provide stability and flexibility to your self regulation system. After many years as a talent representative in Hollywood, John transitioned into his current work with neurofeedback after seeing the transformative effect it had on his daughter who has autism. The natural quality of the program, using the body’s own signals to cue it’s behavior and encourage self-regulation, was very appealing and prompted John to change careers and train at the world renowned Othmer Institute where he continues my professional development to this day.
The insights provided by neuroscience over the last 30 years has confirmed that teaching the brain to observe its own behavior and make appropriate changes in its performance can have profound effects on how we consciously and subconsciously interact with the world. The Othmer Method that John uses is the newest and most holistic approach to brain performance available today and seamlessly integrates with all the other modalities offered here at Hope Integrative Psychiatry. About 18 months ago a fortuitous phone call from Dr. Naim led to his exploration of neurofeedback technology and he immediately recognized its impact as a training program for physiological awareness and self regulation as well as psychological and spiritual exploration. The integration of neurofeedback self-regulation training into a comprehensive program of physical, mental and spiritual development has been a driving force in John’s work with clients, and now he is able to put his expertise into practice with the dedicated group of like minded professionals at Hope Integrative Psychiatry.
John brings a variety of technologies to bear in the pursuit of mental, physical and spiritual health and an acknowledgment that they are all related. If you are struggling with symptoms of brain disregulation—anxiety, depression, inadequate focus and attention, sleep issues, emotional reactivity resulting from trauma (it’s a long list) then brain training is an important addition to your pursuit of wellness. The effortless recalibrating of your brains network dynamics and the resulting reconnection with your healthy subconscious self will yield permanent improvements in your life. For more information please visit The Balanced Brain Neurofeedback Training Center.
Nicholas practices as a licensed psychotherapist, a meditation teacher, and the director of Compassion LA, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit.
His presence-centered and body-based approach grows clients’ attunement with their inner knowing. Anxiety, depression, limiting beliefs and trauma are calling (or screaming) for our attention and are awaiting liberation. This work brings about a felt sense of relaxation, aliveness and belonging. Nick is a leading Internal Family Systems therapist in Los Angeles and was connected to Hope Integrative Psychiatry by William Randle, LCSW, a big and wise-hearted LA-based trauma expert.
Preceding his formal training in psychology were his living questions: What’s true? And How to live a meaningful life? Nicholas began practicing meditation in 2002. He teaches the heavily researched Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program through InsightLA and is a Certified Mindfulness Facilitator by UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. Through the Center for Compassion, Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University School of Medicine, he is a certified teacher of Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) and was invited and trained to teach Mindful Self Compassion (MSC) by its founders.
Hope Integrative Psychiatry is uncovering and fostering the roots of well being (Spoiler Alert: It’s connection). We as individuals and communities suffer from varying degrees and types of disconnection, from our bodies, our neighbors, our awe, our inner wisdom. Here at Hope Integrative Psychiatry we are developing a new paradigm of healing, truly integrative and sustainable practices and education toward communal health through nurturing inner and outer connection.
Julie Mayer is an energy healer and yoga teacher. Her work is a synthesis of hands-on healing, gentle movement, breathwork and meditation, helping clients find a deeper connection to their body, mind and soul and a greater sense of strength, vitality and well-being. Julie attunes to Prana-the energy of the life force-and directs it for healing. She grounds her practice in the belief that we have a natural tendency toward health and wholeness. Julie helps clients balance and align their energy centers and unlock and release energetic blocks-tension, unresolved issues, negative thought patterns, limiting beliefs, stressful events and trauma-those things that get stuck in our bodies, interfere with the proper flow of life force energy and obscure our natural state of wellness. The healing works on all levels of our being: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual.
Julie has a certification in energy healing from Healing in America, School of Energy Medicine in Ojai, California. She is a certified SmartFLOW yoga instructor and is registered with Yoga Alliance at the E-RYT500 level. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law.
Her clients include individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, stress, chronic pain, hormonal imbalances, fatigue, insomnia and those undergoing treatment for cancer and other illnesses. She also offers pro-active energy tune-ups to maintain a state of balanced and vibrant energy. Sessions are deeply relaxing, allowing the client’s innate healing ability to be strengthened. Most experience better sleep, more ease in everyday activities and a feeling of being in harmony with themselves and the outer world.
Dr. Joanne Royer is the founder and owner of Change Agent & Associates, providing online life coaching to women approaching 50 and beyond step out of the self-doubt keeping them stuck and step into empowered self-confidence.
After 25 years in private practice as a psychotherapist, in 2006 Dr. Joanne began the first of many coaching certifications. Between her psychological savviness and collaborative coaching style, Dr. Joanne provides her clients with a double fisted approach, bringing her expertise, insight and professional skill to each coaching call. Working with clients online has afforded Dr. Joanne to expand her reach across states as well as internationally. Office appointments in North Hollywood and Arcadia are available upon request.
Roberta Goodman-Rosenberg is a trauma-trained Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), offering psychotherapy to individuals, couples and families.
Her philosophy regarding personal growth and healing is rooted in the understanding that the emotions, mind and body are intertwined. Therefore, she believes an integrated approach to mental health is the most effective. With curiosity and compassion, Roberta incorporates a variety of modalities, including somatic awareness, mindfulness, and meditation, to help clients focus on their strengths and build resilience.
Roberta trained at the renowned Southern California Counseling Center providing therapy to clients dealing with a wide-range of concerns including depression, anxiety and trauma. Additionally, she facilitated parenting groups and participated in the school-based counseling program. Roberta also completed an intensive advanced training in trauma and resiliency with an emphasis on attachment-focused EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) and TRM (Trauma Resiliency Model). Aided by these interventions, clients are able to receive relief from distressing thoughts without having to verbalize the details of the trauma.
In addition to helping those troubled by trauma, Roberta effectively works with those looking to improve their relationships, grappling with grief, dealing with the demands of the “sandwich” generation, coping with parenting issues, and with families of children with special needs.
If you are dissatisfied with the current direction of your life or the state of your relationships, Roberta can help you identify your preferred life and the obstacles in your way. Then together, you will collaboratively figure out how to get the life and relationships you want. Her hope is that through the connection you develop with her, you will feel secure to explore and deconstruct your past and present challenges and ultimately be able to heal, grow, and live a more joyful meaningful life. For an appointment or more information please contact Roberta directly.
Kevin is a somatic massage therapist, psychotherapist, and yoga instructor.
Within somatic massage therapy sessions, Kevin uses mindfulness, touch, and somatic techniques to help clients gain mindful control of regulating the nervous system and the mental/emotional patterns that you may feel stuck in. Kevin offers transformational sessions guiding you deeply into a restorative, resilient place within you. Kevin also draws upon the disciplines of massage, somatic and energy psychology, neuroscience, and trauma-focused therapies to foster your learning of more resilient ways of being in your body and responding to life.
As a psychotherapist, Kevin offers a body-oriented, mindfulness based practice to gain insight, promote healing experiences, and give birth to a new pathway to emerge. Put simply: he uses a gentle, yet directive approach to discover the tools most appropriate to decrease your symptoms and reach your goals. Kevin’s biggest skill is the ability to hold the space for your mind-body system to balance and unfold.
In addition to being a licensed somatic psychotherapist and certified massage therapist, Kevin is a certified yoga instructor, Structural Integration (like Rolfing) therapist, and certified in the Hakomi Techniques for Bodyworkers. He has a MA in Clinical Somatic Psychology and utilizes somatic modalities of Focusing, Somatic Experiencing, EMDR, and EFT Tapping to guide your work.
For nearly 20 years, Kevin’s personal and clinical focus has been on the intersection of the body and mind – how healing or focusing on one changes the other. Disconnection from our body is normal in today’s society and can be a major roadblock to effectively achieving health and wellbeing. Gaining mindful control of the reaction of our nervous system, experiencing deep states of relaxation, and deepening our connection to our heart and body are all truly important pieces in finding mental and physical wellbeing.
Kevin is also a somatic therapist at the Akasha Center for Integrative Health and is the founder of the Center for BodyMind Healing in Venice which promotes practices focused on the intersection of healing the body and mind, as well as education on the role of working with the body to support mental health, and working with the mind to support physical health.
Judy Waters is a licensed marriage and family therapist with 20 years of experience in counseling, coaching, teaching, and mentoring clients and students to awaken to their most exciting, dynamic, inspired potential. Judy is a graduate of the unique Spiritual Psychology Master’s program at the University of Santa Monica, a Licensed Spiritual Practitioner from the Agape International Spiritual Center, and a coach of three powerful programs: Conscious Uncoupling(TM), Calling In “The One” (TM), and Feminine Power(TM).
Judy has dedicated her life to helping people survive and thrive after major life traumas. She has worked with survivors of domestic violence, veterans with PTSD, and people of all ages who are faced with the challenge of drug and alcohol addictions. She is trained in EMDR, mindfulness-based stress reduction, nonviolent communication, cognitive behavioral therapy, and attachment theory. Judy has also extensively researched the effect of spirituality on human neurobiology.
Judy takes a whole body/mind/spirit approach to helping her clients discover their original voice, innate power, creativity, and wholeness. Her work centers on inspiring clients to create a foundation of safety and inner strength by working through a process she calls “transformation of identity.” Each of us is a survivor of challenges, traumas, and compromises. How we define ourselves from these events can determine the direction of our lives. Discovering a way to release the fear, the false ideas, or condemnation of ourselves can be the real road to liberation! In her former life, Judy was a classically-trained actress and dancer and loves helping creatives find their voice and their power.
Through Judy’s passionate guidance and conviction, clients have discovered previously untapped strengths, healed from abuse, released addictions, unlocked stuck relationships, fallen in love with themselves and others, and even consciously divorced.
Judy is a volunteer with the Freedom to Choose program which takes containment and communication tools and skills into our high security prisons; she is also a member of the L.O.V.E Foundation which serves homeless youth in Hollywood.
María Cristina Jiménez is a Certified Advanced Rolfer and a Yoga Instructor, specializing in relieving pain.
María Cristina sees mostly yogis and athletes in her work, and her passion lies in working with trauma survivors. María Cristina graduated from the Rolfing Institute in Boulder, Colorado in 2013, and became a Certified Advanced Rolfer in 2016. She apprenticed for over two years with Jan Sultan, a Rolfer trained by Dr. Rolf herself. María Cristina is currently studying CranioSacral Therapy and Visceral Manipulation.
María Cristina has practiced Yoga since her Grandmother taught her as a young girl growing up in Puerto Rico. She became a Certified Yoga instructor in 2001, and in her 17-plus years of teaching, has collaborated in over 40 different Teacher Trainings nationally. She regularly teaches anatomy workshops for yoga teachers.
María Cristina’s philosophy is that the body cares more about safety than posture. How we stand and move reflects what we have been through and what has happened to us over our lifetime. Our body itself is an autobiography, still being written. PTSD is not a disorder but an elegant way our body has devised to help us cope with overwhelming life events. Our aches, tightness, and spasms, were –for the most part–strategies and compensatory mechanisms designed by the body to help us out. So when María Cristina works, she does so with utmost respect towards the body, moving slowly, with curiosity and awareness. She is honored to be part of someone’s healing journey, knowing that ultimately she is not a healer but an educator, helping remove restrictions thus allowing the inner healer which lives inside all of us emerge.
Laurie’s holistic approach takes in the whole person (mind, body, and spirit) allowing the client’s innate healing response, resiliency, and authenticity to integrate. She provides a non-judgmental, safe, and supportive space for clients to heal and transform their imbalances through mindfulness, compassion and embodiment practices.
Through Laurie’s own personal journey in recovery for over 30 years and healing of trauma, she is able to draw from personal experience, as well as education and professional training, when working with people who are struggling with stress, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, addictive behaviors, and unprocessed trauma.
She specializes in working with young people and families offering tools and life skills to facilitate healthy communication, connection, and harmony for a thriving home.
Dr. Anjali Kasunich is a Naturopathic Doctor and the founder of Mantra Natural Medicine, her private practice based out of Los Angeles. Her mission is to guide and support women who are struggling with anxiety, digestive disorders, hormone imbalances and skin concerns to understand and heal the root cause of their symptoms. Dr. Anjali utilizes targeted, natural and gentle treatments to help her patients heal and thrive.
She was drawn to Naturopathic Medicine because it gave her the tools to understand and heal her own body. Throughout most of her adolescence and early adulthood, her struggles with anxiety, panic attacks, digestive disorders and irregular cycles led her to numerous doctors who put her on anti-depressants, anti-anxiety medications and the birth control pill. It wasn’t until she began working with a Naturopathic Doctor, who listened to her and supported her, that she was able to come off of the medications, understand the underlying causes of her symptoms, and learn how to heal herself.
Dr. Anjali earned her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University in San Diego. She continued her training in Women’s Health, Digestive Health, Detoxification Support, Homeopathy and Ayurveda at renowned health centers throughout California, including the Chopra Center in San Diego.
Dr. Anjali continually strives to be the type of doctor that she would want to see. She listens to her patients with intention and compassion, honors their experiences without judgement or criticism, and works together with them to find the most effective, gentle and long-lasting ways to achieve their health goals.