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Lydia Tesfay, M.S.

Doctoral Student Clinician

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Dr. Lauren Taveras, Psy.D.

Bilingual Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Owner & Founder

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Dr. Stephanie Sellinger, Psy.D.

Staff Psychologist

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Amanda Acevedo, M.A., Ed.S.

Bilingual Doctoral Student Clinician

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Monica Iwabuchi, M.A.

Bilingual Doctoral Student Clinician

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Lauren C. Taveras, Psy.D.
Bilingual Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Owner & Founder 

 

Dr. Taveras is a Dominican American, Bilingual Clinical Psychologist who is licensed in Arizona. Dr. Taveras is the owner and founder of Coral Valley Psychological Services, PLLC, a private practice dedicated to addressing the psychosocial concerns of individuals, couples, and families throughout the Valley, with a special emphasis upon the Latino/a/x immigrant community. Given her background and expertise, honoring the culturally diverse identities and experiences of all clients drives Coral Valley's clinical mission. 

Prior to founding Coral Valley, Dr. Taveras held a staff psychologist position on the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Clinical Team (PCT) with the Phoenix VA Health Care System, where she also completed an APA-approved Clinical Internship with rotations in PTSD, General Mental Health, and Health Psychology.  Before relocating to Phoenix, Dr. Taveras was an adjunct instructor at the undergraduate and graduate levels at Long Island University, where she taught psychology theory and assessment courses. Dr. Taveras graduated with a Doctorate of Psychology in Clinical Psychology from Long Island University Post, and has also received Master of Education (M.Ed.) and Master of Arts (M.A.) degrees from Teachers College of Columbia University in Counseling Psychology. Dr. Taveras previously worked as a bilingual (English and Spanish) educator in public and charter school settings in New York City before pursuing a career in mental health, having received a Master of Science degree in Teaching from Pace University in NYC. 

 

Dr. Taveras has worked with survivors of trauma since 2006 in a variety of settings, and has trained community members and mental health professionals in a range of mental health matters, including burnout, compassion fatigue, and vicarious traumatization; mindfulness and meditation strategies for stress reduction; microaggressions in the therapeutic relationship; parenting skills; and conflict resolution in the workplace. She has also conducted diagnostic interviews, planned treatment, and provided psychotherapy for individuals across all ages with developmental disabilities and learning differences. Dr. Taveras provides mental health evaluations for various immigration-related matters, and also provides psychoeducational evaluations for the diagnosis of learning differences (giftedness and disabilities) for individuals from all ages in both English and Spanish. 

 

Dr. Taveras is a member in good standing with the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Arizona Psychological Association (AzPA). Her full curriculum vitae is available upon request. 

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Stephanie Sellinger, Psy.D.

Staff Psychologist 

Dr. Stephanie Sellinger is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the states of California and Arizona and a pre-licensed psychologist in the state of Arizona. She graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation and Human Services from Pennsylvania State University in 2008, going on to obtain her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology in 2012 from Chatham University. She then completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2022 from the California School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Sellinger is under the supervision of Dr. Taveras for her PsyD licensure in the state of Arizona. 

 

Dr. Sellinger has over ten years of experience as a master’s level clinician specializing in trauma, substance-use disorders, mood disorders, and crisis intervention. She spent her early career working in schools and the community to assist teachers and families in transitioning skills to effectively support children with emotional, behavioral, and cognitive concerns to thrive in and maintain independence in their environments. Dr. Sellinger has been heavily involved in working with Post 9/11 combat Veterans to overcome trauma and spent four years conducting research on the psychological effects of chronic pain. Her emphasis has been working with a variety of trauma related concerns such as combat, military-sexual trauma, complicated grief, moral injury, childhood abuse, sexual abuse and assault, and witnessing tragedy.

 

Dr. Sellinger is also a U.S. Air Force Veteran who has served in multiple conflicts in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and humanitarian efforts within the Air National Guard as a medic.  She has received certifications in experiential based learning though Project Adventure, Gottman Seven Principle’s for couples work, yoga and meditation for various mood disorders. She is a certified development coach for military members and their families who are transitioning from service to civilian life. Dr. Sellinger is a national provider for Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder. She is also trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Chronic Pain (CBT-CP) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for chronic pain.

 

Dr. Sellinger’s work environment has included behavioral health crisis clinician for Maricopa county, residential treatment centers, intensive outpatient programs, conducted rehabilitative retreats for combat wounded Veterans, and most recently completed her predoctoral internship at the Phoenix Veterans Healthcare Administration in the Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Clinic (PCT), Chronic Pain Wellness Clinic (CPCW), General Mental Health (GMH) conducting psychiatric testing and assessment, and the West Valley Vet Center. 

 

Dr. Sellinger is passionate about supporting people in their journey to healing and reaching their fullest potential. She believes in post-traumatic growth and finding meaning in suffering in order to reach one’s purpose and fulfillment in life. 

 

Dr. Sellinger is in good standing with the California and Arizona’s Board of Behavioral Science’s and her full curriculum vitae is available upon request. 

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Amanda Acevedo,

 

M.A., Ed.S.
 

 

Bilingual Doctoral Student Clinician


Amanda Acevedo, M.A., Ed.S., is a Psy.D. candidate (2025) in the Northern Arizona’s Clinical Psychology Psy.D program. Mrs. Acevedo was born and raised in Puerto Rico. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of South Florida (1998) and her master’s and education specialist’s degree in Educational Psychology from Argosy University (2016, 2019).  


At NAU, Mrs. Acevedo serves as the Outreach Coordinator (CPSB) and the student liaison between CPSB and the Neuro-Forensic Club. Mrs. Acevedo is an active member of different psychology organizations both at the state (AzPA, AASP) and national level (APA, NLPA). For the 2022 year, Mrs. Acevedo is the AzPA Graduate Student Representative, the APA Division 15 Graduate Student Ambassador, and one of the new board members of the Arizona Psychological Foundation (AFPF). 
 

Her major interest includes promoting mental health awareness in children and adolescents who live in rural communities and belong to underserved populations. As a bilingual (Spanish/English) and bicultural Hispanic woman, Ms. Acevedo’s research interest focuses on addressing and curtailing substance use among minority populations, diversity and inclusion, generational trauma, and psychopharmacology. Upon graduation, Ms. Acevedo would like to work within community-based programs with culturally and linguistically diverse populations.

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Mónica Iwabuchi, M.A.

 

Bilingual Doctoral Student Clinician

Monica Iwabuchi is a bilingual Doctoral Candidate Clinician at Coral Valley who is pursuing her graduate degree from Northern Arizona University. She previously earned a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Clinical Psychology at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi (TAMUCC) in 2016. 

 

Prior to joining Coral Valley's team, Monica's experience included conducting neuropsychological assessments in English and Spanish and co-leading therapy sessions for children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral issues. Monica has also provided mentorship to doctoral students at the Arizona School of Professional Psychology. In addition, Monica taught various psychology classes including General Psychology as adjunct faculty, Experimental Psychology as a laboratory instructor, and Cognitive Psychology and Learning and Memory as a supplemental instructor at TAMUCC.

 

Monica is a native Spanish speaker having been raised in Mexico. As an adolescent she moved to the United States, living in Texas for 18 years. She moved to Phoenix, Arizona to advance her psychology career in a PsyD program. Her dream and passion is to provide psychological services to the Latinx population. 

Monica is a member of the Arizona Psychological Association and the National Latinx Psychological Association. 

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Lydia Tesfay, M.S.


Doctoral Student Clinician

Lydia Tesfay is a Doctoral Student at Northern Arizona University pursuing her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.). She previously earned a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Psychology from Grand Canyon University in 2018 and a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Psychology from Northern Arizona University in 2012.

Lydia has worked in the mental health sector for over ten years serving children, adolescents, and adults. Prior to enrolling in NAU's Psy.D. program, she was an inpatient therapist assisting adolescents and adults in psychiatric units suffering from mental illnesses and substance abuse. She has prior experience assisting children and adolescents who display severe behavioral issues at home and school. Currently, she is involved in nonprofit work providing mental health awareness for immigrant families in the Valley.

Lydia is Eritrean American. She is from a family of refugees who were relocated to Arizona through refugee placement services. Her passion is to provide psychological services to the immigrant and refugee population.

Lydia is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), Arizona Psychological Association (AzPA), & Black Doctoral Network (BDN).