Dr. Kaneeza Lafir, owner and clinical director of Prepare to Change, offers psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, testing and assessment services, and clinical training, in addition to managing the organizational affairs. She offers short- and long-term therapy for children, couples, families, the elderly, and adults.
Kaneeza Lafir, PsyD, PsyD. blends 20 years of psychological proficiency with two doctoral degrees, to create a therapeutic style that is personal, professional, and well grounded in experience. Both as a supervisor as well as in private consultation, Kaneeza partners with individuals using her vast clinical experience and passion to assist each person in obtaining his or her goal. She has expertise in working with many different cultures and ethnic backgrounds, personality issues, bipolar disorder, guilt and shame, trauma, depression, anxiety and psychotic thought processes. She also specializes in working with individuals who have experienced abuse and trauma, or who are struggling with substance abuse issues. Part of Kaneeza’s background includes working with families and children while she completed a two-year internship with USC’s University Affiliated Program, Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles.
Her approach includes working through patterns that prevent clients from growing and reaching their full potential. Kaneeza excels at exploring how interpersonal relationships have impacted an individual’s emotional development, as well as how previous relational experiences are affecting their current relationships. Along with psychotherapy, Kaneeza conducts personality, cognitive, and neuropsychological assessments to help arrive at hypotheses about a client’s behavior, personality and capabilities. Based on assessment results, she can develop and apply effective therapeutic treatment plans and interventions.
As a conference speaker, she empowers individuals on their unique journey to wholeness, and mental and relational well-being. Kaneeza’s far-reaching educational background includes Bachelors and Masters of Art degrees in Psychology from the Presidency College, University of Madras in South India. She earned her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at Rosemead School of Psychology, before completing her second doctorate in Psychoanalysis at the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis. Kaneeza would be happy to serve you and help out with any evaluation or treatment questions you might have.
Dr. Lafir can be reached at DrKaneezaLafir@P2Ccounseling.com or (562) 773-3044.
Dr. Larry Kuhn founded the Prepare to Change counseling center and its state-of-the-art assessment platform. He is currently responsible for executing assessment interventions for the California and Indiana offices, and he provides in-person and online counseling and coaching as well.
Larry Kuhn, PsyD, works well with many different types of people and challenges. He is a licensed clinical psychologist in Indiana and California, organizational coach and consultant, and a presenter involved in leadership development, forensic psychology, education, and family therapy. Always a steady hand at the wheel, Larry is highly valued for his calm and pragmatic approach, honed over 25 years in consulting, industry, and non-profit.
So while “been there, done that!” could be his mantra, Larry’s humble style combines his rich background and experiences with a collaborative nature and creative approach. Larry’s repertoire includes aligning business solutions, providing management consulting and coaching, launching assessment solutions, and a variety of other initiatives to promote sustainable organizational culture change. He employs a dialectical developmental approach to facilitate, influence and support desirable growth, design, and performance outcomes within organizations.
Clients love his unique and creative approaches to visually communicate complex information. In fact, he created a state-of-the-art assessment platform offering 400+ assessments and skills tests which is currently being used by clients across the nation for employee selection, leader development, and personal growth or education testing. Larry also conducts leadership seminars on Coaching Competencies for Executives, Goal Setting, Assertiveness Training, and Interpersonal Skills for Managers, Collaborative Problem-Solving Techniques, Communication Skills, among others. He graduated Summa Cum Laude with Masters and Doctoral Degrees in Family and Clinical Psychology from Azusa PacificUniversity. He is licensed as a Clinical Psychologist in California and Indiana.
Dr. Kuhn can be reached at DrLarryKuhn@PrepareToChange.com or (949) 275-8804.
Dr. Kelly Granger, PsyD. is a licensed psychologist whose experience includes counseling, assessment, training and supervision. She holds extensive experience working with adults, couples and adolescents for many difficulties including depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship problems, and overwhelming emotions.
Dr. Kelly Granger uses a comprehensive therapeutic approach that is customized to each client. As an experienced psychologist, she builds a safe, trusting relationship so that together — through conversation, attentive listening, respectful and interactive responses — she can help others discover what they want different in their life.
After receiving her Master’s and Doctorate Degrees in Psychology from Rosemead School of Psychology, she completed PostDoctoral Training at the Center for Individual and Family Therapy. Kelly is able to help partners of those struggling with sexually compulsive behavior/pornography addiction by providing a place where acceptance, understanding and honest feedback come together to promote growth and healing. Kelly’s also focuses on helping those who have been spiritually wounded and individuals who want to explore how spirituality can be a source of support when dealing with life’s struggles. No matter what brings a person into therapy, Kelly strives to provide a safe environment to explore possible roadblocks and help people move beyond them.
Dr. Granger can be reached at Kelly@PrepareToChange.com or (949) 381-1519.
Dr. Amanda Zintsmaster is a licensed clinical psychologist who provides therapy and assessments to children, adults and families with a variety of emotional, behavioral, and developmental challenges.
Amanda specializes in working with children, adolescents and adults experiencing anxiety, depression, anger, stress, and life transitions. She also has a special interest in helping women and couples to heal and grow from traumatic events or relational and communication challenges. Amanda believes deeply in the importance of transparency and authentically valuing each person and their journey. Ultimately, her goal is to empower people to change their experience in the world and strive to help them challenge themselves. She strives to provide a warm, respectful, and non-judgmental environment to support individuals in their journey towards growth.
Prior to her doctoral education, Amanda worked as a high school special education teacher with Fairfield Suisun Unified School District. She was the clinical coordinator of Pacific Forensic Psychology Associates – Sharper Future, where she performed risk assessments, psychological evaluations, and individual and group therapy. Amanda spent two years as the Program Director of an intensive outpatient psychiatric and chemical dependency treatment program for adults. In addition to her clinical work, she is currently an adjunct instructor at Chicago School of Professional Psychology in the Master’s and Doctoral education programs.
Amanda received her bachelor’s degree at the University of California, Davis and a master’s degree in counseling psychology from University of San Francisco. She earned her Doctorate of Psychology at Azusa Pacific University and completed her pre-doctoral internship with the Wisconsin Department of Corrections, working in both male and female correctional institutions.
Dr. Zintsmaster can be reached at DrAmandaZintsmaster@PrepareToChange.com or (310) 936-1064.
Dr. Hayley Pedersen is a Post-doctoral Intern with experience working with children, adolescents, and adults who struggle with a variety of issues, including anxiety, depression, adjustment, and attachment. She begins thereapy with a warm, calm and nonjudgmental approach.
Hayley Pedersen, MS, PsyD. works under the supervision of Dr. Kaneeza Lafir, PsyD, PsyD. With a depth of experience that includes counseling, assessment, training, and academia, Hayley strives to provide clients with a safe environment to explore and move beyond possible roadblocks. Hayley’s approach with individuals, groups, and families includes play therapy, attachment-based therapy, cognitive-behavioral techniques and other evidenced-based treatments. Her clinical training covers over eight years of a systemic theoretical based orientation from which to help children, families, and organizational teams.
Formerly an elementary school teacher and manager, Hayley is able to integrate her clinical, coaching, and management skills in order to join her clients for the sake of growth and change. Her recent focus has been to strengthen families and assist parents to be involved in the development of their children. Additionally, Hayley has a passion for helping parents navigate the responsibilities and challenges of raising children in a very fast paced world. Parenting advice is plentiful; blogs, articles, and other media outlets take a strong stance on hot-button topics including sleep training, time-outs, schooling, and competitive athletics, to name a few. Hayley takes time to hear what her clients are struggling with as a parent and joins with them to demystify parent-child interactions through attachment-based parenting.
Hayley earned her Doctoral Degree in degree in Clinical Psychology from Azusa Pacific University, Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Vanguard University and Bachelors Degree in Education from The Pennsylvania State University.
Dr. Pedersen can be reached at Hayley@PrepareToChange.com or (949) 478-3017.
Dustin Shultz is a licensed marriage and family therapist who offers short and long-term therapy for teens, adults, couples, and seniors, working through patterns that prevent them from growing and living a full life.
Dustin Shultz, MA, MFT, has experience and success working with couples, adults, and teens struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship issues, divorce, identity, sexuality, substance use, cutting, life transitions, grief, and shame. He is passionate about helping people develop into healthy and whole individuals, and embrace life. Dusty is known for his warm and gentle personality, while bringing insight and wisdom. He works in a relational and collaborative way, respecting each person’s unique experience of life.
Dusty received his Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from Azusa Pacific University and completed a Bachelor’s degree in Ministry from Hope International University. His 15 years of spiritual counseling allows him to work with people who desire soul care in conjunction with therapy. He enjoys speaking at schools, organizations, and churches and has presented on topics ranging from parenting, marriage enrichment, the benefits of roughhousing with kids, depression, bi-polar, anxiety, spirituality, guilt and shame, and communication.
Dusty can be reached at DustinMFT@gmail.com or (949) 334-7718.
Cory Brosch is an experienced Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist committed to empowering individuals to acquire increased self-esteem, improved communication skills, enhanced relationships, better work/life balance, and less stress.
As a practicing therapist for ten years, Cory works with individuals, couples, and families to address a wide range of concerns related to depression, anxiety, life transitions, relationship difficulties, and men’s sexual addiction issues. Cory specializes in working with individuals experiencing severe depression and anxiety. His experience also expands to supporting domestic violence victims, at-risk youth, and substance abuse individuals with a safe environment to explore possible roadblocks and helping them move beyond those difficulties. He generally practices from a cognitive behavioral approach, and also utilizes strategies from Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and mindfulness-based techniques.
In addition to his clinical work, Cory is currently the Director of Wraparound Services at Phoenix House, a program which aims to help at-risk youth and families by connecting them to various community programs, therapeutic services, and educational resources. He is an active volunteer for the Hoarding Task Force of Orange County, and is a member of CAMFT and the International Center for Clinical Excellence. Cory earned his M.S. in Counseling from California State University, Fullerton, and received a B.A. in Psychology from Azusa Pacific University.
Cory can be reached at CoryBroschMFT@P2Ccounseling.com or (949) 257-9128.
Tanya Flores has dedicated the last 20 years of her life in the mission of assisting others find positive solutions to life challenges. It is her belief that everything here is here for the positive benefit of your life.
Tanya holds a master’s degree in social work and has provided mental wellness services to children, teens and families. She is an advocate for children in the foster care system and has extensive experience providing mental wellness training to help teens, parents and agencies that work with traumatized youth, find healing paths. Tanya provided best practice, self-care and anger management training and treatment for staff working with at-risk youth. She has provided families in crisis with tools to strengthen the family unit and reconnect.
Tanya completed safe home studies for adoptive parents and counseled couples with infertility issues. Her 20 years in the field of social services includes assessments for developmentally delayed and disabled infant as well as toddlers. She also offered supportive counsel and resources. Tanya believes that all children are gifted and will excel when provided the opportunity. Parents, love, teaching opportunities, and support will create an environment for success and development. She believes that children grow at their own pace and an infusion of stimuli will help them make new connections in the brain. Tanya calls this a natural “bee sting”, and an “aha” moment.
Tanya Flores is a registered intern and supervised by Dr. Lafir, a licensed clinical psychologist. She is a great resource for our center and all of those seeking support.
Marci Pecora is a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern who completed her Masters degree in Clinical Psychology at Azusa Pacific University. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from California State University, Long Beach and has a Teaching Credential in Secondary Education.
Marci enjoys working with adolescents, individuals, and couples. Her areas of interest include anxiety, depression, grief and loss, identify formation, parenting, divorce, life stage transitions, and relational distress. Marci creates a safe atmosphere to explore feelings and understand connections between the mind, body, and spirit.
Marci’s approach is relational, believing that healing comes from cultivating the therapeutic relationship and exploring areas of woundedness, to find acceptance, wholeness and restoration. She enjoys inspiring positive change to create strong, fulfilling relationships. She is passionate about partnering with those who are hurting or stuck, offering hope and healing.
Marci appreciates and honors diversity as she seeks to understand the client’s inner world as well as their family history. Marci is certified in Prepare and Enrich, a comprehensive assessment tool used in both pre-marital and marriage therapy and also trained in Level 1 Gottman Marital Therapy. She is a member of the California Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (CAMFT).