Meet the EPCP Therapists

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Dr. Vanessa Spooner

Dr. Vanessa Spooner

Psychotherapy is a creative space. I believe that therapy is both a science and an art. My training has centered on contemporary psychoanalytic psychotherapy. This approach focuses on the unconscious — that there are things that impact our decisions that we are not aware of. My approach will help you understand your unconscious dynamics in order to bring more balance and choice into your life. I also use my intuition and pull from other approaches, such as mindfulness meditation, dialectical behavioral therapy, and the trauma resiliency model.

Open yourself up to new experiences. Living with anxiety, or being in unhealthy relationships leaves you repeating negative experiences over and over again. Have you felt stuck and powerless in your life? Psychotherapy allows you to tap into your vulnerability and guides you towards truly taking care of yourself. I love working with people and helping them discover all of the possibilities that are out there when they feel strong enough to let go of old ways of being or thinking. Uncovering new facets of ourselves brings about a true shift in character that can help bring you towards a happy and healthy future.

 
Hilary Haldeman

Hilary Haldeman, LCSW

I believe that nurturing a space of curiosity allows us to become aware of our somatic cues, unearth themes that impede progress or peace, identify tools to shift those patterns, and build resilience. This can be true for particularly trying periods of life like career, age, and relationship transitions, for emotional health maintenance or “tune ups,” or for persistent challenges.

I work with clients in a compassionately direct way to address trauma, anxiety, chronic dissatisfaction and unhealthy relationship patterns. My approach is psychodynamic and relational and I also utilize elements of cognitive behavioral therapy, EMDR and mindfulness to address the key memories, beliefs, thoughts and feelings that are at the root cause of relationship distress.

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW 86041).

 
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Danielle Syslo, AMFT

Carrying our burdens alone can leave us feeling isolated, and undeserving of love and connection. Whether you are experiencing difficulty in your relationships, low self esteem, a life transition, feeling stuck, or have a general sense of dissatisfaction; I provide a safe space for us to explore your thoughts and feelings without judgement or censorship. I work with individuals (adults and teens) and couples. My approach to therapy is accepting and gentle, yet direct. I believe a one-size-fits all approach to therapy isn’t effective, and utilize an eclectic mix of modalities to find the best solutions to meet your needs and goals.

I draw on psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral therapies (CBT), mindfulness tools, as well as my own life experiences and perspectives. In our work together, we will explore unconscious emotional challenges and cycles of negative thinking that may be keeping you stuck.

I am a registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (IMF 90632) employed and supervised by Vanessa Spooner, Psy.D. (PSY 24942).

 
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Lillian Heilveil, AMFT

The therapy room can be a haven for overwhelming feelings, traumas and confusion— a space for gentle exploration, where I walk alongside you as you uncover patterns and dynamics that keep you from feeling whole. So many of us feel stuck responding to situations in old, unconscious ways. For many people, therapy can be the catalyst that sparks creative responses to familiar pain.

My work invites curiosity and compassion towards the parts of you that desperately call for change. I am primarily a depth-oriented therapist and incorporate a mix of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and contemporary psychoanalytic theory to honor how your life experiences live in you. I provide a safe space to delve into the deepest parts of your experience while offering tools to make everyday life more manageable.

I am a registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (IMF 99671) employed and supervised by Vanessa Spooner, Psy.D. (PSY 24942).

 
Ian Jensen

Ian Jensen, AMFT

Ian is passionate about helping people on the LGBTQ continuum achieve a wholeness and personhood not mirrored by hetero and cisnormative society. He earned a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology, with an emphasis is LGBT Affirmative Psychology from Antioch University Los Angeles. He is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (97393) in California. Prior to his work in mental health, Ian was a professional actor for 14 years. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre Arts from California State University, Long Beach.

Ian believes therapy is meant to be experimental, experiential, and collaborative. Carl Jung said, "The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed." Insights in therapy have the potential to be challenging, but having a compassionate witness can aid the journey. Ian's style is a spirit of non-judgment, empathy, directness, and a sense of humor. His intention is to assist clients in connecting to their authentic Selves, for the purpose of overcoming negative thinking, self-destructive patterns, and unfulfilling relationships.

I am a registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (IMF 97393) employed and supervised by Vanessa Spooner, Psy.D. (PSY 24942).

 

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