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Her Path To You

Well, since you're here,

you are invited to learn more about her.

Victoria is a private practitioner, providing support for the multiple communities within and adjacent to

the Santa Clarita Valley.

The California Board of Behavioral Sciences issued her a license to practice as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. 

Here's a mini version of her story that brought her to you.

Story ( a.k.a. Bio)

Victoria Catlin-Walton

Not Barely Farm

Growing up on nearly 3 acres of property in a rural agricultural area, with a community-minded veterinarian father, a warm and industrious mother, two older brothers (doing older brother stuff), Victoria's family home became a transitional / permanent home to a many abandoned and neglected animals.

A Menagerie of Sorts

Among the permanent animals in residence lived, 2 quarter horses, 2 donkeys, a Shetland pony, a buck goat, 3 milking goats, a milking cow, 5 dogs, 7 cats, 4 parakeets, 1 Amazon parrot, 1 Iguana, 1 (6 foot) Diamond Back Boa Constrictor, (including whatever number of rattle snakes Victoria's brother didn't tell their parents he had caught), a collection of geckos, an aquarium full of fresh water fish, a hen house full of chickens, a rooster, and many other "rescued" four-legged critters (Victoria's parents would bring home, nurse back to health, and then magically convince their neighbors and the surrounding community to adopt these healthier, happier animals), which made for a really, really active home life.

Bonds

Through her life experience, Victoria is able to recognize the importance of what bonds animals to animals, animals to people, and people to people.

Career

Given the unique opportunities of working along side different professionals with various backgrounds and knowledge bases, Victoria's path of providing a service to her community as a Psychotherapist is abundantly clear.

Practice, Practice, Practice

The following information details Victoria's experience relating to her trek to become a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.

 
01.

Psychotherapist in Private Practice, Associate Marriage and Family Therapist /AMFT (formally Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern /MFTI, IMF65826)

Soleil Lunar Psychotherapy Center

Valencia, California

Jan 2015 - Jun 2016 (1 yr 6 mos)

Under the supervision of the Clinical Supervisor / Clinical Psychologist, provided the following services are offered in the Santa Clarita Valley and surrounding areas:

• Individual Therapy

• Child/Adolescent Therapy
• Couples Therapy
• Family Therapy
• Group Therapy
• Clinical Supervision

The primary hope for all clients is to achieve balance and wholeness within their inner self and the world outside around them through patient, careful and thoughtful exploration. To ensure this process transpires, it is essential that a strong connection is created between the therapist and the client. This occurs when the client experiences trust, safety, comfort and a sense of being genuinely understood. Hopefully from this point, intimacy develops further as deeper exploration invites the client to open up and voice thoughts and feelings that are not usually, if ever, verbally expressed. In turn, a meaningful process unfolds for the client whereby change begins to take place.

http://www.soleil-lunar.com/ or (661) 295-5035

02.

EAGALA certified Mental Health Professional and Equine Specialist, Member No. 29236

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist /AMFT (formally Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern /MFTI, IMF65826)

SRD~Straightening Reins

Santa Clarita, California

Nov 2014 - Jan 2016 (1 yr 3 mos)

Under the supervision of the certified Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) Clinical Supervisor and the Facility Director provide Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Equine Assisted Learning educational services to at-risk children, families, groups, and professionals.

SRD Straightening Reins’ mission is to offer tools, support, and a safe place for adolescents and teens. Using equine-assisted therapeutic programs, we address the emotional challenges facing our youth through experiential learning, self-discovery, and modeling positive choices. With an emphasis on reducing teen suicide, SRD ~ Straightening Reins is a resource for youth, families, schools, and the community at large.

Sample of Services:
 • EAL / EAP (equine assisted learning / psychotherapy)
 • Leadership Training
 • Team Building Skills
 • Special Kids
 • SIBSHOP (Siblings of Special Kids)
 • School-based Programs
 • Caregivers
 • Domestic Violence
 • Trauma / PTSD
 • Veterans

Supporting Positive Choices and Infinite Possibilities.


Contact: http://www.srdstraighteningreins.org/contact / or Call us! (661) 263-9371

03.

EAGALA certified Mental Health Professional and Equine Specialist,

Member No. 29236

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist /AMFT (formally Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern /MFTI, IMF65826)

Strides - Wellness

Castaic, California

Jul 2014 - June 2015 (1 yr)

Under the supervision of the certified Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) Clinical Supervisor provide Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Equine Assisted Learning educational services to children, families, groups, and professionals.

STRIDES is comprised of a team of Psychotherapists and Equine Specialists who provide Equine Assisted Psychotherapy services and personal development to clients in Southern California.

We offer sessions for individuals, couples, (traditional and non-traditional), families, groups, and businesses.

http://www.strides-wellness.com/contact.html

 
04.

Counselor

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist /AMFT (formally Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern /MFTI, IMF65826)

Counseling Partners of Los Angeles

Pacific Palisades, California

Aug 2013 - June 2015 (1 yr 11 mos)

Under the supervision of a Clinical Supervisor, the Clinical Director, and the Executive Director, to serve at-risk and underserved students and their families living in Los Angeles by providing a low-cost, school-based program that delivers essential counseling and support services students need in order to grow toward their full potential emotionally, intellectually, morally and socially.

http://counselingpartnersofla.org/

05.

Psychotherapist in Private Practice, Associate Marriage and Family Therapist /AMFT (formally Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern /MFTI, IMF65826)

Psychotherapy for Individuals, Couples & Families

Valencia, California

Aug 2013 - Jan 2015 (1 yr 6 mos)

Under the supervision of the Clinical Supervisor / Clinical Psychologist, provided the following services are offered in the Santa Clarita Valley and surrounding areas:

• Individual Therapy

• Child/Adolescent Therapy
• Couples Therapy
• Family Therapy
• Group Therapy
• Clinical Supervision

The primary hope for all clients is to achieve balance and wholeness within their inner self and the world outside around them through patient, careful and thoughtful exploration. To ensure this process transpires, it is essential that a strong connection is created between the therapist and the client. This occurs when the client experiences trust, safety, comfort and a sense of being genuinely understood. Hopefully from this point, intimacy develops further as deeper exploration invites the client to open up and voice thoughts and feelings that are not usually, if ever, verbally expressed. In turn, a meaningful process unfolds for the client whereby change begins to take place.

https://lieslscalzitti.wordpress.com/about/

06.

Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) and Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) Mental Health Professional,

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist /AMFT (formally Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern /MFTI, IMF65826)

Denim-n-Dirt, Equine Assisted Growth and Learning

Canyon Country, California

Jun 2013 - Mar 2014 (10 mos)

Under the supervision of the certified Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) Clinical Supervisor / Clinical Psychologist / Facility Director, Equine Specialist and mental health professionals assist in offering Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Growth and Learning services to individuals, couples, families and groups in addition to leadership and organizational development skills.

This therapeutic offering takes place out of a traditional office environment and is accepted by the American Psychological Association as a viable and highly productive and effective psychotherapy process.

This modality also fits well into the current MINDFULNESS focus in Psychology.

 

Learn more about this EXCITING and FUN form of therapy at http://denimndirt.com/ or call (626) 755-8926.

 
07.

School Based Therapist

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist /AMFT (formally Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern /MFTI, IMF65826)

William S. Hart Union High School District

Santa Clarita, California

Aug 2012 - May 2013 (10 mos)

Under the direction of the Program Manager and the supervision of the Clinical Supervisor for the Educationally Related Mental Health Services (ERMHS), also known as Educationally Related Intensive Counseling Services (ERICS), the School Based Therapist provides educationally related intensive counseling to students in special education.

 

The School Based Therapist consults with pertinent school staff and district personnel as it relates to the student and provides parent counseling as it relates to the student’s disability.

 

Additionally, the School Based Therapist completes required documentation, writes measurable goals, and participates in various trainings and Individualized Education Program (IEP) team meetings.

http://www.hartdistrict.org/apps/pages/special-education

08.

Foster Family Agency Social Worker

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist /AMFT (formally Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern /MFTI, IMF65826)

Optimist Youth Homes & Family Services

Palmdale, California

Mar 2011 - Aug 2011 (6 mos)

Under the supervision of the Clinical Supervisor and the Foster Family Agency Director, in support of family reunification and permanency, provide consultation and coordination of services structured and supported by the foster family agency (FFA) agency, birth family members, foster families, and external agencies.

 

Provide on-going support for the child and their foster family through the guidance of the assigned Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS) County Social Worker and the FFA Regional Director.

https://www.oyhfs.org/locationmain.html

09.

On-campus Counselor

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee, In Practicum

Outreach Concern

Santa Ana, California

Sep 2009 - Jun 2010 (10 mos)

Under the supervision of a Clinical Supervisor and the Program Manager, provide pupil services as an On-campus Counselor, at a private middle school to help assist over 500 students attending classes from kindergarten through eighth grade.

 

Work with a diverse population to address a number of client problems, such as communication issues, child abuse, loss and grief, academic and behavioral problems, divorce and parent/child conflicts.

http://outreachconcern.org/

 
10.

Conservator / Fiduciary / Trustee

Superior Court of California, Van Nuys C/o Caren Nielsen, Elder Law Attorney

Woodland Hills, California

April 2001 - Jun 2007 (6 yrs 3 mos)

Manage the healthcare and finances of the Conservatee / Trustor.

As a California Superior Court appointed Fiduciary, responsibilities were, but not limited to the personal care and finances of the Conservatee / Trustor and as an administrator and consultant, in tracking financial investments and expenditures, while conducting Court supervised accountings.

The Fiduciary / Trustee coordinates with financial investment firms, certified public accountants and Elder Law attorneys.

In reference to healthcare administration, the fiduciary addressed the personal needs of the client, by directly engaging with the client through personal consultations at home and/or meeting with the on-sight care facility staff, its administrators and caregivers. In addition, the fiduciary transports and accompanies the client on their scheduled medical appointments and procedures to ensure they would receive complete care.

https://www.lacourt.org/

 
Additional Info

Education

Antioch University Los Angeles

Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology

2008 - 2010

With Much To Look Forward To

In this time, Victoria's intention is to continue as an additional supportive resource in our community as a private practitioner with a humble and understanding heart.

Very excited to have accomplished her successful road to licensure, Victoria is pleased to offer her services in a community that she has resided in for the last 25-years.

 

Even more, she is thoroughly enjoying time with family and friends whom have been and continue to be, both a positive and a supportive influence for her and her endeavors, with great warmth and love.

 
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