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Trina Chan MA, LMFT 119831 California

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, bilingual in both English and Mandarin. I received my MA degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University, CA and I am also a Certified Life Coach. I completed several years of my training in private practice in Beverly Hills and Manhattan Beach, and received supervision that was mainly focused on psychodynamic approaches, with an emphasis on the relationship between client and therapist.

I have worked with a diverse population, ranging from providing individual and group therapy to women and children survivors of domestic violence at the Asian Pacific Women’s Center, to providing support to those in emotional distress and with suicidal tendencies at The Samaritans in Hong Kong. I have experience in working with anxiety, trauma, depression, grief and loss, family and relationship issues and life transitions, amongst others.

After graduating with a BA degree in English and Drama with Education Studies from the University of Cambridge, UK and prior to pursuing a career as a psychotherapist, I spent a year at The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in Los Angeles. My training in Drama, Film and Theatre and in ‘the Method’ have provided ideas and techniques to develop exercises that are effective in relaxation and healing.

My training and experience have encouraged me to approach every situation with an open mind, to be flexible, creative and empathetic. Life’s challenges often present an opportunity for growth and personal development. I am passionate about helping individuals to gain greater insight and self-awareness, explore relationship patterns, understand past experiences and unconscious processes and how they continue to impact life in the present, and work towards making certain changes in order to experience greater satisfaction in their lives. Honesty and respect are qualities that I value highly and I believe strongly in creating a safe, open and non-judgmental environment in order for individuals to feel comfortable expressing themselves and to work through difficult and complex issues.

 

Francine Duran M.A., AMFT #93316

I’ve learned that the richest experience in life is realizing and understanding one’s emotional self.  Once we gain this knowledge, we can begin to realize and understand our self-experience and how much the emotional self and the rational self, play-out in our daily lives, and the importance of balancing our emotional and rational selves.  

My interest is to help you understand not only the present symptoms and issues you may be experiencing, but also to promote the idea of a more meaningful life.  I understand the obstacles we run into and the difficulty we find ourselves in, whether it is in a relationship, employment, or just personal growth. Often, along our journey we get stuck and don’t know how to get unstuck. Therefore, we stay stuck and life may become very heavy.  Lets explore the heaviness in your journey and lets become enlightened. 

I provide a safe non-judgmental environment to explore YOU in the here and now.  

Francine holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a Master’s degree in Psychology with an emphasize in Marriage and Family Therapy from the California Graduate Institute of the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.  In addition, she holds a Certificate in Adult, Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy from the New Center for Psychoanalysis.  She is a registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist with the California Board of Behavioral Science #93316.  The service provided by Francine is supervised by Michael J. Whitman, Psy.D .

Lucy Singleton, M.A., AMFT 103403 is a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist and Los Angeles native. She completed her Masters’ degree in Clinical Psychology with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA. Lucy has worked with a diverse clinical population of adults, teens, and families since starting her career. She enjoys building working relationships that are based on authenticity, non-judgment, and trust.

Lucy is dedicated to creating and maintaining a safe, therapeutic space for adults and adolescents to navigate the challenges and joys that life may bring. She uses a collaborative, attachment-based approach to help people with issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, grief and loss, life changes, family dynamics, parenting, and trauma. She uses the therapeutic relationship to empower clients to nurture the parts of their lives that may need special attention, given their unique needs and goals.

In addition to working creatively with teens, Lucy is also a certified Equine Specialist through the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association. This certification in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy has allowed her to combine her interests of animals and psychology by using horses to benefit people in therapy. In her spare time Lucy recharges by hiking, painting, and practicing yoga.