APS in the Community

In addition to the other services we offer, we provide a variety of psycho-educational seminars and support to schools, publications, professionals, the entertainment field, media, and other organizations. Our goal is to increase support, awareness, knowledge, and insight about a variety of topics requested by those within the community.

The list below includes associations where we have provided assistance, as well as the topics that were addressed. Please contact us if you are interested in these services. We are more than willing to collaborate with you on a topic of interest.



For each educational setting, we meet with administrators, teachers, and counselors to discuss the topics most relevant to the student body and parents. The forum for presenting the topics is adapted to meet the individual needs of the school. We have had the opportunity to present to students, as well as to parents. Topics have included teen dating, internet safety, friendships, peer pressure, bullying, eating disorders & body image, trauma, domestic violence, drugs and alcohol, anxiety & depression, stress management, and self-esteem. With parents we have addressed parenting techniques, neurological & emotional development of children and teens, parent-child relationships, communication, as well as healthy vs. unhealthy coping responses to stress. We have received positive feedback from staff and find that students and parents are receptive and interactive throughout our discussions. We thoroughly enjoy our work in the school settings. Listed below are some of the schools we have had involvement with:

  • American Musical & Dramatic Academy, Los Angeles, CA
  • Brentwood High, Brentwood, CA
  • California State University, Dominguez Hills
  • Macalister School for Girls, Los Angeles, CA
  • Notre Dame Academy for Girls, Los Angeles, CA
  • Redondo Beach High School, Redondo Beach, CA
  • Saint Monica’s High School, Santa Monica, CA
  • Topanga Elementary School, Topanga, CA
  • Yo San University, Los Angeles, CA



Our staff has a variety of specialties, and we have had the opportunity to present to other professionals and community groups. We have found this forum to be an important way to stay connected with other organizations and offer services that account for the current needs within our community. The presentations are geared towards providing professional talks which offer relevant, beneficial information.

  • A Place Called Home, Los Angeles, CA

Presenter: Sara Abbot, Psy.D.
Topic: Teen Dating and Healthy Relationships for Adolescent Girls

  • Alafia Mental Health Institute, Gardena, CA

Presenter: Sara Abbot, Psy.D.
Topic: Psychological Interventions with Infants and Young Children

  • CSPP at Alliant International University Conference, Alhambra, CA

Presenter: Sara Abbot, Psy.D.
Topic: From Ancient Tradition to Modern Clinical Practice: Integrating Touch/Massage Therapy into Infant Mental Health, Ages Birth to Three

  • International Conference on Violence, Abuse, and Trauma, San Diego, CA

Presenter: Sara Abbot, Psy.D.
Topic: Integrating Healthy Touch into the Lives of Birth to Three Year Olds Who Have Been Traumatized or Abused

  • Julia Ann Singer Center, Los Angeles, CA

Presenter: Meghan Moody, Psy.D.
Topic: Working With Suicidal Clients: Considerations for Treatment, Law, and Ethics

  • Los Angeles Psychological Conference, Los Angeles, CA

Presenter: Sara Abbot, Psy.D.
Topic: Clinical Applications Bridging Neurological Development in Traumatized Infants and Touch Therapy

  • Ventura County Professional Women’s Network

Presenter: Lexi Welanetz-Bursin, Psy.D.
Topic: Psychology of Money
Topic: Un-doing the Do-aholic


Media/Entertainment Consultants

We have had the opportunity to participate in media and entertainment events, offering information to a larger audience. We feel comfortable providing professional, engaging services to the public. In addition, we provide consultations to those within the field of entertainment, providing psychological insight into emotional and diagnostic characteristics for script development.

      • Consultations for Film Script Development, Los Angeles, CA

Consultant: Sara Abbot, Psy.D.
Topic: Insight into archetypal psychological components of teens and adults characters

      • Fox News

Featured: Lexi Welanetz-Bursin, Psy.D.
Psychologist and child expert providing helpful tips for children with temper tantrums

      • Fox News

Featured: Lexi Welanetz-Bursin, Psy.D.
Psychologist, as a crisis expert, providing helpful tips on live broadcast to families about how to cope with the fires in Malibu and other areas of Southern California

      • Fox News

Featured: Lexi Welanetz-Bursin, Psy.D.
Psychologist providing commentary regarding the new phenomena of teens beating up other teens and videotaping the assaults?

      • KCSN 88.5 FM, Women’s Inspiration

Guest Presenter: Sara Abbot, Psy.D.
Topic: Parenting Infants and Toddlers and the Benefits of Healthy Touch and Healthy Attachment



Research and literature are an important part of the field of psychology as it serves as an avenue for sharing knowledge for other professionals as well as the public. Our therapists are competent in research and writing with an interest in providing consultations and/or articles to variety of sources.

      • Magazines & Books Babytalk Magazine (February 2006)

Consultant: Lexi Welanetz-Bursin, Psy.D.
Topic: “Working vs. Staying Home” Featured parenting expert analyzing differences of working vs. stay at home mothers.

      • Build a Better Spouse Trap: A Street-Smart Dating Strategy for Men Who Have Lost a Love (2001)

Authors: Wentworth, T.S., von Welanetz, L (2001)
Topic: Practical self-help for men wanting to marry for a second time, who have lost a wife to death or divorce

      • The Los Angeles Psychologist, November 2006 through December 2008

Editor in Chief: Meghan Moody, Psy.D.
Topic: The Los Angeles County Psychological Association’s bi-monthly magazine.

      • The Los Angeles Psychologist, December, 2006

Author: Sara Abbot, Psy.D.
Topic: The Importance of Infant Massage: Healthy Touch in Infant Development

      • Parenting Magazine, (February 2009)

Consultant: Sara Abbot, Psy.D.
Topic: “Tears for Fears.” An article addressing separation anxiety in young children.


Doctorate Projects

      • CSPP at Alliant International University, Alhambra, CA

Author: Sara Abbot, Psy.D.
Title: “Comprehensive Intervention for Traumatized Children, Birth to Three: Utilizing Touch and Smell to Create Somatosensory Rich Experiences, Which Enhance Infant Development”

      • CSPP at Alliant International University, Alhambra, CA

Author: Meghan Moody, Psy.D.
Title: “Suicidality in Female Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse”

      • Ryokan College, Los Angeles, CA

Author: Lexi Welanetz-Bursin, Psy.D.
Title: “The Courage to Care”



We feel that it is important to stay connected within the community. Included below are the professional organizations where the staff at FRCC are active members.

    • American Psychological Association
    • California Association for Marriage and Family Therapists
    • California Psychological Association
    • International Association of Infant Massage
    • Los Angeles County Psychological Association
    • Los Angeles Group Psychotherapy Society
    • National Association of Social Workers
    • Westside Mental Health Network