Meet Our TEAm!

Our team of child specialists

Here at BCFC, we pride ourselves in being a group of licensed professionals that specialize in working with children & adolescents. Our clinicians have studied from top-tier, evidence based Universities-  some of which are the best programs in the Country for Clinical Social Work and Counseling.

Each of our therapists & prescribers focus on treating Childhood Disorders and engaging with families on treating children and teens. Their backgrounds prior to coming to BCFC have all included work with children & often times have occurred in a variety of clinical or professional settings. 

While all staff at BCFC work with younger populations, each clinician has a niche, or speciality, within the scope of mental health and individuals. To learn more about our clinicians & prescribers and what they offer our families, click on the profiles below.  

Jessica Cortez, LMSW 


Jessica is the proud owner of BCFC. For the last twelve years, she has specialized in treating children and adolescents using evidence-based therapy.

Over the last four years, Jessica has put together an outstanding team of clinicians. Each one offers specific niche practices and expertise while continuing to serve the children and teen populations. 

Jessica graduated from Michigan State University with her Bachelors in Psychology and graduated from the University of Michigan with her Masters in Clinical Social Work. Learn more about Jessica here.




Emily Alberta, PMHNP-BC, MA

Emily Alberta is a Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner with degrees in both nursing and psychology. Emily is licensed as a psychiatric, mental health nurse practitioner. Emily prescribes medication for our clientele ooking for medication in addition to therapeutic services. Her prior experience in clinical psychology and emergency medicine allow her to best treat families at BCFC.. Read More. 

Dr. Grace Zhao, PMHNP-BC, PhD

Grace Zhao is a Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner with PhD degree in mental health who is qualified to practice in both family medicine and psychiatry; diagnose, treat, and
prescribe medication for children, adolescents, and adults. Some of her practice specialties include (but not limited to) ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Panic attacks and Insomnia. Read More.



Shannon Tavis, LMSW

Shannon treats anxiety, anger, depression, ADHD & life adjustments in children & teens. She helps build life-long skills through practice with CBT & DBT.   Read More.

Selena Kas-Mikah, LLMSW

Selena specializes in working with children and adolescents with eating disorders, anxiety & grief. Teaching your child to build insight in their thought patterns. Read More.

Dr. Cherry Jones, LMFT PhD

Dr. Jones is a licensed PhD Marriage and Family Therapist. She specializes in treating the family as a unit. Dr. Jones works with couples & with parents.Read More.

Olivia Tolonen, LMSW

Olivia specializes in teens and young adults learn about their feelings & create better coping strategies. Focusing on the LGBTQ+ population, anxiety, and depression. Read More.

Dr. Cimone Safilian, MS, TLLP, PhD

Dr. Safilian has a Master’s in Clinical Psychology and a Doctorate in International Psychology. Dr. Safilian specializes in children & teens looking for life skills & improved mood. She also administers psychological assessments.   Read   More. 

Linda Bazzi, LLMSW

Linda focuses on assisting child & teens with their self-esteem, self-talk, and coping mechanisms. Linda’s niche therapy specialities are in helping with distorted eating and women’s issues. Read More.

Monica Silva, LLMSW

Monica assists kids & teens suffering from anxiety, anger management, and depression. She has a background in treating trichotillomania and anxiety disorders in children and teens. Read More.

Emily Arnett, LLPC

Emily works with children & teens on emotion regulation. It’s Emily’s goal that clients can have the opportunity to heal from life’s adversities. She also works with children dealing with trauma. Read More.

Priscilla Gebrayel, LLMSW

Priscilla specializes in children & teens who suffer from anxiety, depression, and everyday stressors. She incorporates CBT and DBT models into her sessions. She works with children as young as 4 years old.   Read   More. 

Erin Mullins,  LMSW

Erin utilizes CBT skills and motivational interviewing to help children and teens with anxiety, depression, and peer problems. She specializes in teaching coping skills.  Read More. 

Lauren Field, LPC

Lauren focuses on helping children & teens with school challenges, life adjustments, and ADHD. She helps parents navigate IEP/504 plans at their school through parent support sessions. Read More.


Naomi Schwartz, LMSW, CTP

Naomi primarily works with elementary-aged children. She is a Certified Trauma Practitioner to help children through previous trauma. She treats those with ADHD, anxiety, and behavioral issues.  Read More.

Emily Cavaleri,  LMSW

Emily is passionate about helping her clients build resiliency to manage the ups and downs that life brings.  She is well versed in IEP/504 plans for students needing academic support. She specializes in treating anxiety, ADHD,  Read More.

Riley King,  LMSW

Riley specializes in elementary-aged children needing the right tools to navigate big feelings. She focuses on anxiety, School problems, & life adjustments.  Her work in the local schools allows her to guide your family through school supports as well. Read More.