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Christal-Joi Whitaker

L.M.F.T.

I am a marriage and family therapist with over 17 years of clinical experience facilitating transformative life changes in my clients including children, teens, adults, couples, and families. My goal is to help my clients realize their authentic selves, walk in harmony with their true nature, and live stable, healthy lives full with the love of rich and rewarding relationships. I earned my Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University and postgraduate training in the impact of early childhood trauma on brain development. I utilize a holistic approach to therapy, offering my clients a safe, open space to allow them to explore the various parts of their lives lacking integration. I believe habitual patterns of thoughts and behaviors result in chronic anxiety, depression, anger, insomnia, poor self-image, chemical dependency, and a number of other unhealthy impulses. These patterns form our experiences, our temperaments, our relationships, our trauma, and are often unobserved. I believe that with mindful awareness and time, we can increase our tolerance level to stimuli and allow ourselves to become more compassionate. We can actively re-wire our brains. We can tap into the wisdom of our minds and bodies to identify “knots”, and creatively forge new and exciting paths towards liberation and lightness.

Services Provided

Psychotherapy Adults
Couples Therapy
Family Therapy
Child Psychotherapy age 3 to 12
Adolescent Psychotherapy age 13 to 18
Coaching

Specialties

Addiction
Adoption
Alcohol Abuse
Anger Management
Anxiety
Behavioral Issues
Bipolar Disorder
Borderline Personality
Career Counseling
Child or Adolescent
Chronic Illness
Chronic Impulsivity
Chronic Pain
Chronic Relapse
Codependency
Coping Skills
Depression
Divorce
Domestic Abuse
Domestic Violence
Drug Abuse
Dual Diagnosis
Emotional Disturbance
Family Conflict
Grief
Infidelity
LGBTQ
Life Coaching
Life Transitions
Marital and Premarital
Men's Issues
Moderating Alcohol
Narcissistic Personality
Obesity
Oppositional Defiance
Parenting
Peer Relationships
Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum
Racial Identity
Relationship Issues
Schizophrenia
School Issues
Self Esteem
Self-Harming
Sex Therapy
Sexual Abuse
Spirituality
Stress
Substance Abuse
Suicidal Ideation
Teen Violence
Transgender
Trauma and PTSD
Video Game Addiction
Weight Loss
Women's Issues

Specialty Training

Seeking Safety
Trauma Informed Care
Crisis Oriented Recovery Services (CORS) Trained- 2016
Wraparound Trained- 2015
Critical Incident Stress Debriefing Trained- 2019
Professional Assault Crisis Training (Pro-ACT) - 2019
Mental Health First Aid (Los Angeles County DMH) Trained- 2018
Chronic Pain

Credentials

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist (LMFT #50720)
Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Certified- 2017
Disruptive Event Management Certified- 2019
Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools Certified- 2019

Location

Hermosa Beach Office
2200 Pacific Coast Highway, Suite #306, Hermosa Beach, CA. 90254
San Pedro Office
916 North Western Avenue, Suite #205, San Pedro, CA, 90732

Foreign Languages

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