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Ashley Colis Farag

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My goal is for every client and their loved ones to experience the sense of pride that comes from accomplishing something that they once considered ‘impossible’.”

Ashley Colis Farag strives to make the “impossible” possible every day. She’s dedicated to providing excellent services for the best outcomes, and helping people make meaningful progress towards achieving their goals and improving their quality of life.

Ashley received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with an emphasis in Psychobiology from California Lutheran University in 2008. She worked in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) as an undergrad in Southern California and the Middle East, and considers working with individuals with autism and developmental disabilities a privilege. In 2011, Ashley earned her master’s degree in education with an emphasis in ABA from Arizona State University. Her areas of interest are collaboration and intervention in the school setting, treatment of sleep disturbance, and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT).

Ashley is turning her longtime hobby of candle-making into an opportunity for individuals with special needs to gain vocational training and employment. She also enjoys exploring beautiful Southern California with her dogs Dexter and Rudy.

Andrea Aramabula

Andrea Arambula

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“There is no greater disability in society than the inability to see a person as more.”

Andrea Arambula can see the potential of every individual she serves as she works with children with disabilities and provides behavioral health treatment to build independent living skills. She’s passionate about what she does and believes “Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” Andrea also gives in-home parent training for parents to learn strategies to strengthen their child’s progress.

Andrea received her Bachelor of Sociology from CSUN and attended National University for her master’s degree in teaching and specialized in ABA. She’s been in the field since 2012, first as a behavior technician, then as a social skills facilitator working with children ages 7-15. In 2016, Andrea was promoted to program coordinator, managing staff and providing parent training. She was promoted to her current position as director of clinical services for the Van Nuys Behavioral Health Treatment Center in 2018.

Andrea has an 8-year-old daughter who makes her feel complete, and she enjoys spending time with her. In her spare time, Andrea likes to go hiking or heat cycling with friends.

Marina Simonyan

Marina Simonyan

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“Some people can hear you speak a thousand words and not understand you. Others understand without you speaking a word.”

Marina Simonyan understands people, and she is passionate about making positive, lasting changes in the lives of families who have loved ones diagnosed with developmental disabilities. She says, “We help people learn to function as independently as possible in society, and go on to live meaningful lives.” Marina aspires to travel the world, helping families who are affected with autism and related disabilities.

Marina received her master’s degree in clinical psychology at Antioch University. She began her journey 11 years ago, and has been a behavioral therapist, direct staff, program coordinator, and manager of in-home parent training. She earned her BCBA, under the supervision of Dr. Sadeghi, in 2011.

Marina grew up in a household of women that taught her how to be strong, dependable, and independent. She enjoys going to the beach (though she can’t swim!), working out, traveling, and reading crime mysteries.

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Yelba Diaz

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“Listen actively and your solutions are endless.”

Yelba Diaz loves to find solutions that improve the quality of life for families and their future. She explains, “The problem behaviors that we manage today can open doors to so many other opportunities for integration into their community. My experience with the families we support has been invaluable.”

Yelba earned her Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education. Working with BRIA helped her acquire new skills and discover her passion for problem-solving and inspiring others to make a change. Yelba is pursuing a master’s degree in education with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis and her BCBA.

Yelba enjoys cooking, exercising, traveling, and spending time with her family.