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About Kathleen


Kathleen Wenger,

M.A., Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

I have had over 20 years of clinical/counseling experience with couples, individuals and families. A focus and passion of mine has been my work with couples who want to recapture the trust, love, respect and compassion that they once felt. In a world that can divide us, I work with couples to focus on the positive attributes in their relationship and to explore forgiveness for the mistakes that are made along their relational journey. I also enjoy working with mothers and daughters, adoption issues, individuals struggling with depression or anxiety. I welcome you to my practice.

Certifications/Awards/Memberships/Publications

  • President The National Honor Society in Psychology (Psi Chi Pepperdine Chapter)
  • Straus Institute of Family Mediation Certificate
  • Critical Incident Stress Debriefing Certificate
  • Orange County Adoption Clinical Training Certificate
  • Clinical Supervisor Training-AAMFT
  • Clinical Supervisor Training-CAMFT
  • Chair/Co-chair MFT Consortium of Orange County
  • Founding Member AAMFT Educators Steering Committee
  • Founding Member MFT Educators Collaborative

Experience:

  • 20 years at Pepperdine University as Manager M.A. Clinical Training of Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Pepperdine University-Adjunct Faculty
  • Co-founder of marriagefriendlytherapists.com
  • Private Practice - Couples/Marriage Counseling
  • Facilitator of Laguna Beach Senior Support Group

Meet the Team


Associate: Trisha Church, M.A. - APCC # 6817

Call Trisha at (949) 230-3123 or visit her website at TrishaChurch.com

As a mental health therapist, I provide support and guidance to my clients who may be struggling with depression, anxiety, adjustment disorders, and relationship difficulties. I specialize in working with individuals, couples, children and adolescents during times that may be impacting their mental health and overall well being. Therapy is a process of self-discovery, growth, and transformation that requires acceptance and a belief that recovery and healing are possible. I commit to building trust, listening, and providing supportive direction. I have additional training in substance abuse and anger management.

I specialize in the individual's areas of difficulties as it relates to the presenting problems. My focus is to create a safe environment for the client to express their thoughts and concerns in a therapeutic setting.

I understand that no two clients or circumstances are the same. My approach is to work with each client with compassion and understanding to build a new positive outlook.

Associate: Laura Lee Townsend, AMFT, APCC

Call Laura at (949) 885-0470 or visit her website integrativetherapyoc.com

I am an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (#110139), Associate Professional Clinical Counseling (#5784) and Certified Holistic Health Coach. Drawing upon my integrative nutrition and functional medicine background, I use an integrative, holistic approach in working with my clients toward optimal mental wellness.

I specialize in helping individuals, couples, and families heal from trauma so they can live authentic, extraordinary lives with fulfilling relationships. I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy and have found that to bring immense relief to many of my clients wanting to overcome a variety of problems.

As a former journalist, I value the power of stories and am passionate about helping people craft the next chapter of their lives. I live in San Clemente, CA with my husband, daughter, and cat. When I’m not at work, you might find me at yoga, running, meditating, reading, writing, and/or relaxing with friends and family. I love to travel and rarely turn down a live concert.

Associate: Luke Viloria, APCC

As an Associate Professional Clinical Counselor (#10699), I utilize an integrative yet practical approach to counseling. We all live within a narrative that I found thematically revolves around the past, present, or future.

I specialize in trauma while bringing conscious awareness towards patterns one may not be aware of. I provide an atmosphere that welcomes you, your hardships, and the opportunity to begin a new chapter. Oftentimes, we feel like we are walking in the dark during these challenging periods of our lives, but I want to allocate perspective through offering coping skills to support you through the stages of your healing journey.

I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), a highly researched modality that has transformed the way we understand trauma within the field of mental health.

I am an Orange County native who loves to read, listen to music, and enjoy quality time with my family when I am not in the office. 

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