CHRISTENE LOZANO, LMFT
Hi, I’m Christene.
I’m a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, but you might also call me a mind and heart mender.
Who do i Help?
I help people who wish they could be accepted for all parts of themselves - the good, the bad, and the ugly - but fear that others will judge them if they shared who they truly are on the inside.
I guide them to decrease feelings of shame and isolation so that they can break free from unhealthy behaviors and live a life that is authentic, connected, and whole.
I also help people who want to have a genuine and fulfilling relationship but feel stuck in the pain of being betrayed. I support them in feeling more grounded and empowered so that they can heal from the anger and heartbreak of betrayal.
I know from my own journey to wellness and from over five fulfilling years as a therapist that reflecting on your own “stuff” and being vulnerable can evoke some really uncomfortable and overwhelming emotions. (Maybe sweep this shit under the rug and try to ignore it until it goes away? Anyone?) I’d like to help you move through the challenging emotions so you can live a life with less chaos and filled with more peace.
What is it like working with me?
Here are a few of my values in both my personal life and in my professional work:
Humor: My clients and I laugh together. While we discuss a lot of heavy stuff, we also incorporate fun and humor into our work together.
Down to Earth: My clients get a good sense of my personality and spirit – I have a witty sense of humor that you will get a dose of every so often. I don’t have a perfect life, and I don’t have all the answers. What I do have is extensive training as a therapist and my own personal healing journey to passionately provide effective and down to earth therapy.
Compassion & Honesty: My clients thank me for my ability to balance being both a compassionate supporter and a straight shooter. I often let my clients know that if you aren’t feeling challenged by me, I’m not doing my job. The most growth happens outside of our comfort zone.
how i view my work
Being a therapist is a tremendously challenging job. It takes a special skill set, good boundaries, and an open heart. At the same time, I find my work, and helping the clients I work with very fulfilling. It goes so far beyond simply listening to a person’s problems.
To be a part of someone's life journey - through the profound pain, trauma, tears, and joy, through the breakdowns and breakthroughs as they find their way to healing and joy - is an invaluable gift. I feel very blessed to genuinely love what I do.
While I have the academic and clinical training to treat a variety of issues, I also have personal experience facing my own challenges. I am a survivor of trauma, and I understand the triggers and challenges of healing first hand. I believe part of being an effective therapist is working on my own “stuff” through my own personal therapy. I want to practice what I preach, and I believe mental health is just as important as physical health!
I believe that being the healthiest version of ourselves can change the world. That’s why I hope you’re ready to start your journey to healing.
- Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy - Northwestern University
- Bachelor of Science in Human Services, emphasis in mental health - California State University, Fullerton
Certifications and Professional Trainings
- Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist MFC96658
- Certified Sex Addiction Therapist Candidate
- EMDR trained
- Domestic Violence Certification (CA)