The Guidance Center Announces New Chief Clinical Officer, Alyssa Bray • Long Beach Post

Alyssa BrayThe Guidance Center has announced Alyssa Bray as its new chief clinical officer, the Long Beach-based nonprofit announced last week.

As CCO of the nonprofit child and family mental health service provider, Bray oversees the overall direction and vision of clinical services for the nearly 3,000 children and parents served by TGC’s staff in its three clinics, local schools and co-located partnerships throughout greater Long Beach, Compton, Lynwood, Paramount, San Pedro and Avalon on Catalina Island, according to a release.

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These clinical services include individual, group and family therapy, crisis intervention, case management, community education and outreach and intensive mental health treatment.

Bray also works closely with The Guidance Center’s program managers to ensure all programs adhere to the standards, compliance and productivity set by the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, which is contracted with TGC.

Bray comes to TGC from Elijah’s House Treatment Center in Pasadena where she served as clinical director, overseeing inpatient and outpatient substance abuse programs for adults.

“Alyssa is a terrific addition to our team at The Guidance Center,” stated Patricia Costales, CEO of The Guidance Center. “She is passionate about and experienced in helping children of all ages and their families succeed. And having worked at contracted agencies for much of her career, she has intimate knowledge of DMH programs. We’re excited to partner with her to continue working to create a community where all children have the help they need to be happy and healthy.”

Alyssa earned her Master of Clinical Psychology from Antioch University in Los Angeles and her Bachelor’s in Psychology from UCLA.

Bray has provided counseling to children of all ages and their parents who struggled with mental illness and abuse, directed a variety of programs for adolescents and directed clinical quality assurance and compliance departments for agencies with more than 400 employees.

“I strongly believe in the mission and vision of The Guidance Center,” said Bray. “My hope is to build upon the depth and breadth of services provided, with a particular emphasis on services shown to achieve positive outcomes. These would include assisting and collaborating with other community members in a way that would support our most disadvantaged children and families struggling with issues of mental health or abuse.”

Above, left photo of Alyssa Bray courtesy of TGC.

Stephanie Rivera covers immigration and the north, west and central parts of Long Beach. Reach her at [email protected] or on Twitter at @StephRivera88.

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