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Psychotherapy

(714) 754-6505 • patti@pattihuber.com

 

Patti Huber has been teaching one thing or another since high school. Each experience along the way has been a stepping stone in a journey that brought her to a career as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Each experience supports her own growth personally and professionally.

 

After working many years with adolescents who were incarcerated or in the foster care system, she started private practice. In her practice she specializes in supporting clients through journeys of life transitions, family building (foster care, adoption, or reproductive medicine), aging, grief/loss, and trauma.

 

Amidst the chaos of significant life events, there are lessons one can glean from the experience. These challenges are fraught with emotions as one learns to navigate the world within the context of the new normal; it usually involves a readjustment in relationships whether it with one's self or with others. Her approach involves looking deeply, honestly, and truthfully at all that presents itself for the growth and change one seeks. It is with deep regard that Patti supports individuals through the process, holding one's journey, pain, growth, and healing sacred until the light returns to one's heart.

 

Patti is an adoptive mom in a transracial adoption. She is passionate about helping families find the language to tell the stories of how their family came to be in a heart-centered, developmental way. Using an eclectic approach to therapy (including EMDR), she provides support to couples as well as all members of the constellation moving through their family building choices. Her practice supports individuals and professionals in the community through support groups, consultation, teaching, and therapy.

 

​Patti is privileged and honored to have the opportunity to work alongside clients who seek to make changes for themselves and come to a place where they can grow purposefully, live consciously, and age gracefully.

JoAnn Fitzpatrick, LMFT

(310) 938-4555 • joann@fitzpatrickmft.com

Growing Up Is Hard To Do! 

 

JoAnn Fitzpatrick is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has been helping adolescents, young adults and their families adapt, grow and thrive for over twenty years.  JoAnn is committed to helping her clients maximize their ability to live a developmentally healthy and relationally fulfilled life – to be able to target and move through unresolved developmental issues (both for individuals and families) at any age.  As the phrase Growing Up is Hard to Do! notes, we are influenced by so many factors that shape how we grow throughout our lives.  Whether it is helping with the normal growing pains that are present at any age or helping to identify and address more serious issues (chronic mental illness, trauma, addiction, abuse, attachment disruptions/adoption), creating a supportive therapeutic environment to maximize healthy growth is her goal. 

 

Throughout her career, JoAnn has served adolescents/young adults and their families within various treatment and educational settings in clinical, program development, training/supervisory, administrative and teaching roles. JoAnn’s extensive background working within a variety of treatment and educational settings allows her to bring a highly informed and experienced ability to assess and create a treatment plan specific to her client’s needs and goals. 

 

In addition to providing psychotherapy to high school age adolescents, young adults and adults, JoAnn also actively participates on treatment team networks of health professionals and provides education, consultation and training to students and professionals on working with developmental issues across the lifespan, adolescents, young adults, family systems, family therapy and treatment teams.

Mel Herst, LMFT

(714) 460-2949 • mel@melherst.com

Mel Herst is a licensed Marriage and Family therapist. He has worked with a wide variety of individuals and families for 15 years. He is interested in helping individuals make meaning of their life experiences in order to find resolve and live a more fulfilling life. His formative experience working with foster children brought him to take a special interest in attachment and early childhood bonds. His training in the modalities of Child Parent Psychotherapy and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy helps parents and children build safe bonds when past trauma obstructs relationship bonding and development. Another area he has utilized "meaning making" and attachment is in the area of addiction and recovery. It is his hope by helping clients reexamine earlier life experiences that they can understand the role their addiction has played in their life. He enjoys working collaboratively with his clients towards a co-created goal and satisfactory solution.  

Specialties include; Adoption, Attachment, Early Childhood and Addiction/Recovery.

Betsy Walli, LMFT

 (714) 584-4447 • betsy@occounseling.net

Betsy Walli is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who works with couples, families, and individuals to help people form closer relationships. She uses Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) to help people break out of the patterns they’re stuck in, make sense of their own and others’ emotions, and restore trust and safety in their relationships.

 

EFT is a research-based approach to love and relationships that has a greater success rate than most other forms of therapy -- and the improvements last long after completion of treatment, even for couples dealing with significant betrayals or lack of trust.

Cari Teran, LMFT

(562) 277-0461 • cariteran@rocketmail.com

Cari Teran is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who provides individual, couples and family therapy for children, and adults.  Cari specializes in recovery from trauma or abuse, abduction reunification, relationship issues, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, LGBTQ issues, parenting support, foster/adoption transitions, and postpartum adjustment.  Cari can also provide assistance with general adjustment issues and stress management.  

 

Cari Teran has 20 years of experience working with children, adolescents and their families, utilizing play therapy and parenting support. 

 

Cari Teran, MFT, is a member of the California State Child Abduction Task Force and the Inter-Agency Council on Child Abuse and Neglect Los Angeles County Child Abduction Task Force

 

 Cari Teran, MFT, is certified in the following evidenced based practices:

  • Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Seeking Safety

  • Managing and Adapting Practices (MAP)

Charles Andrews, LMFT

(213) 373-1162  • andrewstherapy@mindspring.com

Charles Andrews is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. He recognizes that sometimes we want change, and sometimes we just want to turn down the heat.  Whatever your goals for therapy, Charles will support you as you reach them and come to live the life you yearn for. He specializes in working with couples and individuals with experience in depression, anxiety, futility, anger-management, trauma, and other psychological, emotional, existential and spiritual challenges. Charles has been trained in Trauma Resiliency Model Protocol and EMDR. Charles is also available to give informative, entertaining talks on psychology, psychotherapy and in particular the problems of intimate partners.

(562) 375-4893 • kssconklin@gmail.com

 

I am here to help you live the life you want to be living and make the decision to do just that today. Depression, anxiety, marital dissatisfaction, unhappy, under achieving or perfectionist teenagers?

 

 

Life happens, and there is a choice on how to react to each and every stimulus. Either in Fear or in Love. I can provide anyone with the tools learned in cognitive behavioral therapy towards a healthier, happier, higher functioning harmonious life. You and your family will leave my office with concrete techniques to implement immediately. I am passionate about my profession and honored to be of service.

My experiences include; 50+ plus years of living, on both coasts and the Midwest too, one marriage, a son and daughter, a B.A. and career in Advertising, a M.A. in Clinical Psychology, a Middle School counselor, PTA/Stay-at-home-Mother, a psychotherapist to our war veterans, an Adolescent Specialist, a Marriage psychologist and a certified Divorce Mediator.

(562) 386-5887 • aortega@lovelistenandplay.com

Abigail Ortega is a Licensed Social Worker specializing in Child Parent Psychotherapy for children and their caregivers. Abigail’s clinical work has primarily focused on maternal mental health and early childhood mental health (ages 0-5) including issues related to attachment, depression, anxiety, trauma, self-esteem issues, grief, relationship issues, and perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.

Abigail has led Incredible Years Baby/Toddler groups, Postpartum Support groups and infant massage classes. She has extensive experience working alongside OB/GYN and pediatric doctors to screen adult women and pediatric patients with issues related to perinatal/postpartum disorders and atypical behaviors in children. Abigail is passionate about supporting families with young children and serves as a volunteer coordinator for Postpartum Support International.

 

Abigail graduated in 2008 with a Master’s degree in Social Work at Columbia University, and she is currently working toward her PhD in Infant and Early Childhood Development at Fielding University.

 

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