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Counselor / Therapist in Thousand Oaks, CA

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Sandy Terranova, LMFT

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Marriage and Family Therapy
Resolve Problems and Enhance Your Relationships
I am a marriage and family therapist who actually specializes in marriage and families. I work with individuals, couples and families--children, young adults, adults and seniors--who want to resolve problems and enhance their relationships. Even in the best circumstances we all face the challenges that everyday living brings....work and school problems, parenting challenges, financial concerns, fidelity and trust and day-to-day stress. Working from a perspective that each person knows himself or herself best, we work as a team to uncover your strengths and use them to reach your goaIs.

I have been in practice for over 30 years. Originally I worked with children and adolescents and found that soon after the children completed therapy, their parents would call regarding their relationship. Many called because they felt comfortable coming to me with their issues after seeing the changes in their children. After about 10 years I began seeing the teenage and young adult children of original couples with whom I worked. They, in turn, recommended their friends and associates. A large part of my practice now is the people between16 and 40.

Still, many of my clients are couples who have issues with fidelity, feel angry or resentful, or have lost the "spark"and want to try to improve their relationship and save their marriage. Most want to do more than just"save it" and we work together to enhance their ability to empathize with each other and develop skills to interact with each other in more respectful and loving ways.

My practice uses a variety of modalities including cognitive-behavioral, narrative, humanistic and psychodynamic as well as guided imagery, meditation, role play and other methods based on what works best with each particular client.
Bio
I have been in practice for over 30 years in the Greater Los Angeles and San Fernando Valley. I began my practice providing counseling to children and adolescents at a non-public school and donating hours weekly to provide support groups for developmentally delayed adults living in a group home. I continued my private practice working with children, couples and families struggling with parenting or relationship issues....between themselves or others in their work/school or social community.

I was also the Executive Director of a community based counseling center that trains mental health professionals and provides low fee counseling at the clinic and throughout the SFV. In my role as Executive Director I have developed and implemented a variety of programs including: a social skills/violence prevention program which was used by LAUSD; family support program for previously homeless families at the Family Housing Program of the Midnight Mission; co-occuring/substance abuse, parenting and anger management programs for Los Angeles County Probation Department for use in juvenile probation camps and specialized programs for seniors in assisted living facilities.
Practice Areas
 Counseling / Therapy  Divorce  Marriage Counseling
 Anger Management  Eating Disorders  Online / Phone / Skype Therapy
 Anxiety and Panic  Family Conflict  Pre and Postpartum Mental Health
 Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)  Gay or Lesbian Issues  Relationship Issues
 Body Image Issues  Grief and Loss  Self Esteem Issues
 Caregiver Issues  Life Transitions  Seniors and Elder Care Issues
 Chronic Illness  Loneliness  Stress Management
 Couples Therapy  Marriage & Family Therapy  Work and Career Issues
 Depression
Certifications
 Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)
Education/Training
I received my BA from the University of California, Berkeley and have a lifetime teaching credential from Massachusetts. I received my MA in psychology from the College of Developmental Studies, a WASC accredited graduate institute. I have taken a number of specialized courses including: year long post modern course, 40 hour hypnotherapy course, 40 hour domestic violence (for victims of DV) course, 30 hour course on neurobiology and meditation in addition to many others.
Memberships
CAMFT - California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
CVMHP- Conejo Valley Mental Health Professionals
SAAC 2 - PreviousMember and Provider group for LA County Department of Mental Health area 2
Previous member, LAUSD Resource Coordinating Council
VCCC - Valley Care Collaborative Consortium
California State Commission - Youthful Offender Program Committee member
Other Languages
Some Spanish
Payments Accepted
Cash, check,
Hours:Days and evenings; call for appointment
License:28771 CA
Location
Offices in Thousand Oaks
Additional Location
520 S. Sepulveda Blvd
Ste. 200
Los Angeles,  CA 90049
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