Approach to Therapy

Combining the imagination of a published poet with the theoretical grounding of a clinical psychologist, Dr. Coco is an engaged listener and advocate who can help you negotiate the common milestones of mid-life such as the empty nest, encore careers, menopause, transition to retirement, spiritual life, and caregiving responsibilities. The goal is to enhance your sense of passion and purpose for the long haul. She focuses on the transformative seeds in our life stories and actively attends to the existential issues that can accompany our second and third acts. As traditional Chinese medicine physician Lonny Jarrett said, “In the relational medicines [like psychotherapy], it’s the relationship that is healing. And it’s evolutionary: we’re both going somewhere together.”
 
With an eye to the emotional and spiritual–rather than financial–legacy you would like to create, Dr. Coco uses her knowledge of Jungian and existential psychotherapy to deepen every conversation, which provides a through-line of inquiry across sessions. But to help people start feeling better in the short-term, Dr. Coco draws on the skill-sets of cognitive-behavioral therapy, the remedy of mindfulness, and the strengths-based emphasis of positive psychology.
 
Dr. Coco has a certificate in Creativity Coaching with Eric Maisel. As a poet herself, she is well-versed in the concerns writers, poets, and artists often struggle with. She can be a guide and resource both to young creatives just developing their art practice and late-blooming artists and writers who may just now be taking up an art form they set aside years ago. 

Affording Therapy

Dr. Coco is a Medicare provider and sees private practice patients at her office in Encino. She can also provide online therapy to clients residing anywhere in California via a simple HIPAA-complaint video platform. She is not on other insurance panels at this time but can give you a superbill to present to your insurance for possible out-of-network reimbursement.

About Me

Dr. Coco grew up in Southern California. She has a B.A. in English from La Sierra University, an M.A. in comparative literature from UCLA, and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Alliant University in San Diego. She first worked with college students as a predoctoral intern at the University of Oregon and later as a staff counselor and assistant dean of student services at Reed College in Portland. She took a hiatus to raise two children and care for her aging parents and then more recently returned to work with Oelberger Psychological Services, where she saw older and disabled adults in assisted living facilities and their own homes.

Dr. Coco lived in France after college, speaks conversational Spanish, loves horses, and has published poetry in numerous small literary journals.

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