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The Canyon at Encino Staff

Carly Bachrach

Director of Operations

The Canyon Santa Monica and The Canyon Encino

BachrachBorn and raised in the San Fernando Valley, Carly Bachrach joined the Canyon at Encino team as business office manager in August 2016. She pursued the mental health field after realizing her passion for helping others along their recovery journey. She earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from Colorado State University and a master’s in psychology from Phillips Graduate University. She is also a credentialed school counselor.

Over the course of her career, Bachrach has gained experience serving as residential manager, administrative coordinator and residential supervisor at various facilities, including The Canyon at Santa Monica and The Canyon at Encino. Working with patients both on a business and clinical level, she considers it a joy to celebrate their progress and witness their hard work. When she’s not working, Bachrach enjoys racquetball, concerts, the beach, a good book and spending time with friends and family.

Lynn Marie Saso, MA, LMFT, ATR

Clinical Director

The Canyon at Santa Monica and The Canyon at Encino

Lynn Marie SasoLynn Marie Saso received her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology with a minor in fine arts at Chapman University and her master’s in psychology with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy, specializing in art therapy, at Phillips Graduate Institute. She began her work in the field of psychology by utilizing art therapy, working with children, families and adolescents in a hospital setting, and then moving on to community mental health, working with adults who were chronically mentally ill. From working with adolescents, mental health patients and intricate family systems, she found that co-occurring disorders were a common thread. Through this, Lynn Marie developed a passion to support and help patients express their emotions, needs, concerns and milestones throughout the life cycle with expressive art therapy. She is excited to bring her knowledge of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), art therapy and many other therapeutic modalities to her work with patients, supporting their recovery and helping them find their voices.

Joel Morris, MD

Consulting Psychiatrist

The Canyon at Encino and The Canyon at Santa Monica

Dr. Joel MorrisThough he hails from New England, Dr. Joel Morris completed his schooling in the Midwest, which included extended training in geriatrics and forensic psychiatry. Additionally, Dr. Morris studied acupuncture in New Zealand and China, which he continues to practice. His work with a diverse group of cultures has deepened his understanding and empathy for others. Throughout his psychiatric career, he has worked with people struggling with addiction within inpatient, residential and outpatient settings. In addition to psychopharmacologically, he supports the individual to co-create his/her own life with a strength focus. He believes that to create a ground where addiction no longer has deep roots, one needs to bring in elements of creativity, transcendence and the possibility of rewriting one’s own narrative. The Chinese symbol for crisis is the same for opportunity. In the same way, each addiction crisis brings about the possibility to deepen and change one’s life in a more meaningful and self -directed way. Additionally, Dr. Morris believes that it is the responsibility of the practitioner to be a model and vehicle for change, meeting the client in dialogue, compassion and patience.

Gary Berghoudian, PsyD

Primary Therapist

The Canyon at Encino and The Canyon at Santa Monica

BerghoudianDr. Gary Berghoudian earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from University of California, Irvine. He then went on to earn his Master’s and Doctorate degrees in clinical psychology from California School of Professional Psychology. His internship and post-doctorate experiences include serving as individual, family, and group therapist, psychological assistant, intake specialist, case manager, and clinical coordinator of outpatient services. His experience spans across multiple settings, including middle and high school, community college, inpatient hospital, intensive outpatient programs, and private practice. Dr. Gary is a clinical professional who has a genuine passion for improving the lives of individuals in need of mental health and substance abuse services. He truly enjoys helping his clients learn to be comfortable with who they are. During his spare time, he enjoys going to the beach, watching movies, playing basketball, caring for his saltwater aquarium, and spending quality time with his family.

Kate Strauss, MS


The Canyon at Encino

StraussA California native, Kate received her B.A. in Communications from California State University: San Marcos before completing her M.S. in Counseling Psychology from Dominican University of California. Working with diverse populations, Kate has experience counseling K-12 youth in various capacities, including utilizing ABA therapies with children on the autism spectrum. Before joining The Canyon team, Kate worked at a psychiatric rehabilitation facility, which specialized in adults with co-occurring substance abuse disorders and severe mental illness. Along with her understanding in working with dual diagnosis clients, Kate’s knowledge of case management and group dynamics enhance her ability to provide a comprehensive approach for the clients with whom she works. When she is not working, Kate loves exploring the great city of Los Angeles, cooking or sitting down with a good book.

Jeffrey Vitocruz

Administrative Coordinator

The Canyon at Encino

From Northridge, California, Jeffrey Vitocruz joined The Canyon at Santa Monica as intake coordinator in February 2018. With a passion driven by seeing individuals reach their goals, he enjoys knowing that his work makes a difference in the lives of others every day. Vitocruz has a bachelor’s degree in sociology from California State University at Northridge, and he previously served in hospice care. He can be found surfing every weekend, and also enjoys gatherings with friends, watching sports and movies, and discovering new restaurants in the city.