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"The therapeutic encounter is a deeply human experience where both the therapist and the patient bring their full selves into the room. It is in this genuine, shared space that transformation can happen."

- Irvin D. Yalom


I’ve been drawn to people-oriented and service-providing positions for most of my life. Throughout my schooling and in my personal life, I've consistently found myself in roles in which I connect with people one-on-one and offer support and guidance any way I could. I've always been curious about others - wanting to understand who they are at their core and how and why they became who they are. I guide my clients to approach their inner worlds with curiosity and compassion, gaining insights that foster resilience and self-compassion.

I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Chapman University and went on to earn a Masters of Science degree in Counseling, emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy, from California State University, Long Beach. 

I have experience working with children, adolescents, teens, adults, couples, and families in community mental health and private practice settings. 

Teen and young adult therapist, Carly Portillo, smiling warmly
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