About Us

Because of our “hope filled” approach, clients will receive integrated quality counseling and spiritual care to assist in growth and healing. Additionally, affordable professional counseling with sensitivity for our diverse community will also be provided. Imtasik Counseling is committed to ensuring nurturance, an empathetic presence, and a safe place to transform. Each person will be genuinely respected and guaranteed privacy and confidentiality. A belief in religion is not required to obtain counseling here. You and your therapist will set appropriate goals for treatment whether or not it includes a religious focus.

Ira L. Lake, Ph.D, M.Div, M.A.
President & CEO

Ira L. Lake, Ph.D., M.Div., M.A. is a Nationally Board Certified Pastoral Counselor by the Board of Christian Professional and Pastoral Counselors (BCPPC), a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) practitioner, is a member of the Association of Christian Therapists (ACT), the National Council on Family Relations. Additionally, he is also a member of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC).

Pastoral Counselors are clergy, Inman’s, Rabbi’s, and others who have received graduate education and training in both Theology and Behavioral Sciences for a clinical counseling practice that integrates both disciplines.

Dr. Lake is certified in family court mediation, chaplaincy, and grief and bereavement counseling. He has over 20 years’ experience as an ordained pastor serving congregations throughout the Orange, Riverside, and Los Angeles counties, working with individuals, families, and couples in pastoral care and counseling.

Dr. Lake has completed an intensive training program for counselors with the Southern California Counseling Center and earned a doctoral degree in Human Services with a specialization in Family Studies and Intervention Strategies.

Dr. Lake is a published author with a book on Amazon called: Messed Up and Don’t Even Know It: The Journey From Childhood Trauma To Healing. He is one of the nation’s leading experts in Traumatic Childhood Recovery (TCR), helping survivors trace back the narratives of childhood trauma, identifying the survival mechanisms that have sabotage their chances for healthy adult relationships, and build new skills to finally grow past the abuse they suffered.

Dr. Lake specializes in couples, childhood trauma, grief and bereavement, and individual counseling. He also does workshops/seminars focusing on building and enhancing relationships. Additionally, he conducts workshops for men and women groups.

Michelle Buckman, RN, Ph.D.
Therapist – Counselor

Michelle Buckman RN, PhD is a practicing psychiatric clinical nurse specialist certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She has 32 years’ experience working with a variety of people suffering with mental illness and family conflict. Currently Dr. Buckman is the psychiatric nurse of the Loma Linda University emergency department and a nurse clinician at the child and adolescent intensive outpatient clinic. She has an earned Master of Science in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing and a PhD in Nursing Science.
Dr. Buckman’s areas of expertise are:

● Supportive group therapy
● Brief situational therapy and referrals
● College student concerns and mental health assessment
● Development of psychiatric care settings, evaluation of existing programs/settings
● Child and adolescent intensive psychiatric care
● Chemical dependency assessment and interventions
● Crisis intervention.

Dr. Buckman teaches Community Mental Health at Loma Linda University School of Nursing and participates in mental health research.

Mr. D’Juan Wright, M.S.

Mr. D’Juan Wright holds degrees in Social and Behavioral Science and Criminal Justice from Cal State University, Long Beach and earned a Masters Degree in Business Management from Argosy University. Mr. Wright is certified through the National Association of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapists as a Certified Mental Health Paraprofessional and also holds certificates in Anger Management, Triple P Parenting, State Facility Administrator, and Seeking Safety model. He has worked in the Non-Profit, Social Services, and Mental Health field for over 21 years. Mr. Wright has worked as a Housing Program Manager, Housing Specialist, Mental Health Rehabilitation Specialist, Behavior Specialist, Group Facilitator and Case Manager providing Housing assistance, Psycho-Social education, Case Management, Money Management, Eviction Assistance, Housing education, and Substance Abuse education.

Andre Avant, B.A.
Addiction Counselor

Graduating at the top of his class from Inter Coast College in 2010, Andre has invested himself in helping those battling addiction save their lives. Andre has been working in the field for 7 years, receiving his CADC-II in 2013 and his BA in 2015. Addiction has been a part of Andre’s life story since childhood, growing up with alcoholism and drug addiction in his immediate family. Andre has first had experience helping those recover, and has maintained a focus on educating the families helping their loved ones recover. Andre is able to treat all forms of addiction including substance abuse education, mental health awareness, family systems, and interpersonal relationships. It is Andre’s passion to help those struggling find the freedom they are looking for.
Nicole Montes, B.A.
Case Manager

Nicole Montes is a Case Manager for Imtasik Family Counseling Services Inc. She holds a B.A in Sociology and certificate in Social Services from California State University San Bernardino. Nicole provides outreach services to low income families and homeless individuals with mental health problems. She believes that serving the community can help strengthen and empower others to promote better social conditions. Nicole has worked with children, adolescents, men, and women for over 5 years and is passionate about serving the homeless population.

Gabriela Briley
Case Manager

Gabriela Briley is a Case Manager for Imtasik Family Counseling Services Inc. She holds a B.A. in Ethnic Studies, emphasis on Chicano Studies, and a B.A. in Sociology from California State University-Fullerton. Gabriela provides outreach services to low income families and homeless individuals with mental health issues.

Gabriela Briley has twelve years’ experience working with school aged children. In the past, she has worked as a substitute teacher for the Jurupa Valley School District. She also has experience working directly with the ASL community as a Behavioral Interventionist assisting children who have Autism and behavioral issues by implementing individual intervention plans that were designed to eliminate disruptive behaviors. Gabriela has also worked as an Eligibility Worker for the San Bernardino County Human Services Department. Gabriela is passionate about serving the homeless community. She understands the struggles and barriers low income and homeless families may face, as she has firsthand experience with overcoming homelessness.

Imtasik Family Counseling Services Inc. is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Ira Lake

Ira Lake

Michelle Buckman

Michelle Buckman

D'Juan Wright

D’Juan Wright

Andre Avant

Andre Avant

Nicole Montes

Nicole Montes

Gabriela Briley

Gabriela Briley