CHRISTENE LOZANO, LMFT
Hi, I’m Christene.
I work as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, but you might also call me a sex and relationship educator.
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 believe 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 emotionally or sexually 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 seven fulfilling years as a therapist that reflecting on your own “shit” 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, filled with more balance and 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 may 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.
Cultural Consideration: My clients come from diverse backgrounds - culturally, ethnically, religiously/spiritually, age, sexuality, socioeconomic status, and so forth. I respect and consider the different aspects of my clients’ backgrounds. We all have a story that deserves to be heard and honored.
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 betrayal, and I understand the triggers and challenges of healing first hand. I believe part of being an effective therapist is working on my own “shit” through my own personal therapy. I want to practice what I preach, and I believe mental health is just as important as physical health!
OUTSIDE OF THE OFFICE
Outside of the office, I love practicing yoga. Yoga has been my medicine and a wonderful supplement to my own healing. It has been so effective for me that I obtained training in India and became a Certified Yoga Teacher. This has deepened my yoga practice and has allowed me to share this knowledge with my therapy clients.
In addition to yoga, I enjoy rock climbing. I find that both yoga and climbing complement each other very well - the pairing of movement and breath, the presence and focus of the mind, the meditative zone, and the building of connections and community with others. Both yoga and climbing are therapeutic for me. While they are mentally and physically active, the sense of peace and stillness they bring my mind is beyond words.
Traveling is another activity I find joy in. Immersing myself in diverse cultures and experiencing different lifestyles are incredibly humbling. This helps me continue expanding my perspective on living.
I do my best to practice the work/life balance many of us struggle with sometimes. Gifting myself these forms of self-care (yoga, rock climbing, traveling) are fun and restorative for me. Self-care is the best healthcare. These fun activities help me “show up” in my personal and professional life even better. It’s a win/win all around.
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.
Additional Clinical Practices
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
Certified Yoga Teacher
Domestic Violence Certification (CA)