Our Staff


Bruce Brodie, Ph.D. provides individual, couples, and family psychotherapy as well as supervision and consultation in Santa Monica. He was adjunct faculty at the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University for over 20 years. He is the author of Adolescence and Delinquency: an Object Relations Theory Approach and is currently working on a second book, tentatively titled, A Theory of Therapy. License # PSY 6574

Judith Davenport, Ph.D., LCSW, Co-Founder, published author on clinical supervision and the impact of environment on women’s roles, leader of the Case Conference group. Dr. Davenport provides psychotherapy and consultation in her private practice. License # LCS 6682

Monica Farassat, Psy.D., LMFT, CGP is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (1988), and a Certified Group Therapist in Santa Monica, CA.  She is the Director of Admissions, supervises interns, and up until recently lead the interns’ process group at the Saturday Center. She has special interest and passion for leading groups, and continues her clinical focus in the field of individual, couples and group psychotherapy. For more information visit her website at drmonicafarassat.com. License # MFC24491

Susan Frankel, Ph,D., J.D. received her Ph.D. from the University of Southern California and  is a psychologist and Jungian psychoanalyst with a private practice near Century City. She has been a supervisor at the Saturday Center for more than ten years.  In her private practice she sees individuals, children, families and couples.  She has presented nationally on “Infant Observation and its impact on Working with Adults”.  Additionally she uses “sandplay” as an adjunct to psychotherapy.  License # PSY 14552

Layla Jillood, Psy.D. is a licensed Clinical Psychologist with a private practice in Santa Monica. She practices from a Psychodynamic lens, with a specific focus on Intersubjectivity. In her private practice she works with individuals and couples, is sensitive to marginalized populations and has a deep interest in aiding others through life transitions. Layla has also supervised interns at The Maple Center and The Los Angeles LGBT Center. In addition to working with clients, she is an Adjunct Professor at Antioch University.  License # PSY 24228

Steve Kadel, MFT, M.A. attended Wittenberg University,  received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in psychology from Antioch University, and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute.  He has supervised interns at both The Maple Counseling Center in Beverly Hills and The Saturday Center in West Los Angeles. Currently, Steve is the Executive Director of The Saturday Center. He is a licensed psychotherapist with a private practice in Los Angeles.  License # MFC38588

Vanessa Katz, Psy.D. is a licensed Clinical Psychologist with a private practice in the Beverly Grove area of Los Angeles. She works with individuals and couples in psychotherapy as well as supervises interns at the Saturday Center. Her work focuses on treating adults experiencing depression, anxiety, relationship & family issues, parenting difficulties, life transitions, loss and trauma. She is fluent in Spanish.For more information visit her website at www.drvanessakatz.com.  License # PSY 22231

Niaz Khani, Psy.D. is a licensed Clinical Psychologist with a private practice in Santa Monica and works part-time for Los Angeles Pierce College Health Center. She offers Individual & Couples therapy and has a special interest in trauma, loss & grief, identity development & life transitions, and relationship struggles. She supervises interns at The Saturday Center and is adjunct faculty at CSPP at Alliant International University, Pepperdine University, and Argosy University. For more information visit her website www.drniazkhani.com.  License # PSY 23715

Leonia Kallir Kurgan, Ph.D., Psy.D. is in private practice in Santa Monica. She is a certified Psychoanalyst and Psychodramatist, specializing in integrating spirituality in her work with depressed and anxious patients. She has led workshops exploring myths and fairy tales around the world, published in psychological journals, and was an interviewer for the Steven Spielberg ‘Survivors of the Holocaust Project.’ License # MFC16956

Kenneth Scott, Psy.D. provides psychoanalysis and psychotherapy to adults and young adults.  He has taught psychology at CSPP, Antioch University, and Phillips Graduate Institute.  He is currently a supervisor at and was for several years the Executive Director of The Saturday Center and is a past President of the Los Angeles Group Psychotherapy Society (LAGPS). License # PSY 18087

Cindy Speich, Psy.D. has been a clinical supervisor at The Saturday Center since 2005. She treats adolescents, adults, and couples in her private practice in Beverly Hills. Her practice is general, commonly working with individuals struggling with the aftermath of childhood trauma, mood disorders, loss/grief, addiction, eating disorders and relationship issues. License #PSY 18015

Daniela Walder, Psy.D. is a Licensed Psychologist that has been in private practice for over 15 years.  Her area of focus is working with those struggling with anxiety, trauma, relationship issues, parenting, mood disorders, life transitions and eating disorders.  License # PSY 18702


Christine Ashe, MFTI. offers support designed to fit her clients unique needs—with safety, containment, warmth and an honest stance of focused clarity at the forefront of her work. She recognizes the individual challenges that people face, and in working collaboratively with her clients they gently begin to unwind the entanglements of their lives. Christine brings her Somatic Experiencing expertise to the therapeutic journey, as she aims to bring an embodied healing experience to those she works with. Christine believes that we all deserve happiness and the capacity to live an expansive life with meaningful relationships, joy and laughter. This is our shared humanity. Christine works with individuals, couples, and adolescents, with an emphasis on trauma, addiction, relational issues and parenting.

Christine is supervised by Niaz Khani, Psy.D., PSY 23715

Kirsten Frantzich, Ph.D. enjoys working with individuals from a variety of backgrounds and life circumstances, particularly those who are experiencing relational, sexual, and traumatic concerns as well as issues related to aging, meaning, and vitality. After attending the drama division of The Juilliard School, she worked for many years as a professional actor and has a special interest in challenges unique to artistic life. As both a performer and psychotherapist, Kirsten believes in the transformative power of longing, loss, and uncertainty and that facing difficult feelings together often leads to a deeper understanding of ourselves, others, and what it is to be human. As a therapist she works to create an atmosphere of freedom and acceptance where embodied, collaborative, relational inquiry can thrive. PSB 94022764

Kirsten is supervised by Vanessa Katz, Psy.D., PSY 22231

Diem M. Nguyen, Psy.D., as a psychotherapist and a human being, is dedicated to the values of diversity, equity, and self-knowledge. Broadly, this dedication manifests itself in her ongoing commitment to social change through bridging awareness, compassion, and understanding. Diem offers support for her clients in the form of warmth, containment, and empowerment. These efforts are aimed at taking manageable steps in healing by promoting healthier relationships with oneself and others. In addition to working in a private practice setting, Diem has significant experience working at various public and private colleges and universities supporting the needs of diverse students, staff, faculty, and administrators. Her capacity to be supportive to unique issues and needs has allowed her to maximize benefits to the communities she serves both at work and at home. Diem has specialized interests in childhood trauma, family issues, intersections of identity, identity development, diversity issues, work-life balance, life transitions, and relationship issues. PSB94022848

Diem is supervised by Cynthia Speich, Psy.D., PSY 18015

Nicole Zokaeem, M.A. is a doctoral candidate who offers a unique blend of warmth, directness, and intuition within her therapeutic relationships. She believes in creating a safe but challenging space—where her clients can authentically express, explore, and experience the various parts of who they are in order to promote growth. Nicole focuses on the here-and-now, so as to help people cultivate healthier relationships within themselves and with others. As a second-year intern at The Saturday Center, she effectively treats a wide range of issues, and is especially drawn to supporting those with trauma, grief, disability/illness, as well as exploring LGBTQ-identity, and addiction. Nicole works with individuals and couples, and also has considerable experience in providing group psychotherapy.

Nicole is supervised by Bruce Brodie, Ph.D., PSY 6574