Kristen Farish, LMFT


About Me

As a therapist, I have spent the past 20 years helping people improve their lives and relationships. For many, unhealed wounds manifest in the form of depression, anxiety, and relationship problems. I work with my clients to identify the unresolved issues that keep them "stuck" and repeating the same destructive patterns of behavior. Although many current problems have a link to the past, I believe it is equally important to focus on the present in order to reduce immediate distress. I work with clients on practical skill building in specific areas of need: communication, self-esteem, anger management, assertiveness training, relaxation techniques, and boundary setting. Seeking professional help for any type of problem can be an intimidating experience in itself. I do my best to set people at ease and create an environment where they can focus on achieving their goals in a timely manner.

Education & Experience

Education Chapman University, 2000. B.A. in Sociology/Social Work Emphasis California State University Dominguez Hills, 2002. M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy In the 20 years I have been in practice, I have worked with diverse cultures in equally diverse settings. In addition to private practice, my experience includes outpatient clinics, inpatient hospitals and residential rehabs. I am particularly interested in working with underserved populations such as the LGBTQ+ community, veterans, and students.

Professional & Volunteer Affiliations

CAMFT: California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists LAGPA: Lesbian and Gay Psychotherapy Association of Southern California EMDRIA: EMDR International Association

Specialty Area

  • Abuse/Neglect
  • Addictions
  • Anxiety/Panic Attacks
  • Depression
  • Gender Identity
  • Grief/Loss/Mourning
  • Mood Disorders
  • Moral Injury
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Performance Enhancement
  • Phobias
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Spirituality
  • Stress Management
  • Survivor's Guilt
  • Traumatic Incident

Population Served

  • Adults
  • LGBTQ+


  • Aetna
  • Cigna