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Lemon-Aid Counseling

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When Life Gives You Lemons ...
Lemon-Aid Counseling
When life gives you lemons ... what do you do? We don't always choose our life circumstances, but we CAN choose what to do with them.

Relationships are complex. Even if you were not previously married and have no kids, each of you still brings a LOT of other people with you -- your parents, siblings, previous dates, friends, grandparents, sometimes even media stars -- that create a VERY crowded room! Add to that any individual stress, anxiety, medical condition, life transition, eating disorder, or addiction and it is a miracle you have gotten as far as you have intact!

I will help you understand what is causing your relationship problems and what to do to fix them. You will learn Emotionally Intelligent Communication that can improve all your personal and work relationships.
I sometimes conduct sessions that are not framed by the clock, working with individuals or couples until a natural stopping point. This flexible scheduling allows for resolution and re-direction in a more time-friendly manner. I help couples learn to value and appreciate the differences that have been driving them apart, and to regain the loving feelings that brought them together. I help those with a medical condition deal with the anger, depression, frustration, and other feelings that are associated with illness, and I also provide a safe place for their family members or significant others to deal with their own feelings and concerns.

Whatever sadness, despair or challenge you face, it is my honor to help you come to terms with your issues and make life-affirming choices to bring you more joy and contentment, transforming life's lemons into something sweet.
Bio
I am co-author of The Language of Emotional Intelligence (McGraw Hill, 2008). I hold a doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology / Existential Psychotherapy from USC, and have also trained with some of the best in the fields of relationships, emotional intelligence, neurobiology, trauma, humanistic psychology, mind/body psychotherapy, Buddhist/mindfulness meditation, and other leading edge areas. I hold several teaching credentials and have many years of experience with learners of all ages, from infants to adults, and am expert in designing interventions that meet your personal learning styles. As Mental Health Editor of the award-winning page, I have written and/or edited more than 60 mental health articles on a variety of topics.

Working through my own painful losses and life experiences (including developing a chronic medical condition) combined with more than 30 years experience helping others, I am uniquely qualified to assist you with your life issues.
Practice Areas
 Counseling / Therapy  Group Therapy
 Adolescents  Life Transitions
 Anger Management  Loneliness
 Anxiety and Panic  Marriage & Family Therapy
 Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)  Marriage Counseling
 Body Image Issues  Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
 Caregiver Issues  Online / Video / Teletherapy
 Coronavirus/COVID-19 Issues  Pre and Postpartum Mental Health
 Chronic Illness  Relationship Issues
 Couples Therapy  Self Esteem Issues
 Depression  Seniors and Elder Care Issues
 Divorce  Stress Management
 Eating Disorders  Trauma and PTSD
 Gay or Lesbian Issues  Women's Issues
 Grief and Loss  Work and Career Issues
Certifications
 Doctoral Degree (Ph.D.)  Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)
Education/Training
• PhD University of Southern California, 1985
• MA California State University, Northridge, 1974
• BS California State University, Los Angeles, 1967
• Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, 1976
• Several teaching and counseling credentials
Memberships
California Association for Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)
American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT)
Association for Humanistic Psychology (AHP)
Business Network International (BNI)
Worthwhile Referral Sources (WRS)
Payments Accepted
Cash, Check, Credit Card, Debit Card, Paypal
Hours:Day and evening, by appointment
License:MFC 7729 California
Location
4910 Van Nuys Blvd
Suite 301
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