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Patel, Mitesh

Dr. Patel provides psychiatry services at VCC: The Gary Center, and through our Telehealth, our virtual appointment option.

Behavioral Health

In simple terms, “behavioral health” is how a person thinks, feels and acts when faced with life’s situations. Sometimes life can get difficult and our emotions or thoughts can be overwhelming. If you or someone you know is having difficulty behaving in healthy ways with others or themselves, they may benefit from behavioral health services.

Types of Conditions

  • Depression (feeling very sad or down)
  • Anxiety (fears or worrying most or all of the time)
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Difficulty controlling anger or violence
  • Alcohol or drug abuse
  • Changes in mood from very high to very low
  • Difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much

Counseling and Therapy

  • Psychiatry services
  • One-on-one therapy with a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
  • Identification of mental or behavioral health issues
  • Coping and support skills
  • Referral to support groups and other services

Di Giorgio, Christina

Ms. Christina Di Giorgio, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, works out of VCC: The Gary Center in La Habra, California, but provides therapy through Telehealth to patients of any VCC location. Ms. Di Giorgio is dedicated to forming trusting relationships and advocating for best interests of her patients and their families. She is a respectful and compassionate professional offering an extensive background serving diverse populations and communities by providing guidance through a
collaborative partnership.

Clinician Since
  • 2021
    Education
    • California State University, Long Beach

    Kong, Darren

    Mr. Darren Kong, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, serves a diverse range of populations by providing direct crisis interventions and mental health services with clinical experience in multiple settings. Mr. Kong is bilingual in Khmer.

    Clinician Since
    • 2021
      Education
      • University of Southern California
      Certifications
      • CPR/First Aid

      Yetz, Jeanne

      Dr. Yetz is a practiced psychiatrist with experience working in mindfulness based cognitive behabioral therapy, substance abuse treatment groups, psychodynamic psychoanalytically oriented psychotherapy, fitness for duty evaluations, and more.

      Clinician Since
      • 2021
        Medical Education
        • New York Medical College, Valhalla, New York
        Certifications
        • Psychiatry: American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
        • Addiction Psychiatry: American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

        Acosta, Acuzena

        Ms. Acuzena Acosta provides school-based therapy for students in need. She is a dedicated social worker with 4 years of practice experience in therapy, and 9 years of experience in case management services. Ms. Acuzena focuses on supporting self-determination and capacity for self-sufficiency. Populations served include domestic violence survivors, homeless, veterans, low income, elementary to college students, substance users, criminal background, disabled, seniors and others.

        • 2021
          Education
          • California State University, San Marcos
          Certifications
          • Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine

          Dougherty, Christine

          Licensed Clinical Social Worker Christine Dougherty has been working to support the behavioral health of patients since 2000. She has served numerous populations and worked with all ages throughout her career as a therapist, including years of counseling children to improve social skills, confidence and self-actualization.

          She is currently providing school based care in North County, and her many years of experience working with children has prepared her well for this position. Christine works well with patients, parents, teachers, and clinicians to create the most well rounded health experience for each person that she sees. She is very knowledgeable and well versed in her field.

          If you are looking for behavioral health care for your child, Christine is a great option. She can help you develop strategies and techniques that work for you. You can rest assured that Christine Dougherty will provide a safe environment for you to express your issues and concerns.

          VCC Provider Since
          • 2020
          Education
          • Columbia University Graduate School of Social Work

          Swenson, Ing

          Licensed Clinical Social Worker Ing Swenson’s experience in mental health work goes back nearly 20 years, starting in Seattle in 2002. He has served numerous behavioral health needs and populations throughout his career as a therapist, moving all the way up as the Director of Behavioral Health at a clinic in Chicago.

          If you are looking for behavioral health care, Ing is a great resource. He has the experience and tools to help you get and stay mentally healthy. He has also a strong background working with the LGBTQ community. You can rest assured that Ing will provide a safe environment for you to express your issues and concerns.

          He is currently only providing care via telehealth in San Diego and Riverside Counties.

          VCC Provider Since
          • 2019
          Dental Education
          • University of Illinois at Chicago

          Cruz, Vanessa

          Licensed Clinical Social Worker Vanessa Cruz came to VCC for the opportunity to provide behavioral health treatment to children and families in need of services within the community.

           

          VCC Provider Since
          • 2019
          Medical Education
          • San Diego State University
          • California State University, San Marcos
          Certifications
          • Licensed Clinical Social Worker
          • Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Social Work (PPSC)
          • Professional Assault Crisis Training (PRO-ACT)

          Guerrero, Adriana

          Licensed Clinical Social Worker Adriana Guerrero came to VCC for the opportunity to provide behavioral health services to adolescents in local schools. She understands that adolescence is an important period for social and emotional development and that by providing early intervention these students will be more likely to have positive outcomes.

          Ms. Guerrero would like to empower patients to be independent and self-sufficient. She will help to idenfity strengths and learn how those strengths can help actualize goals. She also provides coping skills that can be utilized when facing different stressors in life.

           

          How do you help your patients “Choose Health”?

          I emphasize to patients the importance of both physical and mental health. I remind them how poor physical health can lead to an increased risk of developing mental health problems and how poor mental health can also have a negative impact on physical health. I encourage patients to regularly go to their preventative medical appointments.”

          VCC Provider Since
          • 2019
          Medical Education
          • University of Southern California
          Certifications
          • Licensed Clinical Social Worker