About Us

Bonnie D. Lucks is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in California. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Alliant International University, San Diego; M.A. in Psychology from United States International University, San Diego, and B.S. in Biology from the University of California, Los Angeles.Dr.Lucks received her Crisis Intervention Counseling Certification from the University of California, San Diego.

Dr. Lucks has pioneered research on profiling cyber stalkers, and has identified and examined electronic crimes in cyberspace. She has published and lectured in the field of cyberstalking, electronic crime, and safety on the internet.

Dr. Lucks has provided services to the Department of Social Services Child Abuse Treatment Program, YWCA Domestic Violence Unit, New Vistas Crisis Center, provided adult supervision for the Youth-2-Youth Helpline, completed a Doctoral Internship at San Diego State University Counseling and Psychological Services, and postdoctorate fellowship at Alvarado Parkway Institute Behavioral Health Services, providing individual psychotherapy, crisis intervention, process and psychoeducational groups, psychological testing, consultation, chemical dependency and relapse prevention, dual diagnosis treatment, stress management, body esteem and disorderly eating, mindfulness, video gaming therapy, and emotional regulation skills.

She has co-organized and co-facilitated children’s groups utilizing art therapy, play therapy, and sand tray therapy to children who were victims or witnesses of domestic violence, at Children’s Hospital Domestic Violence Unit in San Diego. Dr. Lucks provided crisis intervention and battered women counseling for women for the YWCA Battered Women’s Services in San Diego.

She has participated in the treatment of children who have been victims of interfamilial sexual abuse for the Department of Social Services Child Abuse Treatment Program in San Diego. Dr. Lucks is currently in private practice providing psychological services to adults, couples, and adolescents; with concurrent Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Training Groups.

She provides individual Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) with Applied DBT Clinicians for adults, couples, and adolescents. Dr. Lucks is the founder of Applied DBT Clinicians. Dr. Lucks has participated with Applied DBT Clinicians of San Diego in Dr. Marsha M. Linehan’s Intensive Training, 2009 with Dr. Shari Manning. Dr. Lucks has participated with Applied DBT Clinicians in ‘Doing DBT to Adherence and with Competence: An Advanced Course’ with Charles Swenson, M.D. Additionally, she has training in advanced therapeutic strategies with DBT and eating disorders: ‘Integrating CBT to Treat Eating Disorders into a DBT Program’ with Lucene Wisniewski, Ph.D., FAED.

Lina Kogan holds a dual Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and Industrial-Organizational Psychology from California School of Professional Psychology. She received her undergraduate degree in psychology from San Diego State University. Dr. Kogan possesses over 15 years of experience in mental health and organizational development fields, cognitive impairment interventions, strength-based case management, adult education, conflict management, career development; as well as, development and implementation of corporate training programs, change management coaching, and research/dissertation consulting.

Dr. Kogan has acquired a solid foundation in evidence-based treatment approaches, including, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Thinking for a Change, and Trauma Informed Therapy. She also specializes in risk assessment, crisis intervention/prevention; as well as, individual therapy focused on grief and loss, addiction and relapse prevention, family/couples therapy, etc.

Dr. Kogan has an extensive experience working with individuals with a wide range of psychiatric disorders in a variety of inpatient and outpatient clinical settings, which include: Alvarado Parkway Institute (API), Aurora Behavioral Healthcare, Adult Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP), Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), New Vista Crisis Center, Douglas Young Clinic, Exodus Recovery, Inc., chemical dependence/addiction programs, Dementia and Cognitive Impairment Center, Adult Behavioral Health Court Residential Program, and Forensic Outpatient Psychosocial Recovery Program. She also provides bilingual clinical services in Russian and English. Dr. Kogan thrives in team-oriented collaborative organizational environments and incorporates her professional experience and clinical training in assisting clients in improving their mental health and overall well-being.

Dr. Adeniranye is a  licensed clinical psychologist and licensed marriage and family therapist in California. He received his Doctorate of Psychology; Couples and Family Therapy from The California School of Professional Psychology, San Diego, and a B.A in Psychology from the University of San Diego.

Dr. Adeniranye is experienced in family, individual and couples therapy using cognitive behavioral, psychodynamic, and systems approaches. He has experience in providing individual psychotherapy, process and psycho-educational group therapy, dual diagnosis treatment, and treatment for mood, anxiety, and addictive disorders.

Since 2012 Dr. Adeniranye has acquired experience working with adults, children, and adolescents with a wide range of psychiatric disorders and in a variety of settings including Adult Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP), Alvarado Parkway Institute (API), Palomar Family Counseling Service, School Site-based Therapy for children and their families, Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), forensic, inpatient and outpatient units with severe acute and chronic mental illnesses, substance abuse/ dependence, and co-occurring disorders.

As a DBT clinician, Dr. Adeniranye focuses on providing his clients with a nonjudgmental and safe environment where they collaborate to address thoughts, feelings, behaviors and beliefs that contribute to pain, suffering and conflict in their lives. Clients are encouraged to replace ineffective and maladaptive behaviors with constructive, healthy, and adaptive skills to improve regulation of emotion and enhance their lives.

Dr. Adeniranye is a military veteran, having served in the United States Marine Corps and completed his Doctoral dissertation investigating the combat and post-combat experiences of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom veterans without Post traumatic stress disorder.

Mica earned a Doctorate Degree in Clinical Psychology from Long Island University in Brooklyn, NY and holds an Undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Connecticut. Among other places, she has worked at the Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut, the Acute Care Unit of Saint Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury, CT, North Central Bronx Hospital in NY, and Bronx Children’s Psychiatric Center. Dr. Mica is also a Certified Life Coach, specifically focusing on women’s issues. She has over 10 years of extensive experience working with children, adolescents, and adults, with a wide range of psychiatric disorders in a variety of inpatient, outpatient, partial hospitalization, and community settings. Dr. Mica is experienced in individual, family, and group therapy, using Psychodynamic, Cognitive Behavioral, and Interpersonal approaches. She is also qualified in crisis management, psychological, and neuro-psychological assessments.

Dr. Mica’s Doctoral dissertation investigated the role of affect and experience on risk perception involving motor vehicle accidents. It is this relationship between feelings, perceptions, and behaviors that caught Mica’s academic interest and continues to drive her clinical work. As a DBT clinician and a life coach, Dr. Mica focuses on providing her clients with a safe and non-judgmental space, where they work together to identify feelings, thoughts, beliefs, and assumptions that cause the pain in their lives. While focusing on strengths, clients are encouraged to substitute old ineffective behaviors with new social and self-soothing skills. Accepting that the process of change is frightening and overwhelming, it is her goal to be beside you, every step of the way, as you embark on a journey to create a life worth living.

Dr. Mica is registered as a Psychologist Assistant with the Board of Psychology, and is currently working towards license under the supervision of Dr. Lucks. Dr. Mica and her husband of 20 plus years, are the proud parents of their children (age 17) (age 9). Dr. Mica was born and raised and Israel, and provides clinical services in English and Hebrew.

Heather Breese is a registered Associate Clinical Social Worker (ACSW) in the state of California and Licensed Mastered Social Worker (LMSW) in the state of New York. Currently, she is working toward obtaining her Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) credential.

She brings to the Applied DBT team a variety of experience working with individuals, groups, and families. She has completed numerous trainings in the areas of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Trauma-Informed, Motivational Interviewing, Teen Intervene, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT). Heather holds a Bachelor of Science in Social Work degree from The College of Saint Rose. She also graduated Adelphi University with her Master of Social Work degree in 2013.

Heather has experience as a Social Worker/Case Manager for Abilities First, Inc. working with children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly. She has supported individuals diagnosed with cognitive, developmental, and/or physical disabilities in a variety of settings. Many of Heather’s previous clients have struggled with co-occurring mental health disorders making Heather well versed in assisting clients with multiple needs. Her experience in this role has helped Heather link and refer individuals to necessary resources. Heather has very much enjoyed working with this population and the experience it has brought her; however, she is excited to gain more clinical experience in the field of mental Health.

Heather has also served as a Social Worker/Clinician for Astor Services in the Children and Families Hospital Diversion Program. While in the Home-Bases Crisis Intervention (HBCI) and the Partial Hospitalization (PHP) Programs, she has worked to prevent psychiatric inpatient hospitalization for children and adults struggling with a variety of mental health issues. Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is one of the main therapeutic interventions used in treatment within these programs. Through this experience, Heather has gained a comprehensive knowledge of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) with younger children and their parents/Caregivers.
Heather also has experience as a School Social Worker and is certified as such within the State of New York. In this role she has supported and assisted mainstream and special education students. Heather has served as an advocate for youth, working to help students achieve their social emotional goals. In this role, Heather has assisted students and their families to access the tools and resources necessary to success in the classroom setting.

Adding to her professional journey, Heather is now employed as a Clinician at Applied DBT. She very much looks forward to helping individuals strive to find a high quality of life. It is her firm belief with the right tools and supports in place, every individual can believe they have a life worth living.