Abandonment, Abuse / Survivors of Abuse, Anxiety Issues, Attachment Issues, Body Image, Codependency, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Couples/Marital Issues, Dating/Being Single Support, Eating Disorders, Eating & Food Issues, Empowering Women, Forgiveness, Happiness, Marriage, Midlife Crisis, Mood Swings, Phobias/OCD, Post Traumatic Stress / Trauma, Relationships, Self-Esteem, Stress Management, Trust Issues



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Counselor/Therapist, Life Coach, Marriage/Couples Counselor, Psychotherapist, Relationship Coach

About Linda K. Laffey

I decided to become a Marriage and Family Therapist as a result of my own life experience.  I was married, with two kids, two dogs, a house on a hill with a white picket fence, and I was miserable inside.  It was in the midst of my own therapeutic process that I discovered my passion for helping others.  I wanted to know everything my therapist knew, to soak up every bit of information I could, in order to help others achieve the life-changing transformation I was able to create in my own life.

 I decided to return to school to finish the Bachelor’s degree I had begun at UCLA many years earlier as a prerequisite to the path toward becoming a therapist. Eight years later, in 2000, I became a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I earned my Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy in 1997 from Phillips Graduate Institute (formerly California Family Study Center) in Encino, California. An abstract of my Master’s thesis, “The Determining Factors in Successfully Treating Anorexia Nervosa in Young Women,” was selected for publication in Phillips’ 1998 Progress Journal. Both Progress and a copy of the thesis in its entirety are available in the Phillips Graduate Institute Library.

A 3-year internship at the Maple Counseling Center in Beverly Hills provided me with some of the highest quality training and professional therapy experience available in southern California. I worked at the center with individuals of all ages on a variety of issues. I also made weekly visits to Beverly Hills High School and Moreno High School, where I offered students personal guidance counseling on relationships, eating disorders, and stress reduction.

As a therapist intern, I co-facilitated a parents’ support group for Parents Anonymous in Canoga Park for 2 years. I also did therapy with individual adults, couples, and teens whose lives had been impacted by trauma at the Trauma Recovery Center in Westlake Village.

Following licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist, I started a private practice. In addition, I spent close to a year serving as staff therapist at a Partial Hospitalization Program and Intensive Outpatient Program in Pasadena for adults and adolescents recovering from eating disorders. I ran counseling groups, and did therapy with individuals and their families on their road to recovery from anorexia, bulimia or compulsive overeating.

Advanced Training in Therapy

During my own relationship counseling, which included a phenomenal experience of healing childhood trauma using Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), I became highly motivated to acquire advanced training in the use of EMDR, as well as other cutting-edge methods known to be effective in therapy. I began my EMDR therapy training in 2001, and became a Certified EMDR Therapist in 2004. I have continued to acquire advanced training in other somatic (body-based) therapies, and have integrated these in my work with EMDR. For more information, please see my page on EMDR on my website.

The results from using these methods of therapy, both for myself and for my clients, have been extraordinary. They have been a huge part of what keeps my passion and enthusiasm for doing therapy alive and growing all the time. Again and again, I am amazed at the dramatic changes that take place in the lives of my clients during the therapy process. For me, nothing could be more meaningful and fulfilling. I look forward to going to work every day, and I am excited about helping people transform their lives.

If you have suffered enough and would like to stop the pain now, please call my voicemail—805-375-5860 or 818-591-2989—to schedule a no-charge 15-minute telephone consultation. Let me know the best times to call you back to discuss the problems you are experiencing, as well as how we can work together to resolve them.

I look forward to hearing from you!


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