Staff

Who We Are

We are a mental health support center in Los Angeles. We have psychotherapists on staff, who facilitate our support groups, and provide mental health services for all members of the foster care and adoption community.

Only the BEst

We Know How to Support the Adoption & Foster Care Constellation 

For Birth First Family: We provide mental health support for grief, loss, shame, and trauma. We can provide support and psycho-education regarding search and reunion, and assist you in making the decision to search for your child.

For Adoptees /Foster Alumni: We provide psychotherapy to help process your past and your story, manage traumatic reactions, learn how to form healthy relationships, and move through grief and loss. We can provide support and psycho-education regarding search and reunion, and assist you in making that decision to search for your birth parent (s).

For Parents: We provide guidance about how to be an effective parent. We provide therapeutic and attachment focused interventions. We teach you how to talk with your child, teen or adult, with confidence about their adoption and/or foster care story. We also provide answers to questions about considering adoption or fostering,

 

Our Staff

Support

We have psychotherapists and interns working at Celia Celia.
If you are interested in becoming part of our family please email info@celiacenter.org

           Josh Beckman M.A., M.F.T.

Josh Beckman M.A., M.F.T.

Associate Psychotherapist

  • Teen, Adult and Family Clinician
  • Foster Care and Adoption Competent
  • Trauma & PTSD
  • E.M.D.R. Certified
  • Anxiety, Depression, Stress Management
  • Internal Family Systems
  • Adoptee Personal Experience

As an adoptee, my clinical focus is working through the lifelong traumatic impact of adoption, abandonment or relinquishment and process unmet childhood emotional needs. I work with all members of the adoption constellation, and those who struggle with feelings of abandonment and feelings of disconnection. I have experience treating addiction, depression, anxiety, relationship problems, and finding relief from overwhelming psychological trauma. I use an integrative approach of psychotherapy attuned to the mind body connection. I believe in creating a comfortable and safe therapeutic environment, and developing a compassionate and trusting therapist-client relationship allowing for authentic growth. 

               Cathy Leckie Koley B.A.

Cathy Leckie Koley B.A.

Intern

  • Teen, Adult and Family Clinician
  • Foster Care and Adoption Competent
  • Trauma Sensitive Yoga Instructor
  • Grief and Loss Processing
  • Anxiety, Depression, Stress Management
  • Adoption Reunion Facilitator
  • Adoptee Personal Experience

Cathy is a Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Instructor, Adoptee Speaker/ Writer / Educator. After reuniting with her birth family at age 43, Cathy found herself on an unexpected healing journey related to her own relinquishment. The process included yoga, through which she found significant healing, and a new career path. As a yoga teacher since 2012, Cathy teaches others about the adoptee experience, strategies for unearthing and healing adoption wounds, and mind-body practices that help with adoption-related difficulties. Trained in Trauma-Sensitive in 2014 with Bessel van der Kolk, author of The Body Keeps the Score, and David Emerson, author of Overcoming Trauma through Yoga. Cathy is currently pursuing an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute.

                     Alicia Benito

Alicia Benito

Intern

  •  Administrative Assistant
  • Social Work Training
  • Intake Processor
  • Bi-lingual
  • Parent

Alicia Benito is a mother of two beautiful girls. Her professional background includes 17 years in the Child Development field, experience in the administrative field and tutoring elementary and middle school children. From a young age Alicia has had the passion to help and serve others.

“I am thankful I am to have been able to complete my internship at your organization. My experience at Celia Center and our one-on-one weekly supervision meetings have completely changed my life. 
I have learned so much from you especially from the assignments you put me in charge of.  Your trust allowed me to grow and explore new areas that have helped me change my world view. I will always be grateful for being a part of your organization as an intern. Thank you for making a difference in this world.” 
A Word

From Our Founder

“I have dedicated the last 18 years of my life, supporting and training therapists across Los Angeles to become adoption and foster care competent. To become adoption and foster care competent means there is an understanding of the significant early life transition, the separation of mother and child, as unnatural and traumatic for both of them, and should be the last resort in best practice today. We must collectively take responsibility for the psychological and emotional toll this places on both of them, and support mothers in parenting their children, not dismantling them. If this is not possible, and utterly exhausted, then foster care and/or adoption is necessary, so the child can have a sense of belonging, and ultimately be loved. “

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Get In Touch

Location: 1968 S. Coast Highway #3305
Laguna Beach, California 92651

Telephone: (323) 541-4088

Email: info@celiacenter.org

Hours: M-W: 10am – 3pm

Non-Discrimination Policy

At Celia Center, we value all employees, interns, and job candidates as unique individuals, and we welcome the variety of experiences they bring to our center. As such, we have a strict non-discrimination policy. We believe everyone should be treated equally regardless of race, sex, gender identification, sexual orientation, national origin, native language, religion, age, disability, marital status, citizenship, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other characteristic protected by law. If you feel that you have been discriminated against, please inform our director as soon as possible. Every complaint will be appropriately investigated.