Victoria Tognozzi, LMFT
Victoria Tognozzi, LMFT
Victoria’s passion for therapy is the result of a lifelong curiosity about human behavior and capacity for change. Therapy is her second career, after spending many years as an orchestral violinist and private violin teacher. Victoria is driven by her desire to help people move towards their goals and become the person they want to be. She believes that ongoing personal learning is essential in order to continue offering the best tools to those she works with.
To best support her clients, Victoria has acquired a number of certifications, including: TEAM-CBT, EMDR, DBT, and most recently, training in CPT (Cognitive Processing Therapy), a specialized CBT treatment for sufferers of PTSD. She enjoys working with adolescents, adults, and couples, and is an experienced group leader.
Victoria has been practicing therapy for 10 years. She received her MA from the University of San Francisco in Counseling Psychology, and she also has a Master of Music in Violin Performance from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
When not working with clients, Victoria still practices the violin and enjoys spending time with family and friends.
- Behavioral Difficulties
- Body Image
- Eating and Food Issues
- Family Problems
- Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
- Hair Pulling (Trichotillomania)
- Life Transitions
- Panic Attacks
- Postpartum Depression
- Social Anxiety
- Substance Abuse
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
- TEAM CBT (David Burns)
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- CBT for Insomnia (CBT-I)
- Couples Therapy- Gottman Method
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. Before full licensure, LMFTs are called “Associates”. 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.