Our Staff


Bruce Brodie, Ph.D. provides individual, couples, and family psychotherapy as well as supervision and consultation in Santa Monica. He is the Clinical Director of The Saturday Center. 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 # PSY6574

Judith Davenport, Ph.D., LCSW, Co-Founder of The Saturday Center and Clinical Supervisor. She is a published author on clinical supervision and the impact of environment on women’s roles. For many years, she was the leader of the Case Conference group. Dr. Davenport provides psychotherapy and consultation in her private practice. License # LCS6682

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 a Director at The Saturday Center, 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 is the Director of Training at the Saturday Center. She has been a clinical 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 # PSY14552

Layla Jillood, Psy.D. is a licensed Clinical Psychologist with a private practice in Santa Monica. She is The Director of Admissions of the Saturday Center and runs the Case Conference group. 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, Southern California Counseling Center and The Los Angeles LGBT Center. In addition to working with clients, she is an Adjunct Professor at Antioch University.  License # PSY24228

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 is the Executive Director of the Saturday Center and leads the Process Group. He has supervised interns at both The Maple Counseling Center in Beverly Hills and The Saturday Center in West Los Angeles. 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 # PSY22231

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 # PSY23715

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 # PSY18087

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 #PSY18015


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 Cynthia Speich, Psy.D., PSY18015

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 Susan Frankel, PhD., PSY14552

Nic Harbeck, M.A., MFTI, is a graduate of Antioch University Los Angeles with a Master’s in Clinical Psychology and a specialization in Spiritual Depth Psychology. Nic’s philosophy of true mental health is the ability to tolerate the ambivalence of life while maintaining an authentic connection to the self and others. She integrates psychodynamic, relational, intersubjective and transpersonal orientations with intersectional feminism. Nic finds working within and among these philosophies she gains a fuller picture of clients’ experiences, how to reach therapeutic goals and a general sense of well-being. Nic provides a safe environment working collaboratively with adolescents, adults, couples, and families in exploring issues including sexual and gender diversity, LGBTQIP2SA+ identities, anxiety, depression, aging, racial and cultural issues, trauma, and difficulty in relationships. Nic is currently an intern in private practice at The Saturday Center for Psychotherapy and Training, a non-profit providing high-quality, affordable psychotherapy to the Los Angeles Community. Nic is supervised by Monica Farassat, PsyD., MFC24491

Katy O’Donnell, M.A., MFTI, Katy is a Registered Nurse with a background in Oncology. She earned an M.A. in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica and an M.A. in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. Katy has explored Jungian psychology privately for over 20 years utilizing art and poetry as a medium for processing loss and trauma. She has worked at the Cancer Support Community as a marriage and family therapist intern working individually and leading support groups for patients and their families dealing with medical trauma. Katy incorporates Jungian, expressive, intersubjective and somatic approaches. She seeks to accompany each person into the deeper layers of psyche to help them re-integrate repressed parts of themselves and access their own wholeness and wisdom. This reintegration can help them transcend and heal dysfunctional patterns of behavior, beliefs, and relationships, and move into a more fulfilling life. Katy is supervised by Susan Frankel, Ph.D., PSY14552.

 Rincy Mathew, M.A., MFTI, Rincy is a graduate of Pepperdine University with Masters Degrees in both Public Policy and Clinical Psychology. Using her background in both policy and psychology, Rincy has a strong interest in understanding how broader themes such as culture and society impact internal processes at the individual level, particularly, the development and formation of self identify. She combines therapeutic tools from Self Psychology, Voice Dialogue techniques and Existential and Psychodynamic Theories, as well and Jungian concepts of the Shadow to understand disowned and repressed parts of ones self in order to find integration and personal empowerment. She is particularly interested in working intersubjectively with her clients where she utilizes the therapeutic relationship itself to provoke personal transformation by offering them a chance to experience and see their true self while in relation to another.  Rincy believes we can transcend personal limitations to reach our full potential, but only through a genuine desire and effort for self awareness and consciousness. As such, she has a strong interest in spirituality, particularly in Buddhist philosophy where the self, body, and mind are integrated and aligned with healthy parts of the psyche in order to develop and discover real emotion, life force energy and greater ways of living authentically and freely. Rincy is supervised by Bruce Brodie, Ph.D., PSY6574