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Adrienne L. Levy is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in individual, couples, and family therapy, and maintains a private practice in Carlsbad, CA.  She currently works with a broad spectrum of clients.

Among her areas of expertise are struggles with hopelessness and suicidal thoughts, anxiety and mood disturbance, anger issues, marital and workplace discord, infidelity and broken trust, adjustment to divorce or other painful breakup, death of loved one, job loss, ineffective communication, processing rape and other traumas, co-dependence, verbally or emotionally abusive relationships, self-esteem issues, blended family challenges, parent/child conflict, maintaining sobriety, and re-entering marriage and family life after military deployment. 

She is a graduate of Holy Names University, Oakland, CA holding a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology and a Certificate in Pastoral Counseling.  She is passionate about: relationships, personal growth and self-esteem, spirituality, and healing wounds from childhood or currently troubled relationships.  She holds a B.S. in Chemistry, with a minor in Secondary Education from Cabrini College, Radnor, PA.  She briefly worked as a substitute teacher, followed by 4 years as an assistant to a Ph.D. chemist at a major chemical company.  Before becoming a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, she worked for 10 years in the Faith Formation program at St. Augustine and St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Churches in Pleasanton, CA, and also served for 14 years as a Eucharistic Minister.

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Adrienne L. Levy is an experiential, emotion-focused therapist. Her approach is respectful and curious to help clients effectively address their toughest personal life challenges. She integrates complementary methodologies and techniques, including clinical hypnosis, to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion and sensitivitiy, she works with each individual, couple, or family to help them build on their strengths, increase understanding and insights, and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing. 

Helping couples break painful cycles that threaten the survival of their relationships is of special interest.  She believes that conflict often begins between the two people rather than from a defect in one or both of the partners.  While many people have emotional "scars" from the past, her approach honors those wounds, and focuses on ways partners wound one another in the present.  Her philosophy is to help couples identify underlying core issues that activate anger or insecurity, and show them ways to interrupt and break that cycle.   She educates clients on ways criticism or blame unproductively attempts to assert independence or re-establish bonds, interfering with expression of needs and wishes that maximize emotional closeness and intimacy.  To read more about what constitutes a good marriage counseling experience, refer to www.psychologytoday.com/em/90743

For an interview between Alaina Brown from AllTreatment.com (a web resource dedicated to providing information and aid on mental health, substance abuse and addiction related issues), and Ms. Levy, refer to http://www.alltreatment.com/ca#514.

Education:  Master of Arts, Counseling Psychology
                    Holy Names University, Oakland, CA 2004

 

                   
Bachelor of Science, Chemistry, Minor/Secondary Education
                   
Cabrini College, Radnor, PA 1974

                     
                     
License, Certifications, Memberships & Awards

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist  MFC44975
  • Certificate in Pastoral Counseling, Holy Names University 2004

Professional Activities and Memberships: 
  • Member Psi Chi National Psychology Honor Society
  • Member of CA Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Member of San Diego North County CAMFT

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