Our Story

Our story started way back when a little girl named Ziba would play with her dolls. Her play themes always intrigued her parents, as she would always pretend (through symbolic play) that her dolls were hurt and she would take care of them by bandaging their eyes because they were blind, or make a wheelchair out of cardboard boxes because they could not walk. At the young age of 7, Ziba had no idea what a therapist was, so when people would ask her what she wanted to be when she “grew up” she would say, “A nurse, so I can take care of people who can’t see or walk.”

Services

Behavior Intervention

Behavior Intervention Program is based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).

Social Skills Therapy

It provides children and teens with special needs social experiences in the center and the community.

The objectives of the DIR®/Floortime™ Model are to build healthy foundations for social, emotional, and intellectual capacities rather than focusing on skills and isolated behaviors.

Mental Health Services

We are dedicated to supporting and empowering you through a collaborative process that addresses your goals and areas of need. We believe that the primary foundation to addressing these needs is the trust that is built in the therapeutic relationship between you and your therapist.

Music Therapy (MT)

Music therapy is the clinical use of music to facilitate therapeutic interventions that accomplish individual goals. Music therapy embraces the motivating and structural properties of music to create an effective and rich learning environment.

Adaptive Skills

The Holding Hands Adaptive Skills Program addresses the practical everyday skills a child, teen, or adult needs in order to function at home and in the community. Our program targets 5 Adaptive Skills domains: self-care, communication, behavior (non-maladaptive), social skills, and play-leisure.

Adult Social Skills Group

Adult social skills relationship-based program centered on the following 5 principles: Self-Advocacy , Empowerment, Education,  , and Support

Modified Cognitive Behavior Intervention (M-CBI)

Modified Cognitive Behavior Intervention (M-CBI) is a client-centered program designed for TEENS AND ADULTS (AGES 15 THRU 40) .

ABA

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a widely recognized, research-based treatment methodology for understanding and improving human behavior.

Our Staff

Sagine Philippeaux
Sagine Philippeaux
M.S., BCaBA, ABA Program Coordinator Los Angeles South, Clinical Supervisor
Karina Daoulatian
Karina Daoulatian
ABA Program Coordinator, Calabasas
Ziba Nassab
Ziba Nassab
Psy.D, Founder of Holding Hands, Clinical Consultant DIR Certified Clinician
Elicet Gonzalez
Elicet Gonzalez
M.S., AMFT, Social Skills Program Coordinator and Bilingual Parent Trainer
Patrik Boghouzian
Patrik Boghouzian
M.A., AMFT, Social Skills Coordinator, Clinical Supervisor
Simina Eshtenhardi
Simina Eshtenhardi
Ph.D., LMFT # 107463 License Marriage and Family Therapist
Candida Gallegos
Candida Gallegos
B.A, DIR Certified, DIR Program Coordinator
Lusine Akelyan
Lusine Akelyan
M.A., Associate Director for N.P.A A.B.A. Services
Carrie Hammond
Carrie Hammond
LMFT, BCBA, Director Of the ABA Program & Mental Health Services
Lisa H. Overbeck
Lisa H. Overbeck
MT-BC, Advanced DIR Floortime TM Provider Associate Director of Clinical Services
Eric R. Kane
Eric R. Kane
M.Ed. BCBA., ABA Program Coordinator
Samuel Nassab
Samuel Nassab
M.S., BCBA, Associate Director of ABA Program, Director of CPI Training

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Let’s meet our Director of ABA and Mental Health Services at Holding Hands, Carrie, as she is an integral piece of our organization. She is committed to delivering high-quality services and developing new clinicians across the organization. Why does she continue to choose to lead here at Holding Hands after so many years?It starts with our mission, people, and the family she has built within our community over the years. What advice would she give to someone just entering this field?Be patient with yourself, you are learning. Pay attention and lean on your supervisors, they know what they are doing and have your best interest at heart. ... See MoreSee Less
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We are excited to announce that we are expanding access to our services across several regions in Southern California this year. New clinics will be opened in Central Los Angeles, San Gabriel Valley, San Fernando Valley, and South Bay regions in 2024. Interested in learning more about our services? www.holdinghandsinc.com ... See MoreSee Less
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Are you looking for an opportunity to make a difference? At Holding Holds we support individual differences and celebrate each milestone, no matter how big or small. Are you ready to join a team that is client and family-centered with collaborative clinical teams and supportive administrative teams?Are you ready to take the next step toward a rewarding career with endless growth opportunities? If so, let’s start a conversation today. ... See MoreSee Less
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Join us today at the San Gabriel Pomona Regional Center Vendor Job Fair. We are excited to talk to everyone about Holding Hands services and our Behavior Technician and Developmental Interventionist Positions available. We will be here from 10am to 3pm, stop by our table and say hello. ... See MoreSee Less
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