About Me

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Arlette Kassel

I have been involved in the mental health field since 2007 and a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in California since 2012. As an MFT, I am able to provide psychotherapy to individuals, couples, children and families with all mental health diagnoses. Additionally, having lost a father, a young child and recently a best friend to cancer, I am able to sensitively support individuals and families struggling with severe and chronic illnesses as well as grief and loss. As both a clinician and a survivor I help patients grieve,

make sense of their losses, and (in time) create something beautiful and meaningful with their lives.

 

Over the years, I have worked in different settings with many different types of patients and clients including in: addiction treatment settings, the California State Psychiatric Hospital system with patients with severe mental disorders; and Alzheimer care facilities with elders and their families. Most recently, I worked as a Psychiatric Social Worker with Kaiser Permanente as well as independently at my private practice.  

 

Currently, I live in Santa Clarita, California with my husband who is also a longtime Marriage & Family Therapist as well as a Board Certified Biofeedback & Neurofeedback practitioner. We enjoy discussing psychology and learning about how amazing the brain is, as well as making art and music, hiking, reading, gardening and cooking.  I’m real, honest and direct and believe that a little fun, humor and creativity are necessary for a great therapeutic relationship. 

Experience

Your treatment will be more effective when it is provided by a therapist with advanced & specialized training.

Clinical Experience

2019 - present

The Art & Science of Therapy  

Santa Clarita, CA

Licensed MFT & Registered Art Therapist

2019 - 2020

Kaiser Permanente - Santa Clarita, CA

Psychiatric Social Worker

2018 - 2019

Coalinga State Hospital - Coalinga, CA

Rehabilitation Therapist/Art Therapist

2015 - 2018

Metropolitan State Hospital - Norwalk, CA

Rehabilitation Therapist/Art Therapist

2013 - 2015

Coalinga State Hospital - Coalinga, CA

Rehabilitation Therapist/Art Therapist

2012 - 2013

Private Practice - Los Angeles, CA

Licensed MFT & Registered Art Therapist

Licenses/Certifications

Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional (CCATP) | 2019

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

California MFT-52479 | 2012

Registered Art Therapist (ATCB)

ATR 12-072 | 2012

Education

Phillips Graduate Institute of Psychology

Marriage & Family Therapy / Art Therapy

M.A. / Psychology

UCLA Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Planning

M. Arch I / Architectural Design 

UCLA / College of Letters & Sciences

B.A. / History

My Approach 

I specialize in helping motivated adults and teens who are struggling with anxiety, depression, grief and loss who are ready to move beyond their symptoms in order to create more connected and beautiful lives. 

My approach places a special focus on how these symptoms are impacting their relationships and getting in the way of success at home, work, school, and beyond. Using my experience working with individuals in a variety of settings, I integrate a solid base of family systems theory with the latest advances in neuroscience adding in a sprinkling of art and other integrative therapies. You benefit from both scientific, evidence-based treatments mixed with some creative exploration (and fun).  

 

I also work with couples, families and individuals on many other issues but find that anxiety, depression, grief and loss often play an important role in most issues. Lastly, I maintain a diversity-welcoming, inclusive practice and serve anyone joyfully who comes with an inquisitive, open mind.  

Areas of Expertise
  • Anxiety, Panic, OCD

  • Attachment Issues

  • Chronic Pain and Illness

  • Codependency

  • Coping Skills

  • Depression

  • Grief and Loss

  • Life Transitions

  • Marital and Premarital Counseling

  • Mindfulness and Meditation

  • Parenting

  • Peer and Workplace Relationships

  • Problem-Solving

  • Relationship Issues

  • Self-Esteem

  • Stress​

What do I need to do now?

Get in touch and we’ll see if we’re a good fit.  Together, we'll create a plan with concrete strategies to help you feel better and create a more beautiful life (and it won’t take years!)


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