Board of Directors

    Barbara Calvi, LMFT, President
                                    818-917-9184  •

Barbara Calvi is an LMFT addressing clients’ needs in a variety of ways she has developed over more than two decades.  In her Calabasas private practice, she specializes in working with couples, particularly those struggling with infidelity, or with raising a special needs child. 

She is a certified relationship specialist and is passionate about helping couples achieve the relationship they deserve so they can raise the healthiest children possible.She is also a business coach and consultant assisting other helping professionals in getting more clients, building their practices, and earning the income they deserve.  She combines the external components of marketing – the what-to-do and how to do it effectively – with the internal components: the mental game of marketing, money, and business as they speak to you personally. 

Barbara combines her years of experience as a relationship expert, years of training and experience as a coach, and her training in marketing and business growth to create a unique model of marketing and business building suited to heart-centered helping professionals.

Ariel Cohen, MA, LMFT , Past-President • 818.674.9834 •

Ariel joined SFV-CAMFT in 2012 after partnering with his private practice supervisor. He had originally studied in San Francisco and, after completing an MFT program at the University of San Francisco, decided to reconnect with his Southern California roots and move back down to the L.A. area. Joining the SFV-CAMFT membership helped to establish a connection within the local MFT community and provided numerous networking opportunities with other licensed and pre-licensed therapists in the area. Ariel feels honored and inspired to serve this year as the 2017 Past-President on the SFV-CAMFT Board of Directors. He served the past three consecutive years on the board as well, taking on the roles of 2014 Pre-Licensed Representative, 2015 President-Elect, and 2016 President. 

As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Ariel maintains a full-time practice as part of the incredible treatment team at Teen Therapy Center in Woodland Hills, CA. He has previously worked in a variety of settings ranging from private practice internship, school-based therapist positions in the Los Angeles and San Francisco regions, and community-based services geared toward helping underserved populations here in our local community. He specializes in child and adolescent therapy, with an emphasis on working with children and families with special needs. When he's not in the office, you might find Ariel out hiking the local trails, catching one of his many favorite bands in concert, or spending time with family and friends.

     Nazila Amighi, LMFT, President Elect
 • 310-927-0194 •

Nazila Amighi is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist practicing in Sherman Oaks and West Los Angeles. She graduated with a Master’s Degree from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and interned in the postmodern program at Phillips Graduate Institute, followed by Private Practice internship.

Nazila focuses on working with adults and couples. She employs Strength-based Narrative & Solution focused Therapy, Mindfulness, and assorted approaches for mind body attunements such as Trauma Resiliency Model & Ericksonian Hypnotherapy with individual clients. She utilizes Encounter-centered Couples Therapy, Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, and Imago relationship therapy, and Narrative Couples Therapy in working with couples. Nazila is also certified in premarital counseling through Prepare/Enrich and has Co-facilitated a court-referred anger management group at Phillips Graduate Institute Counseling Center for over a year and a half.

Due to working with a variety of clients, Nazila has a vast knowledge base in anxiety, depression, trauma, anger, life transitions, relationship issues, LGBT challenges, and grief. According to some of her colleagues, Nazila is friendly, warm, intuitive, inviting, and brings endless passion to her work. Nazila has been happily married for 28 years and is a mother to a grown son who is currently in medical school. She came to the United States 36 years ago from Iran, which helps her to better understand the uniqueness and diversity of her clients. Immigrating to a new county provides her with a unique insight into the challenges clients face, as they transition both in terms of language and culture. Nazila is fluent in English and Farsi, and is available for clinical consultation to other therapists trying to navigate cross-cultural issues.

     Martha Uhl, MFT Registered Intern                                                                  VP of Membership                                           310-985-9719  •

Martha Uhl joined SFV CAMFT in late 2016 and jumped right in, volunteering to serve on the board in 2017.  She joined the board as a way to give back to the community and stay involved in the field.  Martha is excited to be a part of such a vibrant organization.

Martha is a Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern, working under the supervision of Stephen Mardell, LMFT.  She specializes in (and loves!) working with teens and their families, helping both parties understand each other and communicate more effectively.  Previously, Martha worked at the Southern California Counseling Center, a community mental health center, where she provided mental health services for underserved and under-resourced communities.  

Before becoming a therapist, Martha worked in both finance and healthcare consulting before opting to leave the corporate world.  Outside of the therapy office, you will find Martha enjoying time with her husband and newborn son, in the Crossfit gym, backpacking in the Sierras, or spending time with friends.

  Nick Stauth, LMFT, VP Programs 


Nick joined SFV-CAMFT in 2014, and quickly volunteered to assist, becoming the 2015 Sponsorship Chair.  In the role of Vice President of Programs, Nick looks forward to seeking strong, motivated professionals to provide intriguing and thought provoking presentations to the membership.  Nick will also continue and reprise his role as Sponsorship Chair for 2016, building strong connections between local businesses, organizations, and our membership.

Nick is a Licensed MFT specializing in treating teens, children, adolescents and adults with ADHD, Social Anxiety, and Depression in the San Fernando Valley, Pasadena and on the Westside.  With a unique focus on community involvement and activeness, Nick provides a field based service to his clients, providing therapy in the community, at their school, at their home, or even at the park - on the baseball diamond or basketball court, or the like.  Nick believes that the experience should be something we all look forward to and embrace, tying in video games, sports and any activities that his clients embrace into their sessions.


      Gina Balit, MFT Registered Intern, ATR 

                                   VP Marketing & Communication   323-316-6425 •

Gina joined SFV-CAMFT in 2015 and immediately became involved in board meetings as a guest, as well as a volunteer for many marketing and advertising duties. She created the chapter's brochures as a mental health resource, translated them into Armenian, and began assisting in email blasts to the community. In 2016, she designed the member directories and continued her hopes for branding and giving the chapter a voice. She also began and chairs ​her Expressive Arts Special Interest Group for the chapter.


Gina has a deep and life-long love for children and art. She is a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern under supervision, as well as a Registered Art Therapist. She works in a private practice setting, with locations in Tarzana and Brentwood, also providing in-home services in the Glendale, Burbank, and Los Feliz areas. She works solely with young children of divorce, abuse, trauma; who struggle with fear of abandonment, perfectionism/anxiety, and attachment or separation issues. She has extensive experience in school-based settings and also has certification in Domestic Violence, having worked with women and children individually and in groups in agency, shelter, and transitional home settings. She has also worked with autistic children and has ​provided home-based Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA).


Gina also is a freelance graphic designer and a “techie” who is passionate about providing marketing/advertising consulting services to other clinicians and organizations for their website and social media platforms. She is bilingual in Armenian (both western and eastern dialects). Prior and into her therapy career, she was also an administrative assistant and bookkeeper for 10 years.


Gina holds a Bachelor’s degree from Cal State Northridge in Child and Adolescent Development with a minor in Graphic Design and a Masters in Psychology: Marriage and Family Therapy/Art Therapy.

Laura Westmoreland, MA, MFT Registered Intern              Chief Financial Officer     
   818.870.0277  •

Laura Westmoreland joined SFV-CAMFT in 2012. In 2014, she volunteered as the Table Host Coordinator and was recruited onto the 2015 Board as Vice President of Membership; she served 2 terms.  She is excited to join the 2017 Board as the Chief Financial Officer.

She is a member of the SFV Chapter Financial Committee; she also serves  on the Financial Committee for CAMFT.

Laura earned a Bachelor's degree in Business, with an emphasis in Marketing, and a minor in Psychology from the University of Missouri - St. Louis. She also holds an MBA from Lindenwood University.  She graduated with a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in 2015.

Laura recently exited the corporate world to focus on her passion; being a therapist.  She is currently seeing both agency and school-based clients at Family Service Agency of Burbank.  Laura is looking forward to completing her clinical hours, passing the CCE, and opening a thriving private practice.

     Nikki Gabriel, MS, LMFT, Secretary •  818-473-0088 •

Nikki joined SFV-CAMFT in 1012 and after a few years began volunteering to assist as needed with the organization.  Nikki participated on the Bylaws Committee and the Nominating Committee before being approached in 2015 to take over the administration of the website.  Nikki will continue in this role for 2017 along with joining the Board of Directors as Secretary.

Nikki has a BA in Psychology from the University of Montana, and a MS in Counseling from California State University Northridge.  Nikki had a 17 year career working in nonprofit organizations before becoming licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist.  Nikki currently has offices in Encino, Granada Hills, and Santa Clarita working with anger, couples, life transitions, self-esteem issues, and women's issues.  My theoretical orientation is eclectic bringing in tools as needed from Cognitive Behavioral, Existential, Family Systems, Psychodynamic, and Solution Focused.

  Jaimi Brooks, MA, MFT Registered Intern

                                          Pre-licensed Representative
                                 310.433.0892  •

Jaimi Brooks joined SFV CAMFT in 2016 as a pre-licensed member.  She attended UCLA for her B.A. and Pepperdine University for her Masters in Clinical Psychology with emphasis in Marriage & Family Therapy before taking 8 years away from the field to start a unrelated beauty business. Having successfully sold her business and returned to her original love of therapy, she is excited about serving as the Pre-Licensed Board Representative and advocating for other interns while connecting them with the resources they need to successfully navigate the accumulation of their hours while setting themselves up for professional success.


Jaimi works in private practice under the supervision of Jonathan Flier, LMFT.  Taking a holistic, integrative approach to her work, Jaimi’s specialties are working with engaged couples as they prepare for marriage, those who struggle with shame and secrets, as well as people struggling with infertility.  She has experience working with the homeless, schizophrenic population of New York City with Project Reachout, in Jewish Family Service’s school based program in Santa Monica, and in research at UCLA’s Marriage Lab longitudinal study under Thomas Bradbury studying marital success.


Please feel free and welcome to reach out to Jaimi with any pre-licensed needs, concerns, or suggestions. She looks forward to connecting, developing a strong community of unlicensed professionals, and doing what she can to make the licensure process easier!


  Ingrid Caswell, MA, LMFT, CAMS-III  Member at Large
                                    323-972-2222 •

Ingrid is honored to serve on the SFV-CAMFT Board of Directors, coordinating the continuing education program. She’s an LMFT and a Certified Anger Management Specialist. For anger management clients, Ingrid facilitates groups and works one-on-one as an executive coach.  For colleagues, she certifies in providing anger management services to clients. She is a co-author and co-editor of Anger Management Essentials: An Aggression Management Workbook, as well as Anger Management Essentials, Jr.: An Aggression Management Workbook for Teens. Ingrid connects with other professionals in the field and stays current with clinical findings as a board member of the California Association of Anger Management Providers and member of the National Anger Management Association.

In her Beverly Hills therapy practice, Ingrid’s focus of treatment is childhood trauma and co-dependency recovery using CBT and EMDR.  She has also trained extensively in Mindful Parenting, a developmentally-based approach to promoting sensitivity and flexibility in communication between parent and child.

Prior to becoming a mental health professional, Ingrid was an English as a Second Language instructor in East Los Angeles, a reporter covering trials, press conferences, and political demonstrations in New York City, and an actress in Off-Broadway productions, independent films, and television commercials.

    Shelley Horner, LMFT, Member at Large •  (818) 345-8022  • 

Shelley Horner, MFT, has been licensed and in private practice for 20 years. She is honored to participate as a Member at Large for the board this year. Shelley has also been writing the Member Profile for our chapter recently which gives her an opportunity to meet some of our members in an in-depth manner. She has been a member of our chapter for over twenty years and appreciates learning and networking with her colleagues.

Shelley enjoys helping clients in her office as well as doing workshops for corporations and colleges. Shelley works with children, adolescents, and adults but her favorite specialty is conducting experiential parenting classes. She trained with Eileen Paris, PhD in the Parenting Process which is a complex theory that utilizes psychoanalytic, cognitive, and somatic psychology. She also trained with Tina Payne Bryson, PhD, co-author (with Daniel Siegel, MD) of the books, Whole Brain Child and No Drama Discipline and No Drama Discipline and teaches parents Mindfulness Meditation in order to become calm parents. Seeing parents learn self regulation and helping them to teach their children is supremely fulfilling for her.

Shelley also enjoys doing public speaking since it brings out passion for performance. Prior to going into psychology, Shelley was a professional actress doing television and film work. Her ability to engage participants in psycho-education elicits joy for Shelley.  When our licensure included passing an oral test, Shelley helped several of her intern colleagues prepare for the oral exams at no cost.  Now, she works for EAP companies presenting to employees at colleges and corporations.

     Steven Karbelnig, LMFT, Member at Large • 818-623-7118  •

Steve joined SFV-CAMFT in 2012 and became actively involved in board
meetings before becoming a member of the board in 2015. He has a full-time
practice as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Certified Sex
Addiction Therapist (CSAT) with offices in Sherman Oaks and Los Angeles
(Atwater Village). Besides treating sex and pornography addiction, he works
with individuals and couples on issues involving relationships, depression and
anxiety, grief and loss, life transitions, anger and LGBTQ.

Steve’s passion is helping people improve their lives, enhance their
relationships, achieve their potential and assist them in restoring a feeling of
well-being, mentally, emotionally and physically. He truly understands the
pain and shame that underlies sex and porn addiction so he works closely
with these clients, whether individually or in group, in a non-judgmental, nonshaming and safe environment to help them understand what fuels these
behaviors and to promote healing. He also works with spouses and partners of
sex addicts to help them heal from the devastation and trauma of the betrayal
that they have experienced.

Steve has a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University. He
is also a member of the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH);
the Group Psychotherapy Association of Los Angeles (GPALA); the Glendale
Area Mental Health Professionals Association (GAMHPA); and the Men’s
Association for Addiction Treatment (MAAT). He previously served on the
Board of Directors for Toastmasters for Mental Health Professionals.

Prior to becoming a therapist, Steve was an attorney for 25 years.

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