- Anxiety, OCD & Panic
- Depression & Stress
- ADHD & School Refusal
- Family & Couples Therapy
- Ages: Children, Teens, Adults
- Cognitive Therapy (ACT)
- OCD Foundation (BTTI)
Experience 8+ Years
Bella combines her warm personality and strong clinical skills to help teens and adults overcome problems and achieve stronger mental health. Her open, honest style creates a comfortable space to deal with issues ranging from anxiety & OCD, depression, self-esteem, peer pressure, family conflict, and relationship or problems within couples.
Bella received her Master’s Degree from John F. Kennedy University. Dedicated to staying on top of the latest evidenced-based therapy techniques, she continually pursues training that allows her to provide the highest level of care. Her training includes intensive Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) & TEAM therapy training by David Burns, M.D., OCD certification through the Obsessive Compulsive Foundation, certification in Cognitive Therapy from the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, trauma-focused CBT, Gottman couples therapy as well as training from The Couples Institute, and positive behavioral interventions strategies (PBIS) to name a few.
In her free time she likes to engage in fun family activities in the community.
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What is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT)?
Marriage and Family Therapists are mental health professionals trained in psychotherapy with a family systems influence, and licensed to diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders that affect individuals, couples, and families. The Federal government has designated marriage and family therapy as a core mental health profession along with psychiatry, psychology, social work and psychiatric nursing. The State of California support and regulate the profession by licensing MFTs.
Marriage and Family Therapists have graduate training (either a masters or doctoral degree) in counseling psychology with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy. Prior to a rigorous exam process leading to licensure, LMFTs must complete at least 3,000 hours of post-graduate clinical experience under the supervision of a licensed mental health professional. LMFTs are employed in a variety of private and public settings including private practice, community mental health centers, and behavioral managed care organizations.
Do LMFTs only work with clients who are having problems in their marriages and families?
No. While LMFTs are qualified to do couples and family therapy, most LMFTs work with individual adults to not only enhance the quality of their relationships, but also decrease symptoms of anxiety, depression, and stress.
How can a LMFT help me?
Like other mental health professionals such as social workers, psychologists, and psychiatrists, LMFTs help clients by diagnosing and treating common emotional and behavioral difficulties that interfere with functioning at an optimal level. LMFTs use empirical-supported counseling techniques to help their clients achieve desired goals.