Meet our Specialists

 

We take pride in the quality of our psychology specialists. Each member of the team has a unique expertise.

 
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Dr. Elsa Torres, Psy.D.

Specialization: Diagnostic Testing & Counseling

Dr. Elsa Torres has worked with a culturally diverse population with a wide range of clinical issues including mood disorders, grief/loss, trauma, self-esteem, relationship issues, identity development, cultural concerns, and academic issues. She is dedicated to helping people help themselves to improve the quality of their lives and their relationships by exploring the root cause of their struggles and finding healthier alternative ways to cope. Dr. Torres has been successfully helping individuals and families find happiness in their lives and relationships.

Dr. Torres provides both counseling and psychological assessments for individuals of all ages. She has intensive training and experience providing assessment services, including cognitive, neuropsychological, personality, and behavioral diagnostics.

Education: Doctorate in Psychology, Masters in Clinical Psychology, Bachelor in Psychology

License/Registration: Registered Psychological Assistant # PSB94024507

Fee:  $175: 45 minutes

Insurance:  None accepted

Phone Number(949) 335-7435

Email: drtorres@variationspsychology.com

 

Dr. Marta M. Shinn, Ph.D.

Specialization: Clinical Child Psychology, Educational/School Psychology

Dr. Shinn is a specialist in child and educational psychology. She helps families who have children with special needs and require services through their school district. Dr. Shinn prepares parents for I.E.P.  & 504 Plan meetings, supports them in understanding the tests/evaluations conducted by the school, and helps parents decide what educational placements would benefit their child. Dr. Shinn has broad knowledge in child development and education. She consults with parents to orient them to the special education and psychological assessment process, and also joins parents at school-based meetings to support educational decision making in the best interest of their child.

Education: Doctorate in Psychology, Masters in School Psychology, Bachelors in Psychology.

License/Registration: Licensed Psychologist #23107, Nationally Certified School Psychologist # 33466, Licensed Educational Psychologist # 2943

Fees: 

  • Complimentary: 15 minute phone consultation

  • $225: 50 minute in office consultation

  • $300: consultation & advocacy services provided at schools or other locations billed at two hours minimum.

Insurance: Use your own health insurance plan and benefits.  We are an out-of-network provider and our patients submit reimbursement claims through Better

Phone Number(949) 424-5707

Email: drshinn@variationspsychology.com

 
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Dr. Daniella A. Davis, Psy.D.

Specialization: Specialist in Women's Family Issues

I specialize in providing women with support and guidance through life transitions. Some of life’s most positive transitions may bring about fear and stress, whether it’s having a new baby, preparing to leave for college for the first time, learning to adjust as an empty nester, or even a welcomed divorce.  Other life transitions such as menopause, parenting teens or adult children, caring for an elderly parent, or challenges in our personal relationships may bring about emotional distress and we feel out of control, like our life is not our own. As a woman, I understand our unique challenges that may bring about depression, anxiety, and stress. When talking to your girlfriends doesn’t seem to be enough, sometimes we need some extra help.  I am trained to teach you coping skills to manage your symptoms and bring about mindful awareness to your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors to bring about change.  By encouraging and supporting you in creating and maintaining a healthy relationship with yourself and others, I can help you to stop being your own worst enemy and become your own best friend.   If you are interested in my services please give me a call to see if I am a good fit for you.

Education: Doctorate in Psychology, Masters in Clinical Psychology, Bachelor in Psychology

License/Registration: Registered Psychological Assistant # PSB4023543

Fee:  $175: 45 minutes

Insurance:  None accepted

Phone Number(949) 891-2613

Email: drdavis@variationspsychology.com

 
 
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Noeli Cardenas, M.A., LMFT

Specialization: Children and Teens

Noeli Cardenas specializes in the treatment of children and teens. She strives to provide services to decrease parental stress and enhance parent-child relationships. She is skilled in behavioral therapy and conducts individual counseling, family counseling, and Applied Behavioral Analysis therapy for the treatment of developmental disorders. She is also trained in treating traumatized children, has experience working with children who are adjusting to life stressors such as divorce, peer teasing/bullying, post-traumatic stress, depression, and anxiety. Noeli also has extensive experience collaborating with educators in the management of symptoms and behaviors that manifest at school.

Education: Masters in Clinical Psychology with emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy and the Latino Population.

License/Registration: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #112118

Fee: $175: 45 minutes

Insurance: Use your own health insurance plan and benefits.  We are an out-of-network provider and our patients submit reimbursement claims through Better

Phone Number: (949) 438-0606

Email: Noeli@variationspsychology.com

 
 
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Specialization: Neurodevelopment/Autism Spectrum, Infants and Toddlers

In her training and practice, she has worked with a wide range of children and families seeking assistance in effective functioning and managing challenging symptoms. She has intensively collaborated with families seeking clarity in diagnosis, treatment support, and behavior management strategies. She provides diagnostic testing and psychological assessment services to families seeking support in understanding their child’s emotional, behavioral, and developmental needs.

 Dr. Weir is a clinical psychologist who is trained and experienced in use of various cognitive, adaptive, behavioral, and personality measures. She has provided both treatment and psychological evaluations to children of all ages. In addition, she has specialized training in assessments for autism and other neurodevelopmental concerns, having provided such evaluations through Children’s Hospital of Orange County and UC Davis MIND Institute. She also has completed specialized training in working with infants and young children (birth to five population) and the developmental challenges that can occur in the parent-child dyad.

Education: Napa Infant-Parent Mental Health (IPMH) Fellow through UC Davis, Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Social Behavior

License/Registration: Licensed Psychologist #30235

Fee:  $250 per hour of psychological testing

Insurance: Use your own health insurance plan and benefits.  We are an out-of-network provider and our patients submit reimbursement claims through Better

Email: DrWeir@variationspsychology.com

 
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Cynthia R. Johnson, LMFT

Specialization: Parenting, Improving Family Communication

Cynthia specializes in providing parents of all ages with parenting and child behavior management strategies. Cynthia likes to work with families in the early stages of conflict, so that problems may be prevented before they impact other aspects of family life. She understands that today’s families experience many challenges ranging from everyday stressors to significant childhood disorders. She works to alleviate family stress by enhancing the parent-child relationship through positive communication and targeted parenting/ co-parenting techniques. She provides individual therapy, family therapy, and child play therapy. Cynthia is certified in the following evidenced based practices: Trauma-Focused Behavioral Therapy, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, Managing and Adapting Practices, and Triple P.

Education: Masters in Clinical Psychology with emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy, Bachelor’s in Psychology and Social Behavior

License/Registration: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #91069

Fee: $175: 45 minutes

Insurance: Use your own health insurance plan and benefits.  We are an out-of-network provider and our patients submit reimbursement claims through Better

Phone Number(949) 288-3466

Email: cjohnson@variationspsychology.com