Therapy with Kaeti
What is your training and licensure?
I received my M.A. in Counseling Psychology with Emphasis in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in 2012. I am a license-eligible MFT Registered Intern, which means I have accrued the required 3,000 hours and am awaiting my test date. I have been working clinically continuously since July of 2010.
I completed my clinical traineeship/internship at the LGBTQ Services Center of Orange County in Santa Ana, CA. In addition to my work as a therapist, I also worked as Coordinator of Program Development and an administrative assistant. Working in the realms of education, advocacy and empowerment for Orange County's LGBTQ community, I co-created mental health programming, helped with community organizing, co-developped training curriculum, and taught trainings throughout OC at colleges and social service agencies on LGBTQ Affirming Care best practices and issues around equality, safety, power, and privilege. Currently, these trainings are evolving through my colleagues at Compassionate Revolt. Contact us there for more information.
I also currently teach as Adjunct Professor, and also TA, in Pacifica Graduate Institute's Counseling Psychology with Emphasis in Depth Psychology MA program.
Per CA BBS Regulations, I am registered under my full legal name, Katherine Gugiu, LMFT 86399
How long does therapy take?
Depth-oriented therapy tends to be a longer process than the brief therapies more widely available through most insurances. My personal and professional experience is that change does not happen in a straight line, and the deepest and most sustainable transformations take some time. Anywhere from several months to a year or two can be a general time frame for addressing deeper-seated change in personal and/or relationship issues.
There are many factors. A good question to start with is, Why are you seeking out therapy now? Are you looking for a place to weigh your options, help clear your head, and get back in touch with your own voice? If so, we may take only a few sessions.
Perhaps your answer leads you deeper into territories of darker emotions -- perhaps your relationship(s) feel stuck, broken, or hurtful -- perhaps there are major life circumstances through which you are seeking support -- or perhaps you recognize a need for profound change or transformation in your life. If so, the stronger and more consistent vessel of therapy can be a tremendous support for you.
Perhaps you are in crisis, struggling with overwhelming and scary situations, thoughts, feelings, or behaviors? Therapy offers a lot of support through crisis times, and I encourage you to get the help that feels safe and appropriate. When going through crisis times, we will work together to establish as much safety and grounding as possible before (and while) engaging in deeper work. This creates a longer overall process, but it will be one that supports you as much as possible, helps break cycles of "one step forward two steps back," and supports sustained healing and safety.
What can I expect from this process?
Everyone's journey unfolds at their own pace. Sometimes there is an initial "rush" that makes the therapy process move very quickly. Sometimes the beginning of therapy is like a slow spiraling. Both paces offer their own benefits and drawbacks.
Therapy is can be a playful, heartening, and empowering process. You can expect to discover new (or rediscover old!) sources of strength, joy, and connection. You can expect to renew your relationship with yourself, your needs, your rhythms and your world, and to learn to dwell in that sense of alignment. You can expect support in finding and exercising your voice and creativity through any medium that calls you: the act of acknowledging one's process through art, craft, and/or writing assists healing, strengthens resilience, uncovers powerful personal symbols, clarifies vision, and anchors faith in oneself. You can expect to learn (or deepen your practice of) listening to your day and night dreams, fantasies, imagination, and spontaneous body messages for the wisdom of their connection to your body and psyche.
Sometimes the caveat of "it gets worse before it gets better" applies. As we bring compassionate attention to symptoms or wounds, underlying feelings and connections often arise which have perhaps never had your conscious attention. Our culture - as well as experiences of trauma - encourage us to live in a state of disconnection from our bodies and hearts, and coming back into touch with our wholeness is at times a painful process requiring safety and courage. The personal revelations that come out of this process often require one to review and change one's relationship patterns, which can sometimes put great strain on old relationships with family, friends, and partners. Over time, we will give consistent attention to creating and maintaining sources of support, activity, courage, nourishment, and creativity for you to lean on during more difficult times.
What kinds of issues do you work with?
We are people, not diagnoses. While diagnostic language is at times helpful, I orient primarily to the person I am sitting with's experience, using diagnostic language where it feels helpful, offers tools and resources, or clarifies confusing and messy feelings. It may also be important to seek adjunctive support, where appropriate (medical, bodywork, exercise, etc.). That said, I have experience working successfully with people wrestling with the following experiences (in no particular order, and not exhaustive):
- Grief & loss
- Suicidal thoughts
- Intrusive thoughts
- PTSD / traumatic experiences
- Survivors of abuse
- Chronic illness
- Disability and injury
- Relationship problems (couples & families)
- Changes in family life
- Disordered eating
- Obsessive & compulsive behaviors
- Body image
- Sex and sexuality
- Gender exploration and transition
- Internalized oppression (homophobia, misogyny, transphobia, etc.)
- Coming Out / Finding Out
- Family relationships
- Exploring identity
- Finding community & family of choice
- Questioning and exploring one's gender or sexual identity
- Addiction or substance abuse recovery
- DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder) / Multiple Personality
- Career transition
- Exploring connections to family of origin issues
- Communication problems
- Intimate partnership and couples work
- General stress
- Dreams and nightmares
- Major life decisions & changes
What is your fee?
I see clients on a sliding-scale basis. Currently, my scale runs from 60-120 per hour, with a few slots reserved for working with folks who need to slide lower.
Where are you located?
5199 E Pacific Coast Highway (PCH), #308
Long Beach, CA 90804