"A good therapist listens, asks open questions, clarifies points made, encourages

reflection, avoids advice, challenges beliefs, doesn’t have all the answers,

develops trust and respect, is solution focused, is not judgmental, believes

in your ability to be successful and is effective at imparting knowledge."


                                                                                                                                    – Meisha Battiste 

Meisha Battiste, MA

Marriage and Family Therapist

Registered Intern # 84668

Legal Name:  Mechelle Shalain Battiste

Supervised by Tiffany Ann Dzioba, PsyD, LMFT #51595

Dena Schwimmer, MA





Marriage and Family Therapist

Registered Intern  # 83327

Supervised by Tiffany Ann Dzioba, PsyD, LMFT #51595

Meisha's masters level work in mindfulness and neuroplasticity drives her resolve that choice and change are within reach for most people. She prioritizes improving access to supportive services that contribute to the well being of individuals, families, and communities.


With more than 25 years of cumulative experience in adult education and counseling, Meisha has accumulated a wealth of life knowledge. Her varied experiences, training, and education fortify her approach to emotionally focused, collaborative therapy.


As a therapist, mentor, and advocate, Meisha delivers the mindset, disposition, and skill required to empower others towards the results they desire. Meisha is proud to bringing consistent determination and reliable empathic focus to every session. She believes that everyone has untapped potential, and she is motivated to inspire her clients with research informed experiential guidance and support.

Dena Schwimmer has a natural openness to all that life has to offer and embraces the endless possibilities for growth and balance that inspires others to explore their own journey. Her approach to therapy comes from a nonjudgmental perspective, fostering a collaborative bond that allows others to discover and release obstacles in their lives which leads to personal growth and success. Dena’s master's level work in Mindfulness technique coupled with 20 years in meditation practice contribute to her holistic approach to counseling.


As a seasoned professional and artist, Dena offers empathetic guidance, collaborative support, and an artistic aesthetic to the therapeutic experience. Dena believes that whatever challenges a person faces or anticipates, support can make exploration and discovery an exciting and fulfilling adventure. She is inspired to help others access their creative and intellectual potential, fortify their innate gifts, and foster hidden or unexplored talents.




Our counselors hold a Master's Degree in clinical psychology, and are registered Marriage and Family Therapist Interns with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. The services provided by our counselors are supervised by Tiffany Ann Dzioba, PsyD, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #51595. 


We are a nonprofit community counseling agency, committed to expanding access to supportive services. With compassion, collaboration, and respect we provide affordable mental health care including programs that strengthen adults, youth, families and communities. 


We believe mental health care is a right, not a privilege. By providing affordable mental health services and effective community programs we increase access and utilization of supportive services that contribute to improved adult, youth and family functioning. We are certain this will lead to fortified communities in Los Angeles.


We offer sincerest gratitude to our Board Members for their support and invaluable guidance. To view our Board Roster click HERE.