Meet our Staff
Linda S. Maul; LMFT 46981. Linda, a former MBCC intern is currently the director and co-supervisor at the Center. She has a private practice in Redondo Beach specializing in helping you work through all of the various difficulties that can jeopardize the important relationships in our life. In addition, she is also working on her Doctorate of Psychology at the Reiss Davis Child Development Center. MBCC has always offered opportunities to not only the interns working toward their license, but to individuals who may be unable to obtain the needed counseling services because of financial constraints. We are here for you! Please check my website at lindamaulcounseling.com
Shirley Binder; MFTI 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, MFTI 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; MFTI 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 enjoys drawing on her extensive background in education—as well as her personal experience raising two children—to help parents find positive paths through difficult parenting issues. Having been a teacher for many years, she understands how children and teens learn and develop emotionally. Her special interest with individuals of all ages is treating anxiety and depression.
Alanna Turner; MFTI 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.