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Do you feel that life is passing you by and are unable to shake this feeling of apathy or hopelessness? Are you looking for a way out, but don't know where or how to start? Are you tired of existing in survival mode and yearn for the sense of freedom that eludes you? Is your current relationship not giving you the support and love you need? Is your own relationship to yourself sabotaging your fulfillment?

If so I would be privileged to be your guide and lead you to that place that you yearn for. I have personally experienced the depths of depression and have come out on the other side. Twenty years ago I was in a domestic violence emergency shelter with my baby son. I was fortunate enough to have a support network in California and was able to rebuild my life and complete my education in Counseling Psychology. It took me five years to become a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. More importantly, my life experiences and unique educational background bring me the qualifications that would be of assistance to you. I learned to be a "Heart-Centered" Therapist while I was a student at the University of Santa Monica. More information on subsequent pages. 

Although the ideal situation is face-to-face therapy, I would be more than happy to "meet" with you via the telephone or Zoom or Skype. This will enable those of you who are seeking a compassionate and heart-centered therapist to connect with me.  With the outbreak of COVID-19, this is the safest way to conduct sessions at this time.  There is a feature on Android phones that would enable us to see each other while conversing called Duo.  This is another creative way if you are receptive to it.

I welcome the opportunity to speak with you before our first meeting. Therefore, I offer a complimentary phone consultation. You can leave a confidential voice mail at (310) 923-2374. Remember, if this is an emergency and you have thoughts of harming yourself or others call 911 or the National Suicide Prevention hotline, which is open 24/7 at (800) 273-8255. If you are in a domestic violence situation, call the National Domestic Violence hotline again open 24/7 at (800) 799-7233. They have a Live Chat feature on their website at www.hotline.org open from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. Emails are NOT safe to use. There is ALWAYS help available so don't give up!

Acinta Monteverde, M.A.

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist