several CURRENT AND FORMER CLIENTS volunteered to speak briefly about their work with me. Here's what they had to say: 

"After working with Dr. Lara for several months, she was a witness to my first (and only) psychotic break.  She got me into the hospital right away and, working with the case managers on staff, found me a psychiatrist to prescribe the medications to stabilize me.  I fought the diagnosis of Bipolar I Disorder for weeks, but once the medications began working, I realized that I had to accept the fact that I would have to deal with this diagnosis for the rest of my life.  However, Dr. Lara has made it easier for me in that she has convinced me it is not a death sentence!  The cognitive behavioral approach works really well to help me be more calm and rational about my condition. She helps me manage my medications (of which there are several!), and we talk about how to look at this as just another change in my life, not a debilitating burden.  I am so grateful for her help, especially because my psychiatrist is not the easiest person to talk to! Thanks, Dr. Lara!!" ... Alejandra P., retail assistant

"I came to Dr. Lara after years of unfortunate events that led to me hitting rock bottom. I was dealing with debilitating anxiety and depression that made daily activities seem like enormous mountains. Family troubles, a string of unhealthy relationships, poor self esteem, and a cyber stalking ex-boyfriend that I was opting to get a restraining order against weren't helping at all. I wasn't sleeping at night, and even still, getting out of bed in the morning was the last thing I wanted to do. I felt hopeless, paranoid, stuck, unstable and out of control.

Dr. Lara's cognitive behavioral approach and objective perspective on my situations helped me see the light at the end up the tunnel. Dr. Lara told me what I needed to hear (even if I didn't want to hear it), and gave me a new perspective. Within weeks of seeing Dr. Lara I was able to plant my feet on a solid foundation. She helped me feel validated and understood, and reminded me that I am not alone in my struggles, nor are my struggles all my fault. My life has changed for the better now that I'm able to see what I needed to see, and things are certainly looking up for me. I know it sounds cliché, but Dr. Lara truly helped me put myself back together when I was broken, and continues to help me keep going in the right direction.  Thank you, Dr. Lara!"...  Debra K., Administrator, Child Care Facility


"I lost my sister suddenly and was struggling with grief and extreme anger. Dr. Mel, with her wisdom and understanding, along with her suggestions, made a world of difference for me.  I will be forever grateful, for her help with one of the most difficult times in my life." ...  Cindy C., Beauty Consultant


“I have sought Dr. Lara’s assistance since 2001 when I realized I couldn’t handle depression on my own. She has assisted me immensely through the many twists and turns of my life throughout the years. She’s easy to talk to, has a practical point of view and wise advice. I will continue to seek her guidance for those rough times in my life.”  LTC – Survivor :-)