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Elena Bagourdi

Elena Bagourdi

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Elena Bagourdi

Dr. Bagourdi (PSY 22542) is a Licensed Clinical & Health Psychologist, with expertise in Geropsychology, Chronic Illness and Addiction Counseling. She is the founder and Executive Director of Elderly Behavioral Wellness Services - EBWS, and also holds the position of Clinical Director for the Graduate Training Program at EBWS. She specializes in the treatment of Older Adults, Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, and Personality Disorders, and has been working with individuals and their families since 1998. As a leader and a mentor, she enjoys training future mental health professionals in Evidence-Based practices and teaching them how to have an impact in their respective communities, constantly expanding their circles of influence. As a mental health consultant for various Long-Term Care facilities, she delivers psycho-educational workshops and presentations, aimed at providing state-of-the-art training to their staff and health professionals.

Dr. Bagourdi holds a PhD in Clinical/Health Psychology and a Masters in Organizational & Economic Psychology. She has also collaborated extensively with non-profit organizations in Greece and co-led the World Health Organization (WHO)'s "mhGAP" pilot project in Greece on behalf of EPAPSY, a local non-profit organization. She also maintains a successful private practice as a psychotherapist. 

 

Emi Iijima

Emi Iijima

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Emi Iijima

Dr. Iijima (PSY 26001) is the Training Director at EBWS. She holds a Doctorate in Clinical/Health Psychology from Alliant International University.

 

She has received training in a variety of settings including partial hospitalization programs for chronically mentally ill adults, rehabilitation centers and convalescent hospitals, and various community clinics specializing in children and families. Dr. Iijima speaks English and Japanese and has been serving a multi-racial and multi-cultural population.

 

She works with individuals who experience Loss and Grief, have a history of Trauma, Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, health concerns, aging-related issues, and cultural/immigration conflict. She provides individual psychotherapy for seniors at residential facilities (Independent & Assisted Living Facilities).

 

She also enjoys working with young adults and middle-aged adults in private practice. Her work is primarily conceptualized from a psychodynamic and humanistic framework, and she also utilizes cognitive-behavioral intervention and positive psychology intervention.
 

Melissa Stolsig

Melissa Stolsig

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Melissa Stolsig

Dr. Melissa Stolsig (PSB 94020279) is a graduate of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Stolsig's research interest lies in the integration of movement and process based interventions to address problems such as chronic stress, psychological sequelae related to chronic medical disorders/declining health, substance abuse, depression, anxiety, and PTSD. 

Dr. Stolsig has gained training experience as a Pre-Doctoral Trainee/Intern working with varied populations with substance abuse problems including LGBT, women with children in foster care, adolescents in foster care, and geriatric populations. She has also worked with individuals with mood disturbances, anxiety problems, and co-occurring substance use problems. Dr. Stolsig has worked in varying settings, including a community mental health/private practice model, a Narcotic Treatment Program Facility, County Run Dually licensed Drug/Alcohol and Mental Health programs, and a DMH contracted non-profit organization providing services to clients in the field.

Dr. Stolsig is also trained in Evidence Based Treatments, including BRC and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She conceptualizes client problems using a dynamic, process oriented Existential-Humanistic approach, utilizing cognitive-behavioral and other evidence-based interventions as appropriate for each individual client. Dr. Stolsig is currently working as a therapist at EBWS and a psychological assistant at EB Psychotherapy, collecting post-doctoral hours towards licensure, under the supervision of Dr. Bagourdi.

Ariel Ogilvie

Ariel Ogilvie

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Ariel Ogilvie

Dr. Ogilvie (PSB 94021308) holds a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University, SFBA. She works with adults and seniors both in private practice, as well as in retirement facilities and at home.

 

Dr. Ogilvie specializes in working with Addictions & Trauma, End-of-life issues, Bipolar Disorder & Depression, Anxiety, Personality & Psychotic Disorders. She also has a breadth of experience working with children/adolescents suffering from Developmental Disorders (Autism, Asperger's, Mental Retardation), Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and Attention Deficit Disorder. Dr. Ogilvie conceptualizes psychodynamically, but conducts therapy in a more holistic framework utilizing Existential & Gestalt therapy, as well as transpersonal concepts, mindfulness and somatic techniques.

 

Furthermore, she holds a certificate from the International Academy of Ayurved and incorporates her training of eastern medicine in her practice, guiding clients through improving their nutritional habits and daily lifestyle choices. Dr. Ogilvie is currently working as a therapist at EBWS, while also working as a psychological assistant at EB Psychotherapy, collecting post-doctoral hours towards licensure, under the supervision of Dr. Bagourdi.

Jacob Adal

Jacob Adal

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Jacob Adal

Dr. Adal holds a doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from Alliant International University. Dr. Adal had opportunities working in various settings, such as: schools, outpatient community mental health agencies, and treatment centers. Dr. Adal’s clinical experience includes individual, family, and group therapy. He has had the privilege of working with clientele across various age ranges, cultural backgrounds, and diagnoses, such as: Anxiety, Depression, Substance Use Addiction, Trauma, and Bipolar Disorder.

 

Dr. Adal utilizes evidence based therapies, such as: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Enhancement Therapy, and Relapse Prevention Therapy. Dr. Adal also incorporates mindfulness techniques in his treatment. Dr. Adal’s approach to therapy encompasses a warm and compassionate style while still therapeutically challenging clients to elicit internal motivation and change.