Tanya Barr, M.A., is enthusiastic about joining the team at the Narrative Counseling Center. She specializes in working with individuals, couples, adolescents, children, and families. Through humor, curiosity, empathy, and warmth, Tanya supports clients to feel comfortable and know that they are welcome. Dedicated to an action-oriented approach, she explores past dominant narratives and assists in co-creating preferred ways of being that are orientated towards expansion and growth. Tanya has had intensive trauma training with children, adolescents, and their adult caregivers through Hathaway Sycamores Child and Family Services. A sex-positive, LGBTQIA, kink and poly affirmative therapist, she welcomes clients that are seeking their voice, clarity, and a renewed sense of purpose. Having her own professional pathway that includes nearly two decades in entertainment and fine arts, Tanya has an intimate understanding of the rewards, opportunities, and challenges in forging creative, independent pathways. Tanya graduated with her M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University with a focus in Applied Community Psychology. She works under the supervision of Lucy Cotter and can be reached at (646) 408-5766 or tanyabarrtherapy@gmail.com.
Eric Katende, M.A., excitedly joins the team here at Narrative Counseling Center. He is passionate about cultivating a sense of awareness and empowerment for his clients. Eric works from a place of curiosity, sensitivity and care, ready and willing to challenge dominant societal messages which often have oppressive, marginalizing effects on individuals, teens, couples and families. Eric holds a master’s degree in clinical psychology from Antioch University Los Angeles. He received his training from the Southern California Counseling Center, where he facilitated groups focused on healing the effects of domestic violence (at both their Watts and Pico locations). He is particularly interested in addressing issues related to sexuality and racial oppression, depression, anxiety and trauma, with an emphasis on social justice, sex positivity, body positivity and thinking outside the box. Eric works at NCC under the supervision of Charley Lang and can be reached at 424-256-5681, or erickatendetherapy@gmail.com.
Ben Kreader
Ben Kreader, M.A., is excited to be part of the Narrative Counseling Center. He is curious about the unique experiences of his clients and focused on helping to generate new meaning and momentum from their stories. He draws on his own background in business and the arts to bring life experience, imagination and creativity to these collaborative conversations. Ben is especially interested in helping his LGBTQIA and creative clients question the expectations placed on them by society to free their more expansive selves. He also helps clients experiencing grief to reconnect with the important parts of the people and stories they’ve lost. He approaches his work from a place of dedication and caring. Ben holds a master’s degree in clinical psychology from Antioch University Los Angeles and a bachelor’s degree in film, music, English, and perceptual psychology from Carleton College. He trained at The Center for Professional Counseling in North Hollywood, CA where he specialized in supporting individuals, teens, couples and families to restore their sense of agency. Ben works at NCC under the supervision of Lucy Cotter and can be reached at (323) 379-2350 or benkreader@gmail.com.

Charley Lang, MFT, is co-founder of Narrative Counseling Center, providing resource-oriented consultation services for individuals, couples, and families, in addition to strength-based psychotherapy training for pre and post-licensed therapists.  As co-director of the Psychology and Addiction Studies Concentrations at Antioch University, he teaches numerous courses, including Human Sexualities, Psychology of Addiction, Narrative Therapy in Practice and Madness in American History & Film.  He has taught at USC, UCLA, Cal State San Bernardino, and is currently collaborating on the development of online study courses for students and practitioners of narrative therapy worldwide (reauthoringteaching.com).  For many years he was Director of the Postmodern Therapy Training Program at the California Family Counseling Center and mental health supervisor at the AIDS Service Center in Pasadena.  Always on the lookout for new and engaging alternative stories, Lang produced and directed several acclaimed documentary films, including the HBO award-winning Gay Cops: Pride Behind the Badge.  Lic#: MFC34843

Charley Lang: Actor vs. Narrative Therapist

Charley Lang on Addiction and Narrative Therapy

Narrative Therapy & Treatment of Trauma

Lucy Cotter, MFT has a whole-hearted commitment to Narrative Therapy.  She has a passion for helping individuals, couples and families discover new stories of collaboration.  Lucy holds an MA in Child/Marriage Counseling from Pacific Oaks College, and an MFA from Otis College of Art. As an Adjunct Faculty member at Antioch University, her courses include Brief  Therapy, The Psychology of Couples in Fiction and Film, Postmodern Psychotherapies, Critical Psychology and Existential Psychology. Lucy also teaches Narrative Therapy in the Postmodern Therapy Program at Phillips Graduate Institute and is an adjunct faculty member of Pacific Oaks College. As a psychotherapist with couples, individuals and families, Lucy has worked in a range of settings including AIDS Service Center in Pasadena and the School Based Program of Jewish Family Services.  She frequently facilitates parent-teen and family dialogues as a family therapist.  Her 25 years of experience in making art informs the creativity she brings to psychotherapy at the Narrative Counseling Center. Lic#: MFC46671