A Marriage and Family Therapy Professional Corporation

My individual clients want help getting unstuck from painful thought patterns. Thoughts that - like a needle stuck in the deep groove of a record - make it impossible to listen to anything else. They describe their life as a series of repetitive patterns. They keep doing the same thing over and over, or dating the same type of person over and over. Many of them are talented and high achieving, yet relentlessly critical of themselves. I help my clients become “unstuck” creatively. I help to reduce anxiety and depression symptoms. And I help many of them strengthen and enrich their relationships, starting with the relationship they have with themselves.

“I am not what happened to me. I am what I choose to become.” – Carl Jung

“Don’t turn away. Keep your gaze on the bandaged place. That’s where the light enters you.”

– Jalaluddin Rumi

My job is to ask the right questions to help you know yourself better and become the authority of your life and mind.

I work collaboratively, discussing treatment goals and assessing progress. I’m interested in your past, insofar as it helps to illuminate how you can improve your life in the present. Our work will uncover unconscious material that provides a deeper understanding of who you are and why you make the choices you make. By uncovering unconscious material, we are able to change old patterns, discover our authentic self, and find wholeness and integration. My goal is for you to no longer need to come to therapy sessions.

I have a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University and a specialization in Spiritual and Depth Psychology. I studied Infant, Early Childhood, and Parent Psychotherapy at the Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies, which helps inform my work with parents, teens, and anyone whose struggles stem from unmet needs in early childhood.

In addition to my professional training, my life experiences give me a deep understanding of the complex issues surrounding adoption, including infertility, loss, trauma, and hope. I work with birth parents and adult adoptees to help process trauma and loss. And I work with adoptive parents to help manage anxiety during the wait to be matched with a baby. 

I have written for television and my personal essays can be found at Salon.com, The Boston Globe, and many other publications.

My fee for individual clients is $100. The fee for couples is $120. Initial intake sessions for all clients is $60. I have a limited number of sliding scale spaces available based on financial need. I do not take insurance, but I am happy to provide a monthly receipt (superbill) for you to submit. Please check with your insurance to see how much they reimburse for an out of network provider. 

Joanna Lovinger 

Marriage and Family Therapist LMFT 111206
Contact me at 323.374.3875 ​or


The couples who come for therapy together want help getting unstuck, too. They keep having the same fight every time. Or the physical intimacy is all but gone from their relationship and each of them feel too stuck to initiate sex. I offer couples counseling for couples transitioning to becoming parents. I work with couples who are struggling to stay together as they navigate the grief and loss of infertility.

Sessions Counseling Group

I provide an integrative blend of psychodynamic, depth psychology, attachment theory, and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy in my work with individuals and couples.

Joanna Lovinger