Desiree Vega is a Licensed Marriage and Family Fherapist in Porter Ranch and Northridge. She works with individuals including children, teens, and adults. Many of Desiree’s clients come in to address feeling inadequate, feeling "not good enough," feeling responsible for everything, anxiety, trauma, body and food related challenges, and sadness. Desiree is particularly passionate about serving anyone who has experienced trauma, individuals suffering from body image or eating disorders, pregnant women, new parents, children, and teens. She also has advanced training in the area of Anxiety, PTSD, Depression, Postpartum Depression.
Desiree is trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing), Attachment Focused EMDR, CBT, Narrative Therapy/Brief Solution Focused Therapy, and Mindfulness, in which we use the client's strengths/resources to help them shift from negative beliefs about themselves to more adaptive ways of thinking (example: Instead of "I'm not good enough," we move towards "I am good enough"). We develop healthy coping tools and resources to manage emotions. In session, Desiree focuses on visualization, relaxation, breathing, mind-body connection, art, journaling, and challenging unhelpful thinking. This approach supports clients to feel better able to manage difficult emotions and feel a stronger sense of self.
Desiree's style is non-judgmental, supportive, and reflective. When clients first start therapy, they will establish a strong relationship with Desiree and work to feel they are in a comfortable environment where they feel safe and heard.
Desiree received her M.A. Clinical Psychology with Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University. She has worked at local community mental health clinics, serving youth, families, and parents in underserved communities. Outside of private practice, She enjoys spending time with family, reading, mind-body movement, and watching movies. Desiree currently offers remote video therapy sessions only with hopes to return to the office in the near future
Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse
Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Eating disorders & disordered eating - Reducing unhealthy eating patterns, beliefs, and behaviors, such as restricting, purging, and binging; healing the emotional pain surrounding disordered eating
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
Pregnancy, perinatal, postpartum mental health - Addressing issues specific to women and families during the pregnancy and postpartum period, including postpartum depression and anxiety
Women's issues - Therapy tailored to common concerns among women; providing a safe and understanding space to address life challenges, stressors, and questions around identity as a woman
This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:
Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.
Session frequency is determined after an assessment has been completed and based on clinical recommendations.
Years of Experience: 16 years
Pepperdine University, M.A. Clinical Psychology, 2007
UCSD, B.S. General Biology; Minor in Psychology, 2004