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 and leads the Process Group. 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 his second book, Object Relations and Intersubjective Theories in the Practice of Psychotherapy. License # PSY6574

Matt Calkins Psy.D., CGP is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and a Certified Group Psychotherapist. He received his B.A. in Literature from Occidental College in 1996 and taught English in a special education high school prior to receiving his Psy.D. from Alliant International University Los Angeles. Matt completed his clinical training at the Saturday Center, after which he maintained a small private practice while working in community mental health settings. From 2008-2019, Matt worked as Director of Counseling at Occidental College.  Currently, he is in full time private practice in Pasadena where he provides individual and group psychotherapy to adults and teens. License #PSY21783

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 and a Certified Group Therapist in Santa Monica, CA.  She is The Director at Large at The Saturday Center, supervises interns, and up until recently lead the interns’ process group at the Saturday Center. She formerly served as The Director of Admissions to The Saturday Center for over 15 years. 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 Finance 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 in private practice in Santa Monica. She is The Executive Director for 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. She also has a passion for issues around Social Justice and Equality. 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 Los Angeles.  License # PSY24228

Steve Kadel, LMFT, 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 a clinical supervisor at The Saturday Center and formerly lead 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 is the Director of Admissions for the Saturday Center. 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 is the Director of Marketing and runs the Marketing Group. She offers Individual & Couples therapy and has a special interest in trauma, loss & grief, identity development & life transitions, and relationship struggles. She is a clinical supervisor 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

Diem M. Nguyen, Psy.D. is a licensed Clinical Psychologist with a private practice in Santa Monica, CA. She received her Doctorate of Psychology degree from The Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA where she worked with diverse populations in varied clinical settings. In her private practice she works with individuals (adolescents and adults) and couples. She examines the ways collective trauma can shape identities and affect health, and emphasizes interpersonal and intergenerational healing in her work. Her background and training in community based and advocacy organizations inspires her interests in working with and increasing health access for marginalized people, including Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color (BIPOC), and LGBTQ+ communities. For more information, visit her website at www.drdiemtherapy.com License # PSY31927

Cynthia 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


Shelby Ash, M.A., has a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at Antioch, Santa Barbara. Shelby has a wide range of experience working with individuals, couples, and families in a private practice setting as well as inpatient treatment facilities.  She primarily practices from a psychodynamic, relational, and attachment lens, occasionally integrating various modalities as appropriate.  Her areas of interest include, but are not limited to, childhood trauma, interpersonal relationships, mood disorders, self-esteem, identity development, body image, addiction, anxiety, and depression. Shelby is supervised by Bruce Brodie, PhD., License #PSY6574

Cari Smulyan, AMFT., is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist at The Saturday Center. Cari has extensive experience working with clients suffering from, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, relational issues, and complex trauma. Cari is experienced in working with individuals with personality disorders, mood disorders and addiction. She received a Master of Clinical Psychology from Antioch University, Los Angeles. Cari began her training at Peace Over Violence where she provided individual, group, and family therapy to clients who were survivors of domestic, sexual and interpersonal violence. She has worked with diverse populations for over fifteen years. She is a yoga instructor who has taken additional trauma informed yoga training, implementing it as an intervention with her clients. Cari integrates principles of psychodynamic, attachment, mindfulness and humanistic theoretical approaches into her work. Cari uses individualized, empowerment, and holistic approaches to help clients live a life worth living. Cari is supervised by Susan Frankel, Ph.D., J.D. License #PSY14552.

Brad Gilmore, AMFT., is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist with a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University, Los Angeles. Brad has been helping individuals deepen their awareness of self for many years. He is particularly interested in the conflicts which impede one’s ability to have successful relationships, achieve one’s goals or finally gain some clarity into why certain patterns persist in one’s life, Brad carefully explores the origin of the problem and how it impacts his clients in present day. Brad is supervised by Vanessa Katz, Psy.D., License # PSY22231

Jeremy Thacker, M.A., has a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Antioch University Los Angeles and is currently pursuing his doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara. He enjoys working with couples, individuals, teens, and children and believes the best therapy is a collaborative relationship where you are invited to authentically express and explore all the parts of yourself in a safe and welcoming environment. Jeremy’s psychodynamic approach is rooted in attachment, intersubjective, and depth psychology theories, with a primary goal of honoring individuality while also nurturing our basic human need for belonging. His specialty areas include couples/parenting/family systems, grief/trauma, and sexuality/spirituality. Jeremy is supervised by Susan Frankel, Ph.D., J.D. License #PSY14552.

Rachelle Cohen, AMFT, believes it is the therapeutic relationship that effects change and growth in her clients’ lives. Her empathic and calming energy allows clients to feel safe, while they do the challenging work of journeying through old, often painful, material. She believes that EVERY client has the capacity to heal, develop self-worth, enjoy healthy, rewarding relationships, and lead a fulfilling life. Rachelle specializes in early childhood trauma, destructive relationship patterns, self-esteem issues, and mood disorders through the lens of psychodynamic psychotherapy. Her previous clinical experience includes adult, group, child, and family therapy at the Maple Counseling Center in Beverly Hills. Rachelle has a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology and a Master of Science degree in Business Communications. She is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, supervised by Layla Jillood, Psy.D., License #PSY24228

Jacqueline Shamtoob, Ph.D. has a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and a Doctorate Degree in Clinical Psychology. Jacqueline has several years of experience working in a variety of residential and outpatient treatment settings with individuals, couples, families, and groups who suffer from a range of conditions including eating disorders, substance abuse, and gambling addiction. Jacqueline works from a psychodynamic and family systems orientation and is passionate about helping couples and families repair relationships and heal communication breakdowns. In addition to treating eating disorders, Jacqueline also spent several years facilitating a body image group and teaching intuitive eating. Jacqueline is supervised by Cynthia Speich, Psy.D., License #PSY18015