Paula Lin is a Registered Marriage and Family Therapy Intern (#76181) specializing in individual, couples, and family therapy and is currently employed and supervised by Dr. Laurel Wiig (#42813) in Porter Ranch, CA. With over 4 years experience as a marriage and family therapist specializing in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, she is currently serving as a private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients.
Paula is an interactive cognitive-behavioral therapist. Her therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. She integrates complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion and understanding, she works with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they seek.
Years In Practice8
Marriage & Family Therapist
EducationIn May of 2013, Paula earned her Master's of Science Degree from the California State University, Northridge in Marriage and Family Therapy. During that time, she gained two years of experience working at Valley Trauma Center and was trained to work with survivors of sexual assault. It was with these clients that she gained experience helping others manage issues of anxiety, relationship and communication difficulties, sexual issues, self-esteem, depression, grief and many other symptoms. She also earned her Bacherlor's Degree in Child an Adolescent Development in 2005 at the California State University, Northridge. On her journey she was fortunate enough to gain experience with teaching children as a lead preschool teacher and graduate assistant of an inclusive classroom at the CSUN Child and Family Studies Center. At the Child and Family Guidance Center's Family Stress Center in 2009 is where she gained her first experience working in the therapeutic field as a co-facilitator of a preschool aged domestic violence support group.
ServicesTreatment specialization for individuals, couples, and families include:
Depression Anxiety Sexual Assault Domestic Violence Couples Counseling Family Counseling Parenting Support Grief Counseling Work and Career issues Conflict Resolution Stress Management Group CounselingAdditional ServicesTrauma, Sexual Assault, Grief and Loss
“I must say that I have always thought that any sort of family therapy was just a good opportunity (for some people) to earn money. Nothing more. At all. But things have changed because I met Dr Paula Lin. I have been working with many different therapists for a couple of years and all of them were not good enough. Working with Dr Paula Lin – for marriage counseling – has been a supreme experience in my life! The lady strikes a perfect balance between letting us (me and my wife) share our piece and letting our experienced shape the very sessions, and getting involved at just right times and in the most suitable manners so that the therapy session could be gentle and useful. I have found that Dr Paula Lin provides the most suitable mix of understanding, compassion and empathy in case the client is willing to get over a little discomfort. The therapists that I have worked with before used to share information about their own lives and sometimes about the personal affairs of their clients (can you imagine that?!). Thank God, Dr Paula Lin never did that! In the process of communication with Dr Paula Lin I could feel both – confident and safe, and, what is more, highly motivated to carry on with my relationship!”
“An actual reason why I gave preference Dr Paula in was that she had professional connections with Porter Ranch Counseling. As you know, good professional background makes you think that the person you are dealing with is reliable, experienced and competent enough to handle your problems. My situation was worse than hell. First I had everything a man can dream about – a beautiful and caring wife and two amazing kids. We were happy. I guess our family was like the one that you see in Hollywood movies…And I destroyed it all. I got fired. I began to drink. First I spent hours at the local pubs with my pals. Then I didn’t want to go out. I drank alone. I realized that I was in hell, when my wife took the kids and moved to the other apartment. Dr Paula Lin saved my life. She pointed out that my problem was psychological. I realized that the fact that I had lost my job wasn’t that bad. Now I’m clean. I don’t drink at all and I believe that one day I will have my family back!”
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