MY STORY

I am a multicultural, first generation American from French descent on my paternal side with Greek-Italian lineage on my maternal side. I was born and raised in Santa Monica, California up until college. 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 worked 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 completed my practicum at The Maple Counseling Center where I provided low-fee psychotherapy to adult individuals and groups. I furthered my education by completing trauma-informed, somatic therapy training at Pat Ogden’s Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute.  I have since become a Certified SP Level 2 graduate, and I am now continuing in Advanced Trauma Training in Complex Trauma and Dissociation.  

 

As an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, I worked at Resilience Treatment Center (RTC), Early Childhood Development Associates (ECDA), and Casa de la Familia (CDLF). My time working for RTC consisted of running weekly process groups, along with groups on mindfulness meditation, anger management, DBT, managing anxiety, relapse prevention, and gratitude. At ECDA, I conducted Parent & Me groups and play therapy with one- to three-year-old children. Most memorably, while at Casa de la Familia, I provided in-home, trauma-informed psychotherapy to individual and family victims of violent crimes through California Victims Compensation Board (CalVCB). 

 

As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I blend my various education, training, and experiences into my private practice. I assist clients with integrating their social and environmental existence into their mental, physical, and spiritual health regimen to create a well-rounded approach to well-being.

 

Grounding my therapeutic approach in psychodynamic, existential, sensorimotor, and relational modalities allow my clients to:

  • Gain insight into their conscious and unconscious mind

  • Understand how their past relationships and experiences influence their current ones

  • Develop new meaning in their lives by living authentically

  • Gain awareness of how their mind relates to their body

  • Develop secure attachments and interpersonal skills

 

 

EDUCATION

 

Pepperdine University 2017

Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology with emphasis in Marriage & Family Therapy

University of Southern California 2010

Bachelors of Arts in Philosophy with Minor in Political Science

 

TRAINING & CERTIFICATION

 

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute (SPI):

  • Advanced Training in Complex Trauma and Dissociation with Janina Fisher (Expected 2021)

  • The Relational Nature of Shame: A Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Perspective

  • Keeping Couples Regulated and Connected In Difficult Times with Kekuni Minton and Jenn Gardner

  • Level II -- Emotional Processing, Meaning Making, and Attachment Repair 

  • Level I -- Affect Dysregulation, Survival Defenses, and Traumatic Memory

  • Working with Younger Clients & Their Families: A Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Approach to Child, Adolescent, Family and Group Treatment

 

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

 

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

  • Mind, Consciousness & the Cultivation of Well-Being

 

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

 

 

 

Los Angeles, California | celinepaganinimft@gmail.com  |  Tel: (323) 380 - 0017