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Veroniki Padavos

LCSW

Life’s journey includes many difficulties, including challenges for you and/or your child. Therapy provides a confidential and safe space where feelings can be explored, new skills can be acquired, and healing can begin. Seeking guidance is an amazing first step, whether that be for you as the adult in the relationship or for your child.

I have found a calling and have experience working with both adult and child survivors of domestic violence, sexual abuse, and other trauma. Trauma often surfaces in ways we may not realize as we do not always know how to articulate and process our emotions, whether that be a five year old tantrum in a grocery store, a teenager cutting, or an adult binge drinking. I take a collaborative approach, working with both children and parents to identify problem areas, goals, and learn to identify and express their feelings, the first step in processing emotions. Using this process, the relationship between children and parents can be improved while overcoming obstacles and working towards agreed upon treatment goals.

I have extensive experience working with children from the ages of 5+, from various cultures, backgrounds, religions, and ethnicities. I have worked with the LGBTQ community, military community, Jewish community, and at-risk youth. Although born and primarily raised in Southern California, I spent time in Greece as a child and I grew up in a multiethnic and multilingual household: English, Greek, and Yiddish. I pride myself on having an open mind, acknowledging that I am here to listen to you and your child, empowering each of you to heal, grow, bond and reunify as a healthy and happy family.

With the use of interventions such as Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Strengths Based and Solution Focused Therapy, amongst others, I enjoy helping family members improve and enhance their communication skills and life-long connections. It is a privilege and an honor to be part of your journey.