OUR Team

Alan Gordon, LCSW

Executive Director

Alan Gordon is a psychotherapist in Los Angeles, CA, specializing in the treatment of chronic pain. Alan is an Assistant Adjunct Professor at the University of Southern California, has authored publications on the treatment of chronic pain, and has presented on the topic of pain treatment at conferences and trainings throughout the country. He served as the chair for the 2013 Mind-Body Conference at USC, and co-created the Treatment Outline and Training Protocol for the Psychophysiologic Disorders Association.

Christie Uipi, MSW

Associate Director

Christie Uipi is a psychotherapist in Los Angeles, CA, specializing in the treatment of mind-body pain following her personal recovery. She guides patients through a holistic approach to treating their pain using a foundation of mindfulness-based and cognitive-behavioral therapies, but places an emphasis on teaching her patients the specific mechanisms that serve to deactivate pain pathways in the brain. Christie has worked alongside Alan Gordon to help develop anxiety regulation and pain reduction techniques, and has presented on the topic of chronic pain throughout the country.

Derek Sapico, LMFT

Clinical Director

Derek Sapico has been working in the field of chronic pain treatment for his entire career. In addition to serving as the Fieldwork Coordinator for the USC MFT Program, Derek was an adjunct lecturer at University of the West, served as lead therapist at the California Headache and Pain Center, and co-authored the Treatment Outline and Training Protocol for the Psychophysiologic Disorders Association. Derek is passionate about the clinical supervision process and the training and development of the therapists at the Pain Psychology Center.

Annika Barinholtz, PsyD

Annika Barinholtz is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in evaluations of children, adolescents, and adults. Her approach is designed to achieve a comprehensive understanding of the whole individual in the context of his or her symptoms, developmental stage, environment, culture, and history. Dr. Barinholtz’s goals are to help patients and their families gain deeper self-understanding, to shed light on individual strengths and weaknesses, and to provide recommendations to help foster growth and success.

Melany Cohen, LMFT, CHT, JD

Melany Cohen is a psychotherapist and certified hypnotherapist, specializing in the treatment of chronic pain. Her own positive experience with hypnosis inspired her to make a life-transforming decision. She gave up her law career so that she could pursue her true passion to become a healer and motivator. She incorporates cognitive behavioral therapy, guided imagery and mindfulness-based stress reduction to support patients in their recovery process.

Daniel Lyman, LCSW

The complex dynamics that exist between the body and mind can yield unexpected physical and emotional turmoil. Daniel G Lyman, LCSW is a psychotherapist in Los Angeles, CA who specializes in the treatment of those complex dynamics and their relation to chronic pain. He earned both a master’s degree in Social Work and in Public Administration from the University of Southern California. Daniel also specializes in working with the LGBT population, including couples and family issues. He has guest lectured at the graduate level, and led workshops and trainings at local colleges.

Valerie Sadon, LCSW

Valerie Sadon is a licensed psychotherapist specializing in the treatment of pain, anxiety, and depression using techniques with scientifically-proven effectiveness, including: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Mindfulness-based approaches. Valerie draws on over 10 years of experience working with diverse populations to empower clients towards meaningful change, reduce physical and emotional pain, and improve overall well-being.

Tim Norton, LCSW

Tim Norton utilizes a mindfulness-based behavioral approach to treating chronic pain and mind-body disorders. Apart from receiving direct training from Alan Gordon, he has a strong background in both Dialectical Behavior Therapy and sex therapy. Tim works with his clients to set tangible goals, and helps them acquire the skills they need to achieve them. His methods emphasize self-acceptance and non-judgment.

Mariclare Dasigenis, LCSW

Mariclare Dasigenis, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, utilizes an eclectic approach coupled with compassion to treat chronic pain. Mariclare brings to the treatment setting extensive experience working with families, children, and adults who have experienced trauma. She has received training in psychodynamic approaches to recognize and understand the way unconscious patterns manifest in the body. Using an combination of psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, and mindfulness approaches, Mariclare assists clients in building understanding and insight to improve their lives and heal.

Kyra Haglund, LCSW, SEP, E-RYT

Kyra Haglund is a licensed psychotherapist specializing in somatic (body-based) trauma resolution and chronic pain/stress syndromes. She has nearly 20 years of experience using mind-body practices that guides clients towards health and well-being. Kyra takes and integrative an individualistic approach to therapy that draws from interpersonal neurobiology, psychodynamic, somatic and cognitive-behavioral theories. The result of this work is a restored sense of empowerment, personal growth, and a greater capacity to experience life.

Kristin Borella, MFT

After an extensive career in the entertainment industry, Kristin brings her unique understanding of high stress and pressurized professional environments to her work with clients who are experiencing chronic pain, anxiety and depression. Kristin’s collaborative approach is rooted in psycho-dynamic, narrative and mindfulness based strategies. She has an extensive background in complex trauma related to sexual assault and gender-based violence. Kristin graduated from USC with a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy and is currently pursuing her Masters in Gerontology at USC.

Ed Walton, MSW

Having faced chronic pain and subsequently overcome it, Ed Walton brings a deep level of personal understanding to the recovery process. In this way, he helps his patients improve their lives by addressing the pain from an experiential angle as well as drawing upon the strengths of his formal trainings and education. Incorporating all relevant modalities of therapy (including psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and mindfulness), Ed customizes a specific approach to each patient’s individual needs in order for them to resolve chronic pain and return to the life they want.

Natasha Rosow, MSW

Natasha Rosow treats chronic pain and related psychophysiological barriers to wellness using a combination of psychodynamic therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness-based stress reduction. She tailors treatment to each individual’s unique needs and emphasizes self-compassion as essential to healing and personal growth. Natasha’s approach is trauma-informed, and she has specialized training in working with survivors of interpersonal violence and abusive relationships.

Callie Klebanoff, MSW

Callie Klebanoff, Registered Associate Clinical Social Worker, received her master's degree from the University of Southern California. Callie is an eclectic therapist and treats pain holistically, integrating psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral and mindfulness based therapies to tailor treatment to each client's needs. Callie believes therapy is a collaborative conversation that is based on curiosity, deep empathy, and radical acceptance of what is and what can be changed. In addition to exploring dynamic patterns, providing relaxation exercises and mindfulness meditation, Callie helps her clients develop self-compassion and the deep self-awareness needed to empower positive changes and healing.

Chelsea Moyer, MSW

Chelsea Moyer has an extensive background in working with the connection between the body and the mind, both personally and professionally. She works relationally and experientially to support her clients in gaining personal insight into the mind body connection to promote healing on a deeper, more holistic level. Chelsea believes therapy functions optimally as a collaborative experience in which the therapeutic relationship meets the unique needs of each client. She utilizes an integrative approach to psychotherapy, pulling primarily from mindfulness and psychodynamic modalities, in an effort to promote more expansive self-awareness, authentic self-compassion, and improved self-care: the catalysts to change.

Rachel Amondson, MSW

Rachel Amondson integrates mindfulness, self-compassion, and evidence-based practices such as cognitive behavioral therapy when working with chronic pain. Rachel takes a strengths-based and solution-focused approach to therapy, allowing her patients to make positive changes in the present moment. She received her Masters in Social Work and Professional Coaching Certification from the University of Southern California. In her previous career she spent over a decade working in film and television, and loves to call Los Angeles her home.

Erica Walker, AMFT

Erica Walker specializes in treating in chronic pain and associated physical symptoms, anxiety and panic disorder. She values a strength-based, holistic approach to mind-body therapy and views therapy as a collaborative journey. Erica incorporates cognitive-behavioral therapy, psychodynamic therapy and mindfulness techniques to help the client reduce feelings of overwhelm and move into a place of wholeness and fulfillment.

Joanna Gould, MSW Intern

Joanna Gould is currently completing her Master of Social Work degree at University of Southern California. Having overcome medical diagnoses of her own, Joanna has developed a deep love for the mind-body relationship. Joanna works with her patients to help them overcome their pain symptoms and build healthy relationships with their bodies. Joanna uses a variety of therapeutic approaches and tailors each session to meet her client’s specific needs. Ultimately, Joanna believes that with proper support, education, and empowerment, change and healing are inevitable.

Sherry Luo, MSW Intern

Sherry Luo is a second-year Master of Social Work student at the University of Southern California. Sherry uses evidence-based interventions such as cognitive behavioral therapy to help individuals identify their fear thoughts in order to decrease learned pain in their bodies. Sherry approaches pain reduction from a holistic perspective and emphasizes the importance of empowerment for individuals to heal both their minds and their bodies.

Giovanna Ortega, MSW Intern

Giovanna Ortega is currently working on completing her Master's Degree at the University of Southern California. Giovanna integrates mindfulness-based stress reduction and a strength-based approach. By incorporating self-compassion and exploring one's dynamic patterns, she believes that each individual needs can be met with their own unique approach towards resolving their chronic pain.

Rebecca Stein, MSW Intern

Rebecca Stein is currently receiving her master's degree from The University of Southern California. Her previous experience involves working with adults suffering from chronic illness, anxiety, and depression. She takes a non-judgmental, Gestalt approach in accepting the client's current disposition in treatment. Rebecca's compassion and empathy for others is utilized while integrating the mind and body through various modalities, such as psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and somatic work.

Medical Advisory Board

The Medical Advisory Board of the Pain Psychology Center is a multi-disciplinary group of physicians who are among the most respected and experienced in their fields. These physicians, elected by our Board of Directors, serve in an advisory capacity to the Pain Psychology Center team.

David Schechter, MD

David Schechter, MD is Board Certified in Sports Medicine and Family Medicine, with a credential in Pain Medicine. He has served on the faculty of the USC School of Medicine since 1990, and has published and presented widely on the topic of musculoskeletal pain. Voted Top Doctor by US News and World Report, Dr. Schechter is a leading physician in the field of psychophysiologic disorders. He currently practices in Beverly Hills and Culver City, California.

Dr. Howard Schubiner, MD

Dr. Howard Schubiner, MD is board certified in pediatrics and internal medicine and is the director of the Mind Body Medicine Center at Providence Hospital in Southfield, MI. He is a Clinical Professor at Wayne State University School of Medicine and has authored over 60 publications in scientific journals and books. Dr. Schubiner has conducted research on psychophysiological disorders and is currently working on a large grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the effects of emotional expression therapy for fibromyalgia.

David D. Clarke, MD

David D. Clarke, MD is President of the Psychophysiologic Disorders Association, Clinical Assistant Professor of Gastroenterology Emeritus and Assistant Director at the Center for Ethics at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) and a Faculty Associate at Arizona State University. He is board-certified in Gastroenterology and Internal Medicine and practiced Gastroenterology in Portland, Oregon from 1984 to 2009. Dr. Clarke frequently lectures on psychophysiologic disorders both nationally and internationally, and he has appeared on over 100 TV and radio broadcasts.