Amy holds a Master’s of Social Work degree from Columbia University, and she also participated in a two-year post master’s extension program at a psychoanalytic institute in Los Angeles. Amy is a skilled psychotherapist who also works in private practice, specializing in anxiety and depressive disorders, family systems, trauma, and chronic and progressive illnesses.
Dr. Breitbart’s diverse experience includes serving as psychiatrist to Refuah Health Center, a community clinic in upstate New York; supporting the mental health of college students at the USC Engemann Student Counseling Center; serving as treating psychiatrist at The Achievable Foundation, a federally qualified health clinic serving individuals with developmental disabilities; and guiding a team at Liberty Healthcare transitioning adults from developmental centers into community settings.
Dr. Breitbart values the importance of working with interdisciplinary teams and partnering with family members and caregivers, an approach she initially developed in her first career as an oncology nurse and later refined as a psychiatrist to vulnerable populations. In addition to comprehensive clinical care, she provides relatability, empathy, and a strong focus on psycho-education. Her aim is to empower individuals to own their mental health trajectories.
Favorite quote: “Be yourself, everyone else is already taken.” – Oscar Wilde
A perpetual student, Laura has enjoyed studying trauma-informed care and multiple evidence-based modalities to inform additional approaches to her treatment methods. In groups and therapy sessions, Laura’s laid-back style and warm approach help to create safety for Ascend’s diverse client population.
Laura holds a Masters’s Degree in Social Work from New York University. Her experience is surpassed only by her desire to build rapport with clients so they may feel seen and heard as their authentic selves.
To collaborate with clients, Maya utilizes evidence-based practice interventions, while also focusing on the traditional principles. She also brings to the room her rich personal experience of
meditation and mindfulness from a Buddhist background.
Maya holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Washington, Seattle. She received her
M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University in Los Angeles. Maya completed an
intensive psychodynamic internship at Airport Marina Counseling Service where she gained
experience working with young children, teens, adults, groups and families, experiencing a range of mood disorders, personality disorders, PTSD, Complex-PTSD, parenting issues, LGBTQIA+ issues, intergenerational trauma, and issues from a spectrum of abuse. She has also worked in the field of behavioral and mental health for children and their families in various schools across Los Angeles. Maya is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT 129588) registered to the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.