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About Grace Counseling Therapists

Licensed Therapists

Mark Fieldson, MA, MFT - Los Alamitos Office  
Mark Fieldson, MA, MFT

I believe my greatest strength is helping people find the missing keys needed to make positive change. I believe I connect well with my clients by not judging them and by empathizing with their struggles. I am passionate about helping people find the happiness they're looking for. I grew up without a father and subsequently pursued healing as a young adult. I am 47, have been married for 26 years, and have 2 young adult children. I have been licensed for 17 years. I believe this combination of personal and professional experience allows me to serve my clients well.


  • Years in Practice: 20+ Years
  • School: Philips Graduate Institute
  • Year Graduated: 1986
  • License No. MFC 25467


Vicki Coccaro, MA, MFT - Los Alamitos Office

I believe that emotional healing can be brought about within the framework of relationships, so in my therapy sessions I work to create a safe environment where clients can work through issues in their lives that may be hindering them from reaching their true potential. I believe it's possible in therapy to gain insight into our deepest desires to learn and grow, and to develop successful communication skills. These skills in turn help us develop and maintain successful interpersonal relationships with others.


  • Years In Practice: 13+
  • Azusa Pacific University
  • Year Graduated: 2006
  • License No.MFC 51377


February Johnson MSW, LCSW - Torrance and Los Alamitos Office
February graduated from USC with her Master’s Degree in Social Work in 2007. February has experience in providing therapy for Children, Adolescents, and their Families in both residential and intensive outpatient settings. February takes a warm and inviting approach to therapy with her adolescents and young adult client’s focusing on how shame plays a role in holding back potential and creating fear. February uses humorous approaches and welcomes moments of authenticity as she introduces the power of vulnerability, courage, and worthiness into each individual’s unique story. She continues to be booked as a speaker providing both national and local training on the topic of Self-Injury in teens and young adults. February is a board member of the National Associations of Christian’s in Social Work-CA Chapter, as well as a member of the National Association of Social Workers, and the American Association of Christian Counselors.

Deborah Bernal, MA, MFT - Los Alamitos Office  

I work with those who are having difficulty or trouble in relationships or in relating to a difficult person. You will find me easy to talk with and together we will find solutions for your difficulties. I will encourage you
as I walk beside you to systematically discover the answers that you already have within. I will not force or push, but gently challenge you to become your best. This journey of counseling will have a beginning and
an end. We will be a team every step of the way. I look forward to meeting with you. Let's get started!
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy helps us explore our thinking and feeling and the actions we take based on those thoughts and feelings.
Emotionally Focused Therapy looks at how we interact with people based on a pattern we learned in our family. Knowing ourself better helps us find our answers and gives us more joy.

You will find the help you are looking for as we work through the issues that are preventing you from having joy and contentment in your life.

You will also find the help you are looking for as we search those critical events in your life that hinder you from growth and happiness.

Years in Practice: 20+ Years
School: Pepperdine University
Year Graduated: 1996
License No. MFC 42284

Donna Savage, MSE, MBA, MS, MFT – Torrance Office
I offer an accepting environment in which you can feel known, understood, and honored for the unique person you were created to be. I work with individuals, couples, and families to help resolve relationship challenges, parenting issues, career and life transitions, anxiety, depression, and spiritual concerns. Special areas of focus include panic and obsessive-compulsive disorders, grief/loss, chronic illness, infidelity, and issues related to past trauma/abuse. I draw from a breadth and depth of personal and professional experiences, including over 20 years working in large corporations, where I focused on developing team environments for facilitating interpersonal collaboration and growth. In addition to counseling, I continue to provide executive coaching to businesses and life coaching to individuals.
  • License No. MFC 84735
  • Masters degrees in Clinical Psychology, Bioscience, and Business
  • Specialized in EMDR for treating stress, trauma, PTSD, and attachment issues
  • Specialized in PREPARE-ENRICH for working with couples 


Ingrid Hicks, M.A. MFT – Torrance Office

I believe God wants us to live in true freedom in our emotions and relationships. I want to help you discover your true self and live with healing from the past, and hope for the future. I provide a warm and safe environment to encourage you on this important spiritual journey. I have been married for 18 years, with three children, so I understand the challenges that come with marriage and parenting. It is my passion to help couples thrive in their marriage and create the family life they always longed for.

  • License No. LMFT 97164
  • M.A. Azusa Pacific University 2002
  • Years in Practice: 7
  • Certified in Prepare-Enrich & SYMBIS for working with couples
  • Level 1 & 2 training in Relational Life Therapy

Kristie Love, M.A., MFT Torrance Office

I believe you’re here for a reason, and that God has a purpose for you. Depression, anxiety, marital issues, eating disorders, and many other problems, keep us from living full lives. I became a therapist because I have a passion for helping people who are hurting, and want more out of life. I’ve been married for 17 years, and I know that marriage can take a lot of hard work. It can also be a joy. During couples’ therapy, I focus on building connection while resolving problems. Nobashing allowed. Through my own struggle with depression, I understand what it’s like to feel exhausted and hopeless. Please don’t walk through depression alone, allow me to help carry your burden. Together we will find hope and healing.

  • Married 17 years
  • Degree: Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology
  • Certification using PREPARE-ENRICH curriculum with pre-marital and married couples
  • License No. MFT 99012

Lianne de la Peña, M.A., LMFT – Torrance Office

I believe that you are inherently worthy and share a common, basic need to feel heard and cherished in your relationships. In our less-than-perfect world, emotional safety can be threatened, leading our minds and hearts astray. Therapy can provide a safe experience, through which fear, anger, and deception lose their stronghold and are replaced with truth, confidence, and forgiveness. My passion is working with people through spiritual formation as we reconcile the relational distance of this world with healthy attachment patterns. Together we can focus on establishing a more balanced, joyful life. I have professional experience with anxiety, depression, difficulty functioning, codependence, grief and loss, forgiveness, multi-generational family reconciliation, phase of life transitions, multi-cultural issues, individuals, couples, and families, parenting skills, domestic violence, trauma, and history of abuse.

Qualifications & Professional Associations:

• License No. MFT 105232
• Years in practice: 7
• School: Hope International University
• Member, California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
• Member, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

Michael J. Mahan, MA, MFT - Los Alamitos Office  
Michael J. Mahan, MA, MFT
I became a Marriage Family Therapist due to my own struggles and pains trying to understand who I was and who I was meant to be as a husband, as a man, as a father. After my first year of marriage, my wife and I had sought professional help in our marriage as we felt lost and struck. It was through this help that our marriage is thriving today and my life was forever changed. I knew then that I wanted to walk with others in experiencing hope and experiencing transformation. I have extensive experience with working with families, children and teens. My previous work and life experience have given me knowledge and skills with the following emphasis and populations: Couples (pre-marital & post), Affairs, Families, Mens's issues, Spiritual/Faith issues, Trauma focused CBT, Play therapy - children, Teenagers, Therapy students. I have a heart for individuals and couples trying to make sense out of pain and loss. I am sensitive to and aware of multicultural issues. Furthermore, I gladly work with helping new student therapists in gaining thir needed hours and insight into their journey and career. I look forward to walking alongside with you in your journey and helping you move towards your goals.

  • School: Azuza Pacific University
  • License No. MFC 51555
Megan Davis, M.S., LMFT - Los Alamitos Office  
Megan is a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern, with extensive experience working with children, adolescents, couples, and families. Megan has worked with diverse clients in academic, church, and residential treatment settings.
Her areas of interest include depression, anxiety, self-esteem, grief, attachment, pre-marital, couples and family counseling.  Megan is a certified facilitator in Prepare and Enrich Marriage Inventory, an assessment tool used to help couples identify the strength and growth areas in their relationship. Megan is also certified in Restoration Therapy which seeks to empower individuals to experience love and safety in their relationships with others.  Megan holds a Master's of Science degree in Marital and Family Therapy from Fuller Theological Seminary. Megan seeks to empower her clients with hope, compassion, and resiliency.

Qualifications & Professional Associations:
  • Years In Practice: 3
  • Fuller Theological Seminary
  • Year Graduated: 2014
  • LMFT 99815

Keith Attardo, MS, MFT - Los Alamitos Office  

Keith Attardo, MS, MFTI believe that effective therapy can only take place after a trust relationship has been established. This develops in an accepting,personal, non-judgmental environment where an individual feels listened to. At this point, self discovery can begin. I realize it takes a lot of strength and courage to reach out for help. Let's work together to get past your present challenge(s) so you can return to achieving your goals and living a life filled with purpose.

  • Years in Practice: 20+ Years
  • School: California State University, Los Angeles
  • Year Graduated: 1983
  • License No. MFC 44200 

Steven Schoger, Psy. D. - On Line Therapy

(California, Colorado and Oregon Residents) 

After founding Grace Counseling Group in 1992, I have worked with hundreds of individuals, couples and even full families to help in times of distress or transition. In 2011 I began seeing clients primarily online using video platform technology. It is simple to use and research has shown that telebehavioral health is as effective, or more effective that in-person therapy. It allows more flexibility in scheduling and is less costly as well. I have a particular interest in the Health Psychology approach that works towards balance in mental, physical, and spiritual life. I enjoy working with adolescents, Adults in life transition, and couples. Depression, anxiety, stress management, addictions, chronic pain, grief and loss are just some of the many issues I treat. I am unable to accept insurance for telebehavioral health at this time, but internet therapy allows me to have a very flexible sliding scale.


  • Years in Practice: 25+ Years
  • Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology: California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) at Alliant International University
  • Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy: Azusa Pacific University

Registered Associates
(Supervised by Keith Attardo MFC44200)

Jack Denton, M.A. - Los Alamitos Office
After having worked through my own issues and a career in the corporate world, I went back to school to complete a commitment I had made to Christ, and that was to help others heal and experience His love and acceptance, and help them experience His guidance in dealing with issues like trauma and abuse, anxiety and depression, addictions and relationship issues, personality and self-worth, along with impairments in daily functioning. This type of growth isn’t easy, but I know it is better than continuing to suffer. We all know what it is like to experience pain and suffering, sometimes we get stuck, let me help you find your life of Joy.

  • Years in practice: 5
  • School: Hope International University
  • Year Graduated: 2010
  • MFT Intern Registration #: IMF63894
  • Del Amo Hospital’s, Trauma Model Therapy
  • Addiction Treatment, Hoag Presbyterian Hospital
  • Eye-movement Desensitization and Reprocessing - Trauma
  • Domestic Violence & Human Trafficking

Ryan Wade, M.S. - Los Alamitos Office

Life might feel overwhelming for you now and your decision to come into therapy isn't easy. I provide a calm, secure setting where you can freely share your concerns. Listening compassionately and without judgment, it's an honor to walk along side and assist you in finding effective solutions to your current challenges. We will discover the strengths and positive qualities already within you.

My approach is client-centered, incorporating a humanistic focus and cognitive behavioral therapy. I work with individuals, families, and couples and have had great success in treating depression, anxiety, trauma and relationship issues. Play and art therapy are other modalities I use. I work equally well with all populations and ages. Staying up to date on the latest clinical research allows me to offer you the most effective assessment and treatment possible. I truly enjoy my work as a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern and look forward to meeting you!

Qualifications and Professional Associations
  • School: CSU Fullerton, Masters of Science in Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Year Graduated: 2013
  • Marriage and Family Therapist Intern #IMF85316
  • EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) Level 1 trained
  • UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute training in Behavior Therapy for children.
  • CAMFT and Orange County CAMFT member
  • Brain Spotting Certified

Mariam Holt, M.A. - Los Alamitos Office
As humans, we seek love and acceptance to become whole. Somewhere in our lives, we became broken due to external circumstances beyond our control. I believe this brokenness can be healed through relationship. The therapeutic relationship offers this healing and provides hope and acceptance. Helping clients come to a place of congruence and authenticity where they value and accept themselves is my primary goal God's unconditional love & acceptance draws us to Him & invites us to grow & develop into His likeness. As one who has experienced that healing, I desire to offer the same hope & healing to others. My objective is to provide genuine love & hope to all regardless of faith or belief.

I enjoy working with individuals, couples and families to guide them through the transformation process to achieve a safe haven in relationships and life in general.

Qualifications & Professional Associations:
  • MFT Intern Registration #: IMF 91880
  • School: Hope International University
  • Member, California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Eye-movement Desensitization and Reprocessing-Trauma
  • Certification using PREPARE-ENRICH curriculum with pre-marital and married couples
  • Gottman Method Couples Training Certificate Level 1 & 2


Zainab Oystol, M.A. - Los Alamitos & Torrance Office 

Trials and traumatic occurrences have a way of turning our lives upside down, leaving us crippled and unable to cope with our pain. I can relate as I have overcome my own challenges from traumatic childhood experiences. Seeking therapy can be an overwhelming experience. I am here to make the process a positive one. I strive to meet each person where they are at on their journey and offer hope. My goal is to help you resolve issues at their roots - in a safe, nonjudgmental environment. I’ll provide tools and coping skills to help you navigate through those challenging times to overcome and live a victorious life. God wants us to take heart; we will conquer our trials just as He did.

I enjoy working with children, adolescents, individuals, couples and families. My expertise includes helping those who struggle with depression, anxiety, trauma, PTSD, grief, behavioral problems, domestic violence, parenting, and women's issues.

Qualifications & Professional Associations:

  • LPCC Associate # 5808
  • PPSC certification – School Counselor
  • Loyola Marymount University 2018
  • Member, California Association for Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (CALPCC)
  • Member, American School Counselor Association (ASCA)


  • (TF-CBT) Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy
  • (FFT) Functional Family Therapy


Denise Fritts

There are points in life where we may find ourselves feeling “stuck” and overwhelmed about how to move forward or who to turn to. There is strength in reaching out for help. It is step one on the pathway to healing. I believe growth begins with the proper support, tools, and dedication. 

I provide a nonjudgmental, collaborative approach to therapy catering to each individual’s unique needs. I aim to empower my clients through insight, self awareness, psycho-education and cognitive behavioral techniques while building on the strengths one already possesses. I am here to walk with you through your struggles and together we can navigate how to best cope with life’s transitions and struggles. 

My areas of special interest include: building self agency within children and adolescents, depression/anxiety related issues, self-esteem, substance abuse, anger management, and effective communication skills. 

Qualifications & Professional Associations:

  • AMFT #110280, APCC #5845
  • Pepperdine University 2018- Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage & Family Therapy
  • Member of the California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists (CAMFT)
  • Former onsite elementary school therapist
  • Certified Domestic Violence Advocate




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