Meet Our Team

Find Your Child’s Therapsist Today…

While every member of the Modern Parenting Solutions team is passionate about helping kids, teens, and young adults overcome their unique challenges, we each have our own individual populations and specialties with which we work. “Meet” us below by reading over our bios and learning how we can help you and your child.

Clinical Team – Redlands Office

Dr. Becca Ballinger

Child Psychologist/Practice Owner

Parent Coaching Only – Click HERE to Learn More

POPULATION: Parents

SPECIALTY: As a Modern Parenting Expert, Dr. Ballinger specializes in working with parents to tackle specific parenting challenges that are having a negative impact on the family.

Some topics that Dr. Ballinger specializes in are:

  • Helping parents bring peace and order into the home by establishing an effective behavior plan
  • Improving the parent-child relationship
  • Helping divorcing (or already divorced parents) create a peaceful and effective co-parenting relationship
  • And many other topics!

Click here to find out more about how parent coaching is different from psychotherapy.

 

Catherine Kelly

Site Supervisor/Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist & Registered Play Therapist

POPULATION: Ages 3-12

SPECIALTY: Catherine specializes in working with kids who seem to have been given a negative label. Many of the parents of her child or teen patients tell her that “everyone” recommends that the parent should be providing more discipline or more structure, but usually these parents know that their child just needs help adjusting to this pandemic – and to life.

Fortunately, Catherine knows how to work with kids who seem to be need help adjusting to their unique life circumstances. She likes to help her young people feel confident, happy, and resilient.

She utilizes a range of treatment modalities such as Play Therapy, attachment-based therapy, Emotionally-Focused Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) to assist kids as young as 3 years old gain better control over their emotions and behavior so that they can live their lives to their fullest potential. Her warm and inviting personality allows her to connect easily with her clients so that they feel motivated and safe to change their behavior.

Priya Agarwal

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Registered Play Therapist

POPULATION: Ages 3-11

SPECIALTY: Tired of your child’s teacher complaining about your young child? Priya’s specialty is using play therapy techniques to gently, but expertly, teach your child how to better manage their impulsive behaviors and intense emotions so that you STOP getting complaints and START getting compliments from their teacher!

Priya believes that many young kids aren’t given the opportunity to SHINE in school due to their behavior or emotions, so her goal is to reinforce effective coping skills, highlight natural strengths and abilities,  and reinforce positive social skills – all of which will bring about positive changes for your child.

Priya comes to MPS with a ton of experience working with kids with ADHD, Oppositional Defiance Disorder, Separation Anxiety, Reactive-Attachment Disorder, etc. Her calm, knowledgeable, and playful personality helps her connect quickly with her young patients, while also allowing parents to feel confident that their child is in the right hands.

Priya is new to MPS so call now to get an appointment with her today!

Sheena Thompson

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

POPULATION: Ages 13 – 25

SPECIALTY: As a parent, it’s so hard to watch your teen or young adult struggle. You know they’re capable of so much, yet they seem to be sidelined by lack of energy, confusion about who they are, and an inability to see a bright future for themselves.

Sheena enjoys working with teens and young adults who struggle with making and completing goals for themselves. She is skilled with helping young adults and teens who feel “stuck” – they know they’re capable of so much, but they just don’t know where to start in making the life of their dreams happen. She knows how to work with young people so that they gain much needed direction and confidence to allow them to soar!

Sheena specializes in tailoring her treatment plans and interventions to meet the unique needs of her individual clients. She is often integrating art, music, worksheets, and other engaging activities into her sessions so that her young clients gain the most out of their sessions. 

 

Yalittza Reyna

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

POPULATION: Ages 13 – 25

Bilingual (English/Spanish)

SPECIALTY: Yalittza joins Modern Parenting Solutions with a wealth of experience in working with hard-to-treat adolescents and young adults.

She knows that getting some teens and young adults to admit that they need help isn’t always easy, so she’s developed the right amount of patience, humor, and insight to get through to this age group. Because she has a special place in her heart for teens and young adults, her clients find it easy to trust her and to talk about difficult topics such as addiction, trauma, self-esteem issues, depression, anxiety, difficulty with peers/school/parents, etc. 

Yalittza matches her therapeutic technique to the specific needs of each individual client. In this way, she is able to get to the root of the issue with each client as quickly as possible. She is well versed in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Family Systems Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing.

Clinical Team – Telehealth

Shevah Vahdatpour

Site Supervisor/Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

POPULATION: Ages 10 – 25

SPECIALTY: Shevah believes that therapy is a collaboration between the therapist, the young person, and (when appropriate) the parent or parents. She also believes that growth and healing starts by meeting her families or individual clients where they are, and guiding them to where they would like to be. She especially enjoys helping young people find their voice, become confident in who they are, and empowering them to live up to their full potential.

Shevah feels that each person is an expert at living their own lives, but sometimes they just need a little extra support and validation to overcome the challenges standing in their way that are preventing them from truly thriving.

She utilizes an integrative style of therapy where she pulls from many different schools of thought. Primarily, she uses CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) principles with a trauma-informed approach. She also loves to incorporate Art Therapy and Mindfulness techniques into her sessions.

Christina Secrets

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

POPULATION: Ages 12-18

Christina now accepts CIGNA/Evernorth health insurance.

SPECIALTY: Research tells us that the quality of the therapist-client relationship is one of the biggest factors when it comes to whether or not therapy will work. This is why Christina initially focuses on her relationship with her client first: She really takes the time to listen to their story so that she understands their unique stressors, challenges, and – also – strengths! She values providing a safe place where her young clients don’t feel like “just another number” and where they don’t feel judged.

Once the therapist-client relationship has a good foundation, Christina then uses her clinical skills to steer the conversations into helping your child to better understand why they don’t feel “like their best self.” Once this understanding takes place, then she focuses on increasing the use of healthy coping strategies and decreasing negative self-talk.

Christina will help your child identify the barriers that lie in their path to living their best life and create solutions to address these barriers that work. 

 

Administrative Team

Lisa Shults

Practice Manager

Lisa is our warm and friendly Super Star in our office who keeps everything running smoothly.

You will likely talk with her on the phone when making an appointment or talking about insurance information, and she is often in our office welcoming you before your appointment. 

We couldn’t run our office so smoothly without her!

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DISCLAIMER

The resources presented on the Modern Parenting Solutions website are not intended to replace therapy – they are for reference and educational purposes only. As every family is individual and unique in their strengths and weaknesses, the resources and advice supplied on this website are general in nature and should never replace any medical or psychological services that you may be currently engaged in. Please contact a mental health professional if you have any questions.

If you are experiencing an emergency, please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.

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