Meet Our PhD Level Clinicians


Liesl Scalzitti, PhD, MSW, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Liesl Scalzitti has recently joined Aspire Counseling Solutions and brings 25 years of experience to the mental health field.  Dr. Scalzitti is a licensed clinical psychologist and a licensed clinical social worker.  She received her Master’s in clinical social work at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri and sought her doctoral degree in clinical psychology with an emphasis in depth psychology at the Pacifica Graduate Institute located near Santa Barbara, California.  As a clinical social worker, Dr. Scalzitti served children, adolescents and families in both the behavioral health and school systems in Ventura and Los Angeles counties.  As a licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. Scalzitti worked in private practice providing psychotherapy for 15 years to adolescents and adults (age 15 through 85).  


Dr. Scalzitti is passionate and motivated to reach her clients in meaningful and effective ways.  She works with individuals and couples.  She treats depression, anxiety, trauma, and general issues involving life transition. As a practitioner, she maintains a stance of curiosity, openness, and inquisitiveness to help her clients engage in the therapeutic process.  Dr. Scalzitti uses depth psychology as her main treatment modality which entails psycho-dynamic and psycho-analytic theories, Mentalization Based Treatment (MBT), and dream analysis.  She will use elements of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) to teach skills that can help the individual to support and reinforce the kind of change her clients are hoping to make.  Dr. Scalzitti emphasizes to her clients that effective and lasting change in therapy requires motivation, and true desire on the individual’s behalf while she brings her knowledge and training to help facilitate that process.

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Deb Hayes PhD, LPC, LISAC, HHP

Licensed Psychotherapist, Substance Abuse Therapist, Holistic Health Practitioner

Deb Hayes PhD, LPC, LISAC, HHP, PLLC brings real-life experiences as a doctoral level psychotherapist licensed in counseling and substance abuse, with certification as a holistic health practitioner to each client she serves. As a holistic health practitioner she offers natural, alternative solutions for many health issues related to nutritional and lifestyle issues, chronic illness and/or pain, as well as those associated with certain stress-related disorders. Dr. Hayes sees adults and couples for a variety of issues as a psychotherapist, including PTSD, complex trauma, OCD, panic disorder, depression, bi-polar disorder, anxiety disorders, relationship issues, history of abuse, eating disorders, personality disorders, cognitive processing disorders, other general mental health conditions, life stressors and transitions, and familial concerns.  


Dr. Hayes offers a variety of treatment modalities such as Eye Movement, Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Energy Psychology (Holistic Mind/Body Work), Hypnosis, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT), Adlerian, Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT),  various Family Systems therapies, Psychodynamic, Person-Centered, Faith-based therapies, exposure therapies (ERP), mindfulness-based therapies, Dialectical Behavioral therapy (DBT-individual only), Reality/Choice Therapy, Gestalt, existential therapies, Motivational Interviewing(MI) and integrative/holistic therapies. Her 30 plus years of experience in helping others not only provides a counseling framework in which to be more effective with your concerns, but to be efficient with your time and resources.