Jean Sapiro, AMFT, APCC #115738

Associate Marriage Family Therapist & Associate Professional Clinical Counselor, Under Licensed Supervision

Jean is an Associate Marriage Family Therapist and an Associate Professional Clinical Counselor. Jean is a solution-focused therapist and has experience working with adolescents, teens, adults, and families. She utilizes Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Mindfulness-Based Therapy to help her clients gain healthy behaviors. By using evidence-based modalities, clients learn how to manage their feelings and emotional dysregulation that comes with anxiety and depression. Jean completed her master’s degree from Palo Alto University. She has worked in a community-based clinic, school-based settings counseling programs, and most recently with El Camino Hospital’s ASPIRE intensive outpatient program.

Jean migrated to the U.S. with her family at the age of 9 from Taiwan. She understands that we all have different backgrounds and experiences. With each interaction, she strives to create a safe space for each individual by listening, exhibiting great compassion, being respectful, and viewing through each client’s unique lens. Jean supports her clients with tools and coping skills that will enhance their daily lives and exercise those resiliency muscles that we all have within us. Part of Jean’s passion consists of collaborating with family members as part of the child’s therapeutic process that will promote behavioral change and within the family unit.

In her spare time, Jean enjoys traveling with her family, hiking, cooking, watching reality TV shows, drinking boba tea, and cycling. Jean speaks Mandarin and Taiwanese.

Location

Ages

  • Adults (18+ years)
  • Teens (14-17 years)
  • Pre-Teens (12-13 years)
  • Children (11 years)

Type of Therapy

  • Individual
  • Family

I also speak: Mandarin

Concerns

  • Anxiety
  • Behavioral Difficulties
  • Body Image
  • Depression
  • Family Problems
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Hair Pulling (Trichotillomania)
  • LGBTQIA+, Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation
  • Life Transitions
  • Panic Attacks
  • Parenting
  • Phobias
  • Postpartum Depression
  • PTSD/Trauma
  • Relationships/Communication
  • School Refusal
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Skin Picking 
  • Social Anxiety/Phobia
  • Stress

Special Interests

  • Adolescents and Teens
  • Family Therapy
  • Parenting 
  • Life Transitions

Experience 3+ years

Intensive Study/Specialization

  • Behavioral Interventions
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy 
  • Family Therapy
  • Mindfulness
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.

What is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC)?

Professional counselor education and training standards for licensure are on par with marriage and family therapists and clinical social workers, the other two master’s level mental health providers in the state. Requirements for California’s Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCCs) include:

  • Possession of a 60-unit master’s or doctoral degree in counseling, or a closely related degree, from a regionally
    accredited or “approved” institution of higher education that includes certain core content areas
  • Completion of a minimum of 3,000 hours of post-master’s supervised clinical experience, performed over two years, and continuing education hours for renewal
  • Passage of the National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Examination (NCMHCE) and a California Law & Ethics Exam
  • Adherence to a strict Code of Ethics and recognized standards of practice, as regulated by California’s Board of Behavioral Sciences

How can a LPCC help me?

Like other mental health professionals such as social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, LMFTs, LPCC’s help clients by diagnosing and treating common emotional and behavioral difficulties that interfere with functioning at an optimal level. LPCC’s use empirical-supported counseling techniques to help their clients achieve desired goals.