Meet Gina Cole, MFT
My professional orientation is rooted in developmental psychology, as well as somatic and mindfulness practices. My approach combines traditional and alternative techniques such as somatic focused EMDR, that are focused in the “here and now” and at times are experiential, taking into account the various ways people express themselves.
I have taught courses on Child Therapy, Couples Counseling and Domestic Violence and Abuse at California Lutheran University, and have served as a Clinical Supervisor at CLU in the Graduate Psychology Program Marriage and Family Therapy programs and the Counseling Center. This has allowed me to stay up to date on the latest research findings regarding the effectiveness of mental health treatments and strategies.
As a therapist, I am a perceptive, active listener who provides a warm, safe atmosphere where clients can express their inner life at their own pace. With compassion and understanding, I work with each individual to help them build upon their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing. Additionally I am trained in Internal Family Systems therapy. IFS is a transformative, evidence-based psychotherapy that helps people heal by accessing and loving their protective and wounded inner parts. Using this modality, you will begin to understand your internal system and begin to heal the parts of you that may have taken on extreme roles or have been burdened by your past.
I hold a M.S. degree in Counseling Psychology from California University, Northridge. I earned my B.A in Sociology from University of California, Santa Barbara.
I am currently Adjunct facility with California Lutheran University, Graduate Psychology department, lecturing on Child Therapy Principles and Techniques and Couple Therapy.
License, Certifications & Awards
Certified in EMDR, Life Crisis, Grief Counseling, Sexual Abuse and Domestic Violence, Master Teacher in Early Childhood Education
I attend ongoing EMDR supervisor on a monthly basis with various EMDRIA approved Consultants/Supervisors.
Professional Activities and Memberships
I am an active member with CAMFT (California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists), The Ventura County chapter of CAMFT and EMDRIA.