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, CEO
Ziba Nassab, CEO
Director of Clinical Services, Psy.D DIR Certified Clinician/ Educator PEERS Certified
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
Alice Arabian
Alice Arabian
M.S, BCBA , Associate Director of In-Home ABA Services
Candida Gallegos
Candida Gallegos
B.A, DIR Certified, DIR Program Coordinator
Lusine Akelyan
Lusine Akelyan
M.A, Associate Director of N.P.A ABA 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
Cindy LaCost
Cindy LaCost
Licensed Clinical Psychologist PSY 24638

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1 month ago

Holding Hands Pediatric Therapy and Adult Services
We welcomed back our early intervention, school age, teen and adult Social Skills Groups back to our centers today. We will continue to provide Telehealth sessions as an option for all of our services as we believe in providing our clients/families options.We have been providing 1:1 therapy sessions in person during the pandemic and with additional safety guidelines set in place, we were thrilled to reconnect with our social skills groups in person today. For many it was the first time they had direct peer/group interaction since the beginning of the pandemic. Beyond grateful for the social skills leadership team & clinical staff in all of our offices. Thank you for supporting our amazing families and “holding hands” with them through this process. ❤️#socialskillstraining #socialskillsgroup #socialcommunicationdisorder #autism #socialanxiety 💕#mentalhealthmatters #stayconnectedsafely #burbank #losangeles #whittier #calabasas ... See MoreSee Less
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Holding Hands Pediatric Therapy and Adult Services
It is our pleasure to announce that the ABA Department at Holding Hands, Inc has earned Accreditation from BHCOE (Behavioral Health Center of Excellence) and is considered one of the top-performing ABA service organizations in the community! The accreditation ensures ABA services are delivered ethically, sustainably, and in a client-focused manner. #proudofourteam #ourworkcomesfromtheheart ... See MoreSee Less
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Holding Hands Pediatric Therapy and Adult Services
WE ARE HIRING! Come join our dedicated, diverse multidisciplinary team & make a difference ❤️Apply to link below⬇️link ihttps://www.holdinghandsinc.com/join-our-team/..#ourworkcomesfromtheheart #aba #rbt #bcba #ajobwithapurpose #wearehiring #playtherapy #dir #floortime #parentchoice #clientchoice #personcentred #autismacceptance #neurodiversity #developmentaldelays #yourdiagnosisdoesnotdefineyou #differentnotless #whittier #losangeles #burbank #calabasas ... See MoreSee Less
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Holding Hands Pediatric Therapy and Adult Services
Meet Mr. Sam Holnesstri and be inspired by his story & mission to empower people & not allow a diagnosis such as Autism, defy you from reaching YOUR goals. He wasn’t able to ride a bike until the age of 14 and today is a triathlete and is training for the Ironman World Championship. Join us in cheering him on making his story be heard. ❤️@samholnesstri #supersam #triathlete #ironmantraining #diversability #autisticandproud #autismacceptance #neurodiverse #differentnotless #removethebarriers #believeinyourself #educateyourcommunity ... See MoreSee Less
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