Barbara Herring, M.A., is thrilled to join the Narrative Counseling Center. She brings a centered awareness to her practice with years of experience working with individuals, couples, and families, including families with special needs. Barbara collaborates with individuals and families to create strong stories for the present and future, while renegotiating the effects of disruptive problems. Her open and direct way of working empowers people to gain more clarity, understand more fully and successfully implement change. Barbara completed her traineeship at Being Alive, an HIV/AIDS service organization, where she worked with clients managing the influence of complex trauma and chemical dependency. She is a graduate of Antioch University, where she earned her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with an LGBTQ Affirmative specialization. Experienced at working with all individuals, regardless of where they fall on the gender and sexuality spectrum, Barbara is friendly to alternative relationships and love styles. “B” works under the supervision of Lucy Cotter and can be reached at (424) 291-2562 or empowermenttherapynow@gmail.com.

James Moore, M.A., believes that clients are much stronger than the problems that bring them into therapy. He is committed to creating a judgement-free atmosphere that embraces all aspects of a client’s life, and to challenging the cultural messages and unhelpful inner-monologues that hold us back from achieving our greatest potential. James works with a range of client populations (individuals, couples, children) and issues (depression, anxiety, relationship dysfunction), engaging skills he honed through extensive therapeutic training in community mental health and within the Los Angeles City Unified School District. His therapeutic motto is simple: “Life is not about living by society’s rules…but rather creating a world that works for you.” James works under the supervision of Charley Lang and can be reached at 323-364-6065.

Gabriel Garcia, M.A. is honored to join Narrative Counseling Center. In addition to NCC, Gabriel is currently training at Southern California Counseling Center, where he sees a diverse range of individuals, couples and families. He is a graduate of Antioch University Los Angeles, where he earned a B.A. in Liberal Studies and Philosophy and holds a Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology. Gabriel has a passion for all things philosophical and artistic, having spent years as a professional musician, music producer and sound engineer. Gabriel is deeply inspired by the stories people tell. He is committed to creating sustainable solutions and supportive environments in service of desired change. Gabriel works under the supervision of Lucy Cotter and can be reached at (323) 334-0464.

Michael Anthony-Nalepa is a proud and passionate postmodern therapist who strongly believes in the power of stories. He has worked extensively with gay & trans-identified individuals, those wrestling with the effects of HIV and cancer, and the bipolar community — utilizing both art therapy and lived-in narratives in order to bring forth one’s preferred hopes, dreams and preferences for a fulfilling life. In his spare time, Nalepa serves as an equal rights activist and as executive director of the AnonymoUS Initiative, an anti-bullying non-profit program that empowers marginalized communities through art and activism. He teaches (adjunct faculty) in Antioch University’s BA psych program — specializing in bullying, cognitive psychology and postmodern ideas. Outside of therapy, his passions include making social justice documentaries with the International Documentary Association, taking gourmet cooking classes and fostering shelter animals. He looks forward to the possibility of working with you. Michael works under the supervision of Charley Lang and can be reached at 323 577-4288.