Sunny Hills Behavioral Health is committed to providing exceptional care of behavioral health and services for individuals and their families. Our highly qualified staff may help you with issues you might be suffering from. Mental health is more than the absence of mental illness. It includes having a positive mental and emotional attitude based in reality. It allows you to enjoy life and maintain balance in the face of life’s ups and downs. We all worry and experience mood swings. Many people wonder sometimes if they have mental problems and some are afraid to get help.. Life may be a struggle. If feelings or symptoms are affecting life, consider getting help. Medications and a variety of therapies (psycho, talk, play, art and more) can help. There are many types of mental health specialists that help with mental, emotional and behavioral problems.
Our doctors specialize in treatment in a variety of areas including adult, adolescent and child psychiatry; couple, marriage and family therapy. At SHBHI, doctors bring extensive training and continuing education in the diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric disorders with pharmacology management. Our physicians always strives to give you the best and most compassionate care as possible.
Dr. Sandhya Gudapati
Specializes in adult, adolescent and child psychiatry. She brings extensive training and continuing education in the diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric disorders with pharmacology management. She has been in private practice since 1991. Born and raised in the southern part of India. Dr. Gudapati attended medical school at Osmania Medical College upon graduation she came to the United States to continue her studies. She did her residency in psychiatry at the University of Nebraska where she finished her general psychiatry training. She also attained her fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Gudapati believes that there is always more to be learned and mastered.
Sandra Hayden, LCSW
A Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She is has done her graduation in Psychology and her Master in Social Work from Cal State, Long Beach. She is a certified EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing) therapist and specializes in the area of trauma. With her years of experience she can give therapy to clients with post-traumatic stress disorder, panic disorder, anxiety disorder, depressive disorders, bipolar disorder, low self-esteem, relationships conflict, parenting, anger management, issues related grief and loss, life issues and employment stress.
Terry Maher, LCSW
A Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), with a B.A. in Psychology from California State University Long Beach, and an MSW from University of Southern California with an emphasis on mental health services. He has experience providing: individual and group therapy with adults, therapy and behavior modification with at-risk youth and their families, language and skill-building with autistic children and developmentally disabled adults, vocational training with special education students, substance abuse counseling, therapy with the chronic and persistently mentally ill, as well as in-home grief counseling with older adults. He has 12 years of experience working with families and adolescents in crisis.
Lynne Palmer, MFT
A Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in adolescent and adult issues. She is a graduate from California State University, Fullerton and has Masters degree in Psychology from Chapman University with emphasis on marriage, family and child. She brings with her several years of counseling experience. She has rendered therapy and has addressed issues of domestic violence, alcohol and drug abuse, sexual abuse and gender issues, anger management. Ms Palmer works on setting up goals with her clients and then helps them focus on those in her therapy sessions. She is very dedicated and guides the client to strive and reach for the set up goals.
Suneta Churiwala, MFTi
A Marriage and Family Therapist Intern. She has attained Master’s Degree in child psychology and marriage family relations from University of Bombay. She has worked in India as a Child Psychologist/Counselor, working with mentally challenged children and also with intellectually gifted children. As a registered MFT-Intern she has gained experience working with acute trauma; substance abuse clients. She enjoys working with children and adolescents. In her approach to counseling she incorporates the best of psychology, ethnic diversity, humanistic approach based on client’s cultural belief, readiness and willingness to change; and with use of positive psychology resolves issues related to emotional, mental and behavioral problems.
Katherine Vilchez, MFT
I have extensive experience with those experiencing depression, anxiety, life changes, divorce, and grief issues. You would benefit in therapy with me if you are looking to improve your quality of life, particularly with interpersonal relationships. I assist managing current life stresses and interpersonal conflict. Often, clients need support through minor or major transitions in life. My approach to therapy includes the use cognitive-behavioral techniques as well as a focus on family dynamics. I make extra efforts to build upon a client’s strengths. Because thoughts and feelings have a great impact on our well-being, I strive to strengthen self-understanding as well as communication. I work with clients from age 3 and up. I am bilingual in Spanish/English.
Dr. Sheela Surapaneni
Dr. Surapaneni is trained as an adult psychiatrist in Augustus Hawkins psychiatric program and did substance abuse fellowship in UCLA drug and alcohol program. She is practicing since last 18 years and gained experience in treating various populations and strongly believes that multi-disciplinary approach is the best way to treat mental illness.
Elvia Correa-Diaz, LCSW
As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (L.C.S.W), I work with individuals and families to make a therapeutic connection by giving them the tools, skills and confidence they need to lead the lives they want. I have a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California with over 30 years of clinical experience. As a bilingual, Spanish and English therapist I have worked with Clients from many countries that are experiencing traumatic changes in their lives. My experience includes managing my own private practice in Los Angeles from 1989 to 1998, there I focused on providing treatment to children, adolescents, couples, and families where many of my clients suffered from Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorders (ADHD), domestic violence, child abuse, substance abuse, gender identity issues, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or were victims of violent crime.
Megan Jimenez, MFTi
A Marriage and Family Therapist Intern that has experience with individuals of all ages with disorders such as Bipolar Disorder, Schizoaffective, Mood disorders, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. She is a graduate with her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from California Baptist University. She has experience working in an outpatient clinical setting as well as an inpatient level 12 group home for adolescent females. Megan focuses on the needs of each individual clients and recognizes that instilling hope and providing a safe environment for a client is essential for a client to grow and develop.