Dr. Miya Erickson seeks to create a safe atmosphere that is both empathic and strength based.  When you are feeling stuck in your life, Dr. Erickson strives to provide insight, clarity, and help with prioritization when life feels overwhelming or difficult to balance.  In private practice, Dr. Erickson works with adults, couples, adolescents, and families.  Her areas of specialization include relationship struggles, parent-child challenges, work-life balance, self-esteem issues, anxiety, and adoption.  Over the past 12 years, she has had a vast array of professional experience including hospital social work, adoption social work, community mental health, and college counseling.  Dr. Erickson’s clinical skills and training encompasses psychodynamic (linking the past to the present), cognitive-behavioral (providing tools to help change current behavior), and family systems (modifying family dynamics) approaches. In addition to her private practice work, Dr. Erickson conducts psychological testing & assessment for families adopting internationally and speaks at numerous adoption conferences and workshops in Southern California. As an adoption specialist, she works with adoptive parents, adolescent & adult adoptees, and birth parents.  Dr. Erickson has done extensive research on attitudes toward interracial adoption, promotion of healthy bonding and attachment, and avoiding adoption disruption.

 If you would like to speak further with Dr. Erickson or set up an appointment to see if you might be a good fit, please contact her at 626-566-7789 or email her at drmiyaerickson@icloud.com.  Dr. Erickson accepts sliding scale fees.


Cody provides individual therapy for children, adolescents, and young adults. He specializes in treating adjustment difficulties, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and trauma. ​Cody has worked with children, adolescents, young adults, and families across 3 different states since becoming a clinician.  His various profession roles in inpatient, outpatient, residential, and school/university settings has informed his practice with families and youth of all ages.  As a Counselor for residential boys 12-21 at Wediko Children’s Services, Cody assisted clients with treatment planning, individual therapy, group therapy, goal setting, and recreational therapy that drew from the strengths of the individual as well as their primary support systems.  As a primary therapist in Inpatient and Outpatient hospitals in Connecticut, Cody provided family sessions, behavioral therapy, and psychoeducation, as well as advocate for youth and their families.  As a Therapist in training at the University Of Connecticut, Cody acquired a wealth of experience doing individual therapy with students who needed support academically, socially, and also helped in identity formation for students who struggled to relate to others in new environments.  He also specializes in substance use treatment, and has vast experience working with children, teens, and young adults who have struggled with traumatic pasts and has special training in trauma informed care, not only in support of the child, but in alignment with the whole family and their recovery. 
 

In addition to clinical work at South Bay Child and Family Therapy, Cody is also a staff counselor at Marymount California University. 


Contact Cody at: (737) 990-2545 OR codytherapy6@gmail.com 
 

 

DR. MIYA ERICKSON, PSY.D.

Stephanie Cunningham,  ACSW

Cody Gauthier, ACSW

Stephanie Cunningham has been providing a safe space for children, adolescents, and their families to process, learn, and grow for nearly 10 years.  Stephanie specializes in infant and early childhood mental health and has a passion for family therapy, treating disruptive behavior, ADHD, anxiety, depression, PTSD, adjustment difficulties, parent-child relational issues, co-parenting concerns, grief, attachment difficulties, and ASD in children of all ages.  Stephanie provides therapy from a strengths-based, systemic framework and believes that all children and families, with guidance and commitment, can make lasting and meaningful changes. 

Throughout graduate school at the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, PA, Stephanie worked with children, ages 2-6, at a therapeutic preschool, where she developed a passion for working with young children impacted by trauma.  Stephanie also has experience working as an in-home family therapist, a mobile therapist with children with ASD, an advocate for children whose parents have a history of drug and alcohol abuse, and an outpatient therapist in a community mental and behavioral health agency.  Stephanie views the therapeutic relationship as reciprocal and ever evolving and strongly encourages parent involvement in the process regardless of the age of the child, as parents are the true experts when it comes to their children.

If you’d like to contact Stephanie, please email stephaniecunninghamtherapy@gmail.com

or call (424) 241-2669.

Dr. Jake Insler specializes in performance and sports performance.  If you, your child or your team are looking to improve performance, Dr. Jake Insler can provide the mindset and mental skills training essential to optimizing the way in which we use our minds to reach that level of performance.  Dr. Jake Insler utilizes a mindfulness-based cognitive therapy approach toward mental growth and development and will provide you, your child and your team with all the mental skills essential to being able to perform and thrive at any level. Whether the goal is to build confidence, control emotions, improve behavior, perform under pressure, improve communication or conquer self-doubt, working with Dr. Jake is an overall growth experience. No matter what level, what skill, or what age – Dr. Jake will help you achieve the level of performance you are looking for. Dr. Jake also specializes in working with with anxiety, depression, mood disorders, ADHD, life transitions, as well as individuals who are currently or who have been previously injured. I look forward to the challenge and opportunity to work with you, your child and your team in achieving that optimal level of performance.

Dr. Jake Insler is a native of Manhattan Beach. He grew up going through the Manhattan Beach Unified School District attending Pacific School, Manhattan Beach Intermediate, and Mira Costa High School.  After graduating from Mira Costa he went on to pursue his undergraduate degree at the University of Southern California, where he earned a bachelors in psychology with a minor in sociology.  Dr.Jake chose to stay in Los Angeles for his graduate school work and went on to earn his Masters in Psychology from Pepperdine University and his Doctorate in Applied Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.  Dr. Jake was able to sharpen his skills and approach to the psychology of performance as he spent time under world-renowned performance and sport psychologist Dr. Michael Gervais, the performance psychologist for Gold Medalist Kerri Walsh and the 2013 Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks.  Dr. Jake has experience working with olympic, professional, collegiate, high school, and middle school athletes and has been in practice in the South Bay since 2013.  Dr. Jake also has extensive experience and clinical training working with children, pre-teens, teens, adults, and families dealing with anxiety, depression, mood disorders, ADHD, major life transitions, and other mental health issues.  


To contact Dr. Jake Insler, you can reach him by phone or email

(424) 262-5830 or drjakeinsler@yahoo.com

Dr. Behnam specializes in work with adolescents, teens, parents, families and young adults in addition to psychodiagnostic assessment. Dr. Behnam utilizes a collaborative and holistic approach in which people are seen within a system.  She not only utilizes individual therapy, but strives to create a cohesive, systemic approach to help understand and treat individuals and ultimately help maintain progress outside of the therapy room. Dr. Behnam specializes in areas of trauma, depression, anxiety, adoption/foster care, peer relationships, medical illness/chronic pain, substance abuse, impulse control, anger management, oppositional defiance, learning disabilities, self harm, parent-child relationships and personality disorders. Most recently, Dr. Behnam worked within various non-public schools at The Help Group, specializing in emotional disturbance, learning disabilities and autism. Within the school system, Dr. Behnam was able to provide in-vivo counseling to students in elementary, middle and high school. Within the school system, Dr. Behnam was able to join students as they experienced distress in real time and provided treatment to help them not only address their difficulties, but also to learn and apply skills in the moment in order to internalize treatment and progress. Through the school system and previous work as an educational advocate, Dr. Behnam is skilled in getting student needs met by working collaboratively with school staff and participating in Individual Education Plans (IEPs).

After receiving her B.A. in psychology and human rights from the University of Southern California, Dr. Behnam went on to receive her Masters (M.A.) and Doctoral Degree (Ph.D.) from the California School of Professional Psychology with an emphasis and families and adolescents. During her schooling, Dr. Behnam trained at world renowned sites include UCLA Ties for Families where she worked with issues stemming from adoption/foster care and Children’s Hospital, Los Angeles, where she specialized in hematology/oncology. Dr. Behnam performed her doctoral internship at the Help Group where she conducted outpatient individual and family therapy, group-therapy, work within group homes, home based services, and psychodiagnostic assessment.


To reach Dr. Behnam, you can contact her at:
(424) 341-2049 or NatashaBehnamPhD@gmail.com

​​​​Jennifer has worked with children, adolescents, and families in the South Bay for over 20 years.  Her various professional roles have provided her with a breadth of experience working with families and youth of all ages and abilities in a variety of clinical and educational settings.  As an Intervention Counselor at Calle Mayor and Richardson Middle Schools, Jennifer assisted students in the satisfactory completion of graduation requirements.  As a School Psychologist at Peninsula High School, she was proud to be able to provide answers to families via psychoeducational assessments and to advocate for students’ individualized needs. As a School Counselor at Arlington Elementary and Hull Middle School, Jennifer provided personal counseling to students in distress and consulted with parents about their children’s needs and goals. Jennifer also facilitated IEP, SST, and 504 Accommodation Plan meetings, so she is well-informed about the special education eligibility process.  As an Early Intervention Teacher at Exceptional Children’s Foundation in Lomita, Jennifer acquired tremendous knowledge of and experience working with children who have special needs, including learning and developmental disabilities such ADHD and the Autism Spectrum Disorders. 
Additionally, Jennifer was born and reared in Rancho Palos Verdes, graduated from Miraleste High School, and has resided in Redondo Beach for 19 years.  As a lifelong resident of the South Bay, Jennifer has great familiarity with the local community, including its diverse demographics, schools, and lifestyle.

Within the practice at South Bay Child and Family Therapy, Jennifer providesIndividual Therapy for children, adolescents, and adults; Play Therapy for little ones; and Family Therapy.  She conducts Psychological and Educational assessment testing, and suicide assessments and safety planning.  Jennifer specializes in treating adjustment difficulties, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and trauma.


Contact Jennifer at: drjenniferpatton@gmail.com OR  (424) 241-3770

DR. MIYA ERICKSON, MSW, PSY.D. ​​

Dr. Jennifer Patton,  PSY.D.

Dr. JAKE Insler,  PSY.D.

DR. NataSHA BEHNAM, PH.D

ily Therapy, Inc.


Comprehensive psychological Services for kids, teens, Adults, and Families.