Perie J Longo, PhD, LMFT
Areas of Interest Include: Couples work, women in transition, self-esteem and confidence building, depression, family therapy and blended families, families of those with mental illness, end of life issues, bereavement, and writing therapy.
I have been licensed as a Marriage and Family therapist since 1991 in private practice. I also have a M.A. in speech and communication which I taught for many years at UCLA, Santa Barbara City College, and Brooks Institute. I believe the desire to change and make healthy choices, to lead fulfilling lives, to find the extraordinary in the ordinary, and the light under all sorrow lives in everyone. This idea is beautifully expressed in the poem “The Guest House” by the ancient and revered poet, Rumi.
(tr. by Coleman Barks in The Essential Rumi.(1995). Castle Books, p. 109)
My goal is to help you resolve inhibitions and find the courage to move forward in your life as your heart dictates. You set your goals and I support you on your path to empowerment. Together we build on your strengths, develop trust and safety, and find an individual healing plan that is right for you. I embrace an eclectic approach to therapy, integrating family systems, Gestalt, psychodynamic, and narrative approaches. I am also a Registered Poetry Therapist trained to help you write your way to wellness (through poetry, journaling or other writing) if you want to integrate this method into your healing process (see Poetry Therapy). Therapy is one of the greatest investments you will ever make, one that keeps paying off year after year, as you design your life with your own strengths. As the poet May Sarton says in her poem “Stop the Sun”:
And Mary Oliver, in her poem “The Journey,” writes about the day that arrives when you are:
Perie Longo, Ph.D., MFT, PTR
Registered Poetry Therapist
1114 State St, #315