The Home-LA Team

Eva Altobelli MD

Founder & CEO
Psychedelic & Addiction Psychiatrist
Eva Altobelli, MD started her career working as a filmmaker in New York City while exploring mindfulness, yoga, neuroscience and expanded states of consciousness. Returning to school, Dr. Altobelli completed a psychiatric residency and fellowship in addiction. Eva is a Diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Her career evolved working in detox, rehab and private practice as well as consulting in psychedelics, addiction and recovery, teaching and mentoring. She is certified in Psychedelic Therapy and Research from California Institute of Integral Studies and by MAPS (Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies) to treat PTSD with MDMA. She has extensive post graduate trainings ranging from reiki to psychoanalysis. During her career Dr. Altobelli has evolved a holistic practice integrating mind, body and spirit into the healing process. She specializes in creative ways to help clients find their way to recovery and wholeness.

Joe Altobelli PsyD

Profesional Coach

Dr Altobelli has over 20 years of experience in all areas of mental health, from assessment to well-being and everything in between, working with individuals, couples and groups. In addition he does coaching, consulting and supervision. He received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, which is accredited by the American Psychological Association. Dr Altobelli’s training and background is in analytical psychology with an emphasis on object relations and professional coaching. Believing we are all human and thusly, we all suffer the human condition…anxieties, worries, the stress of life, the loss of love, the grief of death, from time to time we all need help. Dr Altobelli brings his years of education and experience and provides coaching in conjunction with the Home-La collaborative care team.  Instead of over pathologizing with heavy handed diagnoses and rote treatment protocols, Dr Altobelli prefers to explore and understand working toward a balance between changing where we can and accepting where we can’t through a creative collaborative approach. Ultimately creating a new relationship with ourselves and a healthier approach toward the world that provides an overall sense of harmony and well-being as we work together to accomplish your goals. To schedule an appointment with Dr Altobelli please call (424) 877-1333 or email

Mary Barbour LMFT

Psychotherapist, Ketamine Therapist, EMDR Therapist

Mary Barbour is a psychotherapist and registered dietitian who specializes in anxiety, trauma, and eating disorders. Mary integrates several modalities such as Internal Family Systems (IFS), EMDR, Advanced Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP), and Somatic therapy to treat the whole person and gently guide her clients in experiencing the brain-body connection. Mary believes in the power of non-ordinary states of consciousness in healing trauma. She trained in Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy as well as MDMA therapy through MAPS. Mary co-chairs the Somatic Special Interest Group of the Los Angeles chapter of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and supervises and mentors pre-licensed therapists in her private practice. Mary works with adults, couples and groups.

Yeshaia Blakeney CADC

Treatment Program Specialist

Yeshaia is an artist and spiritual advisor, he is Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Recover Integrity, a boutique addiction recovery treatment program for men. He has over 17 years of experience working in Substance Abuse and Mental Health. He holds a CADC education from UCLA and a Bachelor’s Degree from Antioch University. Aware that lasting recovery has a spiritual dimension, Yeshaia helps clients build a customized path toward healing that best fits their personal senses of identity. His experience as a Counselor and Case Manager is enhanced by his connections to a vast network of recovery professionals.

Stacia Butterfield

Breath Work Practitioner

Stacia Butterfield completed her Somatic Practitioner program in 1999, going on in 2000 to work at Healing Visions, an early Ibogaine clinic in St. Kitts, BVI, under the leadership of Dr. Deborah Mash.  She then certified as a Holotropic Breathwork facilitator in 2005 and joined the Grof Transpersonal Training staff in 2006.  She worked closely with Stanislav Grof for 13+ years, bringing Holotropic Breathwork to large public groups and a variety of academic and professional settings, including California Institute of Integral Studies, Tel Aviv University, MAPS Psychedelic Science 2013 & 2017 conferences, Sophia University, Kripalu and the Fetzer Institute.  Stacia’s long interest in the wisdom of the body and deep trust in the intrinsic healing orientation of the psyche informs her work with others.

Amanda Foulger

Shamanic Healer

Amanda began training with the Foundation for Shamanic Studies in 1988. Over the past 30 years she became a faculty member and taught all of the FSS workshops in California. She has also offered presentations on contemporary shamanic practice at the Los Angeles Jung Institute, the YoSan University of Oriental Medicine, and the San Fernando Interfaith Council. Additionally she has participated in special conferences and educational programs at UCLA, the Esalen Institute Work Scholars program, Churches of Religious Science and Unitarian congregations as well as the Mensa Society.  Amanda works individually with clients bringing her decades of experience to personal help and healing. To book a session with Amanda please e-mail

Steve Friedlander LMFT, SEP, CATC IV

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Steve is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, Licensed Addiction Counselor/Educator, and EMDR Therapist. Steve’s background spans immersive training in the post-structural modality of Narrative therapy, over a decade working with individuals struggling with addictions and transpersonal and depth psychology practices. Steve enjoys working with diverse populations, races, genders, and gender identities, as well as couples and adolescents. He is an adjunct faculty member at Antioch University, where he has taught classes in Jungian dream interpretation. Steve has facilitated hundreds of ketamine-assisted therapy sessions, as well as worked with combat vets with PTSD. Steve received intensive training in responsible and ethical psychedelic-assisted therapy from the Integrative Psychiatry Institute and MAPS (Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Sciences).

Jinous Hamidi MD

Psychiatrist, Ketamine Therapist

Dr. Jinous Hamidi started her academic career with one foot in the arts and one foot in the sciences. Entering university as a fine arts major, Dr. Hamidi graduated summa cum laude in neurobiology from the University of Minnesota. She then went on to study medicine, do her residency training and fellowship at the Schulz School of Medicine and the University of Toronto, department of psychiatry, respectively. This ability to straddle art and science have lived through all of Dr Hamidi’s education. She is trained in both psychoanalysis – the deep study and examination of the human condition, and psychopharmacology – where medicines are used to optimize the course and recovery of mental illness thru manipulation of neurobiology. Prior to opening a private practice in Toronto, Dr. Hamidi was program director at Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), the largest psychiatric day hospital in Canada. Dividing her time between Toronto and Santa Monica CA, Dr. Hamidi specializes in treating patients with anxiety, ADHD, and significant mood and trauma-related disorders. She has extensive knowledge in the field of psychedelics and was certified in ketamine assisted psychotherapy (KAP) through the Ketamine Training Institute (Dr Phil Wolfson) and MAPS. She is passionate about the catalytic role of psychedelics for the treatment of mental illness and the journey of self-exploration.

Brian Jacobs CADC

Breathwork Facilitator

Brian Jacobs, MA Counseling Psychology, CACD I, Pranayama Breath work Facilitator

Brian has a unique understanding and way of working with people of all ages. He is a very compassionate, kind and empathetic person and these qualities lie at the core of his work. He combines a blending of traditional Psychology, with his passion Pranayama Breath Work. His work is geared towards assisting people to experience the interwoven connection that exists in, body, mind and spirit. He received his Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from Loyola Marymount University, where he developed his fundamental foundation of studying various perspectives, theories and practices in the field of psychology. He spent several years training at The Maple Center working with children, adolescents, and adults.

In addition, Brian spent some time volunteering at The Neuropsychiatric Institute at UCLA where he worked with kids who had Schizophrenia in a physical therapy milieu. He spent several years volunteering at Vista Del Mar, where he counseled adolescents at the high school. He completed his educational requirements and 3000-hour clinical requirement for his CACD I at Loyola Marymount University. Brian is currently facilitating Breath Work groups in the field of Alcohol and Drug recovery. He is also leading adolescent and young adult groups in mental health facilities, and meditation centers. Finally, Brian also works in private practice.

David Laramie PhD

Psychologist, Ketamine Therapist

David Laramie, PhD is a health psychologist who strongly believes in systemic and integrative approaches to healing and wellness. He draws on psychoanalytic, emotion focused, and somatic approaches in his psychotherapy practice. In both his personal life and professional work, he finds considerable value in mind-body practices such as breath and energy work, biofeedback, meditation, and non-ordinary states of consciousness. He was certified in Ketamine AssistedPsychotherapy with the Psychedelic Research and Training Institute (PRATI) and is completing additional certification in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies from Naropa University and MDMA Therapy from the Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). He is a long time board member and past-president of the Los Angeles County Psychological Association and currently oversees its Continuing Education programming.

Algirdas Lisaius

Energetic Healer, Spiritual Guide

With over 40 years of experience and wisdom in the healing arts, Algirdas guides you towards realizing your most whole and authentic self. Algirdas is a healer of the body, mind, spirit and emotion, working across many different traditions to bring balance and harmony in the lives of his clients. Algirdas is constantly refining  and honing his skills to align clients with their highest purpose. Algirdas is a Curandero – a Medicine Man, he doesn’t call himself a shaman, a name only fitting of the legendary masters of long past times. Nevertheless, Algirdas has mastery of many shamanic healing practices and over 40 years of experience in the healing arts. He uses these gifts to fulfill his life’s purpose: to be in service to others and be a portal for the healing energy of plant spirits.

Bryson Lochte MD


Bryson Lochte, MD is a psychiatrist whose practice emphasizes customized mental health treatments incorporating psychotherapy, pharmacology, neuromodulation and lifestyle interventions to meet the needs of each patient. Dr. Lochte graduated from Dartmouth College with the highest honors in Neuroscience and received his M.D. from UC San Diego School of Medicine. He received residency training at UCLA’s Neuropsychiatric Institute, where he served as chief resident of both psychotherapy and neuromodulation. Dr. Lochte has expertise in treating complex and treatment-resistant patients with conditions such as anxiety, depression, addiction, ADHD, trauma, personality pathology, psychosis and bipolar disorder. He has specialized psychotherapy training in intensive short-term therapy, affect focused therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, psychodynamic therapy, and hypnosis. Dr. Lochte strives towards complete treatment rather than symptom management, with a long-term goal of minimizing medications in place of psychotherapeutic and behavioral interventions.

Matthew McCarron MD


Matthew McCarron, MD grew up in Portland, OR before graduating from Williams College with a B.A. in Chemistry. He attended medical school at The Keck School of Medicine of USC, where he discovered his passion for psychiatry. During his time in medical school he read  Michael Pollen’s book, How To Change Your Mind. Which prompted him to dive into the world of psychedelics and their varied uses for treating psychiatric disease. Going forward he hopes to focus on non-medicinal interventions with his patients, including psychotherapy, dietary changes, mindfulness training, and exercise, while using medication when appropriately indicated. Dr. McCarron enjoys working with all types of patients, but has a passion for transitional age youth, young adults, and athletes. He is currently working on his Sports Psychiatry Certificate through the International Society of Sports Psychiatry. Outside of work you can find him on the soccer field, dancing to disco, or cheering on the Portland Trailblazers. 

Sue Merlino

Operations Manager, Addiction Counselor, Hypnotherapist, Reiki II Practitioner

Sue is a Hypnotherapist, Reiki Practitioner (for people and animals) and a Life Coach. She has been working in the field of Addiction Recovery as an Alcohol and Drug counselor and a Case Manager for the past 6 years. She is currently working on finishing her CADC credentialing at UCLA in the next few months, and has a BA in Human Development from Lesley University in Boston, MA. She loves to help clients work on completing their goal list, stopping repeating patterns and taking the steps to better their lives. Sue also produces podcasts and loves to organize and help businesses run more efficiently.

Colleen O’Brien LMFT

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Colleen has been practicing Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy for three years with an emphasis on treating depression, anxiety, PTSD, and trauma.Colleen integrates Mindfulness, Internal Family Systems, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, among many other approaches all with a foundation of Client Centered Therapy.
Colleen trained as a KAP therapist at the Ketamine Training Center in San Rafael, California with Phil Wolfson and his team. She also studied under the direction of Jeffrey Becker, MD and is an active member of Ketamine Providers Association, Big Tent Ketamine, American Psychedelic Practitioners Association, and American Society of Ketamine Physicians, Psychotherapists, and Practitioners.

Nadia Ramo LAP

Doctor of Chinese Medicine

Dr. Nadia Ramo is a Doctor of Chinese Medicine who has been practicing bodywork and Chinese Medicine for nearly a decade. She works closely with Chinese herbal medicine and local Native American herbal medicine. She has been trained in the arts of Yoga in Rishikesh India, is a Reiki Teacher Master, and continuously studying Myofascial psycho-somatic release to further refine her practice of touch and Acupuncture. Nadia completed her Psychedelic Assisted Therapy training through the CIIS and has studied under multiple Curanderas (Latin American Healers) leading her to be an active participant in transformational and trauma release work to those undergoing psychedelic therapy. She has found that bodywork and Chinese Medicine in the psychedelic therapy space are great allys for one another to unlock deep layers of healing, especially in the realms of psychosomatic trauma and emotional release.