ABOUT ME


I learn from each client that enters my office and shares both their vulnerabilities and their life story. For this reason, the therapy process is a reciprocal relationship of care, trust, and growth. I am passionate about the process of change and healing that happens in a therapeutic relationship. 


As a therapy advocate and consumer, I believe miracles happen once we choose to make them happen. Each of us enter therapy for many different reasons. Whatever your reason/s for entering therapy, your feelings, beliefs and thoughts will be heard and respected. In addition to my work with adults, I have a special affinity for providing counseling to couples, families, groups, children, and adolescents. 


BACKGROUND


I am an advocate for victims of bullying and abuse, multicultural individuals, young adults, teens, couples, and families. Some of my experience includes: Bipolar Depression, eating disorders, Anxiety, Depression, relationships, divorce, sexual/emotional/physical abuse, intercultural issues, LGBTQ+, Narcissistic Personality Disorder, blended families, coparenting, shame & guilt, codependency, disabilities, ADD, and grief/loss. My clients and I collaboratively work together to process traumatic or negative childhood experiences and explore thought patterns, feelings and behaviors that are affecting their emotional, physical and overall health.


EDUCATION


I graduated with honors from California State University, Northridge (CSUN). From CSUN, I received both a BA in Psychology and a MS in Counseling with emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy. 


EXPERIENCE


Currently, I work in private practice out of two offices - in Santa Clarita & Sherman Oaks, CA - as a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I also offer In-Home and telephone therapy. My experience with providing counseling services to adults, couples, adolescents, children, and families began in 2010 with my counseling traineeship at Friends of the Family. I have also accumulated over 15 years of experience working in the mental health field, prior to working as a LMFT. This experience was attained through working with children and adults with special needs at Los Angeles School District, Regional Center of California - Institute for Applied Behavior Analysis, and California State University, Northridge.


I offer therapy to individuals from diverse backgrounds with varied mental health concerns. Currently, I am leading several groups: "TRUMP Related Anxiety Group" - a group for individuals to process anxiety after the election, "Love Doesn't Hurt" - a group for victims of abuse by Narcissistic partners or family, and a group for Young Women. 


My experience in mental health practices includes: assisting in crisis treatment; and incorporating dream work, mindfulness, expressive arts, and spirituality into the treatment process. Previous experience in those educational and mental health communities provided the foundation for my familiarity with various mental health disorders including: learning disabilities, childhood disorders, disorders on the Autism spectrum; and physical disabilities including: aphasia, traumatic brain injury, terminal illness, and chronic pain.





Curriculum Vitae - Updated 2017


Krista H. Renella, MS 

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, #MFC 98716 

(818) 280-7291 | KristaRenella@gmail.com | kristarenella.com

EDUCATION

California State University, Northridge - Northridge, CA 

Master of Science | Counseling / Marriage and Family Therapy – 2011 


California State University, Northridge - Northridge, CA 

Bachelor of Arts | Psychology – 2009 


Los Angeles Mission College - Sylmar, CA 

Associate of Arts | Psychology – 2006


CERTIFICATES

  • Recovery 2.0 - Recovery from Addiction Seminar, 2015
  • Star Behavioral Health Providers - Tier Two - Veterans and Mental Health Care, 2015
  • Star Behavioral Health Providers - Tier One - Veterans and Mental Health Care, 2014
  • Marketing 101 for Therapists, 2012
  • Child Abuse Workshop, 2011
  • Working with Difficult Couples, 2011
  • Attachment and Neurobiology Workshop, 2010
  • Jungian Dream Analysis Workshop, 2010
  • Domestic Violence Workshop, 2010
  • Mindfulness Workshop, 2009
  • Alumni & MFT Student Workshop, 2009
  • Valley Trauma Center, Crisis Intervention & Trauma Certification, 2005

CLINICAL EXPERIENCE

California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Private Practice Psychotherapist, #MFC 98716 - Greater Los Angeles Area & Valencia, CA, March 2017 – current

  • Leader of several support groups including "Friendship & Trust", "Trump Anxiety Election Support Group” and "Love Doesn't Hurt", focusing on various issues: Narcissistic Personality Disorder, boundary setting, assertiveness, domestic violence, behavior modification, management of anxiety/depression through mindfulness, and social support.
  • Experience with providing treatment to children/adolescents, adults and families with trauma, abuse, neglect, grief/loss, anxiety, depression/mood disorders, personality disorders, substance abuse, ADD, special needs, and attachment disorders.
  • Use of psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, expressive arts, humanistic, family systems, and attachment based orientations in counseling.
  • Maintain paperwork, contact DCFS and other services as mandated reporter.
  • Collaborated with social services, referral sources and other professionals.
  • In-Home, in-office and teletherapy therapy options offered.

Eating Disorder Treatment Therapist, The Bella Vita, Valencia, CA, March 2016 – August 2016

  • Provided individual, group, milieu and family therapy to patients-Conducts psycho-educational groups.
  • Successfully developed and implemented a group that integrated DBT and Art Therapy to treat Eating Disorders.
  • Conducted initial and family consultations as assigned.
  • Developed case conference updates, individual treatment plans, and provided clinical information regarding patients at weekly treatment team and staff meetings.
  • Provided meal support by modeling well-balanced eating for patients.
  • Completed necessary documentation to maintain health records.
  • Developed individual treatment goals, objectives, and interventions.
  • Provided crisis intervention as needed.

Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern #70214, Supervised by Elizabeth Beaudry, LMFT #44098 - SCV Therapy Solutions, Valencia, CA, June 2015 – March 2017

  • Offered evidence-based counseling to individuals, groups, families, couples, children, and adolescents in private practice.
  • Conducted assessments to identify the cause of the problem for individuals and families and determine appropriate placement and/or provided resources to assist the family's needs.
  • Participated in weekly group and individual supervision.
  • Provided individual, group, milieu, and family therapy.
  • Maintained paperwork, contact DCFS and other services as mandated reporter.

Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern #70214 - Supervised by T. Cleantis, LMFT #47978 - Pasadena & Valencia, CA, March 2012 – June 2015

  • Conducted assessments to identify the cause of the problem for individuals and families and determine appropriate placement and/or provided resources to assist the family's needs.
  • Participated in weekly group and individual supervision.
  • Offered evidence-based counseling to individuals, groups, families, couples, children, and adolescents in private practice.
  • Maintained paperwork, contacted DCFS and other services as mandated reporter.
  • Provided individual, group, milieu, and family therapy.

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee/Staff Counselor - Friends of the Family - Van Nuys, CA, May 2010 – March 2012

  • Assisted in supporting individual adults, children and adolescents, groups, couples, and families within a clinical setting.
  • Co-lead Teen Mom Group at Cal-Safe.
  • Maintained examination of progress and provided feedback to counseling clients.
  • Set long-term and short-term goals for clients and maintained communication with government agencies. 
  • Primarily used psychodynamic, family systems, attachment, humanistic, and cognitive behavioral orientations to treat clients presenting with issues such as anxiety, mood disorders, interpersonal conflicts, academic struggles, personality disorders, grief, and trauma.

LANGUAGES SPOKEN

Spanish - conversational, read


PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

  • California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists - San Gabriel Valley (SGVCAMFT) / Member, 2012 – current
  • California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists - San Fernando Valley (SFVCAMFT) / Member, 2010 – current
  • California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) / Member, 2009 – current
  • Multicultural Psychology Association Club, California State University, Northridge / President, 2008 – 2009 & Web Master, 2008 – 2009

AWARDS

California State University, Northridge, CA, Graduation - Magna Cum Laude, 2011

California State University, Northridge, CA, Graduation - Cum Laude, 2009

Los Angeles Mission College, Sylmar, CA, Graduation - Magna Cum Laude & Dean’s List, 2006


VOLUNTEER SERVICES

  • Covenant House, Hollywood, CA, 2009 – current 
  • Gentle Barn, Saugus, CA, 2007 – current
  • AidsWalk Team - California State University, Northridge, Leader/Coordinator, 2008
  • Psi Chi Organization Club, California State University, Northridge, 2007 – 2008

OTHER WORK EXPERIENCE

Academic Coach - California State University, Northridge - Center on Disabilities - Northridge, CA, August 2009 – February 2010


Volunteer Programs & Events Assistant - California State University, Northridge - Matador Involvement Center (MIC) - Northridge, CA, February 2008 – March 2009


Special Education Assistant - Los Angeles Unified School District - Los Angeles, CA, July 2001 – February 2008


A.B.A Community Support Provider - Institute for Applied Behavior Analysis (IABA) - Tarzana, CA, February 2002 – September 2004


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Additional information and clarification provided on request