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, Psy.D., L.M.F.T.
Registered Psychological Assistant (PSB 94022207)
Dr. Sakuei brings her wealth of experience as a both a Psychologist and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) to her work with adolescents, adults, couples, and families. Her areas of expertise include treatment of anxiety and depression, drug and alcohol abuse, addictive behaviors (including gaming, pornography, online chat-rooms, and cyber-infidelity), anger management, trauma, behavioral concerns, and chronic mental illness.
In our private practice setting, Dr. Sakuei helps clients to:
– Identify their needs;
– Deepen their understanding of their own behaviors and their impact on others;
– Acquire and improve the necessary skills to succeed, including those in the areas of communication, coping, and stress management;
– Increase confidence and self-image; and
– Move towards a more satisfying level of functioning in all areas through the practice of new and healthier behaviors.
Dr. Sakuei has completed advanced training and received her certification in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy through The Beck Institute – Academy of Cognitive Therapy. A Certified Hypnotherapist, she includes the use of guided imagery and relaxation techniques to assist in the elimination of anxiety, fears, and phobias. She also facilitates adult groups in Life Enhancement Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), the latter focusing on basic DBT skills — Mindfulness (Wise Mind), Distress Tolerance, Emotional Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness.
As a Registered Psychological Assistant, Dr. Sakuei provides services under the supervision of Dr. Beresford. She has completed all coursework and training to meet her doctoral degree requirements, has fulfilled her final 1500 hours of supervised work experience, and is currently preparing to take the examination to become licensed by the State of California through the Board of Behavioral Sciences.
Beth Walters, Ph.D.
Registered Psychological Assistant (PSB 94023730)
Dr. Walters works with both adolescents and adults, and her areas of expertise include treatment of anxiety and depression, personality disorders, chemical dependency, sexual addiction, and anger management. Utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and other approaches, Dr. Walters focuses on empirically-supported treatments and interventions, which may include cognitive restructuring, psycho-education, and Mindfulness.
In our private practice setting, Dr. Walters helps clients to:
– Recognize and identify problematic thoughts and/or behaviors;
– Understand the dynamics that are currently blocking change;
– Decrease ineffective and negative behaviors and ways of thinking about themselves and their possibilities; and
– Develop and and implement new, constructive, and healthier skills and patterns of thought.
Dr. Walters is also skilled in the areas of psychological and psycho-educational evaluation. She has received specialized training in Forensic Psychology, having provided integrative psychological evaluations and court-mandated treatment for a variety of different inpatient and outpatient forensic populations. An international presenter, her research and publications have focused on the areas of psychopathy, sexual and homicide offenders, paraphilia, and risk management. She completed her undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Criminology, and recently earned her Doctorate in Clinical Forensic Psychology, which included training abroad in Europe and Africa.
As a Registered Psychological Assistant, Dr. Walters provides all services under the supervision of Dr. Beresford. She has completed all coursework and training to meet her doctoral degree requirements, and is completing her final 1500 hours of supervised work experience in partial fulfillment towards California state licensure.
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