Monica is a native Angeleno and a licensed marriage and family therapist with a master’s degree in psychology from Phillips Graduate Institute (now Phillips Graduate University, and accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges-WASC). She also is a licensed professional clinical counselor.
She has a certification in clinical hypnosis through the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. She is a certified FOCCUS facilitator- a pre-marital program sometimes required by religious organizations.
Monica supervised masters degree students and interns at Phillips Graduate University. That means she helped them to develop their counseling skills as they worked toward becoming licensed marriage and family therapists themselves.
Monica was a Rape Crisis Advocate at Valley Trauma Center in Van Nuys, and has a deep interest in the pain and disorientation of trauma. Because of that interest, she is a volunteer therapist with The Soldiers Project. Monica has counseled children at Lanai Road Elementary School in Encino and Woodlake Ave. Elementary School in Woodland Hills. She has guided groups for parents and senior citizens.
Before pursuing her interest in psychology, Monica was a writer at KNX Newsradio for nearly 30 years, and won awards for news and editorial writing as well as for writing and producing public service announcements. She understands creativity, deadlines and living with corporate structure.
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Monica Jung McGarva, M.A., LMFT LPCC
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