Helping people live
flexible, meaningful lives
We all get stuck in behavior patterns that aren’t necessarily what we want for ourselves. Really, if we could choose, none of us would struggle with worries, fears, doubts, sadness, or loneliness. We wouldn’t need to try to push away these difficult emotions by engaging in destructive behavior patterns, like substance abuse, or pursuing unhealthy relationships, or avoiding social activities. It’s natural to try and protect ourselves from emotional pain, but the cost is high. Our lives get smaller, more inflexible, less meaningful, and less vital. Our goal in working with individuals is to help people open up, live in the present moment, and make choices that are driven more by values and less by fears.
Margie Provenzano, PsyD
I am a licensed clinical psychologist with a doctorate in clinical psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. I also have an undergraduate degree in journalism from Northwestern University, and I worked in magazine publishing for 10 years before going back to graduate school to study psychology. During that part of my career, I had the full range of professional experiences, including hiring people, firing people, managing an departmental budget, traveling frequently on business (and feeling the effects of that on my personal life), being laid off, and having to lay off other people. I can absolutely relate to people who struggle to find meaning in their professional and personal lives.
After the events of 9/11, and following some difficult experiences that came on the heels of that, I decided to go back to school because I wanted to do something that felt more personally meaningful with my life. I love my work as a clinical psychologist. Over the years I have developed particular interest in working with people with anxiety disorders, and I have a special interest in working with people who have experienced trauma in their lives. Some of the most rewarding work I have done has been my volunteer and professional work with people from all walks of life who needed help dealing with traumatic events that they experienced, which threatened to consume and define the rest of their life. This is a very anxious world we all live in, but anxiety and avoidance don’t have to dictate the choices you make in your life!
Nina Yamini, PsyD
I am a post-doctoral clinical psychologist at Proven Behavioral Health Inc. I earned my Master of Arts (M.A.) and Doctor of Psychology Degrees (Psy.D.) from the APA-accredited Clinical PsyD program at the California School of Professional Psychology (Los Angeles campus) of Alliant International University. I received my Bachelor of Arts Degree (B.A.) from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
My early professional experiences involve working at college and university counseling centers where I provided brief and long term individual, group, and couples therapy to undergraduate and graduate students in the age range of 17-65. Drawing upon my heightened sensitivity to and awareness of multiculturalism, I have treated individuals of diverse backgrounds in a varied socio-economic and cultural context. My research and clinical expertise center on trauma work; I have a special interest in working with clients who are suffering from trauma history, depression, anxiety, shame, and
I understand psychological healing as a conscious attempt at finding meaning in one’s life. This perspective informs my theoretical orientation, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), an evidenced-based contextually-focused form of behavioral
psychotherapy. For me, a key part of therapy involves teaching you set of skills that will allow you to become more aware of, and able to cope with, difficult thoughts, feelings, sensations, and memories. More importantly, I recognize that the facilitator of any intervention or approach is client-therapy rapport. For that reason, at the core of my work is a particular emphasis on the client-therapist relationship. It is very important to me that you feel comfortable, safe, and receive me as warm, understanding and empathic. I hope to work with you in a collaborative manner as we find your inner resources for meaning,
self-understanding, and growth.
Outside of clinical work, I enjoy cooking and have a special love for dogs.
Languages spoken: English, Farsi and conversational Hebrew
Specific Clinical Interests: Trauma, grief/bereavement, depression, anxiety, existential/religious/spiritual concerns, identity development, stress management, mindfulness, self-compassion, first generation college students, veterans, LGBTQ, multicultural/diversity issues, refugee/immigration, adjustment and life transitions.
Louie is a sweet Yorkie Poodle who comes to the office a couple days each week. He is non-shedding and hypoallergenic. He's also super friendly and calm, and tends to do a good job helping patients process whatever emotions they're feeling!