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Our Staff

We are a group of professionals devoted to providing comprehensive treatment to children, adolescents, adults and their families. We strive to maintain a multicultural group of professionals to serve diverse communities. 

Deryl Goldenberg Ph.D.

Deryl Goldenberg, Ph.D., Certified RDI Consultant
Owner/Executive Director
Dr. Goldenberg is a Clinical Psychologist with 30 years of experience helping children, parents and couples. He is a certified Relationship Development and Intervention (RDI) Consultant who applies this cutting-edge, emotional, cognitive, evidence-based intervention program to individuals with ASD. He is also involved in overseeing and providing ongoing, supervision for supervisors as well as interventionists working in the field of Autism.  Dr. Goldenberg also has a private practice where he offers psychotherapy to individuals and couples dealing with a variety of issues including: relationship struggles, career dissatisfaction, excessive anxiety and addiction.

Amber Ito, M.A.
Clinical Administrator
Amber is responsible for the in-take of new clients, staffing and support of school district programs. She also coordinates training schedules and orientation of new staff. Her direct supervision responsibilities consist of managing both regional center and school district programs.

Cherisse Wong, M.A., Certified DIR Expert Provider & Trainer
Clinical Supervisor/Assessor/Trainer
Cherisse is also a Senior Clinician with ICDL and she is certified in the PEERS Program. She has worked with children and families as a Child Development Specialist for over 25 years. Cherisse collaborates and coordinates with regional centers to maintain continuity of services and provides clinical supervision for both case supervisors and interventionists. She facilitates and develops social skills programs for VHAP and schools and provides the developmental intervention training series for VHAP staff. Cherisse also provides presentations for other multidisciplinary professionals, school districts and parents that focus on Floortime, inclusion support and behavior.

Erik Kastan, M.A., L.M.F.T., B.C.B.A.
MFC#47461, BCBA 1-12-10496
Clinical Coordinator of Behavioral Services

Eric has been working in psychotherapy and with the special needs populations since 2002. He was first introduced to the field of special needs when he was working on his BA in psychology at UCLA. He was also a teacher at a non-public school for children with moderate to severe special needs and behavioral issues while he was working toward his MA in Clinical Psychology at Pepperdine University. After licensure, Eric continued to specialize in families with special needs and clients with dual diagnosis. In 2012, he obtained his BCBA and worked at another NPA agency for 10 years before joining the VHAP team. Eric believes in the whole family system and works to create an individualized treatment plan that matches each client’s unique needs, often integrating and using a holistic approach of many interventions. He has lectured and presented on how to adapt psychotherapy treatments for clients with ASD, working with teenage clients, and understanding ASD and other behavioral disorders. He also oversees many interns working on their clinical hours for both MFT and BCBA status.

Case Supervisors provide on-going supervision and parent training to develop the child’s intervention program. Minimally, Supervisors have a master’s degree in psychology or a related field; a minimum of 5 years of experience working with children; and use developmental, relationship-based, behavioral interventions to address the child’s developmental needs in the home, school and/or community.

Developmental Interventionists implement direct, one-to-one intervention services that address the child’s individualized goals. They also provide support for parent training. Most Interventionists have a B.A. in Psychology/Education or a related field and 2-3 years experience working with children. Developmental Interventionists receive ongoing training and supervision to ensure effective implementation of behavioral and developmental interventions to address the child’s developmental needs in the home, school and/or community.