A great deal of my practice has to do with training clinicians, providing consultation, and through clinical supervision helping pre-licensed people move toward their goal of licensure. My work as an EMDRIA Approved Consultant and as a Clinical Director at Refuge Recovery keeps me at the center of the growing world of EMDR therapy and the expanding world of Mindfulness Based therapies. I also enjoy and value the collegial relationships that help myself and other clinicians to maintain best practices and greater levels of self-care. The more practitioners I surround myself with, the better the outcomes for my clients, for me, and for my fellow clinicians.
My private practice generally remains full, and so I have sought to align myself with other practitioners who bring a variety of skills and specialties, as well as a variety of fee structures, including lower fees or sliding scales. In the interest of knowing that one size does not fit all, and in the interest of hopefully helping potential clients have the opportunity of finding good therapy at the rate they are able to pay, I present these staff therapists who work with me throughout the greater Los Angeles area:
Lauren Emmel, MFTI
Lauren Emmel, MFTI is available for therapy at a rate of $150 per therapy hour. She accepts sliding scale.
Lauren Emmel earned her Masters in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University Los Angeles. She is a trained EMDR therapist and a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern. Lauren has dedicated herself to the practice and study of yoga and meditation for the past 12 years and has been a certified yoga teacher for five years. Lauren currently works at Refuge Recovery Centers, a Buddhist addiction treatment center where she facilitates meditation, yoga, process groups, family sessions, and provides individual therapy. Lauren works with couples, young adults, individuals and families. Much of her work includes trauma informed care through EMDR therapy, psychodynamic theory, mindfulness approaches and LGBTQ affirmative therapy. Lauren’s specialties include addressing trauma, anxiety, depression and addiction. Lauren’s compassionate and empathetic approach to therapy provides a safe space for clients to feel seen and heard, release toxic shame, develop adaptive behaviors, and cultivate self-kindness. Her contact number is 818-314-7927
Michael Zittel, MA, MFTI
Michael is a Master’s Degree Graduate from Antioch University’s Clinical Psychology Program, a trained EMDR Therapist, a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern and an empowered Buddhist meditation teacher.
With over three decades of practice in contemplative studies, and fifteen years of experience as a meditation facilitator, Michael has comprehensive experience cultivating individualized strategies that efficiently address the mental, emotional and bodily held discontent we gather through life’s adverse experiences. In an accepting and supportive setting he provides a personalized approach in working through challenges, and reaching desired life goals. Michael currently works at Refuge Recovery Centers, where he provides individual counseling, teaches meditation, and facilitates psychoeducation /skills building groups that focus on cultivating resources in early recovery from addiction. Michael works with individuals, couples, young adults, and families. He treats trauma, depression, anxiety, grief, addiction and relationship problems. Much of his work is informed by trauma integration through EMDR therapy, Attachment theory, neurobiology, and Mindfulness/Buddhist psychology. His contact number is 310-800-8043
Leanne Reece, MFTi
Leanne Reece, MFTi is available for therapy service at a rate of $150 per therapy hour. She accepts sliding scale clients on a limited basis.
Leanne works with children, adolescents, and adults and specializes in treating depression, anxiety, grief & loss, addiction, and marital and relationship problems. Incorporating a holistic approach to therapy, she works to help her clients build positive self-images and develop healthy relationships leading to harmonious and fulfilling lives.
Leanne's office is located in downtown Pasadena. Her contact number is 626.656.3490
Zack Oldenburg, LCSW
Zack Oldenburg, LCSW is available for therapy. He has offices in Brentwood and Silverlake. His rate is $150. He accepts sliding scale.
Zack’s interests include trauma, depression, anxiety, and substance abuse. He incorporates attachment theory, meditation practices, and psychodynamics into his work. His number is 310.422.7996.