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Monique Sandoval

Monique Sandoval

As a primary therapist at Lido Wellness Center (LWC), Monique works with patients on multiple levels, treating patients both on an individual basis, as well as facilitating group therapy. In addition to process groups, she leads healthy relationships groups and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) weekend planning groups. Monique also assists in the LWC Family Program and actively meets with patients and their families on understanding the complexities of their loved one’s struggles and how to help their family member achieve their recovery goals.

Working in mental health for the past 16 years, she began as an ABA therapist, using applied behavior analysis as a form of treatment. She pursued a career in social work and has worked in various settings including residential treatment, acute psychiatric hospitals, and in IOP/PHP levels of care with patients experiencing different levels of psychosis. It is this breadth of experience that she believes has given her the ability to conceptualize what her patients may be experiencing and helps her select the modality that may work best for their treatment.

While working on attaining her bachelor’s degree in psychology from California State University, Fullerton (CSUF), she was nominated for the Outstanding Undergraduate Award. She then went on to earn her master’s degree in social work from the University of Southern California (USC) where she was a member of the Phi Alpha Honor Society. She is also proud recipient of the 2013 Hispanic Heritage Award.

With a specialty and passion for CBT, she respects LWC’s interdisciplinary approach and varying staff perspectives that each professional brings to his or her job. Coming from her foundation in social work, she believes that LWC is aligned with her core beliefs and values as a therapist and appreciates the work/life balance that LWC practices and encourages with its staff.

For Monique, her job extends to a deep gratitude that she is able to walk with someone on their journey to not only find who they are today, but also to help them harness their ability to heal from within. She prides herself on providing her patients with the perspective of giving themselves grace and encourages them to see past their struggles to employ self-love as part of their healing. As she encourages her patients to do, she journals weekly and sets her intention daily and reflects nightly on the gratitude she had felt through the day.

 

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Anna-Karin Bjorklund Lido Wellness

Anna-Karin Bjorklund

Anna-Karin Bjorklund is a primary therapist at Lido Wellness Center. As a long-term specialist in dreams, she specializes in dream therapy, higher awareness, love and compassion, meditation, and transformational soul growth.

Anna-Karin has worked professionally with dreams for many years. Her experience includes working as Board Chair for the International Association for the Study of Dreams, a dream specialist with Miraval Spa, a dream teacher, a seminar leader, and a dream expert in the media. She is also a published author of three books on dreams and soul growth.

As a graduate of the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia, and Argosy University in Orange, California, Anna-Karin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Tourism Management and a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology and Marriage and Family Therapy. During her graduate program in counseling and psychology, she was able to focus her studies in the area of Jungian psychology, which further helped deepen her interest in dreams and depth psychology.

She holds a registration as an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT) and is also a registered Yoga Teacher, E-RYT 200, RYT-500, YACEP, and a certified Reiki Master Teacher.

She recently completed her certification as a Trauma-Sensitive HeartMath® Certified Practitioner and holds a lay master’s degree in Parapsychic Science from American Institute of Holistic Theology.

She is extensively trained in dream work, meditation, and mindfulness. In 2007 she traveled to Southern India to deepen her meditation practice and inner spiritual connection where she spent a month in a small ashram, living in silence and meditating every day from morning to night.

Previously, Anna-Karin has worked in all levels of care including Residential, PHP, and IOP focusing on the treatment of substance use disorders and primary mental health.

Anna-Karin is past Board Chair of the International Association for the Study of Dreams (IASD), a non-profit, international, multidisciplinary organization dedicated to the pure and applied investigation of dreams and dreaming. She is also a past Manager for the IASD Online Course Center.

Anna-Karin was a long-term specialist with Miraval Life in Balance Spa at Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, where she offered private dream sessions and crystal reiki chakra balancing sessions. Earlier in her career, she was an international aviation executive for many years, and also an aviation journalist.

As a dream specialist she has appeared on national TV shows including Steve Harvey (NBC), Fox & Friends (Fox), and Face the Truth (CBS), and been featured on goop.com, mindbodygreen, and in magazines such as Orange Coast, Marie Claire, Money, and Yours.

Anna-Karin is passionate about soul growth and loves helping people remember their inner connection. In her work as Primary Therapist, she gently helps guide clients as they identify unconscious patterns, underlying anxieties, and limiting beliefs, and lovingly holds the space as clients begin to expand their consciousness and embark on a journey of soul growth, inner healing, and transformation.

 

Originally from Sweden, Anna-Karin has also lived in Australia and the UK. She has lived in Southern California for almost 20 years. She is the author of Dream and Believe: The Celestial Art of Creating in Soul Alignment, The Dream Alchemist: A Woman’s Search for Love, Bliss, and Freedom across India, Time, and Dreams, and Dream Guidance: Interpret Your Dreams and Create the Life You Desire.

Anna-Karin loves guiding patients on their own luminous paths of awakening and cherishes the connection with patients at Lido Wellness Center.  She is grateful to be able to help inspire people to remember their own inner connection through her holistic therapy sessions and groups.

Anna-Karin loves holding space for clients as they begin to experience their inner soul alignment, live with an open heart, build loving connections, and blossom into their authentic selves.

With an extensive background in holistic healing and a deep interest in bringing unconscious patterns to the light, Anna-Karin felt inspired by Lido Wellness Center’s unique mind/body/spirit holistic model customized for each patient. Her love for helping people live an inspired and authentic life shines through in all her work.

In her own time, Anna-Karin incorporates wellness and self-care through taking serene walks along the ocean, nourishing her body with good nutrition, honoring her sleep, and listening to her dreams. She also practices daily meditation and gentle yoga. She cherishes her inner spiritual connection and loves writing in the early hours of the day. She loves spending quality time with her daughter and is often found playing with the family French bulldog, Coco.

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Hanna McAlister

Hanna McAlister serves as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist at Lido Wellness Center (LWC), assisting patients in repairing their relationship with food and helping them form coping skills to reduce eating disorder behaviors. In addition to receiving her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nutritional Science from California State University, Los Angeles, Hanna completed a year-long dietetic internship through Public Health Foundation WIC (Women Infants Children) in the Los Angeles area where she worked with low-income communities to help provide nutrition education to children and pregnant women.

Approaching a decade of cumulative experience working with patients who struggle with eating disorders, and/or disordered eating, she is keenly able to mold and shape her approach with each patient and to recognize each individual’s needs in how they approach their relationship with food. She has worked with individuals from all walks of life and continues to pursue research into hormonal health, specifically Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and how it relates to nutrition and eating disorders.

She sees her role at LWC as an important one in helping patients on their journey to food freedom and intuitive eating. She enjoys providing her patients with the insight that allows them to apply nutrition education to their own lives together with tools to practice food freedom. At Lido Wellness Center she is grateful to work with a supportive team and a community that provides a safe space to work and feel supported as she helps patients become more aware and intuitive eaters. When she is not at work, she likes to spend time outdoors, hiking, going to the beach, and outings with her daughter at the park.

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Ashley Akubuiro Lido Wellness

Ashley Akubuiro

Ashley Akubuiro is a clinical case manager at Lido Wellness. She is the advocate for patients—walking with them through their treatment journey and making sure their treatment needs are met.

Her background in clinical psychology (and as a trained clinician) situates her in the unique position to ensure every client receives the treatment that is effective and appropriate. This is assessed through individual connections to fully understand the patient’s journey, expectations, and desires.

Ashley received her BS in Psychology and BA in Theology from Oakwood University MS in Neuroscience from the University of Iowa and MA in Clinical Psychology from Fuller Theological Seminary.

With a deep understanding that every person is unique and has differing mental-health needs, her primary focus is twofold: patients receive the best treatment for them and the whole person is taken care of. Lido Wellness Center is determined to provide holistic treatment for each patient, and this made a perfect connection for Ashley when she joined the team.

In her own words, “I chose Lido because each clinical and member of the team genuinely care about the wellbeing of the entire person. I’ve seen them go above and beyond to ensure each patient is getting what they need from their time with us.”

Ashley gets strength and satisfaction from balancing her work and home life. She believes sin leaving work at work, and when she’s home, being intentional to give attention to things that she enjoys—things that give her life.

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