A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.
— Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

Executive Director: Dr. Olivia Loewy

Olivia Loewy, Ph.D. represents the interests of MFTs at a state level through her active involvement with the California Council of Community Mental Health Agencies (CCCMHA), the California Institute of Mental Health (CiMH) Policy Forum Planning Committee, and the California Department of Mental Health, Education and Training Unit. Olivia is a licensed MFT and an AAMFT Approved Supervisor. Prior to her current position, she served for 10 years as the Clinical Director at Verdugo Mental Health in Glendale, CA.

As an extension of the national association, AAMFT-CA is working towards the advancement, unification and definition of the MFT profession. Through legislative advocacy, aggressive participation in the California public policy arena, revision of the education/training standards for MFTs and development of an inclusive, responsive professional association, Olivia is striving to fortify a solid place for MFTs within the current and evolving mental health care treatment continuum.

You can contact Olivia at: olivialoewy@aamftca.org


 

Board President: Angela Kahn

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Like most Angelinos, I’m not a native.  Years ago I moved here for college where I went to film school, and sustained a brief career in the film industry.  I ended up leaving the industry in favor of graduate school, because I found myself more interested in watching people interact than watching what I was doing on set!  I studied Clinical Psychology at Pepperdine University, and got my Masters with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy.  My internships were at the Southern California Counseling Center and at the Los Angeles Free Clinic (now the Saban Free Clinic) where I was later staffed as the Lead Clinician at the new Children and Family Health Center.

Ten years ago, I began my private practice as an intern under the license of my friend and mentor, Dr. Deborah Peters.  With her wisdom and guidance, I was able to establish it as my own after my licensure.  Through my work and training, I discovered that I have a passion for working with the self-harm population.  I have focused most of my out-of-the-office energies on attending workshops, reading research, writing articles, and giving presentations on the best forms of treatment for these individuals, and have tailored my practice to accommodate this specialty.  I don’t limit my practice, however, to only self-injurers.  I have been lucky to work with clients from all walks of life, and I am honored to say that my work with them is just as fulfilling as my work with my specialization.  Through them, I have become experienced in working with trauma, sexual abuse, gender identity issues, depression, anxiety, anger management, bipolar disorder, couples issues, and other areas of difficulty.

I recently launched the Kahn Institute for Self-Injury where I focus most of my energies.  I'm adjunct faculty at Antioch University and California State University Northridge, where I teach graduate students how to work with families in therapy. When I’m not thinking about psychology, I’m cooking, running, dancing, or writing, and somewhere in there, I even sleep.

Board of Directors

NAVEEN JONATHAN, IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT
Term Ending: 12/31/2017

PHIL EVANS, DIRECTOR
Term Ending: 12/31/2017

GABRIELLE GUEDET, DIRECTOR
Term Ending:  12/31/2018

CHRISTOPHER HOFF, TREASURER
Term Ending:  12/31/2018

KATHERYN WHITTAKER PRESIDENT ELECT
Term Ending: 12/31/2017

SESAN NEGASH, DIRECTOR
Term Ending:  12/31/2018

JASON RICHARDS, STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE
Term Ending:  12/17/2018

GITA SESHADRI, DIRECTOR
Term Ending:  12/31/17

CHRISTINA TOBIE, DIRECTOR
Term Ending:  12/31/2018