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The Happy Therapists Team

Who We Are


Janisha Mickens-Ingram,LMFT

Founder & CEO

Janisha has been in the human services field for over 18 years. 


Janisha fell in love with helping those who often had trouble helping themselves.  She realizes in the black and brown community therapy is, at times taboo and has been relegated to "crazy" people, it's for everyone. In a world that has been shut down and many are uncertain just know you are not alone.  As a therapist but most importantly as a human my ability to connect and relate with almost anyone no matter your race, gender, culture, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, or age.


Janish's expertise offers solutions for pressing mental health challenges affecting both individuals and workplaces, including high-achieving employees. Assisting those who suffer from a lack of self-esteem, co-dependency, attachment/detachment issues, a decrease in self-worth, depression, anxiety, and all-around fear of success. My main focus is breaking generational patterns with empowerment, perseverance, and igniting resiliency.

Therapy is a place where you can be transparent with no judgment. A safe place where you can be your authentic self. Whichever path you decided to find closure and healing, know that there is someone here to help you through the process. Stay hopeful and remember though times are hard they will not last forever.

DaShanna Brinson, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Congratulations on your decision to address challenges that have prevented you from being your authentic self and rising to your full potential. It has been normalized for people to build themselves on a shaky foundation that has trauma and pain underneath and in the cracks. Therapy is a safe space where you can be transparent with no judgment. By seeking therapy, you have actually taken the first of many steps to building a stronger foundation that would allow you to become your best self.


As a therapist, but more importantly, as a human being, I have had the privilege of being able to connect and relate with others no matter your race, gender, culture, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, or age. I understand that you have the tools within you to be the person you want to be. My task is to provide a safe, nonjudgmental space where we can focus on you becoming or returning to your best self. In therapy, we will function as a team to set and fulfill goals. I provide transparency and a strength-based, predictable therapeutic environment. My clients and colleagues have described me as relatable, down-to-earth, a good listener, knowledgable, engaging with a good sense of humor, and easy to talk to, and have described it as pleasing and therapeutic.  


On this path, you may find closure, increase your self-worth, become a better you, become a better parent/ spouse/ sibling/ etc., face anxiety, depression, life transitions, relationship issues, career decisions, and many other personal challenges. Just know that I am here to help and although it may feel like it, you are not alone. Take a deep breath; let's focus on you, and I look forward to beginning this journey with you.


Krysta Alarcon, ASW

Associate Clinical Scoical Worker

Hello! I am Krysta Alarcon, MSW, and a service-focused individual with a passion for serving the needs of underprivileged adults and adolescents including homeless, at-risk youth, and other disabled populations. I have over 10 years of work experience in the Social Services industry including substance abuse, re-entry (AB 109/Parolee), and domestic violence. I use my experience to help empower individuals toward better overall well-being. I graduated with both my undergrad and graduate degrees (Master of Social Work) from Cal State Long Beach (Go Beach!).


I have learned to integrate effective communication and my clinical knowledge as an effective provider and leader to clients and overcome barriers related to behavioral health. I use my critical thinking skills to use when providing leadership and person-centered services to individuals. I was born and raised in East Los Angeles where I also currently live and work. My passion lies beyond mental health more towards overall well-being and becoming the best version of ourselves in hopes of creating a brighter future. In my off-time, you could find me in the gym, out in nature, or on the basketball court. I also love to spend time with loved ones, read, binge on great shows, and live my own life of adventure with travel.


Marriage & Family Therapist Intern

Khalia Taylor is a Marriage Family Therapist with a fresh perspective as an upcoming clinician.  In 2018, she received her Bachelor's degree from Marymount California University in Biology and Psychology.  After graduating, she worked in Applied Behavioral Analysis therapy working closely with kiddos with special needs, specifically Autism.  Khalia went on to become an Emergency Medical Technician, allowing her to have a unique ability to understand the connection between the human body and mind due to her science background.  In 2020, she began her Masters's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and successfully graduated from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2022.  During this program, she gained invaluable hands-on experience, including working as a school-based counselor.   With a thirst for knowledge and a true passion for psychology, she decided to pursue her Doctoral degree and has successfully completed her first semester. 

Khalia is very passionate about health and fitness as well as the connection it holds between mental health, specifically helping to positively alleviate symptoms of Depression and Anxiety.  Khalia is extremely warm, a complete people person with a genuine heart to help others, striving to make a positive impact on her community. 


Mariela Cortez, ASW

Associate Clinical Scoical Worker

Hi, I am Mariela Cortez, ASW. I am a bilingual English-Spanish speaking therapist. I have experience working with individuals with symptoms of depression, trauma, anxiety, feelings of anger, and loss. I have worked with adults from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. I am very passionate about empowering individuals to heal and live their best life.


My goal is to help you increase self-awareness and coping skills to help manage your symptoms. I honor the principles of compassion, openness, acceptance, and nonjudgment. My style of therapy is warm and compassionate. I use a collaborative approach by building on your strengths to help you meet your therapeutic goals. I hope that we can connect and work together on your journey toward a healthier life.

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