I love those moments in therapy when a client has an “Aha Moment,” saying with raised awareness, “I’ve never thought about it that way before.”  Perhaps this moment is in regard to helping heal an emotional wound or recognizing how to overcome a seemingly insurmountable barrier standing in the way of one’s goals.  Sometimes clarifying what those goals are, discovering a path toward achieving them, then taking small/realistic steps to do so is what the therapeutic work is about.  Shine Therapy, therefore, is aimed at helping clients face the darkness, shed light on a situation, and figure out how to let their inner light shine.  It’s also the pronunciation of my last name, so it’s the name of my practice.  

Shine therapy is not a theoretical orientation.  (If you would like to know more about the theoretical orientations that I utilize, I would love to have that conversation with you.)  Rather, Shine Therapy refers to finding your strengths to help you thrive.

I believe everyone has strengths.Whatever is keeping us stuck, the potential is still there. My private practice is focused on how we can uncover that potential and use it to help you have the life you want for yourself.

I have lived in Los Angeles for the past 25 years and earned my Master of Science in
Counseling from California State University Northridge in 2012. I have been seeing clients
for a little more than a decade as a therapist.  I am a proud gay man with a loving partner and wonderful dog.  Our dog has been known to make guest appearances in therapy sessions, if a client is okay with that.  He’s friendly and mostly hypoallergenic. 

I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Highland Park who provides individual, couples, and family therapy support for Los Angeles, Highland Park, Glendale, Pasadena, and the surrounding areas. I work with clients of all backgrounds with a particular specialty serving the LGBTQ+ community

How I got here

I received a Master's in Counseling from California State University and trained at the LA LGBT Center, finishing up in 2011. In my career, I have worked with many marginalized minority groups at my tenure there, as well as with The Women’s Clinic and Family Counseling Center, Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services, and in private practice.

Most recently, I worked for three years at The Help Group, where I was the lead therapist and Training director for Kaleidoscope, The Help Group’s LGBTQ+ youth and young adult program, a program I helped create. I directed and facilitated multiple services with Kaleidoscope, including providing individual and group therapy, presentation workshops in community settings, education and support for parents, youth outings into the LGBTQ+ community, and leading various social activity groups and events.  The Help Group’s Kaleidoscope Program will always be “my baby,” and I encourage LGBTQ+ individuals and their families who would like to engage in free social support programs to visit www.KaleidoscopeLGBTQ.org and learn more. 




Master of Science in Counseling (Marriage and Family Therapy Program)       

California State University Northridge, California

Graduated With Distinction December 2012


Bachelor of Arts in Communications

Truman State University, Missouri

Graduated December 1993 – Magna Cum Laude



Credentials and Relevant Trainings:


  • Diagnosis and Treatment for Gender Diverse Individuals
  • Trauma Informed Practice for Mental Health Professionals
  • Implicit Bias and Cultural Competency for Caregivers
  • Legal and Ethical Aspects of Telehealth for California LMFTs
  • Advance LA 2019 Conference Trainings – LGBTQ+ Youth and ASD
  • RISE: Los Angeles LGBT Center – Working with LGBTQ+ Populations
  • EDGY 2019 Conference Trainings – Working with LGBTQ+ Populations
  • EDGY 2018 Conference Trainings – Working with LGBTQ+ Populations
  • Individual Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (ICBT) - Depression, Anxiety, Trauma
  • Problem Solving Treatment (PST)
  • Seeking Safety (SS)
  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills (ASIST)
  • Conducting Grief and Loss Support Groups, Assisting the Grieving Child
  • Substance Abuse Intervention Training: Transition Age Youth (TAY)
  • Dual Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum and Substance Use Disorders
  • Child Abuse, Domestic Violence, Seminar on Sexual Disorders
  • LGBTQIA-related trainings, via LA LGBT Center
  • Clinical Approaches to working with Commercial Exploitation of Children and Youth (CSECY)
  • Clinical Supervision: Skills for Enhanced Competence



Additional Relevant Experience:


            Participant in Suicide Prevention Campaign / Erasing Mental Health Stigma

                        “1-800-273-8255” with Logic, Alessia Cara, and Khalid

                        MTV Video Music Awards (VMA’s) – Moon Man Productions 2017


            Psychological Character Consultant – Daytime Emmy Winning LGB Storyline

                        “Days of Our Lives” – Corday Productions: NBC Studios, CA. 2011-2012


Co-author of Postmodern Narrative Case Study

                        For Gehart, D. (2014). Theory and treatment planning in family therapy.                                               Pacific Grove, CA


Drama Teacher – First Grade through High School students

            Created, organized, and instructed summer theatre programs

            Summerquest: Clayton, MO – 2002            

            Institute for Educational Advancement: Pasadena, CA – 2001


Meet My Professional Partners

LMFT's Bernice D. Rosillo and Nathalie May from www.theartofbeing.net

Berenice D. Rosillo

Berenice D. Rosillo

Berenice D. Rosillo, LMFT (she/her/ella)

Individual, Couple and Family Therapist

Adjunct University Faculty

Berenice Rosillo is a published author and a Summa Cum Laude graduate of the California State University Northridge where she obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master of Science degree in Counseling with specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy. She is licensed in California (License: LMFT88225) and Arizona (License: LMFT15669). She is also Adjunct Faculty at Pepperdine University, California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), and University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) extension.

Berenice is fluent in English and Spanish. She offers her services in private practice in the city of Woodland Hills, California. She uses a wide range of evidence-based approaches to assist individuals, couples, and families work through their struggles and improve the quality of their lives. She provides a safe, non-judgmental environment where clients can explore their inner selves and move closer to becoming the person, couple, or family they want to be. Additionally, she assists the Latinx community by offering psychological evaluations and documentation to support their immigration cases.

Berenice is an active member of the Ethics Committee for the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) - 2021-2023.

Nathalie May

Nathalie May

LMFT (she/her/elle)

Individual, Couple and Family Therapist


Nathalie grew up in Paris, France and moved to New York City to pursue her love of dance. She made her way to the west coast where she continued her education and graduated with a Master of Science (MS) degree in Counseling with a focus in Marriage and Family Therapy from California State University Northridge. She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 11 years of experience working with children, adolescents, adults, the elderly, and their families. She is licensed in California (License: LMFT98457) and Michigan (License: 4101007240)

Nathalie has worked in outpatient, educational, and in-home settings. She has extensive experience in treating children on the autism spectrum, crisis intervention, behavioral issues, trauma, family issues, and addiction. Her therapeutic approach is solution-focused, using cognitive behavioral therapy. She is trained and certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).

Nathalie is biracial and culturally competent. She can easily relate to clients from diverse backgrounds. She is also bilingual speaking English along with her native French. She believes that by strengthening clients’ ability to take ownership of their own behaviors, they can improve their level of functioning, interpersonal relationships, and emotional wellbeing. Nathalie is highly trained in Structural Family Therapy and works to improve family functioning by increasing positive communication, building on family strengths, and defining and setting healthy boundaries. She enjoys supporting clients in creating a healthy environment for everyone to thrive