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About Paula

My personal and career focus is to help others by providing tools to create the life they desire, empowering and inspiring people to reach their dreams and to develop the confidence to achieve their goals. I have done this in the role of therapist, special needs teacher and international humanitarian. I see the strengths in everyone I encounter, and will help you develop your own inner strength to cope more effectively with your challenges, whether they are due to mental health or substance abuse, relationship and career choices, or finding meaning and purpose in life.

Through a therapeutic relationship, old wounds can be healed, healthier coping skills can be learned, and inner peace and self- acceptance can be reached. I believe in the transformative power of therapy, and will collaborate with you to accomplish your desired growth and change. “Talk therapy” is oriented toward insight, self-understanding, growth and change.

How I Work

My style includes use of psycho-educational materials and I take an active approach to problem solving, learning coping skills, and understanding your symptoms. I often assign follow up tasks or “homework” between sessions. I encourage my client’s to take an active role in their own learning and growth, and often this shortens the time needed in therapy. Although supportive listening is one part of the therapeutic process, I am engaged by giving feedback and recommendations. I also use cognitive behavior therapy techniques to help the client perceive and interpret themselves and their situation in a different way, by changing the thoughts, the feelings and resulting behaviors often change.

In my spare time, I enjoy all that LA has to offer: the beach, biking, and being active. I have an adult daughter, who has blessed me with an adorable 2 year old grandson. I enjoy doing international volunteer work, such as Habitat for Humanity, and have begun working with Refugee Alliance for Health, going to the border to work with traumatized children waiting for asylum. After teaching in four different countries, including Kenya, I chose to settle back in Los Angeles.

Specializations

Child & Teen Therapy • Divorce & Custody and Dispute Issues • Substance Abuse & Addiction and Recovery
Family Therapy & Parenting • ADHD & ODD • Anger Management
Couples Therapy & Codependency & Premarital • Autism •  Life Transitions
Depression Self-Esteem Issues Self-Harm and Self-Injury
Anxiety & Social Anxiety • PTSD & Military and Veterans • Educational Consulting & Learning Disabilities

Testimonials

Paula was regarded as one of the best therapists in Indianapolis for children and families and was highly sought after for her professional guidance. Having the pleasure of getting to know her personally as well as her dedication to her work, I can honestly say it was Indiana’s loss when she moved to California.

Mitchell Daniels, former Indiana Governor, President Purdue University

I have referred clients to Paula relating to divorce matters. She has always been extremely helpful in moving clients forward positively. She has great insights and can communicate well with people in crisis.

James Reed, Family Law Attorney, Bingham, Greenebaum Doll

I have been nothing but impressed by your responsiveness, your dedication to always doing what is in the best interest of our Veterans, your strong work-ethic, integrity and desire for constant improvement. Thanks for all you do on behalf of those who have put their lives on the line for our nation.

Chief of Emergency Medicine at VA, Neil Patel, MD

My brother is a Vet, 38 yr old, who has been struggling with addiction to opiates and meth as well as having a psychiatric disorder. In the past 2 years he has been in and out of detox, rehab, the Psychiatric unit and mostly on the streets. Her guidance on the phone has helped me to know when to reach out and when to let go. She has had my brother's back through a very difficult time for both his addiction and bipolar disorder. She is an asset to the VA and would be to any organization providing treatment for addiction and mental health.

Anonymous Client's Sister

Ms. Jones has expertise in providing effective treatment to those with acute and serious mental illness, who come from diverse cultural backgrounds, and fall within a wide range of socioeconomic strata. Despite the many challenges this patient population typically presents, Ms. Jones has always maintained a composed and professional approach to her work with the Veterans and staff alike. She is a dedicated, focused, professional who shows initiative (one of my personal favorite traits--someone who seems to know what to do without being told) and is an incredibly hard worker. Yet, despite her accomplishments and ability, she is a humble, warm, friendly and down-to-earth individual.

Co-leader of Suicide Safety Group, Barbara Chase, PhD
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