Dr. Jane Beresford
I’m a licensed psychologist in Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, California, and have also worked as an educator. Providing mental health services since 1992, I have clinical experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings, including a federal prison, a Veteran’s Administration Hospital, a state mental hospital, a drug treatment program, residential group homes for youth, a community mental health center, a nursing home / rehabilitation center, a domestic violence response unit, a cancer support agency, and a private practice.
My post-doctoral internship was completed at Children’s Institute International in Los Angeles, and I’ve maintained a private practice in Sherman Oaks since 2001. I’ve enjoyed teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and offer In-Service Training for mental health and other agencies on a variety of subjects, including psychological assessment and treatment, domestic violence, child abuse, dual diagnoses, chemical dependency, medically-compromised patients, stress management, time management, and other community mental health concerns.
Doctorate in Psychology
Wright State University
My doctoral dissertation, “JUVENILE SEX OFFENDERS AND PATERNAL PRESENCE IN THE HOME,” produced empirical research in the comparison of convicted sex-offending minors, and the relationship of a paternal presence in the offenders’ families of origin; Rodney Hammond, Ph.D., my dissertation chair, is the retired Director of the Division of Violence Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Sohila Sue Sakuei, M.A., L.M.F.T.
Registered Psychological Assistant
I am pleased to introduce Sohila Sue Sakuei, LMFT, Registered Psychological Assistant, to my practice. She is warm, focused, and compassionate, and brings her wealth of experience as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist to her work with teenagers, adults, couples, and families.
Psychological Assistants are doctoral students who have completed all coursework and training to meet their degree requirements, with the exception of their final 1500 hours of supervised work experience, prior to engaging in the rigorous examination process to become licensed by the State of California through the Board of Behavioral Sciences. As a LMFT, Sohila has years of experience working with children, teens, and adults. Her areas of specialty include work with depression and anxiety, drug and alcohol abuse, addictive behaviors (including gaming, pornography, online chat-rooms, and cyber-infidelity), anger management, trauma, behavioral concerns, and chronic mental illness. Additionally, she runs adult groups in Life Enhancement Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy, the latter focusing on basic DBT skills — Mindfulness (Wise Mind), Distress Tolerance, Emotional Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness, as well as a Life Enhancement Therapy Group.
Sohila is Persian-American, and has been living in the Los Angeles area for 36 years. Intelligent and multi-dimensional, she earned her Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering before becoming a successful entrepreneur. After earning her Master’s degree in Psychology with an emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy, she became a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Once her supervised hours are completed, she will have achieved all of the requirements for her doctorate in Psychology.
Sohila has most recently worked with Ventura County Behavioral Health as a Marriage and Family Therapist serving mentally challenged adults. Prior to that, she provided services for a residential group home for children on probation. A Certified Hypnotherapist, Sohila includes the use of guided imagery and relaxation techniques to assist in the elimination of anxiety, fears, and phobias.
Sohila is thrilled to participate in a private practice internship. Under my supervision, she will focus on her work with teens and adults as she assists them in identifying their needs and acquiring the skills to manage their lives more successfully. Her focus will be on deepening her patients’ understanding of their own behaviors, improving their communication and coping skills, increasing confidence and self-image, and moving toward a healthier and more satisfying level of functioning. Additionally, she will be providing her services in psychological evaluation. She is fluent in both English and Farsi.
My private practice offers psychotherapy and counseling for adolescents, adults, couples and families, as well as psychological testing and forensic evaluation for young children, adolescents, and adults.
My therapy clients are typically seeking treatment for anxiety, depression, relationship issues, and/or life transitions. Regarding psychological evaluation, I use psychological tests and assessments to help my clients improve their understanding of themselves and their behavior, and to help other professionals (such as teachers, physicians, or attorneys) learn how to better meet the needs of these clients.
Assessment clients seek my services for several reasons, including clarification of mental health issues of varying severity, personality testing, ADHD evaluations, learning disability testing, dementia screening, gastric bypass and surgical capacity evaluations, and assessments for career development/personal growth, among other reasons.
Consultation is often an efficient and effective choice for an individual or organization to initiate forward movement in areas of difficulty, and allows me an opportunity to educate others and clarify ideas/information in order to facilitate positive change. Topics are varied and have been offered in the past to patients, therapists, teachers, attorneys, physicians, employers, state and federal agencies, courts, schools, universities, community mental health centers, state mental hospitals, correctional officers and facilities, various branches of the military, the entertainment industry, cancer support agencies, special education programs, and hospice.
Additionally, I provide In-Service Trainings for mental health agencies on a variety of subjects, including psychological assessment and treatment, domestic violence, child abuse, dual diagnoses, chemical dependency, medically-compromised patients, and other community mental health concerns.
Ongoing peer consultation has been a useful tool for me to expand and strengthen my psychotherapy and assessment skills, and I regularly participate in continuing education classes in order to remain current in my knowledge of new developments in the field and to improve my services.
Memberships & Associations
I am a member of and follow the ethical principles of the following organizations:
- American Psychological Association
- California Psychological Association
- Los Angeles County Psychological Association
- San Fernando Valley Psychological Association