The Happy Therapists Team
Who We Are
Founder & CEO
Janisha has been in the human services field for over 17 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.
I specialize in 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.
Arzell Scoggins, AMFT
Arzell Scoggins is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist who has worked in community mental
health for over 10 years. She has extensive clinical experience counseling individuals, groups, and
families utilizing cognitive-behavioral counseling and solution-focused interventions.
Arzell earned her BS in Human Services from the University of Phoenix in 2006, followed by a Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2016. She aspires to strengthen communities by restoring and reconnecting families, meeting them wherever their journey begins.
Arzell also has a strong desire and passion for empowering and providing a safe space for individual growth. She believes in the collaborative therapeutic process to assist all individuals in achieving their desired goals. Arzell makes every effort to help individuals
develop positive coping skills to face life’s challenges and live a fulfilling life.
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.
Jimmie Simpson is an interactive, solution-focused Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, who has worked in the mental health field for over 8 years. His therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges and past traumas. Jimmie earned his BS in Criminal Justice Administration from Cal State Dominguez Hills, followed by a Master’s Degree in Counseling/Marriage, Family and Child Therapy from the University of Phoenix in 2016.
Jimmie is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, Gang/Crises Interventionist, and a Cognitive Behavioral Therapist. His expertise includes Trauma Focus CBT, intimate partner violence, substance use, 12-step program, co-occurring disorders, and family systems. Jimmie integrates many complementary methodologies, techniques, and therapies to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each child, adolescent, adult, couple, and/or family. With compassion, empathy, and understanding, Jimmie works with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth and healing they are committed to accomplishing.
Cassandra Carter ,MFTI
Marriage & Family Therapist Intern
Cassandra Carter is a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern who has worked with many different populations providing mental health support and social support. Cassandra has extensive clinical experience working with clients who have a history of substance abuse. She utilizes Family systems and person-centered theory to inform her practice.
Cassandra earned her BS in Psychology from California State University-Los Angeles in 2018, followed by her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology-Marriage and Family Therapy in 2022 from Mount Saint Mary’s. Cassandra’s passion lies in addressing trauma and helping individuals find their most authentic selves.
Cassandra is very passionate about helping her community move through trauma, get in touch with their inner child, and build a life they are happy with. She enjoys building a collaborative therapeutic relationship with clients and enjoys honoring clients where they’re at.
Leticia Vasquez-Zurita is an Associate Clinical Social worker. Leticia has worked in the mental he's a field for about 10 years. Leticia has experience working with youth and adults with dual diagnoses.
Leticia has a Bachelor's degree in Sociology and a Master's of Social Work from State University, Stanislaus. Leticia is fluent in Spanish.
Leticia is passionate about social justice and through her therapeutic approaches ensures that people's self-determination is respected and supported.
Leticia Vasquez-Zurita ,ACSW
Associate Marriage & Family Therapist