Discover what it means to have a

Healthy Emotional Life.

Therapy Services for Irvine & Orange County California

My passion as a therapist is to guide you in understanding your emotions, discovering a sense of peace within yourself, and improving connection in your relationships. I also believe it is valuable to find freedom from excessive stress, worry, and busyness, so you can focus on what really matters in your life.

Though I work with many people in all situations, I specialize in therapy with women, relationship and premarital counseling, and pregnancy loss. If you are struggling right now and feeling that you are stuck or missing something in your life, please don’t continue to drift along without direction or hope. I invite you to take a step towards change, wholeness, and the freedom to truly live again.

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“If we can become comfortable with the power of emotion,

it becomes [our] greatest ally,

rather than a disruptive force to be contained.”

- Dr. Sue Johnson, Clinical Psychologist

What is a Healthy Emotional Life?

Emotions can seem scary, undesirable, and elusive. Difficulty in understanding them makes it feel like our only options are to experience a stormy life conflict or a dull absent existence. Yet a positive association with emotions is possible, resulting in a life that is both vibrant and peaceful.

In searching for this ideal life, many of us find ourselves on opposite sides of the emotional spectrum. We either are convinced we are too emotional or feel void of any emotions at all. Our anger is either something to be avoided at all costs or we find it overtaking us. In an attempt to develop healthy boundaries, we end up closing ourselves off from others or are too afraid of hurting others’ feelings by saying no.

Learning how to properly interact with your emotions can positively impact every area of your life, including your closest relationships, career, and interior world.

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What to Expect in Therapy

Therapy is for anyone wanting to grow, get through a particular life or mental health challenge, or to gain a different perspective on something they are struggling with. Often there is a stigma that people who come to therapy are crazy, incapable, or must have substantial problems, but this is simply not the case. In my experience, I have found it to be quite the opposite. It takes a brave and a very capable individual, family, or couple to reach out and admit they need assistance, especially before the problem becomes too devastating. For them, the desire for positive change becomes bigger than their fear of trying something new.

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Appointments & Fees

I usually recommend beginning therapy with a plan to commit to one, 1 hour session each week, so we can get off to a good start. However, I may suggest a different length or frequency of therapy depending on the nature and severity of your concerns and I am open to what works best for your time and budget.

My hourly rate is $100. I am a fee for service provider, so I take payment at each session. I am happy to give you a medical invoice, which you can submit to your insurance company. If this is important to you, please contact your insurance company ahead of time to find out if you are eligible for out-of-network benefits. In addition, therapy is a qualifying expense for most HSA or FSA accounts.

What is an "Associate"?

Marriage and Family Therapists go through a process to ensure adequate experience before licensure. In California, this means obtaining a master's degree, completing 3,000 supervised hours, and passing board exams before becoming a licensed therapist. The title "Associate" indicates I am in the process of accumulating the 3,000 hours.

I am supervised by Cynthia Peikoff, LCSW, BCD who works from a Reality Therapy and Positive Psychology perspective, has been trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy, and has over 20 years of experience. Benefits of choosing to work with an associate are indirectly receiving two people working together to help you reach your goals and a less expensive fee.

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Heidi N. Somphithack

Registered Associate MFT #78089
Supervised by Cynthia Peikoff, LCSW #20875
4000 Barranca Pkwy, Suite 250
Irvine, CA 92604