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
Clayton J. Johnson
Clayton J. Johnson
M.A., LMFT #107668, DIR C-1 Associate Director-DIR
Dr. Monica Terrell
Dr. Monica Terrell
PSY. D, Social Skills Associate Director
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

Recent posts

Meet our Holding Hands mascot, Daisy 🐶♥️. Spending time with animals has been shown to lower blood pressure and heart rate, reduce anxiety and increase endorphins and oxytocin. Raise your hand 🙋🏻‍♀️ if your family pet has provided you with some emotional support during the Covid pandemic?
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Self-care is any action you take to preserve and improve your health, mental wellness , happiness and fulfillment.
We’ve all heard the saying, “you can’t pour from an empty cup”
May your cup overflow with health, joy and goodness ☕️❤️

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We have had many inquiries to see if we have closed our offices due to the recent Covid closures in LA county. We have been OPEN and will CONTINUE to serve our clients and families. We are providing our families a choice between in home services, Telehealth or a combination of both. Holding Hands follows all CDC & LA Health County guidelines to ensure the safety of our clients, staff and our community. ❤️ #weareinthistogether #wearamask 😷#mentalhealthmatters 💯 #autism #aba #counseling #socialskillsgroups #telehealththerapy #floortimetherapy #whittier #autismlosangeles #calabasas #burbank #glendale #woodlandhills #pasadenacalifornia #hiddenhills #westlakevillage #encino #southcentrallosangeles ... See MoreSee Less

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Timeline PhotosCSUN is sharing a series of articles and videos to help you address issues, such as racism and disabilities, with your child.

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We miss going to the clinics and seeing you. We will be back (a few pounds fluffier 🙈) and are looking forward to reconnecting with you all! It takes a village for things to go back to “normal.” Please consider doing your part by being socially responsible {washing/ disinfecting hands, wearing a mask, avoiding large groups and maintain social distance.} Be social & connect with others (it’s needed for our mental health) but just be safe ❤️
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