Psychology and Integrative Therapies

Changing Lives
One Day at a Time


Dr. Gretchen Pound is a Clinical Psychologist who has been in private practice since 2005 and works primarily with families, individuals, children, teens and elderly who are healing emotional trauma, resolving internal conflict and may be dealing with physical pain.  Dr. Pound completed her B.A. in Psychology at the University of New York at Buffalo.  She completed her doctorate in Psychology at California School of Professional Psychology that later merged and became Alliant International University.  

 

Dr. Pound is a Clinical Psychologist with a focus on mind-body-spirit connection developed through a dedication to traditional clinical psychology, yoga and meditation.  During her own inward journey, she realized psychological treatment alone would not lead to inner peace and happiness.  Her experiences with spirituality, energy and psychology have blended to create a firm foundation for guiding others into the complexities of their inner emotions.  Her use of psychotherapy, nutrition, yoga, mindfulness and energy healing open doorways into the unconscious that allows the patient to fully uncover and address their inner conflicts and confusion.  

Dr. Bruce Rays is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Marriage & Family Therapist with over thirty years helping individuals, couples and families to raise their level of functioning. He has extensive experience working with mental illnesses, life crisis, family dysfunction and challenges to personal growth.


Dr. Rays worked at the UCLA Medical Group-Malibu for twenty-five years followed by ten years dedicated to assisting inmates and patients in the California Department of Corrections and State Psychiatric Hospitals.  His specialty is in the field of Non-Drug Treatment of Anxiety, Depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. He is Certified to work in the field of Addiction Management and has broad experience working in many different treatment centers as supervisor, consultant and clinician.  Dr. Rays' educational and clinical background encompasses empirically validated methodologies including: Interpersonal, Cognitive-Behavioral, Motivational, Mindfulness and EMDR Therapies; all helpful in building healthy mind-body-spirit connections.  He was trained by the EMDR Institute under the direction of Francine Shapiro, Ph.D. EMDR.

Maria Genter Hester is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has been in practice since 2008 working with families, individuals, adolescents and adults who are looking to heal family conflict or work through emotional and developmental challenges. 


Maria completed her B.A. in Psychology and M.A. in Counseling Psychology at the University of San Francisco. Maria’s academic and personal study has led her to focusing on the spiritual and psychological aspects of healing. She has clinical experience and training in dealing with challenges that new parents face as well as guiding experienced parents, couples and individuals on their journey.


At Healthier Life Therapy you will be welcomed by a very special healing dog named Lily.  Lily's loving energy will immediately help you feel calm and relaxed.


Animals have been helping people heal from their trauma and problems for many years.  Dr. Lily does this amazing thing where she just exists in the office and makes everyone's life a whole lot better.  She is a rescue dog who has an innate ability to bring loving healing energy to the therapeutic space.