Lara Mekhitarian is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Trauma Specialist who has dedicated her career to working with people affected by trauma, especially those who have suffered abuse. She is certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), the Trauma Resiliency Model, and she is trained in the Havening Technique. She has worked with people with an array of mental health difficulties including suicidality, traumatic grief and loss, women’s issues, couples, and teens. She has served as a trilingual therapist to a multitude of populations and cultures. Lara earned her Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pacific Oaks College and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from California State University, Los Angeles. As a former professor at Pepperdine University, Lara has a strong background in education and has done an array of trainings for staff and faculty at various companies including JPL, City of Burbank, City of Oxnard, Calty Design Research, LA Philharmonic, and Cedars Sinai Hospital. She has also done many trainings for California State Universities in Southern California, to help staff and faculty build a strong and effective working environment. Currently she has a private group practice in La Crescenta, CA called Heal the Hurt Counseling (www.HealTheHurt.com), a business and life coaching practice (www.ThriveByLara.com), and an onsite EAP provider for Cedars Sinai Hospital through Empathia LifeMatters.
Updated: Oct 2020
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