Meet our team and find the right therapist for you.

Hi, I'm Julia.

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Do you feel disconnected from yourself and those around you? Do you brave the struggle of feeling numb and overwhelmed at the same time? These feelings are all too common when trying to balance the complexities of human relationships, responsibilities, and life stressors. 

In our sessions we will explore how past relationships and experiences can influence current relationships (both with yourself and others).  I have found we often engage in patterns that seek to comfort us, but in actuality, they can move us further away from the growth we seek. I help clients pinpoint their patterns and rewrite their story, in order to guide them towards the positive aspects of life that they are worthy of experiencing.

I have extensive experience working with older teens, and young adults. I specialize in relationship dynamics, self esteem, depression, ADHD, trauma,  and other issues like perfectionism and people pleasing. I have training in LGBTQIA+ affirmative care, trauma focused modalities, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, mindfulness practices, and other Strengths Based interventions. I personally find one of the most crucial components to our therapy sessions is our relationship. As your therapist, I seek to foster a culturally-sensitive and nurturing space, led by the belief that each client is incredibly unique.  I don’t rely on a rigid formula, but instead, I like to work with clients to create a treatment plan that is tailored to their needs. Together we will explore goals and expectations for therapy. I offer unwavering empathy, validation, humor, and patience as you face, explore, and work through issues that have often caused you distress. My ultimate hope is to inspire self compassion and growth, as you come out on the other side feeling more fulfilled and connected to yourself and others.

Education

Master of Social Work
University of Southern California

Bachelor of Science, Major: Psychology
University of Oregon

 

Certifications

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Triple P Positive Parenting Certified

Hi, I'm Danny.

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Do you feel like driving a hundred miles an hour and the need to push the limits for the next risk-defying thrill? Or do you passively watch life go by, constantly try to please everyone, and sometimes just can’t get out of bed? It may shock you that both of these symptoms have the same root cause: Trauma and painful past memories. You truly love your family or important relationships, and you have tried to make changes, but your repeated patterns are not something you can “just get over.” However, with help you can experience healing, growth in your desired outcomes, and gain resilience to face life’s challenges ahead.

I want to normalize your responses to life’s hardships. Although symptom regulation is an important part of therapy, I invite individuals and couples into a healthy, confidential relationship in which you can uncover what underlies your symptoms and experience lasting change in these core areas.

I work with older teens and adults of all ages. I specialize in individuals struggling with trauma using EMDR and allowing your life-story to be fully seen and heard. I am passionate about helping my clients manage anxiety, depression, difficult life transitions, and recover from many forms of addiction and dysfunctional coping patterns.

Our life’s experiences impact our ability to connect, make friends and form lasting intimate partnerships. For this reason, I also work with couples to uncover the roots of relational patterns and conflict styles, work to build empathy, and develop new healthy communication habits. With all my clients I’m a big fan of honoring “progress over perfection.” I maintain a compassionate-encourager form of therapy. I frame our sessions in a way that allows you to self-discover and heal at a pace that you can evaluate and affirm is right for you.

Education

Master of Arts in Counseling
Concordia University, Irvine, CA

Bachelor of Arts, Major: Education
Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

 

Certifications

Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)- EMDRIA

Trust-Based Relational Interventions for Trauma Victims and the Neuro-atypical

Trauma-Focused Therapy by Bessel Vanderkolk

Attachment Core Pattern Therapy for Couples

Hi, I'm Naomi.

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It is my experience that when people come to therapy, they are ready for change but unsure of where to begin. I want to offer you a place to start, an understanding of your current coping mechanisms and the tools to manage everything life throws at you. We will begin by developing an understanding of what is holding you back and address it so making progress feels like taking a step forward instead of treading through mud. To do so, it is important to me to build a trusting and authentic relationship with my clients.

Over the years, I have enjoyed working with teenagers, adults and couples. Specializing in anxiety, depression, trauma, relational issues and big life transitions. I hope to make therapy a space where you feel heard and learn to grow and heal. I am excited to join you on your journey. 

Education

Masters in Counseling
University of San Francisco 

Bachelors in Psychology
University of San Francisco

Hi, I'm Christine.

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“It’s ok not to be ok.” Do you suffer from intrusive thoughts and expectations that become consuming, triggering anxiousness and depression? What you are experiencing can be related to past trauma, current relationships, and overall life problems. Let’s put an end to racing thoughts and negative self-talk; I can help you uncover trauma, and process unresolved feelings. Together we can work on coping skills to get you through the debilitating times that come with depression and anxiety while focusing on empowering a new you. Life can be tricky, so learning a skill set to decipher rational thoughts from irrational thoughts is essential.

I look forward to aiding all my clients in mental freedom. Understanding what affects you allows you to set boundaries to safeguard the future. Do not be captive to yourself. Understanding the impact of life can liberate your thoughts and emotions.

I have eight years of experience working with teenagers and adults suffering from past and current trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression, grief, and gender transition. As an ASW, I practice with a trauma-informed care approach using modalities such as  EMDR, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Person-Centered, and Solution-Focused Therapy. Together we can set realistic goals for growth and achieve success in creating a new you free from self-doubt, negative self talk, and over-powering emotions.

 

Education

Master’s of Social Work
Capella University

Human Service
California State University Fullerton, CA

 

Certifications

Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) -EMDRIA

Hi, I'm Halley.

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Do you feel like fight or flight mode has become your new normal? Do you second guess yourself or are constantly seeking outside validation? Previous adverse experiences can leave us feeling powerless, hopeless, and disconnected. You deserve a space to reconnect and rebuild the relationship with yourself and those around you.

I understand the complexities navigating today’s society as an adult, child, or parent and believe in the power of collaborative intervention. My goal is to empower you by offering guidance and strategies for strengthening you or your child’s well-being, building tools for life, releasing past trauma, and resolving current challenges. Clients often describe me as authentic, affirming, non-judgmental, and understanding. 

Our sessions will incorporate personalized treatment plans that work towards and surpass goals you set. With a focus on trauma informed care, I tailor my approach to your unique needs, utilizing evidence-based modalities including EMDR, play therapy, mindfulness practices, strengths based interventions, and expressive art. I specialize in working with anxiety, depression, self-esteem, trauma healing, and life transitions. I particularly love working with children and teens! 

If you’re seeking a therapist dedicated to your well-being and personal development, I invite you to reach out. Let’s embark on a journey towards a more fulfilling life. 

Education

Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology
Pepperdine University

Bachelor of Business Administration in Entrepreneurship
University of North Texas

Certifications

Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) -EMDRIA

 Domestic Violence Peer Training

Hi, I'm Alexxis.

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Today’s society can be difficult to navigate, throwing curveballs at you causing feelings of being stuck to arise. In our work together, we will work through feelings to get you unstuck. Our journey together begins by making therapy a safe space where we can explore the past, work on the present, and prepare for the future. Whether you are a child, teen, adult, parent, or couple, I am ready to walk alongside you on your therapeutic journey.

I tailor my therapeutic approach to every client as each individual has their own set of strengths. I specialize in working with anxiety, depression, children, and working with chronic illness. Obtaining my education with a background in child development allows me to dive deeper and understand the complexities of an ever-growing individual.

If you are looking for an empathetic therapist to guide you on your journey, I invite you to reach out for support today to achieve your goals of having a gratifying life.

 

Education

Masters of Art in Marriage and Family Therapy
Chapman University

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology With Double Minor in Child Development and Counseling and Social Change
San Diego State University

Certifications

Play therapy from UCSD

Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

Hi, I'm Nathalie.

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Clients normally describe me as someone that they feel is compassionate and actively interested in their well-being, someone they can trust, and with whom they feel accepted and comfortable around. 

I specialize in working with clients dealing with anxiety, healing from trauma, depression, stress, entrepreneurs, and life transitions. I specifically love working with teens and millennials.

I graduated from California State University, Long Beach and received training at Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Long Beach as well as at the CSULB Community Clinic. I am a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, belong to the International Association of Trauma Professionals (IATP), and am trained in Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) which allows me to help you work on any unresolved traumatic issues and painful past experiences you experience. 

Education

Master of Science in Counseling, Marriage & Family Therapy
California State University, Long Beach

Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Julius Maximilian University of Würzburg, Germany

Certifications

Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). EMDRIA Trained

Certified Clinical Trauma Professional – Trained by: Dr. J. Eric Gentry at Arizona State University

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy


Locations

We offer therapy services in Seal Beach (Orange County), Manhattan Beach (LA County) and secure online video sessions. Find out more down below. 

Manhattan Beach

Our Manhattan Beach office is located off of Highland Avenue. Free 2 hour parking is available.

Seal Beach

Our Seal Beach office is located right off the 405 freeway and near the 605 & 22 Freeways. Free parking is available. 

Telehealth

We offer secure virtual video sessions which you can take from the comfort of your home. All you need is a private space and a reliable internet connection.

 

Coastal Therapy & Wellness

3020 Old Ranch Pkwy, Seal Beach, CA 90277

(562) 568-7900

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