Meet our Staff
Jeannie Beaumont, LMFT, ATR (MFC 47817) Jeannie is the Clinical Director/Clinical Supervisor of the Manhattan Beach Community Counseling Center. A graduate of Loyola Marymount's Marriage and Family Therapy/Clinical Art Therapy program, Jeannie has been serving the South Bay community in her private practice, Art & Soul Art Therapy Studio, for nearly a decade. A native of the beach cities and a former intern at MB Community Counseling Center, Jeannie has cultivated deep roots here and is dedicated to serving those seeking help with their mental health needs.
Shirley Binder, AMFT 99426. Shirley received her Masters in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy and a specialization in Spiritual Depth Psychology from Antioch University Los Angeles. Shirley has provided intensive case management services at Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services in Inglewood and was an eligibility worker for Los Angeles County in Compton. She completed her training hours at Exodus Psychiatric Facility in Culver City and in 2017 she started her internship at a private practice in Torrance and at MBCC. Shirley is a certified Mental Health Rehabilitation Specialist through Mental Health of America and she completed a 1 year apprenticeship in the Healing Arts drawing from the shamanic traditions in Redondo Beach. Shirley has personal experience raising 2 children and she provides a safe therapeutic environment to connect, promote change and healing. She will collaborate with you to help identify and work towards your goals and increase your empowerment and self-growth. She enjoys working with adults, elderly, children and adolescents who may be experiencing anxiety, depression, grief and loss and existential concerns.
Kathy Blenko, AMFT 88305 Kathy received her Masters in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University. She also has an MBA from the University of Chicago and worked several years in corporate marketing. Kathy brings the life experiences of a 30+ year marriage, raising children who are now adults and supporting aging parents. Using a warm and collaborative style, Kathy tailors her approach to each child, adult, couple or family. Her experience includes working with relationship issues, depression, anxiety, parenting, major illness, grief and loss, infertility, adoption and substance abuse. Kathy and her husband are peer counselors for other families in their congregation. She also works at the Cancer Support Community in Redondo Beach.
Pat Petersen, AMFT 81011. Pat received an M. A., Marriage and Family Therapy, from Philips Graduate Institute in 2014. Her previous two master’s degrees are in Early Childhood Education and Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. She draws on her extensive background in education to help parents find positive paths through difficult parenting issues and bring the joy back into parenting. She finds great satisfaction in helping couples enhance their communication and connection. She also enjoys working with individuals suffering from anxiety and depression to find their strength, resiliency and fulfillment.
AlannaTurner, AMFT 88476. Alanna earned her Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2015 at California State University, Dominguez Hills. She completed her training hours at South Bay Center for Counseling in El Segundo and at 186th Street School in Gardena. In 2016, she started her internship at a private practice in Redondo Beach and at MBCC. Utilizing a positive, motivational approach to therapy, Alanna listens empathically and provides a safe, comforting therapeutic environment for her clients. She enjoys working with children and individuals with challenges including: marital and parenting difficulties, divorce, grief and loss, low self-esteem, anxiety, and depression.
Brian Lutz, AMFT 101628 Brian earned his Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University. Brian’s areas of strength include working with chronic illness, substance abuse, and helping people who are struggling with relationship and family issues. Brian focuses on helping people to identify and work through their unique areas of struggle in order to achieve optimal performance. Brian believes that by increasing awareness of specific areas of struggle, incorporating new perspectives and integrating new experiences, people can become more flexible and have more productive responses to life’s challenges.
Born and raised in the South Bay, Brian is excited for the opportunity to help people in his local community to live more meaningful and fulfilling lives.
Macy Grim, APCC 2514 Macy earned her Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Specialization in Play Therapy, Traumatology, and Adventure Therapy from Georgia State University. Macy takes a holistic and nonjudgmental approach to counseling using Humanistic/Child-Centered theory. She strongly believes in meeting the client where he/she is and working to help develop a greater sense of self and a more positive outlook on life. Macy works with children of all ages to help facilitate change and positive growth. From an encouraging standpoint, she helps children reach their potential and have a better sense of self-efficacy. Macy specializes in play therapy with children, adolescents, teens, and parenting work.