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Compassionate trauma and grief therapist with 20+ years of experience helping people heal

Dr. Larsen working with a young client.
Ages Served
  • Individual adults

  • Youths aged 12-17 years old

  • Families or caregivers of youths

  • Adult Couples and Nontraditional Relationships.


Special Skills and Training: EMDR Therapy and Ericksonian hypnosis

I am an EMDRIA-certified EMDR therapist since 2008. EMDR Therapy can be very helpful in helping you let go of traumatic incidents from your past.

My experience with Ericksonian hypnosis can help you cope better with trauma, grief, anxiety, depression, sleep problems, and unwanted habits like over-eating and smoking. I have received training from the Milton Erickson Foundation in Phoenix, Arizona, as well as Dr. Michael Yapko's 100 hour hypnosis course. I am a member of ASCH (American Society for Clinical Hypnosis) and the Clinical Hypnosis Association, a component of ASCH.

Past clinical positions

In past positions, I have also done group therapy, collateral work with significant others, health care providers, and other people involved in my clients' lives. I have also done case management, referrals, and advocacy in past agency jobs.

Some of the places I have gained clinical experience include

  • OMI Family Center,

  • Kaiser Chemical Dependency Recovery Program,

  • Los Guilucos Juvenile Facility in Santa Rosa and the

  • John F. Kennedy Community Counseling Center.


After receiving my license I worked at Episcopal Sanctuary and Walden House until I started my private practice in 2004. I moved to the Antelope Valley from the San Francisco Bay Area in 2009 and have a private practice in Southern California as well.


My clients have been from a wide variety of various ethnic groups and socioeconomic backgrounds. I create a warm, supportive and affirming environment for LGBTQQIA+ youth and adults.  I have worked with clients who are severely mentally ill, dually diagnosed with mental illness and substance abuse, as well as grief, anxiety, depression and low self-esteem. Trauma and grief can happen to anyone at some point in life. What makes the difference is how you use the experiences to grow and learn.


I have both personal and professional experience with physical disability and chronic illness. I understand that we all have strengths and things we wish were different about our lives. The specific challenges vary from person to person. I strive to find the common element of your suffering, understand it, and help you heal it. 


Please call me to set up an appointment at 661-233-6771.

More info about me

Areas of Expertise:
  • Resolving traumatic incidents from the past

  • Easing the pain of acute and prolonged grief

  • Working with LGBTQ+ communities

  • Improving self-esteem, interpersonal boundaries, and confidence

  • Reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression.


Professional Organizations/Associations:
  • California Psychological Association, Los Angeles County Chapter

  • EMDR International Association

  • American Society for Clinical Hypnosis

  • ​​California Association for Marriage and Family Therapists (Associate Member)

Online Publications:

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Interviewed in the following magazines:

  • Authority Magazine

  • Thrive Global


Quoted in the following online journals:
  • Bustle Magazine

  • Thriveworks

  • Blunt Therapy

  • Up Journey

  • Reader’s Digest


  • Her Campus

  • Thera Nest

  • A Place for Mom


Courses and Presentations I’ve Authored / Contributed To:
  • 3-hour on-demand course for the Zur Institute: Identifying and Treating Traumatic Grief in Adults.


  • What Makes a Death Traumatic and What to Do about It Clinically. Presented to the Iranian Psychological Association of America, 8/22/21. Two hours live online presentation for continuing education.


  • Identifying And Treating Traumatic Grief in Adults. Presented to the Los Angeles County Psychological Association, 3/14/2022. Two hours live online presentation for continuing education.


  • Book Review of Treating Co-Occurring Disorders: A Handbook for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Professionals, in The Therapist, September/October 2004, Vol. 16, Issue 5, pp. 68-69.

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