Meet our wonderful staff!
Miriam Hamideh, Ph.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, PSY 17320
Executive and Clinical Director
Dr. Miriam Hamideh is a licensed clinical psychologist. She holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, a master-level certificate in Psychoanalytic Theory and Practice, and a Bachelor’s degree in Clinical Psychology. Having practiced psychology for over 20 years in diverse clinical settings, she has extensive experience with anxiety, depression, mood disorders, psychosomatic illness, relationship problems, dual-diagnoses, and substance abuse. Moreover, her psychodynamic therapeutic approach helps patients to understand how their thoughts and actions affect the way they feel. However, Dr. Hamideh also integrates developmental psychology, and includes cognitive-behavioral techniques, which help the learning of new skills to deal with immediate stressors and work toward deeper personal growth.
In addition, Dr. Hamideh has extensive experience with cultural diversity and acculturation problems. She speaks Portuguese and Spanish fluently among other languages, and has worked extensively with people from diverse cultural and religious backgrounds. Moreover, She taught graduate level university courses and still trains other professionals to become more culturally competent. Dr. Miriam Hamideh became a faculty member of the Psychology Graduate Program at California Lutheran University in 2002, where she taught for six years. She is currently a member of the Graduate Psychology Advisory Council for CLU.
Moreover, she was invited to assist with the creation of the Cultural Diversity committee of the Los Angeles County Psychological Association (LACPA) in 2005. Dr. Hamideh served as Board member, chairing and co-chairing the Diversity committee for 7 years until 2017. Finally, she is a member of both the California Psychological Association, and the American Psychological Association.
Joshua Diamond, M.D.
Board-Certified Addiction Specialist
Joshua Diamond is a renowned board-certified physician that specializes in Internal Medicine and Addiction Medicine. He graduated with dual bachelor degrees in Philosophy and Biology with honors from the University of Southern California. Dr. Diamond subsequently received his medical degree with Dean’s Recognition from the USC Keck School of Medicine. He then completed his post-graduate residency training in Internal Medicine at Cedars Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Diamond has also completed additional training in Biomedical Ethics, Health Informatics, and Addiction Medicine. He previously served as Medical Director for an acute inpatient detox unit and now has an established private practice. Dr. Diamond’s approach to medicine carefully blends a strong evidence-based scientific approach to ensure high quality care coupled with an individualized and compassionate bedside manner to deliver a comprehensive and personalized healthcare experience.
Patrick Lockwood Psy.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, PSY 29866
Dr. Patrick Lockwood grew up in a small Southern Missouri town, and eventually moved to Southern California to finish his doctorate of clinical psychology at TCSPP. Growing up in a community where addiction, economic struggles, and prejudice were common Dr. Lockwood feels a strong sense of empathy for how stuck, powerless, or unaccepted a person can feel. Since moving to Los Angeles, however, Dr. Lockwood has integrated his southern cultural experiences with his newer “big city” culture , and appreciates how culturally diverse, and just generally complex, relationships can be.
Dr. Lockwood is a published author, with his first book “The Fear Problem” discussing the neuroscience of our “fear” system and how it is being hijacked by our modern political culture and technology…causing more arguments, fights, and social unrest. Dr. Lockwood has been published in a peer-reviewed journal, exploring the utility of neuroscience technology as it applies to the understanding and treatment of trauma disorders. Moreover, for the last 10 years Dr. Lockwood has worked in various for-profit and non-profit companies focused on mental health issues as a private business development consultant. He is grateful to play a part in the thriving treatment community at PCI Westlake Centers, and ensures that we are driven by both science and wellness.
Kenneth Skale, Psy.D.
Licensed Psychologist, PSY 29006
Dr. Kenneth Skale is a psychotherapist and the Program Director at PCI Westlake Centers. He earned his B.A. degree from San Diego State University and both his M.A. and doctoral degrees from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Moreover, Dr. Skale is on the board of the Los Angeles County Psychologist Association. Dr. Skale practices psychodynamic, or depth-oriented, psychotherapy with persons recovering from addiction, depression, anxiety, and posttraumatic stress. He also incorporates elements of mindfulness into both group and individual psychotherapy.
Dr. Skale believes that enhancing personal well-being and maintaining sobriety can be achieved when a person embarks on a courageous journey of self-exploration in the context of a secure, safe, therapeutic relationship. Indeed, Dr. Skale strives to empower his clients to make sense of their life story; integrate uncomfortable thoughts, emotions, and experiences into awareness; and live a more authentic and meaningful life.
Nazanin Karandish, M.S.
Registered Psychologist’s Assistant
I received my Bachelors of Science in Cognitive Psychology and Psychology of Social behaviors from the University of California, Irvine. I then obtained my Master’s in Clinical Psychology from California State University of Fullerton. I am currently in the process of obtaining my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Alliant University.
During my previous training as a doctorate student I have worked with a diverse range of populations suffering from addiction, relationship difficulties and various mental health disorders. I have also worked as Marriage and Family Therapist intern providing individual, family, couple, and group therapy sessions. I am currently training under Dr. Hamideh. As a clinician I try to have an open mind and open heart for understanding my clients. I believe therapy is a collaborative work and I enjoy helping my clients live life to their fullest potential.
Efren Olmos, CADAC-II
Efren is a Los Angeles native, and a core keep component to the PCI treatment staff. He has over 11 years of experience working in the field of addiction treatment for both non-profit and privately owned facilities in the San Fernando Valley and Malibu. He started his journey working in a facility for men at People in Progress, followed by two years working with men and women at Studio 12, then by establishing himself as the Program Coordinator for an all-women facility in Brentwood.
Efren, who was originally CAADE certified, has a B.A. in Psychology from Ryokan College’s School of Psychology. Moreover, his interactions with clients are based on the principle of compassionate communication. He works from a solution-based model, informed by evidence-based theories like motivational interviewing. He encourages the client to move from crisis to solutions through experiential discussion and targeted personal growth strategies focused on strengths, hopes, and dreams.
Wendy Basil, Ph.D.
Director of Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Registered Psychologist Assistant, PSB94022910
Dr. Wendy Basil joined PCI Westlake Centers staff in 2014 under the supervision of Dr. Miriam Hamideh. Previously, she worked with Dr. Hamideh at New Beginnings Counseling Center. Dr. Wendy is currently supervised by Dr. Ivone Umar (PSY27199) for her specialized practice with children and families. In addition to offering psychotherapy, she has been a health educator, life coach and psycho-demographics research director. Moreover, Dr. Basil is also an adjunct faculty professor of psychology for California Lutheran University and the University of La Verne where she works with the military and teaches on Naval Base Ventura County at Pt. Mugu. She has extensive experience as both a therapist and educator working with all branches of military service.
Dr. Basil received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute with an emphasis on attachment-based therapy. Her Master’s Degree, however, is in Communications Management from the Annenberg School at the University of Southern California, where she also taught undergraduates. Her undergraduate degree, also from the University of Southern California, focused on multicultural studies. Moreover, along with co-writer Sherry Klinger, Dr. Basil is the author of SPINOLOGY (Depth Publishing, 2014) about Jungian-based media psychology, branding, and marketing. She regularly conducts workshops on a variety of issues including health and emotional wellness, motivation, therapeutic life skills and career development for clients, the general public and for professionals.
Last but not least, meet our personal fitness consultant on staff.
Purusha Hickson has been teaching Hatha Yoga for over 35 years. His spiritual teacher is Swamini Turiyasangitanandaji, also known as Alice Coltrane. For year, he has taught Yoga for residential treatment centers for substance abuse. Purusha accepted Dr.Miriam’s invitation to join her IOP Team in 2015. Moreover, in addition to his yoga techniques, his positive energy, spirituality, and personal communication skills have been very successful with PCI clients. His classes are characterized by a unique blend of spirit, technique, and humor. He joined PCI Westlake Centers to add another important component towards stress reduction. Part of his teaching philosophy is based upon his very popular yoga seminar that first premiered at the San Francisco Zen Center: “Finding Balance: A joyful Exploration into the Depths and Boundaries of our Body and Mind.”