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About MSMW Therapists

Hello, I am Johana, a I bilingual licensed professional. My journey in this field began in 2011. Since I started my career, I have worked in non-profit agencies providing community services to toddlers, children, adolescents and adults. In my experience as a mental health provider I have worked in a multitude of programs from preventive care to diagnosable treatment.

In 2015, I worked as a Wraparound (WRAP) Therapist, with children, youth and their families with serious mental health challenges. Wrap is a type of service designed for high-risk children and adolescents; I enjoyed this type of treatment very much.

I have also focused in adult programs and providing group services in various treatments. Through this experience, I came to learn how multi-generational aspects, really can affect an individual, a couple, or family’s present decisions.

In addition, I practice as an eclectic type of therapist because although I specialize in certain approaches, I like to personalize and modify my approach according to my client’s unique needs. At times, I have just sat with my clients and practiced guided meditation and grounding techniques because that is what my clients needed at that time.

More about me. I have been in a committed relationship with my high school sweetheart for nearly twenty years, we have a beautiful Weimaraner.  Our weim is curious and adventurous, kind of like me, oh and he enjoys belly rubs…. I don’t. On my spare time I like to watch psychological thrills, comedies, take walks with my dog, use my Cricut (for all you crafters out there), and most of all dance. I love to dance to every genre but my specialty is cultural Latin music and 80’s (80’s is my favorite).

I also, absolutely love to travel, but since traveling has been affected by the pandemic, I‘ve resorted to practice tons of mindfulness (my happy traveled memories). As per that adventurous side, I have been on a mission to participate in as many sky related activities (hot air ballooning, zip-lining, skydiving, helicopter riding and parasailing) as possible. I believe that we should do more of the things that bring us joy!

Johana Montes de Oca
LMFT# 118488

Authenticity is a big one for me, I like to show up for my client’s and sit with their emotional moment with them. My clients would best describe me as a warm, empathetic, genuine, inquisitive person and a person with many metaphors and examples. In my work as much as in my personal life, I tend to ask a lot of questions because questions give us answers…vital answers which may help my client to uncover deeper meanings.

Hola, my name is Susie Gamboa and I am an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. I am a bilingual therapist and have worked with a variety of populations including people of all ages with a wide range of diagnoses.

I have spent much of my time as a therapist working with children and their families to better their relationships as well as deal with challenges in more positive ways. I have also worked with individuals struggling with substance use, grief and loss, anxiety, depression, PTSD, trauma and have had the privilege to walk alongside my clients on their journey to a better quality of life.

My approach to therapy is meeting my clients where they are and go at their pace. I utilize CBT, DBT, Acceptance and commitment therapy and often pull from more theories to personalize treatment to the needs of my clients. I believe in the importance of treating from a holistic approach, as our mental health symptoms can be physical as well.

As part of my experience, I have also facilitated parenting classes, anger management classes and domestic violence groups. I have learned about the cycles that can be part of our lives because of our family life, upbringing and culture.

On my spare time, I enjoy walks with my family, gardening, singing, and traveling. I also enjoy comedy shows, as I love to laugh.

Susie Gamboa
AMFT# 119718

I believe in the importance of taking care of yourself first, so that you can be a better you and then be there for others. We all deserve a good quality of life and wherever you are on your journey, we are here for you when you are ready.

Hi, I’m Samantha Keung and I am an Associate Clinical Social Worker. I am experienced in PTSD, and working with individuals and families/couples from different backgrounds, ages, sexual orientations, and diagnoses and residential work. I am Gottman Level II trained which supports couples in treatment. I specialize in Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness, DBT, CBT, Client-Centered and a Holistic approach.

I have also worked with high risk adolescents who struggled with depression, anxiety, anger, trauma, grief and loss, self harming behaviors, self esteem issues and family relationship issues in hopes to re-establish healthy relationships.

My approach to therapy is of great importance to me. I believe a strong therapeutic relationship can make the biggest difference in the healing process and it is my aim to make each client feel safe, comfortable, and understood. I approach each session with warmth, openness, empathy, and a desire to help empower each client to be their best self. Empowering my clients to take the lead in their sessions has proven effective in helping them reach the goals they have set for themselvesI meet clients where they are at emotionally and make adjustments during our time together based on their individual needs.

While therapy can be difficult at times, the knowledge we gain about ourselves is invaluable. We discover our strengths, patterns in our behaviors, the things that trigger us, better understand our responses and overall increase our own self awareness, which we use in our everyday lives. It impacts how we communicate, how we view ourselves, and how we build relationships with others.

I believe each person deserves a life they are happy with, and I want to help you overcome any emotional barriers that might be preventing you from living out your best life and through challenges that hold you back from the life you envisioned and relationships you had hoped to have.

On my time off, I love spending time with my loved ones, traveling, snowboarding, playing pickle-ball, catching up on tv shows and practicing different self care activities.

Samantha Keung
ACSW# ASW89291

“Proud of you for choosing YOU even though it’s hard”. A Holistic approach we take to help clients improve their symptoms. It’s diverse and friendly.

Hello, my name is Sharenne Gozal. I am the administrative assistant for My Serenity Mental Wellness. At the office, I am the first point of contact for our clients.

I look forward to meeting new clients and supporting with exploring any questions, service needs or resources that are available at MSMW.

I’m excited to be part of our client’s path in finding their serenity. Being able to set up services to help families, couples, and individuals is one of the most rewarding aspects about my job.

Please email me at to begin your path to better health and wellness!

Sharenne Gozal
Office Administrator

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.
– Robert Louis Stevenson

Johana Montes de Oca, LMFT #118488

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