aprilOriginally from a small town in the Midwest, I moved to California for school and fell in love with the warm weather and coastal living. I received my Bachelor’s degree in International Development Studies from UCLA. After graduating I traveled to Kenya and volunteered in an abandoned children’s home. It was during that time that I began to understand the importance of early attachment as the key to a person’s wellbeing. I developed a fascination with how much of a person’s capacity for self-confidence and potential for success depends on the relationship between child and primary caregiver. Upon my return, I completed my Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in child development at Antioch University Los Angeles.

I completed my clinical traineeship at Early Childhood Parenting Center in Santa Monica where I was able to expand my knowledge of human development and continue to explore my passion for work with families. I was also an intern at Step by Step Edu-Play where I worked with families with special needs. I trained for two years at The Maple Counseling Center where I further developed my clinical skills working with individuals as well as families in the Mindful Parenting Program.

aamft_conferenceI am currently a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and have been in private practice since 2011. I am a fellow at the Kahn Institute for Self-Injury where I both practice and teach family therapy. I have received highly specialized training in NSSI (non-suicidal self-injury) as well as Multiple Impact Family Therapy. About half of my practice is families while the other half consists of individuals and couples. I received training from Dr. Sue Johnson in Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy and am a member of The International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy. I have specialized training in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) with Dr. Laurel Parnell of the Parnell Institute and am currently focusing on expanding this specialization in my practice. In addition I am a clinical member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy) and was chosen to present at the national AAMFT conference in Austin, TX in 2015.

I am very passionate about mental health and love working with clients as well as educating parents and other clinicians both domestically and abroad. When I am not working I enjoy spending time with my family, with my two dogs Zion and Olive, and rooting for my beloved Green Bay Packers.

Call me at (310) 770-3136 or email me at aprilmkujawa@gmail.com.