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About Kathleen Wenger

Orange County Couples Counselor Kathleen Wenger

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.


  • 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

Counseling 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 our Therapists

Associate: Irene Alvarez de Schwartz, M.A., AMFT, APCC

Call or text Irene (949) 385-3689 or visit her website at www.Ireneadescounseling.com

I am an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist who believes in the human potential to heal from trauma, develop psychological resilience from adversity, and find inner strength to purposely move forward in life.

My focus is to empower individuals, couples, and families experiencing depression, anxiety, communication difficulties, extramarital affairs, addictions and co-dependency or facing vulnerable life transitions. I achieve this by providing a non-judgmental, compassionate stance, and a safe space where you feel comfortable to share your hurt, concerns, and vulnerability, and work towards your personal or marital goals.

Additionally, I have well-rounded life experience collaborating with families with neurodivergent family members and a deep passion for empowering couples challenged by the unique constrains of raising neurodivergent children.

I am a native Spanish speaker, have lived in different countries as well as many regions in the United States, and feel comfortable working with people from different cultures. I will accompany you on every step of your journey.

My goal is to help you deepen your self- and other- awareness, get in touch with your inner strength, develop resilience from your struggles, heal from your pain, and move forward to where you want to be in your life. 

I am available in Laguna Beach, Irvine and via Telehealth.

Supervised by Kathleen Wenger, M.A., LMFT #38183, LPCC #1450. 

Christy Hill, Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

Associate: Christy Hill, M.A. - AMFT, APCC

Call Christy (949) 281-6763

I believe that people are remarkably resilient and have an innate capacity for self-healing. Psychotherapy can be a rewarding experience that generates self-awareness, healing, and personal growth. The therapy I offer helps alleviate painful experiences like depression, anxiety, loneliness and relationship conflict. I value my relationship and bond with my clients and know that our therapeutic alliance is the cornerstone of transformation. While there is no one-size-fits-all approach, I work with people to help them find the inner strength and resources necessary to confront the inevitable challenges life brings. I enjoy meeting my clients in person. I am open to doing our sessions while walking at the beach. I want you to enjoy your experience with me as a therapist. I want you to feel comfortable sharing your story.

Grab a cup of coffee and come see me!  I am available in Laguna Beach, Irvine and via Telehealth. Supervised by Kathleen Wenger, M.A., LMFT #38183, LPCC #1450


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