PDCA Staff

 


Personal Development Center Associates (PDCA)
offers the highest quality comprehensive approach to counseling and recovery. Every staff member is licensed and/or certified in their particular field. Registered interns provide auxiliary care under close supervision of licensed staff.

We invite you to click on each name below to learn more about our individual experience and specialties. Please meet our staff:

 
 
     
Karen L. Kenney, Ph.D., MFT (MFC25611) - (818) 996-6820
John F. Derenski, M.A., MFT (MFC14575) - (818) 349-5965
Patricia Moomey, C.A.T.S. (805) 484-0804
Nadine Becker, MA., CDS (MFC16766) - (818) 343-8686
Jeffrey J. Steffon (MFC37726) - (818) 776-9188
Kate O'Sullivan (MFT27927) - (818) 705-8846
Jean A. Hardesty, Ph.D - (818) 248-8571 and (818) 881-1928
   
 
  Karen L. Kenney, Ph.D. is the director of Personal Development Center Associates and New Harvest Seminars. She has been a bereavement consultant for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles, since 1991, and an HIV/AIDS counselor for the Pacific Center since 1993.
Her experiences include working with trauma and rape survivors, delinquent teens, the severely mentally ill and with the dying in hospice care and their families.
Dr. Kenney is licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFC25611) from the California Board of Behavioral Science. She holds national certification in clinical hypnotherapy from the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis and she is an American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) Approved Supervisor.
Raised in the San Fernando Valley, a suburb of Los Angeles, Dr. Kenney graduated from St. Genevieve High School in Van Nuys, CA. She went on to receive an Associate of Arts Degree in History/Psychology from Los Angeles Pierce College and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism from the California State University in Northridge (CSUN). She was a staff writer and reporter for a local newspaper for nine years where she rekindled her interest in psychology. In 1987, she graduated with a Masters of Arts Degree in Educational Psychology/Counseling from CSUN and in 1991 received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Cambridge Graduate School of Psychology, Los Angeles.
Memberships:
-American Psychological Association (APA)
-American Association of Marriage, Family Therapists (AAMFT)
-California Association of Marriage, Family Therapists (CAMFT)
-American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH)
-International Society for the Study of Dissociation (ISS&D)
-American Counseling Association (ACA)
-Association for Spiritual, Ethical & Religious Values in Counseling (ASERVIC)
-American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC - Charter Member)
-Group Psychotherapy Association of Southern California (GPASC)
-International Association of Trauma Counselors (IATC)
-National Speakers Association (NSA)

 
     
  John F. Derenski is a Christian therapist licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist by the State of California (MFC14575). He hold a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the California State University at Northridge, and a Masters of Arts Degree in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling from Azusa Pacific College.
Mr. Derenski is fluent in American Sign Language and has worked extensively with the deaf and hard of hearing. He has completed post-graduate work in human sexuality, and has experienced treating sexual disorders.
He is a Certified Parent Effectiveness Training Instructor and a licensed hypnotherapist.
Further experience includes:
-Treating famililes and couples
-Stress management
-Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
-Borderline and personality disorders
-Anorexia and Bulimia
-Phobias and Irrational Fears
-He is also an accomplished seminar developer and speaker.
Mr. Derenski is a member of:
-Adhoc Committee to Develop and Establish Current Family Life Bureau
  One-Day Seminar Program, Los Angeles Archdiocese.
-Marriage Tribunal for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles
-California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)
-Presenter: New Harvest Seminars


 
     
  Patricia Moomey is a Certified Addictions Treatment Specialist (C.A.T.S.). Her extensive experience in drug and alcohol intervention and rehabilitation give her a unique insight in this field.
Ms. Moomey received training for alcoholism and substance abuse peer helping skills with John Bradshaw in 1984, graduated from Los Angeles Mission College in 1990 and in October 1990 became certified as an interventionist with The Johnson Institute. In July of 1996, she became a grief recovery specialist by The Grief Institute.
Education about addiction is important to Ms. Moomey. As an educator, she has been a speaker for several organizations including:
-Santa Monica College career class on Crisis Intervention
-Rancho Capistrano Retreat Resort
-Caps West
-Clergy Network, Los Angeles & Orange County
-Overcomers Outreach Conferences
-Azusa Pacific University
-National Association for Christians in Recovery
-National Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependence
Member of:
-California Association for Alcohol/Drug Educators (CAADE)
-California Association of Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors (CAADAC)
-National Association of Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC)
-American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC)
-Entrepreneurs United
Drug and alcohol intervention is an integral part of Ms. Moomey's practice. A Gallup study of 800 adults in Chemical Dependency Treatment shows that 70% said they stopped after a friend or relative intervened. It is OK to love an addict/alcoholic, but it is NOT OK to allow self-destructive behavior to continue. By helping people reach out to their loved ones, Ms. Moomey hopes to accomplish her goal:
To save lives and restore families.
When do you call an Addictions Specialist?
-Before the addict/alcoholic "hits bottom".
-When you need education and choices around addiction.
-When you are confused about allowing or enabling self-destructive behavior.
-When someone needs help but refuses to accept it.
-When you need to know how and when to set boundaries.
The reasons people fail to call an addictions specialist are many. Maybe they think it's "not that bad" yet, or they fear what others might say or what they might have to do. Still others really don't know who to turn to. For a free consultation and questionnaire to determine if intervention could be considered, please contact Pat Moomey, C.A.T.S. today.


 
     
 

Nadine Becker, M.A. is a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFC16766) and a Certified Chemical Dependency Specialist (CDS). She has been in private practice as a psychotherapist for 20 years.
Her experience includes:
-Clinical Director of an adolescent girls residential center.
-Program Consulting and Staff Training in residential treatment settings.
-An MFT exam commissioner for the CA Board of Behavioral Sciences.
-Instructor for MFT preparatory classes at Antioch University and UCLA.
-Clinical Supervisor for prelicensed clinical staff at the Salvation Army Adult
  Rehabilitation Center.
-Nadine currently works with women in transition, couples and families and
  clients dealing with issues of addiction and co-dependency.
She also offers two low-fee groups for adults: A personal growth group for women only and a combined group for men and women.

 
 

 
 

Jeffrey J. Steffon is a Christian therapist licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist by the State of California (MFC37726). He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from St. John's Seminary College, Camarillo; a Master of Divinity in Theology from St. John's Seminary Theologate Graduate School, Camarillo; a Master of Arts in General Psychology from Pepperdine University, Malibu; and a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Pepperdine University.
Mr. Steffon is fluent in Spanish and has worked with many Hispanic families. He ministered as a Catholic Priest for 14 years, which gives him a unique insight to psychological and spiritual problems. His employment with the Department of Children and Family Services gives him an insight into families with abused children.
Mr. Steffon is an accomplished author of two books dealing with the Occult and how involvement with the Occult can hinder our psychological well-being and spiritual growth.
Further experience includes:
-Working with victims of abuse
-Stress management
-Working with teenagers
-Life transitions
-Grief issues
-He has spoken nationally about the Occult and its effect on one's life.
Mr. Steffon is a member of:
-California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)

 
 

 

 
 

Kate O'Sullivan has been a licensed Marriage Family Therapist in California since 1991 with private practice offices in Encino and Pasadena, California. She is currently Director of Program Development for Conscious Eating™ (formerly Dietless™), a no diet weight loss program that targets emotional overeating for former dieters and bariatric procedure patients.

M. O'Sullivan holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology with a Minor in Human Sexuality from California State University, Northridge. She went on to earn a Maters Degree from Phillips Graduate Institute in Marriage and Family Therapy as well as reviving the Institutes Alumni Association.

Along with her private practice, Conscious Eating™ program development and groups, Ms. O'Sullivan has been a speaker at the National Christians in Recovery STEPS Conference on Bodywork and has written and produced meditation and guided imagery recordings for Conscious Eating™. She has also been the team leader for support therapists for Geneen Roth's west coast workshops for many years.

Ms. O'Sullivan is a Clinical member of California Association for Marriage and Family Therapist and American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.

 
     
  Jean A. Hardesty is licensed by the State of California as a psychologist (PSY 11446). She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Occidental College in Los Angeles where she graduated magna cum laude in 1975. She earned her PhD in Clinical Psychology with a subspecialty in Health Psychology from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles in 1984.

Dr. Hardesty presently conducts psycho-educational groups at the University of California, Los Angeles under the auspices of UCLA's Obesity Program, Outpatient Services and is also a clinical psychologist at the Glen-Park Retirement Home in Glendale, CA.

Dr. Hardesty is also an Assistant Research Psychologist at UCLA's Neuropsychiatric Institute and is a published co-author or presenter of a number of research projects on infant sleep disorders and the impact of schizophrenia on patients and their families.

Further experience includes:
-Teaching Assistant in the Department of Psychology at USC
-Lecturing on obesity, parenting education and schizophrenia
-Director of Behavioral Medicine at the Institute for Health Maintenance, Los Angeles

 
     
 
   
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