MEET Our Consultants

All of our consultants are parents of adult children. In addition they are all highly experienced licensed mental health professionals with independent private practices in the San Fernando Valley (California).

Nickie Godfrey, L.M.F.T. NICKIE GODFREY, L.M.F.T. (MFC7685) helps people access the power within them. Nickie uses a wellness approach to guide individuals, couples, and families to manage the painful feelings of life transitions and other crises by helping them to increase self awareness, to communicate more effectively, and to relate in more satisfying ways.

Nickie earned an M.A. from California State University, Northridge and completed post-graduate training in crisis and trauma recovery, in chemical dependency studies, and in gestalt therapy. Her psychotherapy practice of 30+ years is currently in Encino, California.

Charles Lerman, Ph. D.CHARLES LERMAN, PH.D. (PSY7040) has 30 years of experience as an educator, psychologist, and consultant. He works with individuals, couples and families from the philosophy that our ability to learn is our most powerful tool in developing healthy relationships. His particular expertise is in working with cross cultural couples, with obsessive-compulsive disorder, and with compulsive behaviors.

Dr. Lerman earned a masters degree at Brooklyn College, and his doctorate in Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. His private practice is currently in Encino, California.

Yolanda Nowak, L.C.S.W. YOLANDA NOACK, L.C.S.W., BCD (LCS3411) believes the need to feel loved is the universal theme of life and of therapy. The challenge for families is to find a way to maintain their love even when disappointments are tearing the family apart. During her thirty years of professional work she has coached individuals, couples, and families to strengthen their ability to love and be loved. Parents of adult kids often need coaching to develop parenting skills that will support a positive, loving connection.

Yolanda earned her MSW degree from USC and practices psychotherapy in Sherman Oaks, California.

Marsha Spike, L.C.S.W.MARSHA SPIKE, L.C.S.W. (LCS5648) helps adults navigate life's transitions and crises. She believes in working with the strengths in ourselves and our relationships to turn crises into opportunities for growth and positive change.

Marsha earned her Master's degree in clinical social work from USC and has been licensed as a psychotherapist since l976. She's dealt with a wide range of problems affecting individuals, couples, and their families, including gay and lesbian issues. Her practice is currently in Tarzana, California.