I have a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University Los Angeles and a specialization in Spiritual and Depth Psychology. I studied Infant, Early Childhood, and Parent Psychotherapy at the Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies.
My work with adults focuses on reducing anxiety, improving mood, and helping clients find their voice and purpose in life.
My work with teens focuses on helping them navigate adolescence with a sense of well-being and independence. For teens struggling with depression and anxiety symptoms as the result of excess smartphone use, I apply Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques blended with other modalities. The goal is to have parents and teens no longer wrestling for control over the teens' phone use. Instead, the my client will improve his or her relationship with the phone and the behavior will begin to "correct" itself.
In addition to my professional training, my life experiences give me a deep understanding of the complex issues surrounding adoption, including infertility, loss, trauma, and hope. I welcome the opportunity to work with adult adoptees, birth parents, and adoptive parents. I regularly offer workshops about the adoption process throughout the Los Angeles area. Please check the "events" page for more information about upcoming adoption workshops.
I have written for television and my personal essays can be found at Salon.com, The Boston Globe, and many other publications.
I blog at joannalovinger.wordpress.com