Who we are:
Dr. Gregory E. Allen, Family Counseling, Inc. is a South Bay group practice consisting of Licensed Therapists and Marriage and Family Therapy Interns. This practice helps individuals, teens, couples, parents and marriages. We work collaboratively with Physicians, Attorneys, Employee Assistance Programs, Therapeutic Professionals, Educational, Law Enforcement and Community Agencies.
ABOUT DR. GREG ALLEN, Ph.D., LMFT:
Dr. Greg Allen, LMFT helps individuals, couples and families in areas of communication, depression, conflict resolution skills, addiction, life coping skills, anxiety reduction, trauma, emotional struggles, fears and developing resiliency. Dr. Allen supportively teaches practical life skills to help individuals progress through the challenges they are experiencing.
Dr. Allen has been Director of the Thelma McMillen Center at TMMC and the Matrix Institute as part of UCLA ISAP. He provides sports psychology services to youth, college and professional athletes. Dr. Allen has also been a Special Advisor to the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.
Dr. Greg Allen works collaboratively with the following:
Physicians, Attorneys and Therapeutic Professionals
Healthcare and Community Based Agencies and Organizations
Employee Assistance Programs
Public & Private School Administrators, Counselors & Teachers
Youth Private and Non-Profit Programs
Probation & Police Departments
National Institute of Drug Abuse
Center for Substance Abuse Treatment
California Youth Authority
Performance enhancement for amateur and professional athletes and coaches
Alcohol & Drug Treatment Programs, Interventionists and Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselors
Dr. Greg Allen received his Bachelors degree as a Psychology major from the University of Delaware, where he also received 2 varsity letters in football. He received his Masters degree as a Summa Cum Laude graduate in General Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage & Family Therapy from Pepperdine University. Greg received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from William Lyon University. He is a Clinical Member of California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists. Dr. Greg Allen is active as a Seminar & Conference Speaker. In addition, Greg is the Founder & Director of Freedom4U; a non-profit youth organization dedicated to coaching young people to fulfill their potential. ()
Phone: (310) 846-8403
Jamie Hayworth-Chin, MA, LMFT:
Jamie Hayworth-Chin is a licensed marriage and family therapist with experience in treating individuals, couples and families. She graduated from Indiana University with a bachelor's degree in psychology and earned a master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Fuller Theological Seminary.
Jamie uses an integrative approach grounded in family systems therapy to help clients see how relational issues impact their mental health by looking at all aspects of the self (both individually and in relation to others): physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Jamie is experienced in treating a variety of age groups and issues including but not limited to: addictions, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, grief/loss, and relationship issues. As a certified Prepare/Enrich instructor, Jamie is also dedicated to assisting both premarital and married couples in thriving within their relationships by providing necessary emotional support and guidance. In working with couples, Jamie assists in identifying relational patterns and communications skills that strongly correlate with high relationship satisfaction and resilience.
Kryss Castle, MS, LMFT:
When teens and young adults feel overwhelmed and at a loss with how to handle stressors and situations occurring in their life, that’s where I come in. My passion is to help people walk through difficult times with tools to cope, someone to support them, and clarity on how to handle situations with what works best for that person.
My approach is all about you! What works best for you as a unique individual.
I have my BA in Political Science. My MBA and my Masters of Science in Counseling: Marriage, Family, and Child Therapy. I have worked as a therapist for the past six years in the South Bay in private practice and with the non-profit Freedom 4 U. I work mainly with individuals 12-27, families, and run teen groups in and outside of schools.
In my free time, I LOVE to travel, go to the beach, eat amazing food, and workout. You may also find me roaming around town with my dog Bella.
Kryss Castle, LMFT, EFT, Recovery Coach
Lizzette Vescera, MA, LMFT:
Lizzette Vescera is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist as well as EMDR Practitioner with experience in treating individuals, couples and families. She is also a trained clinical hypnotherapist. She graduated from California State University, Northridge with a bachelor's degree in psychology and earned a master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Phillips Graduate Institute.
Lizzette uses an eclectic approach however frequently utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) in sessions. Lizzette holds multiple evidence-based practice certifications such as: Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Managing and Adapting Practices (MAP), Seeking Safety (SST), and Aggression Replacement Therapy (ART). Lizzette has extensive experience working with children and adolescents with co-occurring disorders as well as experience working with their parents by offering them a clear understanding of the mental illness at hand. Lizzette is able to see how environmental stressors can negatively affect one’s perception of life.
I provide a warm, safe, and supportive environment in which my clients can explore the issues and challenges they face. I strongly, believe in the power of the therapeutic partnership to help uncover the strengths and resources we all possess in order to bring about the changes we desire in our lives. I feel privileged to be able to offer my assistance to others on this shared journey and commend you for reaching out for help to make things better.