I am a licensed psychotherapist (MFC 51275) who works with individuals, teens and couples. I have a private practice in the Mid Wilshire Area and also offer online counseling. I earned my M.A. in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University, Los Angeles. I completed my training and internship at the Southern California Counseling Center. I graduated from the University of Stirling, Scotland, with a B.A. Honors in Literature.
How do I work?
My overall goal in therapy sessions is to help clients gain insight into themselves, to develop tools whereby they can overcome problems which may be getting in their way, and to find ways to live their lives to the fullest.
Theoretically speaking, I am eclectic, drawing on different approaches according to the needs of a particular client. Everyone is unique and each client has their own receptivity to different approaches. My job is to be flexible and receptive, to find a way into the work that most resonates with my client.
Broadly speaking, I do believe that we are all shaped to varying degrees by early experience, the quality of early attachment, and the degree of love and support that we experience in our childhood relationships. The impact of early experience is just one thread in a rich tapestry of life experience. I explore the past only to the extent to help a client understand who they are now and how the past is informing or influencing the way they are conducting their lives in the present.
Other modalities which I use with clients include: relational approach, cognitive behavioral therapy, emotionally focused therapy, solution focused therapy.
I treat couples and individuals of all ages. I do believe therapy is of value through all life's passages. Problems of the past can reemerge. Challenges of the present can cause new problems to manifest. I do believe therapy is the most important work we can do to help us live our lives to the fullest.
Christine Gallagher M.A. MFT