Shayla joined the Northbound team in July 2016. She earned a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University. Prior to Northbound, Shayla gained experience in a wide variety of exposures. In 2008, she assisted in conducted clinical trials at the UC Irvine Family Lab research program for doctoral candidates in psychology. Since then she has worked in many different settings, such as school-based, court-mandated, and nonprofit agencies. Her training includes acute, residential, and intensive outpatient care for substance abuse and dual diagnosis treatment. Her approach is integrative. Guided by psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, and Mindfulness principles, she helps her clients gain a deep understanding of what triggers their emotional stress, why, and what they can do about it. Engaging body, mind, and inner wisdom, her approach seeks more compassionate ways of relating to self and others. Currently, she is a Doctor of Psychology student at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Irvine, California, where her research explores gender issues related to life satisfaction among women.