© 2019 by Audra Potz, LMFT.

About

Audra Potz

I believe the therapeutic relationship is special. I understand it is a big step to enter into to treatment. The work can be powerful. It may be tough at times, but it is definitely worthwhile. We often feel "stuck" in our lives, or face difficult challenges of loss at different stages. I welcome the opportunity to help you explore unhealthy patterns and unresolved issues from childhood, examine how this might be playing out in present life and help you decide how you want to shape your future. I truly believe you have the power within you. I will help you bring out these strengths to develop better understanding of yourself and the skills to take action to lead you to the future you desire.

I am Psychodynamically trained, utilizing traditional theory to reflect on how your childhood attachments may affect who you are today. I also work through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in moments of crisis and heightened anxiety. I believe in the unconditional positive relationship of Humanistic Therapy, and also specialize in creative work in Depth psychology, such as sand tray therapy, dream analysis, meditation/mindfulness and imagery work. Looking at your situation from this unique somatic perspective can offer new insight not experienced through traditional talk therapy. This is a good way to amplify your therapy.

Experience

Educational Background and Training

The listings below highlight my clinical training and background in various areas, including work with medical illness (specifically cancer, infertilty and autoimmune patients), grief/loss, teen crisis, trauma, personality disorders, integrative support such as meditation and sand tray therapy, as well as long-term care for depression and anxiety.

Qualifications

Training

The Maple Counseling Center, Beverly Hills

Counseling West, Sherman Oaks

TeenLine, Cedars Sinai Medical Center & Didi Hirsch, LA

Our House Grief Support Center, LA

Clinical Studies

  • Mindfulness and Test Anxiety

       PI: Lobsang Rapgay, Ph.D.

       UCLA Semel Institute

  • Women's Health Initiative (WHI)

       Morbidity and Mortality in Postmenopausal Women

       Site: University of Florida

       U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Other Program Participation

Mindful Awareness Research Center, UCLA

Carl Jung Institute, LA

Pacifica University, Santa Barbara

Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies

Masters in Clinical Psychology

Antioch University, Los Angeles

Previous Education

University of California, Los Angeles

University of Limerick, Ireland

New York University

University of Florida

Certifications

Depth Psychology Certificate, Antioch University

Emergency Response Certificate, UCLA

Membership

California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)

Continuing Education (CE) Committee Chair, SFV

StepFamily Foundation

Resolve National Infertility Association