Masonic Center for Youth and Families is proud to serve families in Covina, California! Located on the beautiful Masonic Homes of California campus, MCYAF provides a safe, comfortable place for clients and their families.
Our services include individual and family therapy, psychological assessments, and trauma-informed care. For more detailed information about these services, visit Our Services.
In partnership with the Children’s Advocacy Center, a non-profit organization that provides multi-disciplinary child abuse forensic interviews of children, MCYAF offers therapy to those children who are victims of sexual abuse, or who have witnessed acts of violence. Situated just across the street from the Children’s Advocacy Center, MCYAF provides a welcoming, therapeutic place of respite for children at their most vulnerable.
The professional team at the Masonic Center for Youth and Families strives to provide the highest quality of compassionate care to all clients, leading to positive experiences and successful outcomes. We come from leading institutions, active private practices, and renowned research programs in psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, psychiatry, and social work. We work as a collaborative team to provide each client with a thoughtful approach to their unique needs. We use a family-focused model of care, which puts the needs of young people and their families first. We offer a supportive, nurturing environment to ensure our clients feel welcome and respected.
Lisa Goodwin, L.C.S.W
Lisa is a licensed clinical social worker with 30 years of experience providing direct practice and program management in nonprofit organizations serving low-income children, adolescents, and families. Her professional calling is to help distressed children and families lead lives of dignity and improved health. Lisa’s specialties include family preservation, maternal and child health, and children’s intensive community services to severely emotionally and behaviorally disturbed children. At Pacific Clinics, where she served 11 years as program director, she delivered creative, innovative leadership supporting the provision of effective, evidence-based treatment for families impacted by trauma. Her experience includes serving as an instructor and leadership consultant at Pacific Clinics Training Institute and has served five years on the National Alliance on Mental Illness Board of Directors.
M.S.W., Social Work, University of Washington, Washington
B.A., Social Work, Bethel University, Minnesota
California Board of Behavioral Sciences, Licensed Clinical Social Worker
National Association of Social Workers
Maria Melendez, M.F.T
Maria is a bilingual marriage and family therapist with more than 20 years experience working with distressed children and families. She has provided therapy and supervision in a variety of clinical programs, delivering individual, group, and family therapy, as well as therapeutic behavioral services. Maria is a strong believer in interdisciplinary, team-based therapeutic approaches that draw strength from each specialist to help families heal. She seeks to provide culturally sensitive practices that reduce risk to families experiencing child abuse, neglect, depression, anxiety, and severe mental illness. Maria enjoys helping to enhance parents’ capacity to support children with severe emotional behavioral disturbances. Prior to MCYAF, she supervised a team of therapists and social workers in a community mental health setting, where she helped provide safe, high-quality services that enabled families to achieve their potential.
M.S., Marriage and Family Therapy, University of La Verne
B.S., Psychology, University of La Verne
California Board of Behavioral Sciences, Marriage and Family Therapist
David Quinteros, L.C.S.W.
ClinicianDavid is an experienced social worker with a diverse background supporting clients of all ages. He has worked with children and adolescents living in level-14 group homes, foster family agencies, public child welfare, field-based community mental health, and crisis intervention. He has extensive experience working with children who experience psychosis, schizophrenia, and substance-induced psychosis. He is dedicated to demonstrating positive role modeling, a positive mental attitude, and maintaining cultural sensitivity to help children and families overcome life challenges. Prior to joining MCYAF, David provided intensive field-based therapeutic services to children with severe mental health challenges and their families at Pacific Clinics. Education M.S.W., University of Southern California, Los Angeles B.A., Sociology with a Social Service Track, California State University, San Bernardino License California Board of Behavioral Sciences, Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Brenda Mendoza, B.A.
Brenda is the first point of contact for MCYAF, providing a warm and compassionate welcome to clients and families. She is experienced in working with diverse clientele; her previous experience includes teaching and tutoring English as a second language; providing case management for CalWORKS families in Santa Barbara County; and numerous administrative and public relations roles. Prior to MCYAF, Brenda worked in community mental health in Los Angeles County, providing administrative support to children’s programs.
B.A., Latin American and Iberian Studies, Minor in Spanish, University of California, Santa Barbara