Thank you for visiting my web site. I’d like to begin by letting you know why I do this work.

Like many others who dedicate their lives to personal growth and healing, I was drawn to the practice of psychotherapy by my own experience with emotional crisis and recovery. I understand how difficult it is to be lost, stuck, and unsure of what to do or how to feel better. Therapy helped me figure things out, rediscover myself, and decide who I wanted to be and how I wanted to live my life.

It’s said that what therapists can bear to see in themselves, they can see in their patients; what they’re aware of in themselves, they can recognize in others. With this in mind, I bring to my clients not only my knowledge and education but also my own craggy, open heart, both weathered and worn but also expanded by the remarkable kindness and care of those who helped me along the way.

We’re All Just Walking Each Other Home.

-Ram Dass

ABOUT RICHELLE:

I am a licensed by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) as a marriage and family therapist and have a private practice in Santa Monica. I earned my bachelor’s degree in psychology and business administration from Central Michigan University and hold a master’s degree in counseling psychology with a focus in depth psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, CA. I have been providing psychotherapy to individuals, couples, and families since 2010. I am a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT), the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT), The EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) and The Parnell Institute for Attachment-Focused EMDR.

I completed my clinical training through the school-based program at Antioch University and the Women’s Clinic and Family Counseling Center, both in Los Angeles, CA. I received training and supervision using several evidence-based therapeutic modalities, including relational psychodynamic “talk” therapy, emotion-focused therapy, art therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness, and Somatic Experiencing.

Strongly influenced by my time at the Women’s Clinic, I am deeply committed to supporting the emotional health of women and am cofounder of a new therapy collective being developed to meet the specific needs of women across the lifespan, along with BodyPositiveLA, an online initiative to support inclusivity and empower men, women, and teens to fully and unconditionally embrace themselves and their bodies. 

I have continued my education following licensure, learning and incorporating Attachment-Focused EMDR into my practice. I am currently studying Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP), Internal Family Systems (IFS), as well as the work by Dr. Andrea Brandt on anger and passive-aggression.

I also work independently as a behaviorist with school-aged children in the Los Angeles area. I love spending time with kids because they remind me to be emotionally open, honest, humble and present!

When not seeing clients, I spend my time with my husband and two teenage sons. My favorite times are spent gathered around a table with my family and friends listening to soulful music, laughing heartily, eating good food and sharing great stories. I’m an avid reader, and I love to travel. Experiencing new people and new places energizes and inspires me, and I welcome having to confront myself in the challenging ways that travel invites. Life is never perfect, but it is the perfect adventure!

Welcome to my practice, in all that you are now and all that you hope to be.

Want to know more? Connect with me here, and check out my profiles on Psychology Today (here), Good Therapy (here), and LinkedIn (here).