MY STORY

I am a multicultural, first generation American from French, Greek, and Italian decent -- born and raised in Los Angeles, California.  As an existentialist, I find meaning in helping others. I began my academic journey at the University of Southern California, where I received a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy with a minor in Political Science. From there, I chose to work in public relations for environmentally sustainable and socially responsible companies with the intention of supporting an environmentally health-conscious society grounded in equality. After some years working in the field, I chose to focus at the individual level by pursuing a Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy at Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology. I now aim to integrate my clients’ social and environmental existence with their mental health in order to create a well-rounded approach to well-being. Prior to being a psychotherapist, I worked to help others foster well-being from a social-ecological perspective— a multidisciplinary approach that encourages healthy, socially responsible, symbiotic relationships between society and their environment. As a mental health professional, I now incorporate social-ecological methods, the built environment; and complementary and alternative medicine into a holistic standard of care. Grounding my therapeutic approach in psychodynamic, existential, sensorimotor, and relational modalities may allow my clients to:

  • Gain insight into their conscious and unconscious mind

  • Develop meaning in their lives by living authentically

  • Gain awareness of how their mind relates to their body

  • Develop secure attachments and interpersonal skills.

By utilizing an integrative approach that includes mental, physical, spiritual, social and environmental health, clients may learn to live a more authentic, meaningful and peaceful life.

 

 

ADDITIONAL COURSES, TRAININGS & WORKSHOPS

University of Southern California (USC):

  • CHEM 105aLg: General Chemistry

  • CHEM 105bL: General Chemistry

  • BISC-120Lg/121Lg General Biology: Organismal Biology and Evolution

  • CHEM 103Lx: General Chemistry for the Environment, Energy and Society

  • FSEM 100: Technology and the Environment

  • LAW 200x: Law and Society

  • POSC 436: Environmental Politics

  • EDPT 110: Motivation and Learning Strategies

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Lifespan Learning Institute:

  • Mind, Consciousness & the Cultivation of Well-Being

 

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute (SPI):

Group Psychotherapy Association of Los Angeles (GPALA):

  • GPALA 2018 Annual 2-Day Conference Callin' In Race: Finding Words, Finding Courage in Group

  • Principles of Group Psychotherapy

  • Preparing and Screening Prospective Group Members

  • Treating Co-Occurring PTSD and Addictions in Group

 

American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA):

  • AGPA Connect 2019: Two Day Institute - Process Group Experience (PGE)

 

Center for Healthy Sex (CHS):

  • Therapeutic Benefits of Coaches and Companions In Early Treatment of Sex and Love Addiction

  • Sex Education for Therapists and Helping Professionals

     

 

 

 

West Hollywood, California |  celinepaganinipsychotherapy@gmail.com  |  Tel: (323) 380 - 0017