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Kelly Mothner's Practice

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Mon 9:00 am - 8:30 pm  
Tue 9:00 am - 8:30 pm  
Wed 9:00 am - 8:30 pm  
Thu 9:00 am - 8:30 pm  
Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm  


Born and raised in Manhattan Beach, I attended Mira Costa High School before going on to Dartmouth College for my undergraduate studies. After four wonderful years on the East Coast, I was eager to return to California for graduate school. Having established my private practice in the South Bay, I embrace the opportunity to work and live in the very community that has shaped who I am both personally and professionally. Education I graduated summa cum laude from Dartmouth College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. I then earned my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University. Clinical Experience I engaged in research focusing on self-differentiation, relationship satisfaction, couples therapy, and sex therapy while in graduate school. As a clinical intern at the USC Counseling Center, I worked with a diverse group of undergraduate and graduate students. I provided short-term individual therapy using a variety of clinical approaches, including short-term psychodynamic therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. As an intern at the Southern California Counseling Center, I worked with a culturally diverse clientele ranging in age from three to seventy. I conducted both short-term and long-term individual psychotherapy – in addition to family and couples therapy. I completed my final pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral training at the Saturday Center for Psychotherapy in Santa Monica. Over the course of this two year training program I provided long-term, insight-oriented psychotherapy to adults, adolescents, and couples. Research Stemming from my interest in the person-of-the-therapist and the personal qualities of therapists that impact the effectiveness of psychotherapy, my doctoral dissertation investigated the impact of graduate school on therapists’ emotional development. Additionally, during my graduate program I assisted in research focusing on self-differentiation, relationship satisfaction, and couple and sex therapy. I aided in the development of the Crucible Differentiation Scale®, a reliable and valid instrument for measuring self-differentiation, and helped my supervisor conduct the Kentucky School of Choice Research Study funded by John Schnatter.

What makes your practice special when compared with others in the area?

In the course of our lives, there will come a time when we struggle with feelings of sadness, loneliness, helplessness, or lack of fulfillment. In my work with clients, I help them process their experiences, explore their feelings, and most importantly, confront themselves. Everyone comes into therapy for a different reason, whether it is facing a significant life transition, coping with the loss of a loved one, or dealing with relational conflict. Knowing that there is a safe place for one's confusion or despair is the first step to healing and growth. Based on my approach to therapy, my goal is to create an environment of warmth and genuineness. I will affirm your strengths and challenge you to use them while providing you with an opportunity to explore new ways of seeing yourself and new ways of relating to others. I have helped adults, couples, and adolescents work through their struggles to achieve more satisfying relationships and greater personal fulfillment. Your choice of therapist is a crucial decision and finding a good match is essential. Please contact me if you think I might be a good fit for you.

What are you and your team proud of at your practice?

Somatic Experiencing – How I Work With Trauma The physical and emotional suffering that results from trauma can be overwhelming and often debilitating. However, with the right type of help and support it is possible to not only overcome the devastating effects that trauma can have, but also regain one’s ability to embrace life and reach one’s fullest potential. Many of my clients come to see me as a result of some form of trauma. That is why I am currently pursuing an intensive three-year professional training program with the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute. Somatic Experiencing is a specific approach to working with trauma that relies on the body’s instinctive capacity to heal as the means to regaining a sense of inner balance and control over one’s life. This approach ultimately enhances one’s resilience to stress and one’s capacity to actively engage in life again. If you would like to learn more about this approach or the training involved, please go to my Somatic Experiencing & Trauma page or visit the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute.

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