Terri Aquino Oliva, LMFT

Cognitive Behavioral Therapist

  • Anxiety, Stress, Social anxiety, Depression, work related issues
  • Children, families going through divorce/separation processes
  • Ages: Children, Teens, Adults

Special Interests:

  • Assisting Divorcing Families
  • Trauma Focused CBT

Experience 10+ Years

Terri is a compassionate, personable therapist who has extensive experience in the field of mental health and training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). She provides assistance for a wide range of ages, from children to teens to adults as well as being skilled in family and couples therapy. With her help, parents will gain skills to better engage with their children, understand their needs, more effectively respond to disruptive behaviors, and ultimately improve their bond with one another.

Terri’s career has spanned governmental agencies including Family Court as a mediator and served as a clinician and supervisor for various non-profit and county programs.

Terri graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a major in psychology and minor in education studies and received her Masters of Art with honors in Clinical Psychology, with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University.

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.

Educational requirements

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.