Compassionate, science-based treatment for individuals, couples and families who are ready to make a change.
What You Can Expect
Our team of highly trained clinicians offer extensive treatment and support. Here is what you can expect to receive under our care.
COMPREHENSIVE ASSESSMENT AND EVALUATION
A Complete Diagnostic Assessment of each individual and thorough assessment of accommodating behaviors
A Thorough Review of the individual’s Medical History including medication history, past, and current medical illnesses, and review of the individual’s genetic medical history.
Compassionate and careful review, explanation, and Interpretation of all diagnoses.
Creation of a Collaborative Treatment Plan that considers the clinician’s treatment goals and the individual’s personal recovery goals.
Recommendations for treatment options and psycho-education about the diagnosis, treatment plan, and treatment modality chosen.
Coordination with current and previous treatment providers (including medical specialists as well as therapists), schools (including teachers, school psychologists, and administrators when appropriate), family members, and others who may be an important component of the individual’s recovery. All coordination will be performed after the clinician has been given full written consent.
At Joyful Marriage and Family Therapy Inc, we use an integrative model of treatment that is targeted to meet your needs. We see you as a whole person, deserving of good care and compassion as you heal. We will work hard to earn your trust and ensure that you get taken care of. Our mission is to help you embrace your healthiest, most authentic self. The world needs you at best, it would be an honor for us to be a part of your journey.
Our team is comprised of licensed specialists as well as pre-licensed therapists who are under the supervision of an experienced supervisor. We each specialize in different issues. Please contact us to find out who might be the best fit for your needs.
Dr. Moreen Rubin
Amanda Avila LMFT
Abby Rock LMFT
Megan Poupard LMFT
Cory Candelas LMFT
Lena Narine AMFT
Kristen Ellis AMFT, CEDS
Kellie Brown AMFT
Madeline Reams AMFT
Office Administrative Assistant
Amy Ryk LMFT
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What our clients have to say
We ourselves have healed through good therapy. We believe in your ability to change and grow.
“Let go of who you think you’re supposed to be; embrace who you are.”
“Moreen was compassionate, reassuring and listened very carefully. She could hear what I wasn’t saying and see in me what I couldn’t see in myself. I remember her telling me that I was in the right place and she would take care of me. No one had ever made me feel so safe, held and seen. I knew my work with her would be life-changing.I am definitely a work in progress, but I have changed in the sense that I have developed compassion for myself. In the past, self love meant self-preservation, survival and fitting in. Now, self-love means embracing all parts of myself, withholding judgement and shame and surrendering to healing, transformation and love. I am learning how to be there for myself- to hold the parts of me that feel very young and need compassion. As I begin to heal, I am reclaiming my power, my voice and the ability to choose the life I want and deserve for myself.I would recommend Dr. Moreen Rubin to other patients for many reasons. I think she has the unique ability of making meaningful connections with people quickly. She is calm, genuinely caring and sees the best in people. Dr. Moreen exudes a warmth that is like no other; I always feel seen and understood by her. She provokes thought and self-reflection and helps me come to my own answers, which helps me build trust in myself..”
Client in recovery from an eating disorder
“I didn’t have too much therapy experience prior to Dr. Rubin. The last therapist I saw lasted one session, and he seemed nervous and out of his depth, and was unable to address the issue I had. In our first session, she seemed gentle and compassionate and genuinely interested in my troubles. Because of my sessions, I was able to make difficult decisions regarding my relationship, and I now feel more comfortable expressing my needs. She’s a great listener and skilled at giving you gentle nudges in the right direction while letting you move at your own pace. Not to mention, I was very surprised with how easy it is to do virtual therapy through video chat!”
Client who was experiencing loneliness in relationship
“I found Dr. Moreen Rubin by doing Research on Google. I wanted help for myself and my daughter. When I first met Dr. Moreen, I felt the warmth in her and at the same time, it was obvious that she knew exactly what would help me and my daughter to improve our relationship and specifically help my daughter come out of childhood trauma and many other challenges. Dr. Moreen has helped me validate my daughter’s emotions (she has helped me realize the importance of validation) and has helped her regulate her emotions to a great extent. I would highly recommend Dr.Moreen to anyone who can benefit from Therapy and Counseling because she uses a variety of methods to help solve the problem instead of limiting to one or two methods. Dr. Moreen has definitely been a blessing and I am thankful for her accessibility and Compassion and also due to the fact that at the end of every session,I feel she has made a positive impact in improvement of thought process and Regulation of Emotions.”
Client whose daughter was struggling with Borderline Personality Disorder and trauma
My mother found Mo online and introduced me to her when I was visiting home in Calabasas. I had seen 12 psychologists/psychiatrists/therapists before I came across Mo. They all had knowledge, but I was not satisfied with the method they used to put forward the information to me. I remember I did not want to see Mo during my first appointment because I was so disheartened from my previous therapy experiences. I walked in reluctantly because my mother forced me to, as every young adult’s parent would, but it all changed the moment she spoke to me. The main qualities that I felt set her aside from old previous therapists was that she was empathetic, unbiased and made sense without using too many difficult technical terms. Mo has impacted all aspects of my life greatly. As stubborn as I was to not see a therapist after many failed visits to several others, I believe from the bottom of my heart that whether you face issues in your marital life, professional life, with your parents or children, give Mo a try. Although I lived in denial, all of us have baggage from our past that we may not even be aware of. After Mo explained and gave names to the feelings I feel, it made me feel less ‘insane’ and more compassionate to myself, a feeling that was foreign to me. Seeing me go to Mo and the transformation it has brought to my life, my mother now sees Mo as well to help build a conducive environment for me to grow in. Nobody loses anything and there is nothing wrong in seeking professional help. We get help from consultants for our businesses all the time; no harm in visiting Mo a couple times a week.”
Client with extensive trauma and an eating disorder
“I met Moreen when I went to eating disorder treatment at Alsana where Moreen was the Senior Director of Clinical Services. I started therapy several months before meeting Dr. Moreen Rubin. My experience with my therapists beforehand were all positive, supportive, and secure. It was refreshing to experience and witness Dr. Moreen’s character and approach–she is grounded, down-to-earth, warm, extremely honest, and a fantastic listener/validator. She knows how to read the energy in the room and somehow offer exactly what is needed in the moment–whether it’s mindful breathing, processing, psycho-education, validation, etc. Thus, I felt safe, seen, and heard in her presence at all times. A significant experience in my daily life is waking up stressed, tense, and unhappy. She was the first therapist to notice and address the fact that I start my days in this manner. To this day, I use the loving words she offered as a mantra in my mind when I wake up to put in the work of starting my days in a more positive and loving mindset. I am also reminded of the kindness she offered me during difficult times, and I work hard to provide myself with this level of compassion on a daily basis. I was fortunate to receive the genuine level of care and compassion Dr. Moreen provided myself and others. She helped make the atmosphere comfortable and safe in order to create a communicative environment, and she showed up for her patients with 100% of her energy, focus, and zeal every day that we met with her. I know that future patients will benefit and improve from the wisdom and attentiveness that Dr. Moreen has to offer. I was pleasantly surprised by the level of honesty and frankness Dr. Moreen presented to her patients from the first session. She made therapy enjoyable when appropriate and earnest at all times. She has a level of confidence in her knowledge and experience with therapy that absolutely translates to the effectiveness of her therapeutic skills.”
Client in recovery from an eating disorder, anxiety and depression
“I was recommended to see Dr, Rubin. It was the best decision that I’ve ever made. Dr. Rubin was my very first experience with a therapist. As uncomfortable and scared I was, she made me feel safe. It was like sitting with a friend. Dr. Rubin made the entire session so comfortable, It was like having a cup of coffee with a friend and catching up. Dr. Rubin saved my life! One of the best things she did for me in therapy was to give me hope when I didn’t have any. My hope for the future was gone until I met Dr. Rubin.
Dr. Rubin is a kind and caring therapist. From the very first day that I met Dr. Rubin, I could tell that I wasn’t just another patient. She cared about me from the very first time she said hi. The thing that surprised me most about Dr. Rubin, was how comfortable she made me feel and how easy she made it to talk to her and share things about my life that I’ve never shared before. I personally think that she is an amazing person and therapist. I can’t imagine ever going to someone else.”
Client with severe eating disorder and anxiety
“I met Mo when she worked as the Clinical Director at Alsana Eating Disorder Treatment Center. I have been in therapy before but nothing stuck. I never felt like I connected with a therapist before I met Mo. Therapy works because of open communication, and Mo provides the necessary reassurance and comfort which allows this. I have never experienced so many “ah-hah” moments before meeting Mo. She is the best of the best. When I first met Mo I immediately felt like she knew what she was doing. Her confidence in her knowledge and experience shines. She makes therapy feel like a safe place to explore your hardest struggles. My life has changed exponentially, for the better. I feel more in tune with myself than ever before. I am recognizing my needs. I feel comfortable talking about anything and everything with Mo. My sessions with her always leave me feeling enlightened and appreciative. She truly knows what she is doing. She genuinely cares about her patients. Mo has easily become one of the most important people in my life.
Client who recovered from eating disorder and OCD
“I met Dr. Rubin through a professional contact. I had never been to therapy before. Her warmth, rapport, flexibility and therapy style stood out to me right away. Since starting therapy, I feel more together. I have started to appreciate my uniqueness as strengths and feel more confident in talking about my vulnerability. I have also witnessed an increase in my self-esteem and assertiveness. Dr. Rubin is warm and compassionate. She is not afraid to ask the tough questions and help the client approach a problem with a different perspective. She also uses incredible metaphors and other visual tools to enhance the client’s understanding. I would recommend and do recommend her to everyone I know.
Client going through a major life transition and change
“I worked with Amanda while I was in treatment for an Eating Disorder. She is very caring and easy to talk to. She really gets it. As a recovered person herself, she could easily understand why I was so afraid of gaining weight and really helped me move past that fear. I am now in recovery thanks to her and I have my life back. She saved my life.”
Client in recovery from an eating disorder and anxiety
“Amanda is an incredible therapist. She is funny and sweet. I could occasionally hear my daughter laughing in sessions with her. That was great, especially since my daughter was going through a major depression at that time. I would recommend the team at Joyful without hesitation. They really care.“
Mother of a teen struggling with depression and self harm
Client struggling with a major life transition
“I worked with Abby for several months and had a great experience. Abby is patient and understanding. Her gentle way of communicating hard truths helped me to be more honest with myself and others. I am very grateful for the impact Abby has had on me. She helped me recover and now I have a beautiful family and a loving partner. “
Client in recovery from eating disorder and substance use
“I didn’t know what to expect in therapy. I thought therapy was for people with serious mental health issues. My parents initially forced me into treatment and I was against it. Abby understood that. She immediately got that I was not ready and shared with me about her own recovery story. I instantly felt comfortable opening up to her. It’s been 5 months and I am doing so much better. Abby helped me move through my fears and I couldn’t be more grateful.”
Teen struggling with bulimia and depression
Client struggling with a major life transition