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Wellness Center
The Wellness Center was established based upon a collective concern for lack of accessible and affordable services available in our community. Through creative partnerships and collaborative relationships with engaged community members, we aim to make social and emotional wellness available to all, at no cost, and with no barriers to access. Scroll down to learn more.
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About Us

The Wellness Center provides programming, mental health counseling, and support services that promote healthy, social, and emotional intelligence to all, at no cost. We believe all people have equal value and will engage and thrive in a community where they feel safe, respected, and have a sense of belonging.

*We share a physical address & phone system with Malibu High School. When calling by phone, please follow the prompt and enter the extension listed.

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Contact Details

Phone: 310-457-6801 ext 74141
wellnessinfo@bgcmalibu.org

Hours of Operation
Monday – Friday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Saturday’s by Appointment Only

Locations

Teen Center/Main Branch
Malibu High School & Middle School
30215 Morning View Dr. Malibu, CA 90265

Wellness Center @ Webster Elementary School
3602 Winter Canyon Rd. Malibu, CA 90265

Wellness Center @ Malibu Elementary School
6955 Fernhill Dr. Malibu, CA 90265

 

DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

To keep our clients & clinicians safe, we provide secure and confidential Telehealth appointments. We are also here to provide individual & family services that can help improve overall health, well-being, and daily lives.

WHAT WE OFFER

Direct Services + Programs

Mental Health Services

Each student or individual comes with their own challenges. By building a unique relationship with each person we are able to foster a sense of safety and ignite healing and change.

Crisis Intervention

We offer crisis management & community resources.

Support + Parenting Groups

Bringing together individuals with similar needs in a supportive environment.
 

Healthcare Assistance

We help navigate available healthcare services through county programs for your health & well-being.

Student Group Education

Seminars & workshops are offered for students and focus on: self-esteem building, drug and alcohol prevention, stress, racial healing, bullying, and understanding trauma.
 

Economic Support + Recovery

We assist with workforce development, financial assistance, emergency food services, housing navigation, and more.

PARTNERSHIPS WITH EXPERT AGENCIES

Resource Assistance

Financial Advocacy
Healthcare and Medical
Immigration Challenges
ESL Resources
Tutoring
Domestic Violence
Employment Opportunity

OUR COMMUNITY

Who We Serve

Making social and emotional wellness available to all SMMUSD children, families, and the community at large.

WE SERVE

SMMUSD Children & Families
SMMUSD Faculty & Staff
Seniors
Labor Workforce
Community at Large

Our Approach

Here at the Wellness Center, we utilize a variety of orienting approaches in working with clients. We address the whole child/individual/family, utilizing practices focused on social, emotional, and cognitive development.

Our Values

Respect for Diversity & Emphasis on Prevention

We aim to provide quality support services with COMPASSION, DIGNITY, and RESPECT.

We value respect for diversity of individuals, their cultures, languages, lifestyles, identities, ideologies, intellectual capacities, and personalities.

We value an emphasis on prevention of mental health challenges through education, intervention, and outreach through building strong relationships we help others to learn new ways of thinking, feeling, and behaving. We value supporting and educating school staff & faculty, parents, students, and the community at large through workshops and ongoing support groups.

Building Resilience

Individual Support

Each student or individual comes with their own challenges, and we make sure that we provide a safe environment where they can build trust. By building a unique relationship with each person we are able to foster a sense of safety, ignite healing, and change.

Working with Parents

A parent’s role in their child’s development is crucial, we collaborate with parents to create goals. We also provide parenting support to help parents create the optimal system for their family.

Group Support

We establish and customize groups according to the needs of the individual. Bringing together individuals with similar needs in a supportive environment through seminars & workshops. Past topics include: self-esteem building, drug and alcohol prevention, stress, racial healing, bullying, parenting at all stages, and understanding trauma.

Our Referral Process

All counseling and support services are provided at no-cost to any SMMUSD child, their family, and the community at large. Services can be requested by filling out a referral form below or by contacting Wellness Staff directly.

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STUDENT REFERRAL FORM

To inquire about our services or submit a referral on behalf of a student (ie school-based staff)
 
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PARENT / GUARDIAN INTAKE FORM

For parents or guardians requesting services for a child.

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INDIVIDUAL INTAKE FORM

For adults & community members who are ready to begin services.

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OLDER ADULTS INTAKE FORM

For seniors in our community who are requesting services.

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FORMULARIO DE REFERENCIA PARA ESTUDIANTES

Para consultar sobre nuestros servicios o enviar una referencia en nombre de un estudiante.

FORMA DE ADMISION PARA PADRES O GUARDIANES

Para padres o guardianes solicitando servicios para un niño o niña.
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FORMA DE ADMISION INDIVIDUAL

Para adultos y miembros de la comunidad que están listos para comenzar servicios.
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FORMA DE ADMISION PARA ADULTOS MAYORES

Para adultos mayores en nuestra comunidad que solicitan servicio.

Programs Available at the Wellness Center

FOR KIDS

Brent’s Club

Seminars + Workshops

SMART Girls 

Lunch Bunch

FOR PARENTS

Parenting Workshops

Family Counseling

Support Services

FOR FAMILY

Counseling Services

Targeted Support Groups

Support Services

FOR OLDER ADULTS

Counseling Services

Targeted Support Groups

Support Services

Professional Wellness Staff

Peggy Zherdev

Director of Social Support Services
MSW, MPPA, ASW #95390

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Peggy Zherdev is joining us as an associate clinical social worker trained to work with families and parents, for both in-home and outpatient settings. Peggy has over 13 years of experience working with federal, state, and county-funded programs. She has a Master’s degree in Public Policy & Administration as well as in Social Work, with a clinical emphasis. Peggy has worked extensively in the Los Angeles community providing families with support in parenting, accessing community resources, and understanding mental health. By building strong alliances among L.A. County community stakeholders, she has helped to build support for programs and policies that serve our residents. Peggy has also worked, and continues to volunteer, for the California Association for Infant Mental Health (CalAIMH). As a parent herself, Peggy knows it can be challenging to ask for help and is here to assist in navigating and accessing much needed support with dignity, compassion, and respect.

Randi Goodman

Director of Educational Wellness LMFT#52964 MA, MS

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A licensed therapist and certified elementary school teacher for over 35 years. She has taught in the public schools in New York and trained teachers in all areas of Early Childhood Development.  Her creativity and passion led her to the Children’s Museum of Long Island, where she developed an early childhood play space and parenting resource center.  She moved to California over 15 years ago, and she has been in private practice, and specialized in children and families. She enjoys working as the Director of Educational Wellness at the Boys & Girls Club of Malibu and appreciates the overall process of growing programs and collaborating with the Boys & Girls Club as a support to students and families. 

Siugen Constanza

Director of Community Affairs & Outreach

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Siugen has been working in the Malibu school system for over 20 years and for the Boys & Girls Club of Malibu for 13 years. In her 20 years, supporting the local education system, Siugen has served as Bilingual Liaison, Community Service Coordinator, Area Manager, Program Manager, and now Director of Community Affairs & Outreach. Her passion for helping marginalized families, especially the Latino community, is what drives her on a daily basis and is close to her heart as she is an immigrant herself. She is a true leader deeply ingrained in the Malibu community and is always looking to advocate for those in need. In this new role, she will continue to be a champion in supporting those who need access to mental, emotional, and social support services.

Dr. Therese Moriarty

Clinical Neuropsychologist
Psy#24415, MA

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Therese “Terri” Moriarty, Psy.D. is a clinical neuropsychologist who has been supervising the trainers at the Wellness Center since August of 2018. Dr. Moriarty earned her Masters in Counseling Psychology from Boston College and her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University. She has worked in a myriad of settings including, McLean Children’s Hospital, VA, Federal prison, and in substance abuse. In addition to working at the Wellness clinic, Dr. Moriarty has a private practice located in West Los Angeles and Calabasas.

Maria Vogel

Marriage and Family Therapist
Associate MFT#101345

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Maria Vogel is a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist with 10 years of experience working with children and families.  She has been working clinically as a therapist for the last 4 years.  Prior to working with the Wellness Center, at the Boys & Girls Club of Malibu, she worked in a group practice in Culver City and as a school counselor for children in foster care.  Maria’s clinical work has focused on survivors of trauma, teens and young adults, and the LGBTQ community.  Maria loves using art and music to connect with clients of all ages.

Wellness Advisory Council

Our Wellness Advisory Council is a local group of experts, comprised of individuals who work in the field of mental health and psychology. Through a shared invested interest in caring for and addressing the needs of Malibu’s youth, families, and the community at large, driven by dedication to every individual & family to ensure access to high quality services. 

Kathryn Alice

Kathryn is a bestselling self-help author who directed Agape’s Crisis Support Team for six years.

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Kathryn has been featured in Psychology Today and The New York Times as well as other media. Kathryn is a graduate of Vanderbilt University. She is based in Malibu and is married with four boys. Kathryn serves on the Board of Advocates for Malibu Public Schools (AMPS) where she has been President and has been a member of the Malibu Leadership Council.

Shelley P. Cox

Shelley received her Masters degree from Chicago School of Psychology. 

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Her studies are based in Human Development with an emphasis in working with special populations. Her graduate work is in prenatal, perinatal, and early childhood psychology and health. Her focus of work has been in working with parents of children who have or may be at risk for a developmental difference or Autism Spectrum Disorder. She founded Step by Step Early Childhood Development Program (DBA Step by Step Programs & Services) in 1998 to provide comprehensive services for children with and without developmental delays and differences to maximize potential in all areas of development. Shelly has been a Malibu resident for over 30 years and her children attended the Malibu schools.

Katie Dahm, MA

Katie graduated from Pepperdine University with a Bachelor’s Degree and got her Masters from California Lutheran University in school counseling. 

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She is currently High School Counselor at Malibu High School and has been since 2004. She helps students develop academic and social skills needed to succeed in school. She is also a mother of four children and a SUPER sweet dog.

Kasey Earnest

Kasey Earnest is the Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Clubs in Malibu. After establishing her career in the Non-Profit arena, in 2005 she joined the Boys & Girls Club of Malibu, a then brand new non-profit in the small rural community of Malibu.

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Through her leadership, vision and the support of an engaged board of directors and staff, she has led the Boys & Girls Club of Malibu from a modest beginning of a staff of 3 and membership of 30 young people in a single trailer, to an expansive community for youth with 4 locations, 30 staff, 300 volunteers (annually), and has grown the membership to 800 members with a reach of over 1,600 young people. In 2017 Earnest’s long time vision for a Wellness Center, meeting the mental health needs of Malibu’s public school children was actualized. Currently the BGCM’s Wellness Center provides licensed mental health and counseling services to all Malibu Public school children and their families through a formal MOU with the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District. 

Many people, including Malibu City Council members, a school board member and even a California state senator, submitted nominations for Earnest as Citizen the 2018 Citizen of the Year, (Malibu Times). In 2019, she was awarded the Certificate of Congressional Recognition, Community Service Award, Ted W. Lieu, Member of Congress 33rd District, May 7th, 2019 State of California Non Profit of the Year. This substantial recognition is on account of her regular work as executive director and commitment to mental health resources for youth; and later, for her extraordinary performance coming to the aid of all Malibu residents during and after the devastating Woolsey Fire. Earnest created and set up the Malibu Emergency Relief Fund in less than a week to provide disaster relief and emergency aid to the citizens of Malibu. Her immediate and decisive action resulted in $1.8 million awarded to local individuals, families and workers, directly providing vital relief to hundreds of distressed families who lost their homes.

Honors Received

Women’s Leadership Award, Malibu Chamber of Commerce, November 20th, 2019

Hagop Kuredjiam Memorial Citizenship Award, City of Malibu, May 17th, 2019

Community Service Award, Santa Monica-Malibu Council of PTAs, May 7th, 2019

Certificate of Congressional Recognition,Community Service Award, Ted W. Lieu, Member of Congress 33rd District, May 7th, 2019 

State of California Non Profit of the Year, CalNonprofits, June 5th, 2019

2018 Citizen of the Year, Malibu Times, March 13th, 2019

County of Los Angeles Commendation, “Hero of the Woolsey Fire”, Sheila Kuehl, Supervisor, Third District, March 10th, 2019

Keynote Speaker, Malibu State of the City, April 20th, 2018

State of California Senate Certificate of Recognition (for Wellness Services), Senator Henry Stern, April 20th, 2018

Wellness Achievement Award, Malibu High School Parent Teacher Student Association, May 24th, 2018

Dr. Kathleen Eldridge, MA, PhD

Dr. Eldridge has been a Malibu resident since 2004 and a Malibu public school parent since 2011. She is a licensed clinical Psychologist and a Professor of Psychology at Pepperdine University in the Graduate School of Education and Psychology.

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She earned a BA in Psychology at UCSB and an MA and PhD in Clinical Psychology at UCLA. She specializes in teaching graduate courses in couple and family therapy, cognitive-behavior therapy, and mindfulness/acceptance processes. Dr. Eldridge’s scholarly work focuses on couple therapy, relationship communication and education, faith and spirituality, and culture. She has worked in multiple clinical settings with diverse populations comprised of children, adolescents, college students, adults, couples, and families. She is passionate about partnerships between Pepperdine and the Malibu community and excited about serving on the Advisory Council for the Wellness Center.

Randi Goodman, LMFT#52964, MA, MS

Randi is a licensed therapist and was an educator for over 25 years, Randi has taught in the public schools in New York and trained teachers in all areas of Early Childhood Development.

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Her creativity and passion led her to the Children’s Museum of Long Island, where she developed an early childhood play space and parenting resource center. She moved to California over 15 years ago and she has been in private practice, and specialized in children and families. She enjoys working as the Director of the Wellness Center at the Boys & Girls Club of Malibu and appreciates the overall process of growing programs, supervising interns, and collaborating with the Boys & Girls Club as a support to students and families. 

Colin Keller, LMFT, MA

A Los Angeles native, Colin Keller received a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University, specializing in conflict-related trauma. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Santa Cruz. 

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Prior to Engage Therapy he worked in a community-based mental health program in Los Angeles providing individual psychotherapy, group therapy, and assessment and crisis intervention. After 15 years working in business development, Colin left the corporate world to become a psychotherapist and follow his “compass of the heart”. Along this journey, he has trained extensively in mindfulness-based therapies, substance abuse treatment, psychodynamic therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and is Level 1 certified in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy to treat PTSD and other types of trauma. Combining evidence-based practices with an interpersonal and client-centered approach, Colin strives to remain as authentic as possible, while helping empower others to find their own purpose and meaning. 

Shuli Lotan, LCSW

Shuli Lotan is the Coordinator of Mental Health Counseling for the Santa Monica – Malibu Unified School District. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has worked in schools as a therapist and program coordinator for over 20 years. 

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Providing direct counseling services to students and families as well as managing programs and supervising school social work interns. She coordinates the services that are provided at district schools by the various community-based mental health programs including the Wellness Center at the Boys and Girls Club of Malibu, and works collaboratively with school and agency leadership to try to increase access to supportive counseling for district students. Shuli can help connect families to services in the community as well as on campus, and is grateful for the wonderful partnership between the Malibu schools and the Boys & Girls Club Malibu Wellness Center.

Jennifer Morgan, MA

Jennifer is an occupational therapist and founder of Morgan Occupational & Speech Therapy (mOST), a pediatric therapy practice based in Malibu.

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Jennifer and her team of therapists work with local Malibu children and families on a variety of skills ranging from fine motor skills, coordination, speech and language, attention, sensory processing, and much more. They provide professional, personalized, services at their sensory gym in Point Dume, local homes, and private schools. Jennifer received her M.A. from USC, and has been practicing in the Malibu community for ten years. Jennifer and her team are passionate about their work, and this is reflected in everything they do at most. 

Michelle Smit, LMFT#39167

Michelle is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a private practice in the West Los Angeles area.

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 She has been in private practice for 16 years. Prior to working in private practice, she worked with children in the foster care system, providing counseling and working with foster families. Her private practice focuses on couples, young adults, and adults struggling with anxiety, depression, and relationship issues. Michelle is a parent of two teenage children, a son at Malibu Middle School and a daughter at Malibu High School.

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Hotlines + Helpful Links

Hotlines

We have created a list of telephone hotlines you can use in times of crisis or need.

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Assaults Against Women Hotline
(310) 392-8381 (24 Hours – L.A. County)

California Youth Crisis Line
1(800) 843-5200

Child Abuse Hotline
(800) 540-4000 (LA. County Dept of Children’s Services)

Child Abuse National Hotline
(800) 252-2873

Didi Hirsch Suicide Prevention Hotline
(877) 727-4747

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Hotline
(888) 843-4564

L.A. Co. Mental Health/Crisis Line
(800) 854-7771

LA County Psychiatric Mobile Response Team
(800) 854-7771

Narcotics Anonymous (24 Hours)
(909) 622-4274

National Child Abuse
(800) 422-4453

National Suicide Prevention Line
(800) 273-8255
(888)-628-9454 (Spanish)

Rape Treatment Center (24 Hours)
(310) 319-4000

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Additional Resources

We have created a list of telephone and online resources to help in a time of crisis or need.

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Department of Mental Health
(800) 854-7771
https://dmh.lacounty.gov

Didi Hirsch
(800) 273-8255 Suicide Prevention Crisis Line
https://didihirsch.org

Engage Therapy
(805) 497-0605
https://engagetherapy.com/

Paradigm Malibu
(855) 272-8540
https://paradigmmalibu.com

Step by Step
(310) 314-5201
http://stepbystepprograms.com

Teen Line
(310) 855-4673
https://teenlineonline.org

The Jeffrey Foundation
(323) 965-7536
https://thejeffreyfoundation.org

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Explore Internship Opportunities

To explore internship opportunities with the Wellness Center,
please see below. 

For Wellness Center clinicians and interns

Year Founded

Number of Kids Impacted Annually

Hours of Care Before & After School Weekly

YOUTH SERVED ANNUALLY THROUGH SOCIAL + EMOTIONAL WELLNESS

Get In Touch

Location: 30215 Morning View Dr
Malibu, CA 90265

Telephone:
(310) 457-1400 - Admin
(310) 457-2582 - Programs

Email: info@bgcmalibu.org

Hours: Monday-Friday: 9am - 5pm

Equal Employment Opportunity

The Boys & Girls Club of Malibu is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to people of all walks and abilities, regardless of sex, ethnicity, or age. Applicants and employees are expressly protected from discrimination motivated by inherent traits of their person such as race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation (perceived or actual), national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, uniform service member status, marital status, pregnancy, age, protected medical condition, and disability. In today’s world, the right to equal opportunity is an evolving definition that can vary from local, state and federal laws.

Our mission is to significantly enhance the lives of all youth to fulfill their potential as caring, productive, contributing citizens.

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