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Mental Health

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:

  • Depression
  • Adjustment and change/loss
  • Anxiety/Panic
  • Anxiety and Uncertainty
  • Gried
  • Trauma
  • Financial Stress
  • Family Conflict
  • Stress and effect on health
  • Anger and stress management
  • Substance Abuse
  • Chronic pain
  • Parenting Issues
  • Children's behavioral problems
  • ADD/ADHD

On-Island Therapists

To make an appointment with a therapist please call (310) 510-0096.

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Kymberlee Stanley, LCSW

Director of Social Services

Kymberlee Stanley, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, joined our clinic as the new Director  of Social Services in November 2019. She did her undergraduate studies at California State University Long Beach, and graduate studies in Social Work at the University of Southern California. For the last 30 years she has worked as an elementary teacher, school counselor, social worker; and private practice psychotherapist In California and Tennessee. She became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in 2003 and has enjoyed working with all ages, various populations and different cultural backgrounds. Kymberlee is an eclectic therapist who uses holistic, creative approaches for each individual, including: Expressive Arts Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, EMDR, Internal Family Systems Therapy, and Short term solutions focused therapy, to name a few. She is also in charge of our AAA Grant program for in-home senior help programs to help seniors in need. Some of her specialties in practice have been helping women develop healthy relationships, chronic health issues in mental health, childhood trauma in adults, depression and anxiety, and helping people find their passions in life. She is also a professional oil painter and enjoys writing songs, playing guitar, and plein air painting in Avalon. She lives in Avalon with her husband, Paul, and their 11 year-old daughter, Evie.  Kymberlee has loved the island her entire life and feels like she is “coming home” to serve the community at CIMC.

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Kathleen Cogger, LCSW

Kathleen Cogger has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for the last 17 years with most of her experience in community mental health with individuals from 3 years old to 22 years old. She also has experience as a school social worker and working with the elderly.  Kathleen went to Pitzer College in Claremont where she got her BA in Psychology and attended Cal State University San Bernardino where she earned her Master’s in Social Work.  Kathleen moved to the Island in May 2019 and lives with her husband, 3 sons (14, 12, and 7), and a dog “Annie” at the Catalina Island Marine Institute in Toyon Bay. In her spare time, she enjoys scrapbooking, crocheting, and quilting. She is excited about the new experience that CIMC has given her in being able to work with physical health care providers.

Teletherapy Therapists

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Bertha Ramos

Bertha is a Bilingual English/Spanish speaking therapist that has provided individual, family, group, and Crisis counseling therapy to children, adolescents, and adults for the past 15 years. Depending on your individual needs she uses different types of therapeutic approaches. Her specialties include trauma, abuse, depression, anxiety, mood, and emotional/behavior conflicts. She is certified in Brainspotting, Parent-Child Interactive Therapy, and trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing).

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Dana Basu

Dana is a licensed psychologist who works with individuals to help them find the best versions of themselves. She specializes in treating individuals who have experienced difficult or traumatic experiences in their past and helps people feel empowered to stop the past from negatively impacting their present. Dana utilizes a variety of cognitive, behavioral, and somatic interventions to help people better cope with the stressors in their lives, but believes that a safe and trusting relationship between a client and therapist is the foundation of healing.

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Graciela Zisman

Graciela is a licensed clinical social worker, who for over 30 years has worked with children, adolescents, adults, and families providing therapy, connecting them with resources, and advocating for their health and well-being. She has worked in a variety of settings including hospitals and community mental health centers in Southern California. She is a bi-lingual therapist who believes in the healing power of connection and relationship and has extensive experience working with individuals who have experienced interpersonal trauma, sexual assault, anxiety, and depression

Megan Fenyoe

Megan Fenyoe

Megan Fenyoe is an Air Force Veteran, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Therapist (LCSW), Speaker, Best Selling Author, Founder, and CEO of the international IAM ENOUGHmovement™Non-Profit Organization and Freedom Haven.

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 as well as working with couples.

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Peggy Main

Peggy utilizes expressive therapy, mindfulness, and relaxation techniques in her therapeutic approach. She has been working with clients of all ages for the past thirty years and believes in celebrating each client's individual successes

Psychiatrist

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Dr. Donna Ehlers

Dr. Donna Ehlers, MD is a Board-Certified Bilingual/Spanish Psychiatrist and has been serving the community on Catalina Island remotely for the past year. 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.

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