Christal Whitaker, MA, LMFT

Marriage and Family Therapist (MFC 50720, BBS of California)

ALUMNI OF: Pepperdine University
LANGUAGES: English
LOCATION: Redondo Beach Mental Health Clinic, CA
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Expertise

  • Complex Trauma
  • PTSD
  • Chemical dependency and addictions
  • Relationship issues
  • Self-esteem issues
  • First responders
  • Victims of crime
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • ADHD
  • Grief & loss
  • Life transitions
  • Divorce
  • Mental illness
  • Stress

Treatment Orientation

  • Evidence Based Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Psychotherapeutic
  • Psycho-educational
  • Trauma Focused

Work experience

  • Director of Mental Health Services
    2017-Present Wayfinder Family Services (formerly Junior Blind of America), LA,California
  • Clinical Supervisor
    2016-2017 Wayfinder Family Services (formerly Junior Blind of America), LA California
  • Clinical Director
    2015-2016 Fresh Start of California, Santa Ana, California
  • Clinical Supervisor (Full Service Partnership)
    2013-Present Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services Commerce, CA
  • Victims of Crime Community Mental Health Clinician/Consultant
    2006-Present Self-Employed, Southern California Region
  • School-Based Therapist/Counselor (PT Contract)
    2012-2013 Slauson Learning Center, Inglewood, CA
  • Clinical Supervisor (Wraparound)
    2012 South Central Health and Rehabilitation Programs (SCHARP), Lynwood, CA
  • Area Manager
    2009-2012 Institute for Applied Behavior Analysis, Los Angeles, California

Education

  • EdD, Coursework only Counseling Psychology – Argosy University
  • MA, 2004, Clinical Psychology/MFT – Pepperdine University
  • Credential, 2001, Special Education, – National University
  • BA, 1999,Psychology/minor in Applied Developmental Psychology – UCLA

Affiliations and certifications

  • LMFT – California BBS (MFC 50720)
  • Crisis Prevention Institute Certified
  • Registered Alcohol & Other Drug Counselor
  • EBP trained in Motivational Interviewing, Individual Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Focused
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Seeking Safety

In-Network Insurance

Healthnet
Tricare
AETNA
MHN
Anthem Blue Cross of California
Blue Shield of California (We are not in-network with Blue Shield Covered California)
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Alignment Health
Humana
Cigna
Optum Behavorial Health

Christal utilizes a holistic approach to therapy, offering her clients a safe and open space to help them identify various parts in their lives which are lacking integration.

Habitual patterns of thoughts and behaviors may result in chronic anxiety, depression, anger, insomnia, poor self-image, chemical dependency, and a number of unhealthy impulses. These patterns form our experiences, our temperaments, our relationships, our trauma, and are often unobserved. She believes that with awareness and time, we can increase our tolerance level to external stimuli and allow ourselves to be more compassionate. We can actively re-wire our brains. We can tap into the wisdom of our bodies to identify “knots”, and creatively forge new and exciting paths towards liberation and lightness.

Christal is a psychotherapist with 15 years of clinical experience facilitating transformative life changes in clients. Her clients include children, adults, teens, couples, and families. Her goal is to help patients stop maintaining relationships that don’t allow them to realize their actual potential – at work, in their family lives and communities. Christal has a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University and postgraduate training in the impact of early childhood trauma on brain development.

MY BLOG POSTS

Relapse Prevention Planning as Part of Behavioral Health Recovery
Benefiting from psychotherapy involves hard work, both in sessions and in the real world. Being committed to making positive behavioral changes, using strategic behavioral and cognitive interventions, and being vulnerable to in depth exploration of past relationships, traumas, and decisions made from a place of anxiety, sadness, and misunderstanding are components of the hard work that… Read Full Post


Does Your Mental Health Affect Your Parenting?
This particular subject is a bit touchy. While some experts say yes, others beg to differ. To a certain extent, yes, your mental health does affect your parenting.Will my child have a mental health condition as well? Mental health conditions are not contagious, but research shows that some mental health conditions may have a genetic link. Bipolar disorder.… Read Full Post

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