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Counselor / Therapist in Valencia, Encino and also Online, CA

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Working Relationships

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You're no wimp if you're willing to confront the lions and tigers and bears in your life. When you're ready to vanquish a dragon or two, I'll be ready to help you. Bottom line, you can count on me to deliver discrete, compassionate, respectful, and short-term, solution-focused services that will be helpful to you.

I welcome the opportunity to work
with clients like you to ...

~Face coupling/uncoupling issues

~Live with injury, illness, and disability
(Specialties include Alzheimer's and other dementia and memory issues,
ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease), MS, and vocational/workplace disabilities)

~Manage CareGiving and CareGetting

~Respond effectively to the needs of children

~Manage anxiety, stress, depression, and fear

~Deal with conflict, anger, frustration, and abuse

~Work through significant change/loss

~Modify defeating behaviors

~Boost self-esteem and self-confidence

~Balance professional and personal life choices

~Make hard-to-make decisions
(Examples include: births, deaths, mid-life transitions, empty nest,
aging parents, and optimizing the 'golden' years)

By the way, if you are home bound, a road warrior, or find my offices to be geographically inconvenient, we can certainly consider the appropriateness of online therapy for you. Just ask me.

Client Rights
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~ You have the right to receive respectful treatment that will be helpful to you.
~ You are entitled to a safe environment, free from sexual, physical and emotional abuse.
~ You may always refuse to answer questions or refuse to share information
~ You are entitled to know the limits of confidentiality and when I must disclose information to others.
~ You have the right to ask questions about your therapy/coaching.
~ You have the right to discontinue therapy/coaching when you choose.
Bio
After more than a decade doing more "paper pushing" than "people helping" as a human resources generalist in a major California corporation, I went back to school, completed a Master's degree, volunteered thousands of hours at community-based family service agencies, and ultimately earned a license from the State of California to be a therapist in private practice.

I am the Chief People Person for Working Relationships -- a consulting practice that not only offers relationship consulting services (like therapy), but Learning Solutions Consulting (including coaching) in the workplace as well.

When you engage me to work with you, you'll find me to be a "what you see is what you get" kind of real person who happens to be a therapist, doesn't take herself too seriously, but takes her work as a therapist, you, your goals/issues, and your therapy VERY seriously.

Truth be told, being a licensed marriage and family therapist affords me a very special opportunity to make a meaningful and lasting contribution, one person and one relationship at a time. I consider the therapist/client relationship to be a sacred trust, and my work as a therapist is among the most important things I do.
Practice Areas
 Counseling / Therapy  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
 Grief and Loss  Work and Career Issues
 Life and Wellness Coaching
Certifications
 Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)
Education/Training
I've completed hundreds of hours of continuing education (required to maintain my license) and more hours of professional development (as a facilitator and as a learner) than I can count. In addition, I have gained an education as follows

School of Hard Knocks
(Current learner... it never ends!!)

Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy
Phillips Graduate Institute aka California Family Study Center

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration/Human Resources Management
California State Polytechnic University (Pomona) and also
Foreign Exchange Student to the Hebrew University in Jerusalem
Memberships
-- California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)

-- American Society for Training and Development - Los Angeles Chapter (ASTD-LA)

-- Numerous professional networks on LinkedIn and elsewhere
Payments Accepted
Cash, Check, PayPal
Hours:Daytime and Evening Appointments Available
License:MFC30073 - California