Counseling for families going through the teen years


My own growing up years were not the easiest.  Especially my teen years.  I remember the despair I felt, and the certainty that nobody would understand or could possibly help.  This has led to one of my passions, working with teens.  I feel a special calling to this stage of life and love the sassy, unsure, angry, creative, and confusing time this can be. 

I have experienced trauma in my life.  The journey to understand and not feel owned by the experience has been long and arduous.  I'm proud of the personal work I've done and have much to share with others who want their minds, emotions, bodies, and choices back.  Trauma work is uniquely a work of timing.  Push too fast, and the patient can feel overwhelmed or re-traumatized.  Don't push at all, and stay in the avoidance which is part of the the natural coping of trauma, and stay stuck.  I believe that my personal work has given me a special sensitivity to the nuances of trauma work.

Sometimes my clients ask, "How can you listen to this all day?  Don't you get annoyed/tired/overwhelmed?"  No, I don't.  I love what I do and use my personal time to re-charge.  I take the therapy work you do seriously which means I take my self-care seriously too.  My favorite ways to re-charge are spending time with loved ones, reading, hiking, and gaming.

If I can be of any help to you or your family, please don't hesitate to call.

Hi, I'm Jeannie.  I'm a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (since 2005) with a practice in Newport Beach.  I'm also a professor and the Director of Clinical training in the Graduate Psychology department of Vanguard University.  This allows me to stay current with research and changes in the field.  

I've always been drawn to therapy and I love being a therapist.  In college, when I was trying to decide between becoming a writer or a therapist, I could not get away from how much I wanted to be part of peoples' healing journey.