Feelings of worth can flourish only in an atmosphere where individual differences are appreciated, mistakes are tolerated, communication is open, and rules are flexible - the kind of atmosphere that is found in a nurturing family.
Virginia Satir


Peace Within,  Peace Between, Peace Among, Peace Beyond.  Virginia Satir

Peace Within,  Peace Between, Peace Among, Peace Beyond.  Virginia Satir

How much better for a family to be able to see that they are a dynamically interacting collection of high-powered individuals and can share both the pleasures and the problems of dealing with a world that does not always accept them.
— Marylou Kelly Streznewski

Give Lynne a call and have a conversation with her to see how counseling can help.



Parenting & Family Therapy

Want help with the stresses and strains of family life?

Need support as a gifted parent with gifted children?

Want help with changes from divorce or remarriage?

Having trouble with your adult siblings or aging parents? 

Tired of arguments, problems and conflicts with your teen?

Want to feel closer as a family?

Families seek therapy during times of change and transition.

 Change is stressful for families.  Any change, whether it is from growth, success, loss or trauma, can be stressful.  Family living with gifted adults and children can be exceedingly stressful when changes take place or need to take place.

Change is stressful because:

  • Change brings demands for new skills, knowledge and behavior. 
  • Each transition  has the potential for bringing joy and growth or anxiety, stress and conflict.
  • Change often brings up unresolved feelings, old wounds and forgotten issues.
  • Gifted Adults and children often receive inadequate support at home, school, work and in the community.

Families can get stuck or have problems when changes occur. 

When change occurs, families must develop new ways to communicate, relate, solve problems, listen, handle conflict, heal, interact, and spend time together. Family therapy helps families do these things.

Family therapy improves the coping abilities and communication skills of family members. 

Improvement in these areas leads to increased resilience when families increase their ablility to successfully resolve conflicts and meet present and future challenges.

Working with a skilled and experienced family therapist strengthens family functioning, decreases conflict and increases satisfaction and happiness among family members.

One of the hardest things about rearing children is convincing them that you have seniority.                     Anonymous

Family therapy with Lynne Azpeitia, licensed Marriage and Family Therapist can help you and your family members heal your wounds, solve your problems, work out your conflicts, communicate more effectively and make family life more fulfilling.

Families with gifted adults and children require specialized services from a therapist who is knowledgeable about giftedness.

Three common areas for which gifted children and their families need counseling and guidance are:
 --personal and social concerns with families, peers or teachers
 --academic planning and career opportunities
 --special outside-of-school experiences 
                              James Webb

Otherwise problems and issues are often inadequately addressed which can increase stress and lead to increased anxiety and stress.

Lynne is a skilled and experienced solution-oriented family therapist who has successfully worked with gifted families in all forms for more than 10 years. 

She enjoys working with all types of families and helping them survive, thrive, get their needs met and meet the challenges of today's world. 

Lynne works with diverse families--gifted, traditional, single parent, divorced, blended, step, adoptive, gay parent, multi-racial, multi-ethnic, multi-generational, and many others.  Families who have gifted members are a specialty. 

Through her positive, action-oriented approach Lynne helps families make their lives better and their relationships happier and more satisfying. 

During each session families learn and practice skills together under Lynne's active and skillful guidance, support and understanding.  Gifted parents and children learn about the unique dynamics, challenges and opportunities that accompany gifted family living.

Families can be seen together as a group, in pairs or in other groupings. Lynne can help you determine what is the best arrangement for you family's needs.
For more than a decade, Lynne has trained therapists, locally and nationally, how to work sensitively and effectively with families and especially with familes who have gifted members, young and old. 

Lynne has taught family therapy at three universities, conducted workshops nationally, and has trained and supervised therapists and supervisors at numerous counseling and mental health centers. She often speaks to groups of gifted parents and children.

Lynne Azpeitia’s practical, skill-based solution-oriented approach draws from a number of the family therapy theories she has learned, supervised and taught.  

Her positive and active approach to working with families was honed during hertraining with many of the founders of family therapy: Bowen, Minuchin, Whitaker, Haley, and Virginia Satir, her colleague, mentor and friend. 

Many years of working with families, parents and children at Satir Family Camp have also contributed to her knowledge, skill and understanding of the joys, sorrows and rigors that families experience throughout their lifecycle.

Issues that families work on in therapy:

•    working out disagreements
•    parenting support and coaching
•    delegation of household responsibilities
•    remarriage and blended family adjustments
•    divorce and post divorce conflict resolution and coping
•    coping with chronic illness in the family 
•    reducing tensions from relocating after job changes

•    adjustments due to parents' retirement and relocation
•    caring, support and decision making regarding aging parents
•    healing and reorganization after a death in the family

Today’s families need support to grow and change.  Don't let your family suffer any longer without support. 

Lynne Azpeitia can help you develop the skills and attitudes you need to build and preserve family harmony, relatedness and satisfaction

Experience relief from the very first session.  Most families can see results in as few as 6 sessions.  

Get the expert help you need for your family’s long term health and happiness

Convenient appointment times are available to fit busy family schedules. 

Interested in exploring family therapy with Lynne Azpeitia? 

Contact Lynne to make an appointment and to discuss how family therapy can address your concerns and benefit you and your family.

Lynne Azpeitia, MFT
3025 Olympic Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90404 

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Lynne Azpeitia, LMFT 
Counseling & Psychot
herapy for Gifted People--
Families, Couples & Individuals



Your family and your love must be cultivated like a garden. Time, effort, and imagination must be summoned constantly to keep any relationship flourishing and growing.
 Jim Rohn

To schedule an appointment, begin coaching or  arrange a free phone consultation  email  Lynne or call her at 310-828-7121

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