WILA’s leadership team exemplifies and actualizes community service through psychoanalysis. With decades of experience in therapy and social work, directors and staff realize a new vision for the future of psychoanalytic therapy which responds to pressing needs in our community.
Michele Gomes, Psy.D.
Dr. Michele Gomes is a psychologist and psychoanalyst who spits her time between her two passions: working with a diverse group of adults and couples in her private practice and leading Wright Institute Los Angeles. She spent five years as WILA’s Clinical Director and in 2016 stepped into the role of Executive Director. Her unique educational background in Psychoanalysis, Multicultural Community Psychology, Women’s Studies, and Computer Programming reflects the range of interests and skills she brings to her work. Michele spent several years at the UCLA School of Public Health assisting with the conduct of epidemiological research related to the intersections between sociocultural variables and mental health. She found her clinical and theoretical home at WILA during a two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. She is a proud graduate of the New Center for Psychoanalysis where she teaches in the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program, sits on the Board of Directors, and is active on many committees including being a founding member of the Committee on Diversities and Sociocultural Issues. Michele is committed to a non-profit way of life and hopes, through WILA and NCP, to expand the reach and role of psychoanalysis in the community. Her professional interests include teaching, program development, and training socially conscious mental health clinicians.
Claudia Feldman, Ph.D.
Dr. Feldman is Clinical Director and a core faculty member at Wright Institute Los Angeles. She has a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from the California Graduate Institute and a Ph.D. from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. In her doctoral studies, Dr. Feldman researched gender identity, testosterone, and memory expressions. Dr. Feldman presented her research at the American Psychological Association in Toronto, Canada and at the National Academy of Neuropsychology Convention in New Orleans. After graduating, Dr. Feldman completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy at WILA. Currently, she is a Clinical Associate at the New Center for Psychoanalysis, where she continues to deepen her knowledge of psychoanalysis. Dr. Feldman has a special interest in family dynamics, individual differences, intimacy, and relatedness. Dr. Feldman continues to see patients in her private practice. She is fluent in Portuguese and English.
Allen M. Yasser, Ph.D.
Dr. Yasser, along with Hedda Bolgar, Elizabeth Cooley and Nancy Wood founded WILA in 1974. Dr. Yasser was initially Director of the WILA Psychotherapy Clinic. In 1981 he was appointed Director of WILA’s Postgraduate Center, which incorporated our Postdoctoral Fellowship program, the WILA Internship and the Psychotherapy Clinic. In 1987 he became WILA’s Executive Director and in 2016 WILA’s Director Emeritus, his current position. Dr. Yasser received his Ph.D. from SUNY at Buffalo. He completed a two year postdoctoral fellowship in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Yasser is also a graduate of the training program in psychoanalysis at the Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalysis. His long time professional interests include the practice, teaching and supervision of Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and institutional development and administration.
Aimee Martinez, Psy.D.
Director of Clinical Relations
Dr. Martinez recently completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at Wright Institute Los Angeles. In addition to her private practice she acts as the Director of Clinical Relations for WILA and facilitates institutional and trainee development in professional marketing. Currently, Aimee is a Clinical Associate pursuing psychoanalytic training at the New Center for Psychoanalysis. Prior to pursuing clinical training, Aimee worked in entertainment sports and event marketing, skills she now applies to develop clinical referral relationships. Although she possesses extensive marketing experience, her true passion lies in the creativity of psychoanalytic clinical work. Aimee utilizes a psychodynamic perspective on addiction to address underlying issues of trauma and attachment including depression and anxiety that accompany substance use disorders. Through her research, she developed a protocol implementing analytic Work Discussion Groups as a supervisory component in substance abuse and mental health treatment centers to aid in decreasing counselor burnout and increasing workplace efficiency. Aimee’s training at the Tavistock Clinic in London inspired her work.
Ilana Bar-Din Giannini, LCSW
Group Therapies Program Director
After twenty years working as a screen and television writer, Ilana shifted gears and earned her Masters in Social Work at the University of Southern California. She recently completed a two-year Postgraduate Fellowship at Wright Institute Los Angeles and moved into private practice where she works with adults and families. Much of her work focuses on women who have been exposed to trauma. Ilana has joined the WILA staff as the Group Therapies Program Director in order to design and implement new group therapy experiences for the clinic. Ilana’s inaugural project, Voices of Warriors: A Psychotherapy Group for Women Survivors of Trauma, will serve the needs of women who have faced physical and/or sexual assault.
Eva Patrick, Psy.D.
The WILA blog is brought to you by the heart and expert wordsmithing of our Blog Editor (and Countess), Eva, who had this to say: “My passion for blogging is tied to my appetite for practicing psychotherapy – they both allow me to surrender to the uncertainty of life, and to find my way out through words, stories and the discovery of new ideas for doing, being and telling these stories in the world.” Eva received her Psy.D. degree from the California Institute of Integral Studies. She embraces considerations from mostly a relational orientation, along with implementation of