See what people are saying about Aspiring Families

“While many therapists are good at tackling behaviors and their associated emotions, our experience has been that unless you identify and effectively address the core issue, you will forever be trying to just cope – be it self-harm, depression, eating disorder, addiction – all of which have affected our family. Dr. Maker is a master at working efficiently to identify and effectively address a client’s core issue. She does this with the utmost compassion and respect of her clients and their families, resulting in a strong relationship of trust, which is critical in any therapist/client relationship. Since most situations involve the entire family, she knows when and how to appropriately engage other members of the family in a way that doesn’t threaten her relationship with the primary client, resulting in a more positive and supportive outcome for the client and the family. It is impossible to put in a few lines the incredible impact Dr. Maker has had on the growth and health of our entire family as a result of her work with our child.”

- SP

“Dr. Naecker has a calming, comforting presence, but never belittling or pitying. She is relatable but still conveys the feeling that the therapy room is a safe and secure space. Her insights are keen but gentle, and I have felt inspired by her to exercise and nudge myself forward to develop myself emotionally – a positive effort that would seem daunting but in practice was helped by her quiet stability and support.”

- RH

“Emily is a compassionately skilled clinician with a remarkable talent for connecting with people and helping them overcome their most difficult situations. As a result of her empathetic strength and graceful poise, she readily earned my respect, and has proven her ability to stand head-and-shoulders above other counselors.”

- Dr. Montross, UCSD

“Dr. Agha has been highly knowledgeable, thoughtful, and available in providing me with expert consultation care on multiple health issues. He always collaborates with the other medical professionals involved, and provides me with comprehensive recommendations and referrals.” KZ

- KZ

“I have had the great honor of calling Dr. Maker a colleague for more than five years. During this time, we have had many opportunities to collaborate on care and have been consistently impressed with her thoughtfulness, intelligence, and her impeccable follow through as a clinician. Both our shared patients and my referred patients have been empowered to adapt to challenges, effect positive change, and thrive under her expert guidance. Dr. Maker’s passion for working with children, adolescents, and families is reflected not only in her practice, but also in her commitment to providing much-needed therapeutic resources to the greater community through her consultations, workshops, and books. I would not hesitate to refer patients or loved ones to Dr. Maker.”

- Dr. Roybal, Founder of True Life Center

“Dr. Naecker’s presence and empathy has been such a source of comfort in group. She is a deeply compassionate…and it is clearly evident to me not only what a good therapist she is, but also an amazing, gifted, compassionate, altruistic, and deeply empathetic person. I appreciate the strong power of her observation and awareness.”

- JW

As a colleague, I have known Dr. Agha for several years and am continually impressed by the exceptional quality of care he provides his patients. As an expert clinical researcher and internal medicine specialist, Dr. Agha is well able to work with complex medical presentations for adults and seniors. He also provides excellent collaboration with other specialists and primary physicians. I would highly recommend Dr. Agha to any patient, colleague, or family member.

- AG, Orthopedic Surgeon

“Dr. Maker is a true gem.  If you are able to work with her count yourself as lucky.  She is brilliant, kind, caring, respectful and thoughtful. She hones in on what’s at the core of your issues and, with great empathy, helps you identify the best tools and support needed to navigate through what may be troubling times.  She has been a true gift and has helped me be a better version of myself everyday.”

- KR

“Dr. Naecker was extremely kind, interested, and never once made me feel like just another client she had to deal with. I’m very grateful for her help.”

- CE

“Dr. Maker completely changed my life-path. She truly saved my life and enabled me to grow as a person and cope with multiple stressors and traumas. She dedicated herself to my family and I for many years, and has helped me develop the tools I needed to navigate difficult times and build meaningful and lasting relationships. With her kind, consistent, and trustworthy care and expertise, I am now a healthy, happy, and successful individual.”

- RS