Dr. Charla Afoa, LMFT, CHt, is located in San Diego, California working with adult clients that are willing to explore beyond what traditional therapy techniques have to offer. Some common symptoms clients seeking healing in are in the areas of trauma, life transitions, career challenges, family dynamics, anxiety, depression, and much more.
Dr. Afoa utilizes her training to support clients in understanding the cause of their current distress and then applying tools, at their comfort level, to target these issues and transform the clients relationship to their distress. The intended result is to find relief, resolve, and possible solutions to change their experience for the better.
Dr. Afoa is nurturing in her approach while ensuring that clients feel challenged to explore the more challenging dynamics of their experience in a safe and supportive way. When the client first meets with her, understanding what the client wans to work on is the most important first step to guide future treatment efforts. Dr. Afoa assesses in depth what the client wants and aims to always create a safe, non-judgmental space to explore anything that may be causing the client discomfort.
Dr. Afoa is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist holding a Doctorate in Counseling Psychology and certificates in Hypnosis and Reiki Healing while working toward certification in EMDR "Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocess". She has had extensive experience working with various populations in hospital settings, school systems, and private practice which enables her to understand a wide range of symptoms and ways of facilitating healing. When not in private practice, Dr. Afoa enjoys being at the beach, reading on material concerning spirituality, and spending quality time with loved ones.
Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Adjustment difficulties & disorders - Support around adapting to new and/or challenging life circumstances; skill-building for improved stress management and reduction of anxiety.
Assertiveness - Empowering oneself to prioritize one’s needs above others, especially when it comes to mental health; practicing how to set and maintain boundaries; exploring why it can be difficult to stand up for oneself in certain situations
Childhood trauma - Learning how traumatic events in childhood can translate into adulthood; processing through difficult memories with the goal of moving past the experience and lingering symptoms
Clinical supervision - Offering professional supervision services for clinicians
Life purpose & meaning - Exploring one’s beliefs and values around life purpose, meaning, and spirituality; addressing the barriers to living a life that feels fulfilling, including instigating change or developing new habits
Charla Afoa is not in-network with any insurances.
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Years of Experience: 13 years
Cajon Valley Union School District, Clinical Director, 2019 - 2021
Argosy University, Educational Doctorate in Counseling, 2014