My name is Judi Anne, Ph.D. (human sexuality). I am a licensed Marriage and Family therapist (132685), and a Registered Nurse (9307004). Because of my broad range of mental and physical health education, I use a holistic approach (mind, body, & soul). I have an expertise in the LGBTQ+ community as a result of an extended education of the American Counseling Association (ACA) transgender clients competencies (surgeries, hormones replacement, ethical and legal regulations).
Mental health therapy requires open and honest communication skills. I use a variety of techniques that are most appropriate and that correlate with the problem at hand. For example, chronic anxiety may require the combination of CBT therapy and relaxation exercises; post-traumatic stress and childhood trauma may respond to desensitization; couple therapy requires improved communication and negotiation skills; and LGBTQ+ clients, most frequently require affirming and informed therapy to validate the clients experiences.
The patients that I typically work with are clients who have past and current anxiety, trauma, and couples who are struggling. I also specialize in the LGBTQ+ community and clients who are gender non-conforming.
My communication style
In general, my goal is to create a nonjudgmental and safe environment, a place where the client feels they can express their thoughts, feelings and desires openly. Clients usually strive for a comfortable solution for their problems. My objective is to help clients find emotional peace. To negotiate solutions through the client/therapist relationship.
My journey to mental healthcare
In 1975, I began to work as a psychiatric technician in the Mental Health Department at an acute hospital in Laguna Beach. I remained employed in that position for four years. I returned to college to become a registered nurse and later attained employment in the Emergency Department at UCI Medical Center. Ten years later, I enrolled in a masters-level counseling program. After collecting and completing 3000 internship hours at the LGBT Center, I qualify to take and passed the Marriage and Family state exam. In the meantime, I earned a Ph.D in a doctoral program in Human Sexuality.
My goals for you
I listen to the client explain their main purpose for therapy. This becomes goal #1. As therapy progresses, other appropriate goal will be included in the treatment plan.
My first session with you
Begins by building a rapport with the client. Discussing the background of the problem is imperative.