Mental & Behavioral Health
At CIMC we understand the strong connection between physical and emotional health.
Research shows that of all patients seen in primary care clinics, 20% have a diagnosable mental illness at any one time. Mental health conditions such as depression can complicate and slow recovery from physical health problems.
Mental and behavioral health assessments and therapy are provided at CIMC via in-person face-to-face visits, teletherapy, and virtual visits for adults, children and families. These services can help people struggling with such issues such as:
- Adjustment and change/loss
- Anxiety and Uncertainty
- Financial Stress
- Family Conflict
- Stress and effect on health
- Anger and stress management
- Substance Abuse
- Chronic pain
- Parenting Issues
- Children's behavioral problems
Diego Fuentes, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Diego received his Master’s in Social Work from Cal State LA and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. He has worked with at-risk adolescents, incarcerated women, individuals on probation and most recently with the community as a supervisor of the behavioral health department at a Federally Qualified Health Center in Los Angeles. His niche is working with individuals to recover from alcohol and other substances and axis I mood disorders such as bipolar, anxiety and depression. His goal is to evoke the individuals’ known strengths and use them as a foundation for healing and persevering.
Dr. Michael J. Bjornson, Ph.D.
Clinical Health Psychologist
Dr. Bjornson is a Clinical Health Psychologist, with advanced training and experience in what is known as the biopsychosocial model of health. He earned his Ph.D. in Health Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology, Berkeley/Alameda. This was followed by his Behavioral Medicine post-doctoral fellowship at St. Louis University School of Medicine/ St. Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute. He brings over 25 years’ experience using a caring, compassionate, and non-judgmental approach to help people improve their lives.
Bertha is a bilingual English/Spanish speaking therapist who has provided individual, family, group, and crisis counseling therapy to children, adolescents, and adults for over 15 years. Depending on a person's individual needs, she uses different types of therapeutic approaches. Her specialties include trauma, abuse, depression, anxiety, mood, and emotional/behavioral conflicts. She is certified in Brainspotting, Parent-Child Interactive Therapy, and trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing).
Megan Fenyoe is an Air Force veteran, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Therapist (LCSW), speaker, and bestselling author. She is also the founder and CEO of the international IAM ENOUGH movement™ and Freedom Haven nonprofits. In 2021, Megan was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from President Joe Biden; a Special Congressional Recognition Award from the United States Congress; and a Certificate of Recognition from the California State Senate.
Working as a Mental Health Therapist for the past 15 years, Megan is considered an expert in her field. Her area of expertise is the mind and the way it affects behavior and well-being. She specializes in working with individuals affected by trauma, abuse, depression, anxiety, chronic pain, and substance abuse disorders as well as working with couples.
Peggy utilizes expressive therapy, mindfulness, and relaxation techniques in her therapeutic approach. She has been working with clients of all ages for the past 30 years and believes in celebrating each client's individual successes.
Esmeralda Nunez, LCSW
Bio coming soon.
Dr. Donna Ehlers
Dr. Donna Ehlers, MD is a Board-Certified Bilingual/Spanish Psychiatrist who serves the community on Catalina Island remotely. Prior to this she worked for Kaiser Permanente for 30 years. She comes with expertise on psychopharmacology. Donna is interested in holistic care and harmony of body, mind, and spirit. She emphasizes nutrition and exercise for the body, positive thinking, and enthusiasm for the mind and contemplation and introspection for spiritual health. She also uses scientifically based medication to aid in balancing brain biochemistry when needed due to genetic factors or environmental stressors. Donna is always open to discussing any questions or concerns you might have regarding holistic care including medication.