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.
invite you to click on each name below to learn more about our individual
experience and specialties. Please meet our staff:
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.
-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
-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)
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
Further experience includes:
-Treating famililes and couples
-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
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
-Clergy Network, Los Angeles & Orange County
-Overcomers Outreach Conferences
-Azusa Pacific University
-National Association for Christians in Recovery
-National Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependence
-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)
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
-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.
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
-An MFT exam commissioner for the CA Board of Behavioral Sciences.
-Instructor for MFT preparatory classes at Antioch University and
-Clinical Supervisor for prelicensed clinical staff at the Salvation
-Nadine currently works with women in transition, couples and families
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.
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
-Working with teenagers
-He has spoken nationally about the Occult and its effect on one's
Mr. Steffon is a member of:
-California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)
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
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
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.
O'Sullivan is a Clinical member of California Association for Marriage
and Family Therapist and American Association of Marriage and Family
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.
-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,