Founder / CEO
Pete Linnett founded the Life Adjustment Team in 1977 in response to the need for effective discharge planning, structure and support for recovery. The Team pioneered a community-based mobile outreach psychiatric rehabilitation approach, providing a safety net for effective long term relapse prevention and community bridge building.
Pete launched his 45+ year career in mental health at age 18, first working as a psychiatric technician in upstate New York. After many years of seeing the same people rotate through the “system,” it seemed the high rate of re-hospitalization was in part due to the lack of structure and support systems to help patients get connected and become stable, active, and productive. LAT serves that need.
In 1988 Pete was hired by the UCLA Research Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation for a project to field test protocols of outpatient services, delivery systems and in vivo skills training. Today the Life Adjustment Team implements state-of-the-art comprehensive outpatient psychiatric rehabilitation and substance abuse treatment using evidence-based best practices. The LAT model of outpatient treatment combines the in-vivo skills training modules developed at UCLA and the over 40 years of experience in developing and implementing successful intervention and outpatient rehabilitation plans that involve community.
In 1991, Pete started the Westside Mental Health Provider Network. The network is comprised of individuals working in a variety of mental health services, including community-based mental health centers, hospitals, local law enforcement, the Department of Mental Health, and consumer advocacy organizations. The goal of the Network is to help mental health service providers deliver the highest quality of care possible through networking and resource sharing. The Network began with six members and has grown to 300 members in Los Angeles, Pasadena and Orange County.
Pete has served on the Board of NAMI Los Angeles and was part of the founding board of A4CIP to bring a voice to programs and services across the country dedicated to true empowerment through inclusion and connection to the community.
Chief Operations Officer
With almost three decades of experience in the mental health industry, Cynthia Sampson serves as the Team’s chief administrator. Ms. Sampson was integral in the Team’s development from a small facility of approximately eight employees and twenty clients to an operation servicing upwards of 100 clients at any given time.
In addition to her expertise in the area of business development, Cynthia has vast knowledge and experience in office systems development, staff recruiting, human resources, and billing systems.
She also serves as liaison with all third party payers (insurance companies and government agencies) and is responsible for servicing those contracts.
Ms. Sampson is a founding member of the Mental Health Provider Network, an organization comprised of individuals working in mental health services to help providers deliver the highest quality of mental health care possible through networking and resource sharing. She is also a member of the Adaptive Business Leaders Healthcare Roundtable in Los Angeles, and an active member of the local Chamber of Commerce. Cynthia serves as liaison with all outside organizations.
Cari Coulam, LMFT
Clinical Director, Wraparound Services
Cari graduated with a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology, with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Counseling, from Loyola Marymount University in 1997. Her Bachelor’s degree was earned in clinical psychology from the University of California, San Diego. She is licensed by the State of California as a marriage and family therapist. For the past 15 years, Cari has worked with dually diagnosed adults, children and families in various settings including drug rehabilitation, community mental health, foster agencies and independent practice. She has provided case management and therapy sessions as a supervisor, social worker and psychotherapist. She is currently a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. She is also an active member of WAAT.
Cari joined the Life Adjustment Team in 2007 as a Clinical Case Manager. As the Clinical Director, Cari is responsible for supervising all clinical case managers and the clients they oversee, providing direct clinical services, and developing relationships with other clinicians and families.
Kathleen Donovan, M.S.
Kathleen joined the Team as a clinical case manager in 2009. She attended Chapman University and Capella University obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology. Prior to joining the Life Adjustment Team she worked as a social worker at a psychiatric hospital for 8 years and has an extensive history working with individuals experiencing co-occurring disorders. Prior to working at the hospital, Kathleen provided one-to-one applied behavior analysis in the homes and schools of children diagnosed with autism/aspergers. Kathleen has been a member of the American Psychological Association since 2008.
Eric Carlson, MA, LMFT
Clinical Director, Intensive Outpatient Program
Eric graduated with a Bachelors Degree in English Literature from the University of Virginia in 1989, and went on to get his Juris Doctor from the UCLA School of Law in 1997. Eric practiced law as a civil litigator for 17 years, then went back to school to earn a Masters in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica in 2012 and a Masters in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University. Even before graduating from college, Eric had gained valuable experience working with physically and developmentally disabled children and adults in New York, where he grew up. Eric has also volunteered extensively here in Los Angeles, coaching boys soccer and basketball in South Central Los Angeles, working at Public Counsel’s Children’s Rights Project counseling children in guardianship and adoption proceedings, and serving on the original Board of Directors of a start-up, non profit charter school for underprivileged youth. Eric has been with the Life Adjustment Team since August 2014.
Taylor Swain, MA
Clinical Case Manager
Taylor earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of North Texas in 2013. He then graduated with a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pacific Oaks College in 2018. Taylor has extensive experience working with individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia as well as other psychiatric disorders. He worked at John Henry Foundation, a residential community focused solely on treating individuals with schizophrenia as well as providing individual psychodynamic therapy as an MFT Trainee. Taylor joined the Life Adjustment Team in 2019.
Keeley C. Hart, MSW
Clinical Case Manager
Keeley was inspired to work in mental health after receiving her BA in psychology from Mercy College in New York City, and she moved to California for the various psychological services Los Angeles can provide. Keeley continued her education, earning her MSW from the University of Southern California in 2018, with a concentration in adults who live with persistent mental illness. Keeley was drawn to social work for its diversity and strengths-based focus on the client. Her graduate internships included college counseling with students in crisis, as well as community mental health with the L.A. county DMH, where she carried out individual therapy with low-income adults, children, and families impacted by substance abuse and domestic violence.
Keeley has been an integral member of various treatment teams at the residential level of care for individuals struggling with self-harm, trauma, and suicidality. Before joining LAT in the spring of 2021, she was a program therapist at a comprehensive DBT center for highly vulnerable women. Keeley’s time as an associate clinical social worker has helped her acquire understanding and sensitivity for the specific needs of unique clients. She is passionate about continuing her clinical work at LAT.
Lina Ledvin, MA
Clinical Case Manager
Lina graduated NYC’s The New School in 2018 with a Master’s in Psychology, completing the BA/MA track with a concentration in mental health and substance abuse counseling. Lina spent several years as a research assistant at NSSR’s Trauma and Affective Psychophysiology lab, taught and mentored by trauma research pioneer Wendy D’Andrea, PhD. Following intensive training in harm reduction-oriented treatment under the instruction of Jenifer Talley, PhD, Lina completed her clinical externship at Greenhope Services for Women, and continued to serve women in long-term substance abuse treatment after graduation. Lina wore many hats over the course of her three years at New Hope Manor in Sullivan County, New York, in the roles of Primary Counselor, Group Psychotherapist, and Vocational Coordinator. Then, shortly prior to relocating to Los Angeles, Lina provided therapy at The Light Program by Pyramid Healthcare in Northeastern Pennsylvania, an intimately designed inpatient program for women with mental health and eating disorders.
Lina is elated to have joined LAT, and is finding joy in applying hands-on, integrated approaches to evidence-based interventions. Lina is passionate about client-centered, strength-based care and developing a truly collaborative therapeutic alliance. Lina loves writing, archery, singing in choirs, and her two free-roam bunnies, Indie and Olive.
Noah Bohrer, MA
Clinical Case Manager
Noah joins LAT with extensive experience working in the substance abuse and mental health services field. He earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and then graduated with a master’s degree in clinical psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. With experience covering the full spectrum of mentorship, he has thrived as a recovery coach, academic tutor, and sports and wellness instructor. After directing and operating several treatment centers and gaining a wealth of valuable knowledge and understanding, Noah became a recovery coordinator and psychoeducation group facilitator. With an innate ability to connect with and empower clients and a genuine enthusiasm for transformation, Noah believes in an integrative approach to wellness and is devoted to helping others develop a way of life that is effective, meaningful, and rewarding.
Katie Eberle, MA
Lydia Kosinar, LMFT
Group Facilitator, IOP
Lydia received her Bachelors of Science in Biology and Psychology with a minor in Chemistry from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Texas, and her Masters of Arts from Phillips Graduate University in Los Angeles. Lydia has over 4 years of experience working with individuals, families, and couples, in the inpatient and outpatient settings, treating substance abuse, trauma, and personality disorders. Lydia is trained in DBT and opened her private practice in 2016, specializing in the treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder, complex trauma and addiction and substance abuse. The goal of DBT is to help clients build a life that they experience as worth living. In DBT, the client and the therapist work together to set goals that are meaningful to the client. Often this means we work on ways to decrease harmful behaviors and replace them with effective, life-enhancing behaviors. Problematic behaviors evolve as a way to cope with a situation or attempt to solve a problem. While these behaviors might provide temporary relief or a short-term solution, they often are not effective in the long-term. DBT assumes that clients are doing they best they can, AND they need to learn new behaviors in all relevant contexts. DBT helps enhance a client’s capabilities by teaching behavioral skills, and these skills help people develop effective ways to navigate situations that arise in everyday life or manage specific challenges.
Harmony Rousseau, LMFT
Group Facilitator, IOP
Harmony Rousseau is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in trauma and addiction. She received her Masters degree in Counseling with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from California State University, Northridge in 2007. She received her Bachelors degree in Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles in 2004. She has also been trained in Laurel Parnell’s Attachment Focused Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, and Pia Melody’s Post Induction Therapy (PIT) model.
Harmony began her career working at The Canyon at Peace Park, Malibu, serving as a primary therapist in their residential dual diagnosis treatment center. She has also worked as a primary therapist at Promises Treatment Center and in the outpatient setting of Westside Treatment. She has facilitated groups, individual, couples and family sessions. In addition to her MFT, Harmony also holds a Pupil Personnel Services Credential (P.P.S.) and works for the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District’s Adult Education Program, running all counseling services.
At The Life Adjustment Team, Harmony serves as a CBT group provider.
Hiroko Seiki, LMFT, RDT
Group Facilitator, IOP
Hiroko is a Registered Drama Therapist and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Hiroko holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology, Spiritual and Depth Psychology specialization, from Antioch University Los Angeles and a Bachelor’s Degree in Theater from University of California, Los Angeles. Hiroko currently offers drama therapy groups at several locations, serving people struggling with mental illness and/or developmental disabilities, and also sees clients at the Antioch University Counseling Center. Hiroko previously worked with people struggling with severe mental illness and homelessness as a starting member of the UCLA’s Creative Minds Project. Hiroko believes in the transformative power of drama and other expressive arts and uses symbolic, imaginative, and experiential approaches to promote symptom relief, healing, greater integration of self, and personal growth.
John Mews, BMT, MA, MFTA
Group Facilitator, IOP
John received his bachelor’s degree in music therapy from Capilano University in Vancouver, BC. After six years in private practice, John got his master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from the University of San Francisco. Since then he has expanded his practice to provide counseling, support, and education to the whole family. Recently, John has studied his advanced training in Neurologic Music Therapy and is supporting clients through evidenced-based neurological music therapy practice.
Genia Young, LMFT, ATR-BC
Group Facilitator, IOP
Genia is a Board Certified Art Therapist and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Genia holds Master’s Degrees in Marriage and Family Therapy Specializing in Art Therapy from Loyola Marymount University and in Developmental and Educational Psychology from Boston College. Genia currently provides clinical art therapy services and art therapy supervision in both her private practice and through the Helen B. Landgarten Clinic at LMU. Genia previously worked with children and families impacted by trauma as a counselor and art therapy supervisor for Cedars-Sinai’s schooled based program. Engaging in the creative process in a therapeutic setting with a professionally trained therapist can advance communication skills, foster relationship building, and enhance an overall sense of well-being. No artistic ability required.
With over 20 years of experience in business administration and bookkeeping, Lisa joined the team in 2021. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from Emerson College in Boston Massachusetts. Shortly after graduation, Lisa moved out west to California and started a multidisciplinary medical clinic in the South Bay, with her partner in 1996. She gained experience in all aspects of operating a clinic which focused on health and wellbeing through Chiropractic, Acupuncture, and Physical Therapy. She brings her knowledge and experience to the mental health community, helping the Team with daily administrative needs.
Sharon Magar, LMFT
Program Coordinator, IOP
Graduating from Sierra University with an M.A. in psychology in 1989, Sharon Magar, LMFT, brings seasoned and passionate experience to LAT Intensive Outpatient Program, with a specialty focus on cognitive behavioral psychology, mindfulness, substance abuse, treatment of co-occurring mental health disorders, bariatric psychology and clinical direction. Serving in a variety of roles including Primary Therapist, Assessment Specialist and Clinical Director, Sharon is intimately familiar with the path of substance abuse recovery and mental health wellness. In private practice since 1994, Sharon has also provided extensive support to intensive outpatient programming to meet the mandates of JHACO and DHCS for licensing readiness and certification. With extensive experience operating Intensive Outpatient Programs in Los Angeles, Hollywood and Culver City, serving in roles from Primary Therapist, Assessment Specialist and Clinical Director, Sharon has been responsible for a census of up to 130 adult individuals, running up to 3 separate tracks at the same time (morning, afternoon & evening programming).
Bringing the life lessons learned through her own recovery process, with over 6 years of sobriety and being of daily service to other individuals seeking wholeness and freedom from substance dependency, Sharon has also served as a Bariatric Therapist Specialist, helping over 2000 bariatric patients with the painful struggles of obesity, the impact of rapid weight loss on relationships, jobs, family, friendships, and the emotional triggers that can lead to weight regain after WLS. She is a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and ASMBS – American Society for Metabolic Surgery.
Parastoo Seidenfeld, Ph.D.
Director of Community Outreach
Parastoo has over 20 years of industry experience in behavioral health, both as a clinician/licensed psychologist, and as a marketing professional in business development and outreach. She began her clinical career in 1997, and added a career in clinical outreach and marketing by serving as a liaison between treatment centers and the Southern CA clinical community. Since first joining the marketing department at Sierra Tucson from 2005-2014, she continued developing connections with clinicians, treatment centers, and treatment professionals. Parastoo has a deep passion for creating community, connecting with clinical professionals, and educating clients and colleagues alike about the benefits and supports of all levels of care in addiction treatment and mental/behavioral health care. After leaving Sierra Tucson, she continued working with treatment programs as a marketing and outreach consultant, helping businesses grow and serve their community well.
As a clinician, Parastoo is dedicated and passionate about helping clients receive effective, compassionate, ethical care in their therapy and recovery process. She is committed to helping people receive the help and treatment that they need.
Parastoo joined the Life Adjustment Team in 2021 as Director of Clinical Outreach in an effort to help clinicians and clients alike become more familiar with and aware of the excellent services that are offered by the experienced and well trained staff at Life Adjustment Team.
Lauren Duerson, M. Ed, LPCC
Clinical Outreach Coordinator
Lauren is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with over 10 years of experience treating mental health and substance use disorders. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from The University of Arizona and her Master’s degree in Community Mental Health from Clemson University in 2010.
Lauren began her therapeutic career treating substance use and co-occurring disorders in South Carolina where she also specialized in supporting trauma and domestic abuse victims. In 2012, she moved to Los Angeles to continue her work as a therapist, working for non-profit community mental health. She spent three years as the Director of Admissions and Outreach at a dual-diagnosis intensive outpatient program with the mission of ensuring that clients received the most appropriate and effective care. She continues to help people through her own private practice and in 2021 Lauren joined Life Adjustment Team as a Clinical Outreach Coordinator.
Emily graduated in 2018 with a B.A. in Human Development & Dance from Connecticut College. In 2020, She started her own moving concierge, organizing and home staging company with her business partner as well as her own health and wellness business. She has a passion for movement, organizing spaces, health and wellness, getting to know people, and forming trusting and lasting relationships.
Since working at LAT, Emily enjoys being surrounded by her colleagues who are passionate about helping others feel better. Emily is interested in pursuing a degree in social work or dance movement therapy and believes in a holistic approach to wellness through the mind, body, spirit connection. She brings both an artistic, positive, creative and organized mindset to the Life Adjustment Team as an administrative assistant.