Therapist in Brea, California Alexis Garza-Kjorvestad, Therapist

License: LMFT

Provider Gender: Female

Ages Served: 11-65+

Appointments: In-office and Telehealth

Manages Medications: No, provides therapy only

Therapist in Brea, California Alexis Garza-Kjorvestad, LMFT

Alexis Garza-Kjorvestad, LMFT

Alexis Garza is a licensed marriage and family therapist with two master’s degrees from Pepperdine University: one in clinical psychology with a dual emphasis in marriage and family therapy and licensed professional clinical counselor, and one in psychology. She went to Vanguard University of Southern California for her undergraduate studies in psychology. She has over 20 years in the human services industry. Her first career was in law enforcement as a 911 operator/police dispatcher. She completed a one-year internship at the Norwalk Sheriff’s Station and was a 911 operator/police dispatcher at a college and university for several years. After, she switched careers and started out as a counselor for blind adults 55 and older at the Dayle McIntosh Center for the Disabled for two years. She worked as a special education aide II for the Garden Grove School District and completed a one-year internship at Hospice Care of California and an internship as a therapist trainee at Turning Point Center for Families. At Affinity Recovery in Orange County, as an associate marriage and family therapist, she treated individuals with co-occurring severe mental health and substance abuse disorders for two years. She was a clinical supervisor and clinical therapist for three years, at the Los Angeles Centers for Alcohol and Drug Abuse (LA CADA) in Santa Fe Springs, California. At LA CADA, she had a passion for working with interns, associates, and trainees from the social worker and marriage and family therapy programs of different universities and colleges. She empowered them to use their strengths and therapeutic skills to aid patients struggling with severe mental health issues who were also in treatment for substance abuse. She worked extensively with the LGBTQ population, minorities, individuals who are homeless, those recently released from federal prison or from incarceration and are court ordered, those charged by the Department of Children and Family Services, those with extreme trauma, and those with severe mental health disorders such as schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, and bipolar I/II, among others. She was an adjunct instructor starting in 2017, for two years at North Orange Continuing Education where she cherished the experience of teaching students with mental health diagnoses and developmental disorders at a college level. She is currently a licensed marriage and family therapist at LifeStance Health and specializes in in working with individuals who struggle with communication, college issues, those with disabilities, chronic pain, anxiety, addictions, life transitions, nearing end of life, ADHD, depression, relationship issues, family issues, needing LGBTQA support, and children’s emotional and mental health issues. Alexis has been teaching at the Pepperdine Graduate School of Education program online since 2020 and she enjoys teaching and engaging with her graduate students in her Couple and Family Therapy I courses. Previously, she taught Multicultural Counseling and Couple and Family Therapy II courses at Pepperdine. She uses an integrative therapy treatment style, integrating these therapeutic approaches: holistic, gestalt, emotion focused, solution focused, family systems, internal family systems, cognitive behavioral therapy, art therapy, strength-based, and person-centered therapy. She individualizes each treatment to connect, guide, and support people to enhance their functionality, increase engagement and communication, create ways to manage the seemingly unmanageable, and provide a safe space to work through life’s issues.

Expertise

Insurances Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Shield of California
  • Elevance Health (Anthem BC)
  • Evernorth (Cigna)
  • Magellan
  • Managed Health Network (HealthNet)
  • MultiPlan (PHCS)
  • Optum (UnitedHealthcare)
  • Partners Direct Health
  • Sana Benefits

Interventions

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Couples/Marital Counseling
  • Family Therapy
  • Parenting Skills

Populations

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Developmental Disabilities
  • First Responders
  • Head Injuries
  • LGBTQ+
  • Men
  • Military/Veterans
  • Women

Languages

  • English

Locations

FAQs

Please use our online form to schedule an appointment with Alexis Garza-Kjorvestad. You can also call 562-431-8822 to have someone assist you.

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