Dr. Sharon is a licensed Psychologist and Marriage and Family Therapist. She has worked in various agencies as well as graduate schools. She has taught at Mount Saint Mary’s College, Argosy University, and California Graduate Institute. More recently, she was core faculty teaching in the Clinical Psychology, School Counseling, and Marriage and Family Therapy Departments as well as being Director of Clinical Training and Dean of Students at Phillips Graduate Institute. Dr. Sharon has an extensive background working in Special Education Schools. She was Director of School-based Mental Health Services at the HELP Group as well as being the Clinical Director of Summit View and Coldwater Canyon Prep Schools. Dr. Sharon has a Pupil Personnel Credential in School Counseling and many years of experience working with children, adolescents, and their families.
Gianna Maunu, M.A., M.F.T.
MFT Clinical Supervisor
Gianna has followed the professional path of psychology and education since early adulthood. She earned her degree in psychology from the University of Oregon. Upon her graduation she focused on teaching. Gianna taught in various settings for 15 years. Part of her teaching experience included English in Spain for 2 two years. Her experience in Spain led her to earning a MA in bilingual/bicultural education from Columbia University. She went on to teach high school Spanish for 9 years in California. During her time in secondary education, she also became an academic counselor, assisting high school students achieved their goals for college as well as reminding her of her psychology and counseling interest. At Pepperdine University, she earned her MA in psychology. She completed her internship and became a licensed MFT in 2013. Currently, Gianna is combining her love of education and psychology as the Clinical Coordinator and supervisor at Counseling West and enjoying the educational process for both her clients and herself in her private practice in Encino.
Joni Lavick, M.A., M.F.T.
Debbie Mego, Ph.D, LCSW
MFT Clinical Supervisor
Debbie has published in the Journal of Sandplay Therapy and the Jewish Chronicle of London. She has presented at National and Regional Conferences of STA. and has taught as adjunct faculty at Antioch University’s Masters in Psychology Program, at UCSD extension and as a presenter in the advanced course on Sandplay at the C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles. Debbie has supervised psychotherapy interns in clinics as well as privately. Debbie currently provides Sandplay supervision for psychotherapists who wish to learn more about the modality or to become clinical members of STA.
Marion is a native German, practiced Jungian analysis and sandplay in Brazil for 13 years and moved to California in 2009 where she now is licensed as a clinical psychologist, certified Jungian Analyst (IAAP) and a certified Sandplay therapist and teacher STA/ISST. She teaches nationally and internationally and works in private practice in Santa Monica, California.
Twice a year she gives workshops on painting inner images and teaches Jung and Sandplay at the PsyD program in Clinical Child Psychology at Reiss Davis, She published two articles in the Journal of Sandplay therapy on flooding in sandplay.
She works with people who are depressed, anxious, undergoing cultural adaptation, changes and transitions in their lives and therefore have symptoms or difficulties in balancing out their lives and find fulfillment.