Joelle Allman, LCSW

Joelle Allman is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (License #LCSW70014) who received her Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in Social Work from California State University, Long Beach.  She has over 10 years of therapeutic experience.  She has a heart for working with children, adolescents, adults, and families dealing with a things such as adjustment disorder, ADHD, Trauma, Depression, and anxiety.  She is certified in both Trauma Focus Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and the Triple P Parenting Program.

Joelle worked for Harbor View Community Services Center in Long Beach for 11 years working with youth 5 to 21 years of age and their families.  She also has experience providing case management, in which she provide referrals and linked clients to community resources.

Hyman Ray Leong, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT License Number 51177) with over 12 years of therapeutic experience. He speaks Cantonese and English. He has a Master’s Degree in Psychology from St. Mary’s College of California. Ray has had extensive experience with children, teenagers, families, adults and couples. He also is a certified Breakthrough Parenting Instructor and conducts parenting classes.  Ray has worked in both the non-profit industry as well as private practice industry. He is trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which is specialized training designed to help clients work through severe trauma in their lives. He can provide Christian Counseling upon request.

Ray worked with Pathways community services conducting therapeutic services in their Kaiser Permanente program doing individual therapy for children and adults. He also worked for many years at Starview Community Services with severely emotionally disturbed children, teenagers and their families. Many of these families and children were dealing with severe trauma and abuse. Working in this environment has given Ray an extensive array of experience in the therapeutic field. He also helped families negotiate their community-based case management needs as well as helped them with therapeutic concerns.

Laura Shube

Executive Administrative Assistant/Billing Specialist for Waves of Peace Counseling Services. Laura has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from UCLA and a Master of Arts Degree in Psychology from Pepperdine University. She has over 9 years of experience in this field and does an excellent job minimizing the time necessary clients have to spend interacting with their insurance companies. If the therapist is not in network with the client’s insurance and the client is paying us up front and needs to send information to their insurance company for reimbursement, Laura handles the necessary paperwork saving the client precious time and inconvenience. She is the buffer between the insurance companies and both the therapists and clients. This allows the clinical staff to focus on what they love best, working with the clients. It also allows clients to focus on their therapeutic needs rather than insurance issues. Laura is a great asset to the team.

Yujin Yun, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT License Number 44543). She graduated from the Columbia International University with a Master’s degree in Counseling. She provides Christian Counseling upon request. She has extensive experience working with children, groups, teenagers, families, couples and adults struggling with depression, parenting skills, anxiety, trauma, grief, ADHD, OCD, and more. Also, she has experience with the geriatrics population. She has over 16 years of clinical experiences and speaks Korean/English.

Yujin worked at the Memory Training Center for America where she helped elderly clients learn to adjust to their physical and cognitive limitations due to aging. She also taught them stress management skills, anger management skills, and medication management. Further she helped them alleviate depression and anxiety through various coping skills. She also worked with the Asian Pacific Islander Alliance program with severely mentally ill clients helping them learn to adjust in a healthy way with the communities they live in. Lastly, she worked with Wrap Family Services and Adolescent Grown Inc in which she gained extensive experience with children and teens. She conducted individual and family counseling and worked together with other professionals, as needed, such as Psychiatrists.

Maia Jamadi, Ph.D

Maia Jamadi, Ph.D (License Number PSY3010) received her bachelor’s degree from New York University, majoring in psychology and philosophy (2000).  She then went on to receive a master’s degree (2004) and doctorate degree (2009) in clinical psychology from Long Island University Brooklyn.  She was awarded the dissertation of the year award (2010) for her research examining the impact of self-construal on perceptual and metacognitive awareness of emotion in the other.

Dr. Jamadi completed her internship at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, NY in 2009 where she worked with both inpatient and outpatient populations, adults and children, and was trained in neuropsychological assessment.  She was also part of the voluntary supervisory faculty at Lenox Hill Hospital from 2012-2017.  

Prior to moving to Southern California in 2017, Dr. Jamadi maintained a private practice in New York City for 6 years where she provided psychotherapy and psychological assessment services for adults and children.  She previously worked in foster care providing group, family, and individual psychotherapy for children in foster care, foster parents, and biological parents.  While she maintains a general practice, Dr. Jamadi has interests in cultural identity and acculturation as well as postpartum and perinatal issues.

Karma Brownlee Limon

Karma Brownlee Limon is the President and Founder of Waves of Peace Counseling Services.

Karma is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT License Number 48142).  She has 20+ years of therapeutic experience. 

Karma graduated from the University of California Irvine with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Social Behavior. She then graduated from California State University Fullerton with a Master of Science degree in Counseling with an emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy. She has also been trained by the University of California Davis in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which works with people through various traumas and PTSD. Karma has a 2-year certificate from Cottonwood School of Ministry and offers Christian Counseling upon request.

Karma has worked in the non-profit and private practice industry for many years in a therapeutic capacity. She has extensive experience with many types of struggles that people are working through such as anxiety, depression, PTSD/trauma, child abuse, ADHD, Oppositional defiant disorder, and much more.

She worked at Masada Homes and Olive Crest with severely emotionally disturbed children and their families for many years. She was able to help children who suffered from various traumas in their lives such as abuse and abandonment issues. She also conducted case management needs to help clients get their community and personal needs met such as housing and successfully graduating from high school. Karma later moved on to becoming a Supervisor at Olive Crest and helped run one of the therapeutic programs there. Karma eventually had another supervisory position at Pathways Community Services, in which she also supervised therapists and helped train them while they were working with their clients. Karma would give them therapeutic direction and they would incorporate these strategies into their sessions with their clients. She later transitioned to becoming a Director over several programs at Bayfront Youth and Family Services and provided supervision and guidance for the therapists in order for them to gain knowledge and insight working with their clients. Karma made sure the programs she directed maintained county compliance, and ran smoothly and efficiently. Lastly, Karma had her own private practice for 8 years and she was very successful with that enterprise, which has evolved  into the corporation it is today.

6 Tips on How to Have Appropriate Disagreements

  1. Make sure to listen to each person’s side of things without judgment. This gives each person an opportunity to feel heard and appreciated throughout the discussion. One way to do this is to allow the person to finish his/her thoughts before you decide to make any comments.

  2. Each person’s comments should be acknowledged and taken into consideration in the discussion.

  3. Personal hurts from the past should not be used as personal insults in a disagreement.

  4. If breaks from the discussion are needed these should be established up front with each party as to how these would be utilized during a discussion e.g. one person can give a signal or hand jester and this means that person needs a break for a certain period of time. You would take that break and then immediately reconvene to finish the discussion in a calm manner.

  5. If you come at an impasse, then compromise and come to a decision or decide who is going to make the final decision when this occurs. Trust your spouse’s decision even if it ends up being the wrong decision because this will help strengthen overall trust in the relationship.

  6. Absolutely no violence in any discussion e.g. hitting, throwing objects, punching walls, etc.

By Karma Brownlee Limon

6 Parenting Tips on Engaging with Children and Teenagers

 

  1. Determine what their common interests are and try to engage with them in that e.g. video games, computers, sports, dance, music, etc. Make time to go to their games or recitals. Come into their world because they are the child/teenager and you are the adult.

  2. Try and set up a family day/night even if you start out with as little as 30minutes to a couple of hours where the whole family gets together at least once per week to do something together e.g. dinner at the kitchen table and movie afterwards, board games, picnic at the beach or park, interactive museums such as science museums, movie at the theatre and then discuss afterwards, swimming in a pool together, cooking meals together etc.

  3. Family vacations are also good ways for families to connect and bond with each other. They do not have to be extravagant. Even if you go down to San Diego and spend a couple of nights to bond and spend time developing great memories.

  4. Talk with them when you pick them up from school or take them to an event or appointment even if you only have 10mins in the car. Try to listen more than lecture. If teens feel comfortable they will open up and share what is on their minds even if it comes in small increments. Be delicate with the advice you give. Phrase it in a non-judgmental fashion, even if it needs to later have a more serious discussion.

  5. If a child or teen looks like he/she is getting angry ask them if they would like to take 10 minutes to cool off and then you can finish your conversation. If you also need 10 minutes to finish your conversation say that and then reconvene. Don’t leave the situation undealt with.

  6. Communicate your needs without yelling, cursing, or being disrespectful towards the teen. Model what it means to be respectful and eventually they may learn to give this back to you. Of course, redirect any disrespectful language they use towards you as well but don’t get into a power struggle. If they need a consequence it only needs to be said one time and for what reason.

By Karma Brownlee Limon