Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Couples [Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy (ICBT)], Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Harm Reduction, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic, Relational, Solution-focused, Strengths-based
Hi, my name is Gwen Allen; I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, with more than ten years of psychotherapy experience. My goal is to support my clients through life's greatest challenges; providing new insight, skills, and emotional tools to help them make choices they're proud of and to be able to live a more authentic life.
I provide individual therapy for adults, and couples, specializing in the treatment of depression, anxiety, behavioral problems, family issues, issues of gender identity or sexual orientation, social dysfunction, and trauma. I use various evidence-based practices in treatment, primarily Dialectical Behavior Therapy to increase emotional regulation and distress tolerance skills. I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to change unwanted behaviors by changing the way you view yourself and the world around me.
I am an experienced, compassionate, and empathic listener here to help you realize you are not alone. In your time of need, I provide a safe, professional environment to help you navigate life and practice positive coping skills. I aim to provide a fresh outlook for those seeking direction or change in their lives and establish a solid foundation to deal with daily struggles of life.
MS - Marital and Family Therapy, California State University, Dominguez Hills
I became a mental health professional due to growing up in a low socioeconomic community where I saw mental health was needed but not provided.
I enjoy roller skating and hanging out with my family.
Practicing daily guided meditation.
I've read many books twice but the one I continue to read is The Body Keeps the Score, I use this book with my patients who have experienced childhood trauma. It's become a great resource.
My favorite non-profit organization is "Jacaranda Housing" which provides housing and mental health services to women of low socioeconomic status. I support this non-profit because I believe everyone should have the opportunity to have a safe place to live and adequate mental health services.
I recharge by listening to music and using mindfulness.
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