Meet the Indigenous Circle of Wellness Team

Our Wellness Providers

Denise Copeland, LCSW

Denise Copeland, LCSW

Wellness Provider | Clinical Supervisor
Denise Graciela Copeland (Licensed Clinical Social Worker 70160) is a Xicana woman born and raised in the Los Angeles area with a strong commitment to providing culturally sensitive services and promoting overall wellness for traditionally underserved communities. Denise is strongly committed to supporting empowerment, healing, and access to services in her community. She completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Master’s degree in Social Welfare from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). Denise has over 10 years of clinical experience utilizing strengths-based approaches in community mental health and community clinic settings. Denise has specific training in supporting parents and children (birth to five) by building parent confidence/skills and the treatment of trauma in young children. Additionally, she has experience working with individuals impacted by grief and loss, immigration concerns, chronic illness, trauma, and intergenerational conflict. Denise believes in the importance of relationships, skill building, and mindfulness to promote healing. Therapeutic styles include attachment-based interventions, cognitive behavioral therapy, play interventions, structural family therapy interventions, as well as evidenced based practices. Denise is a bilingual therapist experienced with providing services in both English and Spanish.
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Robyn Gomez, LCSW

Robyn Gomez, LCSW

Wellness Provider
Robyn Gomez (Licensed Clinical Social Worker 96526) is a Huichol-Xicana born and raised on Tongva and Tataviam lands, known today as the Northeast San Fernando Valley. Attended Los Angeles Mission College, Cal-State Northridge, and received her master’s degree in Social Work (MSW) from the University of Southern California. She utilizes strengths-based approaches, clinical interventions, and ZERO TO FIVE core knowledge skills to engage families and the community through holistic approaches, ancestral healing, and social justice advocacy. Robyn is a graduate of the University of California Davis Continuing & Professional Education, Napa Infant-Parent Mental Health Program and has been accepted into the Reflective Supervision Academy. She is certified in the following evidence-based practice modalities: Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) ages 3yrs and up with a specialty in grief and loss, Parent-Child Interactive Therapy (PCIT), Positive Indian Parenting (PIP), and NCAST Parent-Child Interaction (PCI) Feeding Scale observable behaviors that describe caregiver/parent child interaction. Robyn believes in the power of relationships, increasing the parent-child dyad, and facilitating to find one’s inner healing towards growth. She has years of experience utilizing therapeutic interventions such as Reflective practice, Motivational Interviewing, and Problem-Solving. Robyn is a bilingual therapist able to provide services in Spanish.
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LaTonya Marshall, ACSW

LaTonya Marshall, ACSW

Wellness Provider
LaTonya Marshall is an Associate Clinical Social Worker (ACSW #78381) with over 10 years of clinical experience working with at-risk youth and young adults, families, and individuals coping with a disability, substance abuse, or chronic illness. She completed her bachelor's degree in psychology and masters degree in generalist social work at California State University of Northridge (CSUN). LaTonya is a proud African American woman who is committed to helping individuals remember their why or their purpose, within self, with family, and with the community. As a therapist of color, LaTonya is passionate about providing multicultural counseling to teens, adults, blended families, couples, survivors of sexual violence, as well as previously incarcerated youth and adults. The therapeutic modalities she utilizes include, mindfulness, motivational interviewing, and Gestalt therapy. *LaTonya is under the clinical supervision of Monique Castro, LMFT (Lic# 104427).
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Kylee Jones, ACSW

Kylee Jones, ACSW

Wellness Provider
Kylee Jones is an Associate Clinical Social Worker (ASW #93587) who was born and raised in Riverside, California. She has earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from California Baptist University and her Master’s of Social Work from Our Lady of the Lake University. She has worked in the urban Native community within the Los Angeles and Riverside Counties for over six years. In addition to working with the Native community, she also works with low income individuals in San Bernardino and Los Angeles counties offering court-mandated psychoeducation courses, treatment and services within the residential rehabilitation setting, services during acute hospitalization, and short-term counseling. Kylee is a multiracial woman who has a passion for advocacy, outreach, and representation. Her areas of focus include intergenerational trauma, race and ethnic relations, identity development, self-worth/self-esteem development, and life transitions. Being of mixed race, Kylee understands the feelings of not belonging, questioning one’s identity, and forging one’s own path. Healing the past for the success of the future is one of Kylee’s passions. She use’s motivational interviewing, solution-focused, and other evidence-based treatment models. *Kylee is under the clinical supervision of Denise Copeland, LCSW (Lic# 70160).
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Our Leadership

Monique Castro, LMFT

Monique Castro, LMFT

Founder & CEO
Monique Castro is a citizen of the Diné (Navajo) Nation and Xicana, born and raised on the ancestral homelands of the Tongva People (aka Los Angeles). She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, certified professional coach, social justice consultant, facilitator and advocate with over 14 years of professional experience in the areas of health, wellness, community organizing, and education. Her approach centers an Indigenous world view and core values. She is a collaborative and relational-leader with an exceptional track record building and maintaining sustainable relationships with Native-led organizations, Tribes, higher education institutions, and community members throughout California and nationally. Her leadership includes establishing the California Native Vote Project (co-founder), So'oh-Shinálí Sister Project (co-founder) and Indigenous Circle of Wellness (founder and CEO), a thriving psychotherapy private practice located in Southeast Los Angeles. Monique earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from California State University of Los Angeles (CSULA) and Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology from Mount Saint Mary’s University (MSMU) and is clinically trained in Relational Gestalt Therapy, EMDR, and other holistic approaches to wellness.
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Bridget Garcia Vera, M.A.

Bridget Garcia Vera, M.A.

Director of Operations
Bridget Garcia Vera (Latinx and Chicanx) was born in Veracruz, Mexico and was raised in Tongva Land (LA). Being dacamented, she has been able to continuously advocate and fight for her community and for undocumented folks by volunteering in various local organizations within Los Angeles. Bridget's parents have taught her that in life nothing comes easy and working hard towards one's goals comes with dedication and passion. Being instilled with this mindset, she pursued her education by attending East Los Angeles College where she obtained two associate degrees in Chicana/o Studies and Psychology. Transferring to Cal State LA, she was able to complete her bachelor's degree in Mexican American Studies in 2018. She immediately pursued her masters degree in Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies, graduating in 2020. She now serves as our Operations Manager here at Indigenous Circle of Wellness, where she is able to service the Native community of Los Angeles.
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Elena Nourrie, M.Ed

Elena Nourrie, M.Ed

Director of Special Projects
Elena Seymana Nourrie (Hopi, Cherokee and Chicanx) was born and raised on traditional Tongva territory. Thanks to the teachings of her mother and grandmother, Elena has a deep personal commitment to advancing social justice and equity for Native Americans in order to strengthen tribal peoples' right to self-determination. Her evolving career roles reflect her values for learning, growing, and building community. She has worked in multiple professional capacities within local K-12 districts including in elementary and high school special education classrooms as well as within private academic success sectors and higher education settings. Elena has also served in several roles within the Native American community of Los Angeles and now serves as Co-director of Education and Community Engagement for Indigenous Circle of Wellness. Elena completed her bachelor's degree in English with an emphasis in Education and a minor in Psychology at Cal Poly Pomona. She also earned her master's degree in Higher Education with an emphasis in Student Affairs from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
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Dria Yellowhair

Dria Yellowhair

Director of Education and Community Engagement
Dria (she/hers) is Diné, born and raised on Tongva Land. She is currently completing her Bachelor of Arts in Social Work at California State University of Los Angeles. She is also receiving her Certificate in Youth Agency Administration, which specializes in non-profit organizations dedicated to youth populations. Dria utilizes her certification in her position as Volunteer Coordinator at So’oh-Shinálí Sister Project. In her personal life, she is a dedicated auntie, and loves to travel around the world. Dria is passionate about servicing Indigenous communities and creating fundamental change which will impact the lives of generations to come.
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Our Administrative Staff

Kimberly Perez

Kimberly Perez

Office Manager
Kimberly Perez (she/her) is Chicanx, born and raised in Tongva Land (LA) . Kimberly is currently a Senior at Humboldt State University majoring in Communication Studies. After Graduation, she plans on attending Grad School in hopes to continue her journey and passion for Counseling with a focus on Child and Adolescent Mental and Emotional Health. Kimberly has always loved being around children and knew she wanted to work with kids in her Career but was unsure as to how. While working at an After School Program, Kimberly saw first hand how mental and emotional health can affect kids at such a young age without the proper resources, especially in a low income community. That is when her passion sparked and she began her journey into Mental Health. Currently Kimberly is working at Indigenous Circle of Wellness as an Office Manager and is excited to make a change in the Native and Indigenous Community.
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