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Joanna Lovinger(She/Her/Hers)

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT
Anxiety -Artists' mental health-Codependency- Depression-Self-esteem-Psychological Evaluations for Immigrants-
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Professional statement

Joanna Lovinger is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University Los Angeles and a specialization in Spiritual and Depth Psychology. She studied Infant, Early Childhood, and Parent Psychotherapy at the Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies. She's also a Certified First Responder Counselor.

Her work with adults focuses on reducing anxiety, improving mood, and helping clients find their voice and purpose in life. She helps clients become unstuck creatively. She helps to reduce anxiety and depression symptoms. And she helps clients strengthen and enrich their relationships, starting with the relationship they have with themselves. Her approach to counseling is tailored to each client, but it’s a blend of psychodynamic, depth psychology, attachment theory, narrative therapy, and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy.

Joanna has been a writer for 16 years and brings humor and creativity to her work as a therapist. In addition to her professional training, her life experiences give her a deep understanding of the complex issues surrounding adoption. Joanna welcomes the opportunity to work with adult adoptees, birth parents, and adoptive parents. She provides couples counseling for couples who are struggling to stay together as they process the grief and loss of infertility. And she works with clients of all ages, who struggle with repetitive painful thoughts, sadness, languishing, and grief.

Message to clients

Examining your life and mind in weekly talk therapy sessions is hard. Especially in the beginning, when the biggest chunks of meat and vegetable have sunk to the bottom of the stewpot of your mind. In therapy, we stir the stewpot each week. Feelings and memories bubble to the surface that had been hidden for a long time - and for good reason. Don't be alarmed if you feel a little bit worse before you feel better. This doesn’t happen to everybody. Over time, the process of talk therapy becomes natural and automatic, if not necessarily easy. The stew thickens and it becomes less and less likely that we’ll encounter anything surprising lurking at the bottom of the pot.

Nobody should start therapy until they’re ready to be honest, or it won’t be effective. When you're ready, call me. We can speak briefly about what has you reaching out for help. Then if we book an appointment, the intake session is a chance for each of us to decide if it’s a good fit.

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 9 years

Lovinger Therapy, marriage and family therapist

Antioch University Los Angeles, Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology, 2015


California: 111206




Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Artists' mental health - Understanding of highly creative minds; goal setting related to the artistic and creative process; support finding meaningful balance in one’s life

Codependency - Development of healthy boundaries in relationships; strategies for increasing individual self-esteem and autonomy; coping mechanisms for separation and individuation.

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

Self-esteem - Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect

Psychological Evaluations for Immigrants - Offering in-depth, specialized psychological evaluations for Extreme Hardship cases, Asylum cases, VAWA cases, U- VISAS, and T-VISAS in the state of California. I offer a warm presence, which puts clients at ease and helps them share their story in full. Clients provide their own interpreter, if necessary.


  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Parents
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Locations & Hours


Joanna Lovinger is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions:$150 (50min)
  • Initial session:$150 (50min)
  • Couples sessions:$175 (50min)
  • Extended Couples sessions$200 (80min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

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:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Cash
  • PayPal
  • IvyPay
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Every other week
  • Multiple times a week