Brittany Fella, MA
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT 92791)

 

I find it inspiring to guide children, teens, and parents through the process of exploring what is in their hearts and minds.  Through this exploration, I’ve seen clients create and maintain more fulfilling family interactions, healthier relationships with peers, and greater focus towards their goals.

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the Institute’s Child and Adolescent Specialty Program (CASP). My approach is relational, active and strengths-based. Through individual and family therapy, I help individuals and family members improve self-understanding, self-compassion, effective communication, and connection.  Sometimes, children and teens can benefit from learning more skills for sharing their perspectives, through effective and respectful communication. Learning new ways of dealing with big feelings is an important first step. Often, parents also want to gain skills, such as learning how to support their child’s growth more effectively, or how to influence family communication and the emotional tone in the home. In order to address communication breakdowns and family distress, I will ask questions and provide guidance that will help generate flexibility, curiosity, and open-mindedness between you and your child.

I have a special interest in working with these family dynamics that have led to overall defiance, discord, and distress.  I can facilitate conversations between you and your child, and provide additional perspective, to increase understanding in the family. In turn, I will support your child in taking risks to communicate feelings.  It is my passion to see families in a more connected place, and I’m excited about the work it takes to get there. I will support your child or teen in developing a healthy identity and approach that allows for authenticity, and also integrates those that love them the most.

I also have a special interest in working with children and teens who live in high-achieving environments. Many children and teens today are balancing a variety of obligations and interests.  Sometimes, they benefit from some additional support in navigating the expectations of school and extracurricular activities. In my work with children and teens, we can understand potential obstacles to their goals (things like anxiety, perfectionism, procrastination, etc.), and help them gain the social and emotional skills they need to navigate their lives.

In addition to individual and family work, I enjoy leading groups.  As a facilitator, I have the opportunity to observe girls in a social context and to help guide them toward more effective ways of being together and supporting each other.

Specialties:

  • Family Conflict
  • Anxiety
  • Impulsivity
  • Drug and Alcohol Use
  • Anger Management
  • Self-Esteem
  • Academic Motivation
  • Adolescence
  • Peer Relationships
  • Early Childhood
  • Trauma
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Depression
  • Bullying
  • Self-Harm
  • LGBTQI
  • Anxiety
  • Group Therapy

Education:

  • Phillips Graduate Institute
  • University of Colorado at Boulder
  • UCLA Extension Alcohol and Drug Counseling Program Certificate

 

Additional Information about my Specialties:

Prior to the Institute, I worked at Five Acres in an 80-bed residential setting for foster youth, collaborating with a multi-disciplinary team. While in this setting, I worked with social workers, attorneys, school administration and psychiatrists to coordinate client care services.  I responded to multiple high-risk concerns and worked closely with our crisis response team.

I also served as a Clinical Case Supervisor for Five Acres, within their Therapeutic Behavioral Services Department, where I saw the value of intensive behavioral support in the school and home.

Additionally, I’ve served as a school-based therapist for the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District and the William S. Hart School District.  I am familiar with the IEP process and am willing to collaborate with your child’s school team.

I hold a specialized certificate in Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling through UCLA Extension, and I applied this knowledge by working in an outpatient psychiatric program.  I saw the importance of addressing addiction through a holistic approach that includes addressing mental health, family therapy, exercise, social support, 12-step work and stress management.

Presentations:

  • Behavioral Strategies for Students with Emotional Disturbance: Villa Esperanza School, Pasadena

Mission:

My mission is to empower girls and families to approach challenging topics through focused, flexible conversations that allow ​you to take into consideration each others’ perspectives.  My goal is to see your daughter approach development with confidence, creativity, laughter, and determination.

Email: BFella@instituteforgirlsdevelopment.com

Phone: 626-585-8075 ext. 119

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