I started my Hermosa Beach, CA, therapy practice with the goal of helping individuals navigate life’s challenges. Ultimately, my hope is that therapy will enable my clients to lead happier and healthier lives. In order to expand my capacity to serve a wider base of clients, I have three additional therapists who work in my practice. Marilyn Ashley, MFTi, Jesyka Lueck MFTi, and Macy Grimm, PCCI, all have had intensive clinical training and their compassionate approach to therapy make them excellent clinicians. Read more about Marilyn, Jesyka, and Macy below!
I’m thankful you are here today! Each of us have faced some sort of trouble, struggle, loss or transition that has felt like our breath has been taken away. Life can present us with many challenges along with all of the beautiful moments. During these times it is helpful to know you are not alone and that there is a safe space for you to come, to simply be and… to thrive. It would be my pleasure and honor to offer you this space and my goal is to become a partner with you in the process of exploring these experiences.
Finding the right therapist is paramount. The match between therapist and client is essential for successful therapy. Together we will determine if I am the right therapist for you. I approach our work together from various perspectives and tailor make our sessions so that you feel confident that your goals are being heard and addressed. I offer a direct and positive style of therapy and will help you find and affirm your strengths and hold the space for you to begin to recognize and use them.
I earned a Bachelor’s in Sociology from UCLA. I went on to earn a Master’s from Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology, with an emphasis in Marriage Family Therapy. In the past I have worked at OPICA Adult Memory Care Center with dementia clients and their families and caregivers. I provided individual and group therapy. I also counseled at Harbor Area Counseling Center in San Pedro working with a wide range of culturally and age diverse populations. I provided individual and couples therapy. In my current practice I work with individuals, adolescents, families, couples and caregivers.
Do you ever feel alone with issues you are going through and there is nobody who will understand? You took a courageous first step in reaching out for support and guidance. Everyone goes through a period of time in their lives that may feel overwhelming or difficult to deal with alone. It is helpful to learn how to face these challenges and painful emotions in a safe and nonjudgmental space. I am here to provide a comfortable environment to guide you through the struggles you are experiencing so that you can develop your own inner strength, gain a better understanding of self, and reach your full potential.
I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from San Diego State University. I then earned a Master’s degree in Marriage & Family Therapy (MMFT) from the University of Southern California (USC). I am a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists—CAMFT. My work experience includes:
Homeless Health Care Los Angeles (HHCLA): I worked with the homeless population suffering from co-occurring disorders, where I utilized a myriad of therapy approaches, such as evidence-based, client-centered approaches to mind and body well-being, and drug and alcohol addiction management.
California Institute of Behavioral Analysis—Leafwing Center: I was an applied behavior analyst working with children on the Autism Spectrum in the Torrance Unified School District. My work included working with children with autism in the public school setting and home-based setting to incorporate the family in task-driven programs to help them understand and cope with effective ways to approach situations and struggles with their child.
College Hospital, Long Beach: I work as a therapist and case manager for adults with severe mental illness and co-occurring disorders. I have experience facilitating Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) group, Seeking Safety group, Addiction group, Grief and Loss group, Women’s Support group, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) group. I also conduct family and couples therapy as part of the treatment and recovery of the clients. In my work experience with addiction and depression, I am deeply aware that not only are the clients impacted by addiction, but their families are affected too. I understand the importance of working with clients’ families, both independently and as a group.
Kristina Cleland, MFTI
Phone: (310) 977-6968
Marilyn, Jesyka, Macy, and I are here to provide you with the counseling services that you need. For more information about my practice and the services we offer, please contact us or schedule your first therapy appointment today. We look forward to hearing from you!