Sue Brekka, M.A., MFT #45546 - About Sue Brekka
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About Me

A Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Private Practice in West Los Angeles, I work with children, adolescents and adults in individual, group, couples and play therapy.   Working primarily from an Object Relations (psychodynamic) perspective, I integrate CBT, DBT, Family Systems, and Attachment theories as appropriate for each patient's progress. The main issues I treat are anxiety, depression, eating disorders, addictions, OCD, and relationship/intimacy problems, etc.  My specializations are in Eating Disorders, and Child/Adolescent therapy.  
 
I completed my Masters in Counseling Psychology at the California Graduate Institute and received extensive training in psychodynamic psychotherapy at the CGI Counseling Center.  I also received training in Family Systems oriented, Group Therapy at the Julia Ann Singer Center's Family Stress Program.  And I interned in early-childhood, attachment oriented therapy at the Early Childhood Parenting Center (in Santa Monica, and at the Gramercy Housing Project).  I also had the great privilege of receiving group supervision (5 years) from James Grotstein, M.D., a world renowned psychoanalyst, author and expert in the work of Wilfred Bion.  I hold advanced certificates in Eating Disorders and Child Custody and Divorce Mediation.  

Our Work Together
In an environment of compassion and respect, we will explore the complex dynamics of your internal world.  Over time, we will identify the internalized voices of the important people from your childhood and discover how these internalized voices impact and oftentimes limit the success of your current relationships.  Through the course of treatment, you will begin to understand these dynamics and learn to change dysfunctional patterns in your life, leading to more rewarding and enriching interpersonal relationships. 


Education
Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies
"Eating Disorders: Thinking outside the box"  (30-hour certificate in treating eating disorders)

Mosten Mediation
40-hour certificate in divorce and child custody mediation

California Graduate Institute
M.A. in Counseling Psychology (Psychology and Marriage and Family Therapy dual masters)
 
Southern Methodist University
B.A. in English and Political Science
 
Professional Affiliations
CAMFT--California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
SCMA--Southern California Mediation Association
AFCC--Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
 
 
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