Clinical Staff

At Building Foundations Counseling Center you can find skilled, experienced therapists who have helped clients just like you build richer more rewarding lives.  All our therapists are either Licensed Marriage Family Therapists  or Licensed Clinical Social Workers, or are Registered Associates being supervised by a qualified Licensed Therapist.

Suzanne Mell, LMFT

Suzanne Mell, LMFT – Executive Director Suzanne has been working as a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist since 1999, and has over 20 years of experience primarily treating children, adolescents, young adults and their families. She specializes in depressive and anxiety disorders, ADHD and abuse/trauma. She also has received training to provide EMDR treatment. Her theoretical … Continue reading Suzanne Mell, LMFT

Melissa E. Drivon, LMFT

Melissa is a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist with nine years clinical experience. She specializes in providing therapy to teens, couples and individuals.  She is also certified to provide services to veterans and their families.  Melissa believes in utilizing a variety of theoretical approaches in therapy.  Some of these therapies include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused, Family … Continue reading Melissa E. Drivon, LMFT

Ayumi Yamada, LMFT

Ayumi is a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist with over 15 years in the mental health field working with children, young adults, and their families.  She also works with couples and adults on relationship issues, effective co-parenting skills, attachment and new parent challenges.  Ayumi specializes in working with school age children struggling with concerns surrounding anxiety, … Continue reading Ayumi Yamada, LMFT

Sofia Johnson, AMFT

Sofia is currently a registered Associate Marriage Family Therapist, who is collecting her hours towards licensure.  She is being supervised by Melissa Drivon, a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist.  She began her career as an in-home tutor working with autistic children and families, primarily utilizing  Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) techniques.  While working with these children, her passion for … Continue reading Sofia Johnson, AMFT

Ryan Thom, AMFT

Ryan Thom is currently a registered Associate Marriage Family Therapist completing his hours towards California state licensure. He is currently supervised by Suzanne Mell, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. He completed his undergraduate work in Southern California from Cal-State University Northridge, and his graduate studies in counseling at Pacifica Graduate Institute, in Carpinteria, California. Ryan’s … Continue reading Ryan Thom, AMFT