Advance LA’s has partnered with The Help Group’s Lumina Counseling. With over 50 years of experience, The Help Group has expanded its services and launched its newest endeavor, Lumina Counseling. Lumina Counseling, provides insurance and private pay mental health services for children, adolescents, adults, families and couples, throughout the Los Angeles area. We offer individual, group, couples and family therapy, in addition to psycho-educational evaluations and diagnostic assessments. We ensure our clinics are staffed with trained professionals with a variety of specialties and theoretical approaches, so that we are sure you will be able to find what you need. At Lumina Counseling, we meet our clients where they are at, and build a strong, trusting and compassionate therapeutic alliance with those we serve. At our core, Lumina believes that everyone has the right to be heard, to be helped and to live their best possible life.
Lumina works with young adult with:
Types of Therapies
At Lumina, we ensure our centers are staffed by clinicians with a wide-range of clinical orientations (the way they conduct therapy) to meet each of our clients where they are at and provide what they are looking for. Our orientations include (but are not limited to):
Approaches hold the core belief that both effective and ineffective behaviors, thoughts and feelings are learned. A behavioral therapist works to help clients unlearn what has been ineffective in the past and to then develop new learning strategies to implement in everyday life for a more productive and rewarding life.
Therapy emphasizes what people think rather than what they do. these clinicians hold the core tenant that dysfunctional thinking leads to dysfunctional emotions or behaviors. By helping a client change their thoughts, the client is also then able to change how they feel and what they do. There are two main types of Cognitive therapies:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) explores how a client’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors interact. A primary focus in CBT is remediating existing problems by identifying the negative or false beliefs that lead to them, and changing out those ingrained thoughts for ones that are more accurate and productive.
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is a specialized form of cognitive behavioral therapy designed to reduce the emotional extremes a client experiences. DBT helps clients adjust problematic thought patterns and teaches more effective skills to manage distress. By mitigating the inner turmoil caused by intense emotional highs and lows, DBT enables clients to focus on the core mental health issue facing them.
Systems therapists help conceptualize their client’s within their systems or environment. They strive to develop a system that works for all members by considering the expectations, needs, desires, and behaviors of each person within that system. When issues arise, these are attributed to breakdowns in systemic interactions rather than deficiency of one person. In family systems therapy, family relationships, patterns, communication, and behaviors are explored, allowing the therapist and family members to observe how certain behaviors could be impacting the family. Once these behaviors are recognized and understood, family members can learn new behaviors that have benefits for themselves and the rest of their family.
As an autistic person, Dr. Stephens is the first therapist who fully understood me and was able to give me hands-on coping tools that I could use without overwhelming me.
It’s important to feel safe with your therapist if you have struggled ever with feeling safe, and I do. I feel safe working with Heather. I feel like I can share anything and everything without judgment or having to censor myself.