Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #82977 Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor #651
Luisa Contreras, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor is the Founder and Director of Clinical Services of La Vida Life Counseling Center. La Vida is a therapeutic center dedicated to help children, adolescents, adults, families and couples heal from the effects of trauma. Luisa is certified in Parent Child Interaction Therapy, proficient in Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy and Gottmann Method Couples Therapy. She has provided training for therapists contracted by LA County Department of Mental Health and First Five LA. Luisa was a speaker at the 14th Annual Parent-Child Interaction Therapy Conference (2014) sponsored by UC Davis Children’s Hospital, First Five LA, LA County DMH, and the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN). She has been a guest lecturer at Pepperdine University training master level students in the treatment of childhood trauma and at Chapman University training master level students on providing culturally sensitive services to Latinos in the United States. In 2016 Luisa received the Bureau of Victim Services Commendation Award for “Helping Victims Become Survivors” from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
Luisa Contreras, started her professional career in mental health by providing therapy services to children who experienced trauma, developmental delays, emotional struggles, and other behavioral problems. As she continued helping children and their parents heal from the effects of trauma and mental health issues, she noticed how traumatic events impact every member of the family. She expanded to providing mental health services to adults and couples with the focus of helping individuals develop closer connections among family member, couples, parents and children to heal from trauma. She established La Vida Life Counseling Center with the vision of providing tailored therapeutic services to children, teens, adults, couples and families and to help them overcome the emotional consequences of trauma and other emotional challenges. The services of La Vida Life Counseling Center have grown to fulfill the needs of the community by providing psycho-educational classes, group therapy, support groups, and immigration evaluations.