About Me

Working with a therapist is vulnerable.  It makes sense to want to know about the person you're choosing to be vulnerable with.  Here is a little bit about me.

The road to becoming a therapist was not paved with rainbows and unicorns but with obstacles of my own.  Helping other people face their own challenges is a gift I cherish with linen gloves and a bull hammer. I genuinely enjoy working with clients who struggle with issues including depression, anxiety, relationship struggles, codependency, infidelity, parenting, trauma, addiction, and grief and loss.  I also like working with couples — it amazes me to witness two people facing their own and each other’s flaws while being committed enough to each other to work through it.

I work with clients to find the approach that fits them best.  I meet my clients where they are and get a clear picture of what our goals are from the onset.  My approach shifts based on what my clients bring in and what my clients feel is effective for them.  Every person is different and my approach varies accordingly.  

In addition to being a therapist, I am a mom with three kids, including a set of twins. I understand firsthand the pressures of parenthood, and the difficulties parents face finding balance and maintaining a clear sense of self. 

The greater the adversity, the greater the opportunity for change and triumph.  Being a witness to clients who embrace the journey and find meaning and strength in their own pain is a gift I treasure.

I am also a Spotlight Therapist at AllTreatment.com.  To see their interview with me, please visit their website: AllTreatment.com.

Education & Training

I obtained my Masters in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University and my Bachelors in Communication Studies at UCLA where I graduated Phi Beta Kappa.  In addition, I completed Level II Training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) through the EMDR Institute and I am in the process of completing certification.  My focus is on my clients' needs and goals, offering a compassionate non-judgmental approach to psychotherapy.  Before joining Beach Cities, I provided individual, family and couples counseling at Recovery NOW in Hermosa Beach and Antioch University Counseling Center in Culver City.  I have also filled in at Promises Treatment Center as a temporary Family Therapist in their Young Adult Program providing both group and family therapy.  Previously, I had a career in Film & Television and I am a member of the WGA.  

If you're ready to get started, I'm here.

Get To Know Me

(310) 989-6465

whitney@beachcitiespsych.com