Non-Profit Affiliates

Prepare To Change Child And Family Counseling
Non-Profit Affiliates and Clinicians


Prepare to Change Child and Family Counseling is a non-profit organization.



Pre-licensed clinicians

Turky Almalki

We often feel weak, disconnected, alone, and deeply hurt when we experience severe life stressors, transitions, traumatic event, illnesses, or loses. Healing starts with the awareness of the issue and then seeking help. I am here to help you create and restore healthy relationships with yourself and others.

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Turky Almalki provides therapy in two languages (English/Arabic) and with people from diverse cultures and communities (e.g., refugees, minorities, immigrants, and elderly). He also works other issues such Life Transitions, Anxiety, Grief, Emotional Disturbance, Family Conflict, Relationships, Self Esteem, Spirituality. He works with young adults, adults, individuals, couples, and families.


Turky Almalki is a marriage and family therapist trainee under the supervision of Dr. Kaneeza Lafir, Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Psychoanalyst. He is also a licensed assistant psychologist in Saudi Arabia.


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Daisy Carachure

Daisy Carachure has experience working with adults and adolescents. She also has experience in co-leading, counseling groups. Daisy has worked with clients struggling with anxiety and depression. She believes in empowering clients by helping them figure out their strengths and integrating them into their everyday life.

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Daisy is currently a clinical psychology student at Azusa Pacific University. She is studying to become a Marriage and Family therapist and is expecting to graduate by 2021. She is a trainee under the supervision of Dr. Kaneeza Lafir.


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Gina Fjelstad

Gina Fjelstad cares deeply about others and is passionate about walking alongside her clients helping them work through life’s challenges. She desires to provide her clients with a safe environment that fosters hope and promotes personal growth and healing.

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With a previous career as a credentialed elementary school teacher, Gina has a special interest in working with children, adolescents, and parents. She has experience working with children ages four to twelve in a variety of different grade levels.


Gina completed a Caring for Children Who Have Experienced Trauma Training through the Saddleback Church Local Orphan Care Initiative. She understands the affects trauma has on a child’s behavior, feelings, relationships, and view of the world.


Gina Fjelstad works as a marriage and family therapy trainee under the supervision of Dr. Kaneeza Lafir, a licensed clinical psychologist. She is currently working towards earning her Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Psychology at Azusa Pacific University.


Gina can be reached at


Carina Rittener

Carina Rittener’s experience includes working with children, young adults, and adults with a variety of presenting issues as a social worker at a Community Mental Health Center. During this experience, her exposure to a variety of demographics and needs expanded her perspective and propelled her into the study of clinical psychotherapy.

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Currently a Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee, under the supervision of Dr. Kaneeza Lafir, licensed clinical psychologist, and psychoanalyst,  Carina is studying Clinical Psychology at Azusa Pacific University.


Do you find yourself in “survival mode,” reactive and prone to numbing out to get through the week? Together we can work to slow chaos and create conscious and fulfilling goals. Awareness of past experiences, societal and familial conditioning, and unconscious coping mechanisms is essential to healing. As you heal, transitioning from survival to choice will become possible! My clinical approach starts first and foremost by creating a safe place in which we can explore and process from an attachment perspective.


I hope you will allow me to come alongside you on this journey to wholeness!


Michael Hwang, MFT Trainee

Michael Hwang works with adolescents, adults, couples, and families looking to deepen their connection with others and their sense of self. He is currently studying clinical psychology at Azusa Pacific University. He is currently a trainee under Dr. Lafir.

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Previously, Michael was a Senior Product Manager at Apple where he dealt with first hand, the pressures of work and identity and discovered his passion for mentoring and supporting his team members through seasons of immense stress. Michael also serves on CAMFT’s Public Outreach as a committee member.


Michael can be reached at


Stephen Kaech

Stephen Kaech works with adults, couples, and families, with a specific focus on stepfamilies. Stephen has worked, trained, and mentored stepfamilies for over 16 years. His goal is to help families manage their stepfamily dynamic in order to have healthy relationships within them.

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This could mean addressing sibling relationship and rivalry; looking closely at a current marriage so as not to repeat the mistakes of a past one; and coming to terms with what being a family means in light of these new relationships. Stephen believes that with a foundation of compassion and understanding, families of all shapes and sizes and forge together and move forward toward the future.


Stephen, currently a trainee under Dr. Kaneeza Lafir, Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Psychoanalyst, is studying Clinical Psychology at Azusa Pacific University.


Stephen can be reached at


Eila Alvarez

Eila Alvarez has experience working with children, adolescents, and young adults. She has also worked in ABA (Applied Behavioral Analysis). Her goal is to provide an open space where clients feel heard and seen. She is a trainee under the supervision of Dr. Lafir.

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Eila is currently a clinical Psychology student at Vanguard University. She is studying to become a Marriage and Family Therapist and will be graduating in Spring of 2021.



Nicole Smolinski

Nicole is passionate about empowering people to step into more freedom than they are currently experiencing, in whatever way that may look like for them. She believes that working with individuals, families, children, and couples can create important change in the quality of life not just for the present moment, but for generations in the future.

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There is courage in reaching towards vulnerability and healing. There is freedom that comes with knowing who you are. I am passionate about helping you dive deeper into this courage in order to find freedom. I’m here to help you break free from negative thought patterns surrounding daily life stressors, self-perception, and relationships that can hold you back from reaching your potential, reaching joy, reaching healing. Welcome: I’m glad you’re here.


Nicole Smolinski works as a marriage and family therapy trainee under the supervision of Dr. Kaneeza Lafir, a licensed clinical psychologist. She is currently working towards earning her Master of Science Degree in Clinical Psychology at Vanguard University of California. Nicole enjoys incorporating a holistic view towards treatment and believes in the power of the individual. She values collaborative treatment with her clients to fit the unique needs, values, skillsets, and backgrounds of the person in front of her at the time.




Affiliate Supervisors


April Twenhafel, LMFT

April Twenhafel is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over fifteen years experience in the mental health field. Prior to her licensure, April worked in the field of Social Work including foster care, crisis management and outreach concerns.  April graduated from Fuller Theological Seminary in 2007 and began her clinical practice at the Center for Individual and Family Therapy and has evolved her practice in this organization to date. She has been an adjunct professor in the Applied Behavioral Science program at Azusa Pacific University focusing on Marriage and Family Therapy for the past four years. April’s clients vary in demographics, however, she specializes in children, adolescents, and treatment of trauma related issues. April’s primary theoretical orientation is Attachment based integrated with Object Relations Theory.

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As a clinician, April assists people from a variety of backgrounds in a broad range of issues including anxiety, depression, trauma, crisis, abuse, identity development, grief, family issues, marital conflict and more. One of her specialties is working with children through play therapy, an evidence-based practice. Play therapy is a type of psychotherapy that uses play to help a child communicate their feelings and is used to promote growth, emotional regulation, and resolution. April is also certified as a Prepare/Enrich Counselor for premarital therapy. April understands therapy can be a scary process for individuals to invite a stranger into. She is passionate about creating a safe place for her clients to explore the difficult experiences in their own lives. She considers it an honor to be invited into a person’s life and a true joy to be a part of their healing process.





Jennifer Fee, PsyD

Dr. Jennifer Fee is a licensed Psychologist with over 25 year’s of experience. She specializes in the areas of trauma/PTSD, anxiety and depression. As an Approved Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Consultant, she helps other therapists become Certified in this innovative therapy. Dr. Fee is passionate about fighting the stigma that surrounds mental health issues via writing and speaking.  She’s a TEDX speaker and avid internet live streamer.  Dr. Fee made two appearances on Monique Coleman’s “Gimme MO” TV series discussing sexual assault and mental health issues.

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Brent Scarborough, MA, LMFT

Brent Scarborough is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who offers both face-to-face and online* appointments for adults, couples, and families. He joins with clients to work through anxiety, depression, relational issues, and trauma. Brent also helps clients develop healthy relational and social skills.

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* Also known as telehealth, online therapy is for California clients only and is completely confidential. For more information, please click here.


Brent can be reached at