Our Team

Michela Tripp, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

In making the decision to come to therapy, you have already taken the first step towards healing. I would be honored to join and witness you on this journey.

Utilizing a holistic and strengths based approach, I believe in exploration of mind, body, and spirit. Together, we will gain a more nuanced understanding of who you are, and new tools for nurturing your whole self. Our work together will be collaborative and filled with empathy, curiosity, compassion, and creativity. I also infuse warmth and humor to make this process of discovery more approachable and human. Each session will be tailored to you and will be an opportunity to feel seen and heard without judgment. It will also be a place to develop insight and tools to help you feel more equipped to cope with life stressors, while also experiencing more joy and connectedness.

I see adolescents, adults and couples, from a diverse range of backgrounds, seeking to cultivate healthier relationships with themselves and others. Clients I have worked with typically have been impacted by a variety of mental health issues, including but not limited to, anxiety, stress, depression, trauma, perfectionism, self-esteem, and showing up as their most authentic self.

Thank you for considering me as your therapist. I look forward to getting to know you. If you’re ready to get started, call us at (323) 388-5578.

Renae Johnson, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and Board Certified Art Therapist

Hi, I'm glad you're here.  If you've come this far it means that you are making the choice to take care of yourself and work to lead a healthier life. That is a brave and important decision, and I'm here to help.

I work with adults and couples to reach within themselves to find and create the answers, strength, and peace they are seeking. The clients I work with come from a diversity of backgrounds, including people who have been affected by chronic trauma, mood disorders, substance abuse, LGBTQ concerns, and those who feel stuck or need to find balance in their lives.

I have a warm, client-centered approach. In our sessions I treat you with care and understanding, and we will work at a pace that feels safe to you. I believe that physical creative practices can bring forth new insights about ourselves. In our sessions, when appropriate, we will utilize Art Therapy and somatic Focusing techniques to help you connect to deeper parts of yourself, to reflect on past experiences, and to identify ways to heal and grow. Each session will be specifically designed around your experience and processing style to help you develop new tools to reach your personal goals.

If you think we might be a good fit,  please give us a call at (323) 388-5578 so we can get started.

Marie Mizuno, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

More often than not, we can find ourselves cruising on autopilot amidst our busy schedules and various responsibilities. There does not seem to be enough time to take a pause and allow ourselves to “just be.” We may suddenly find ourselves feeling disconnected from others and feeling like we are not living our lives as fully as we would like to. I believe that we strive for a deeper connection to others, our surroundings, and most importantly to ourselves, which is why I believe that therapy can be used as a vessel to explore unfulfilled needs and discover our authentic selves. 

Seeking therapy can be an intimidating process. Allowing ourselves to be vulnerable to someone new, especially when going through a stressful time, can be overwhelming. In therapy, once a collaborative relationship is developed, I encourage my clients to explore hidden parts of their true self that have been shielded from years of adversity and trauma. In doing so, together we can uncover strengths and resiliencies that can be channeled into tackling present stressors that manifest in depression and anxiety. I incorporate various treatment modalities such as EMDR, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Motivational Interviewing, Seeking Safety, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) into my practice to tailor to the unique needs and goals of my clients. If you are ready to take the next step toward your wellness and feel you can benefit from additional support, then please feel free to call us at (323) 388-5578.

Clarissa Greguska, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and Registered Art Therapist

Are you worth it? Do you find yourself asking if you are living as your best self or do you feel overwhelmed by stress and find yourself snapping at loved ones? I believe everyone is worthy of love and holds the ability to foster kindness for themselves; however, sometimes we become stuck in the same patterns or simply feel overwhelmed. For me, therapy is for anyone wanting to create a healthy change or who just feels they may benefit from additional support. 

Providing a safe and non-judgemental space are priorities in my therapeutic practice while also promoting healthy thinking skills and exploration of relationship patterns, triggers, and strengths. I also engage in direct feedback and strive to convey authenticity within my therapeutic relationships, all while exploring coping skills, relationship patterns and engaging in mindfulness. If you know you would benefit from additional support, please reach out at (323) 388-5578.

Claire O'Connor, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Are you having a hard time feeling connected to others? Are you feeling unsatisfied with your relationships? Do you feel alone or misunderstood? If any of this sounds familiar, maybe I can help. 

I use a relational approach to connect with you and understand your specific life circumstances. With curiosity and patience, I work to build a calming, safe environment for you to explore difficult or challenging topics. Once we have the foundation of a trusting relationship, therapy is an opportunity to build insight into how your experiences impact your choices and relationships. Together, we will work to bolster your existing strengths and identify your personal needs. In sessions, we will balance the need to process emotions with the need for take-home skills that you can apply in your daily life. 

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with specific training in attachment, trauma, and family conflict. I graduated from the University of Chicago with a Master’s in Social Work in 2013. I provide therapy to both adolescents and adults focused on a range of issues including depression, anxiety, trauma, grief and loss, abuse, sexual violence, attachment issues, and relationship conflict. Give us a call if you have any questions or you're ready to get started: (323) 388-5578

Saba Harouni Lurie, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Board Certified Art Therapist

As a professional Marriage and Family Therapist with lived experience, I appreciate that searching for a therapist can be intimidating and uncomfortable. I’ve worked with adolescents and adults during tough periods in their lives and believe that when people feel heard and supported, they are better able to create the change that they seek. I work to create a safe, therapeutic environment where my clients can be authentic and open, and where they can ultimately feel safe to address the challenges that led them to seek help. I believe that a person can learn a great deal about themselves and gain valuable skills and insights during therapy. These skills and insights help clients find greater meaning and satisfaction from their relationships and in their daily lives.


Please feel free to contact me with any questions or to hear more about Take Root Therapy and our approach to therapy. You can reach us by phone at (323) 388-5578 or by email at info@takeroottherapy.comThe first phone consultation is free. We look forward to speaking with you!

Juli Lydell, Intake Specialist and Creative Content Coordinator

Many of us harbor preconceptions about therapy. Maybe we have past experiences with mental health providers who seemed to hurt more than they helped. Maybe we learned through unsupportive families or relationships that the most reliable way to soothe is to do it ourselves, and to keep everything inside. At Take Root Therapy, we offer a nonjudgmental, supportive space for you to safely bring your whole self, connect to your strengths, and discover new tools for daily living. Our mission of radical acceptance starts from the very first phone call, and extends from our therapeutic relationships to providing mental health resources to our online community.

As a creative with an academic background in Behavioral Sciences, I bring my compassion, curiosity, research skills, and lived experience to the Take Root Therapy team. I’ll likely be the first person you speak to on the phone. I’ll answer any questions you have about getting started, and collaborate with you to find the best fit.

If you’re ready to begin, call us at (323) 388-5578.

Los Feliz Office:

4620 Hollywood Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90027






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