Betsy Walli, MS, PhD, LMFT, EFT, Counseling in Hermosa Beach, California, 90254

Betsy Walli, MS, PhD, LMFT, EFT

Betsy Walli, MS, PhD, LMFT, EFT

Professions: Counselor, Marriage & Family Therapist, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Marriage & Family Therapist - 85860
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1-800-651-8085 ext. 15775
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Office 1
2309 Pacific Coast Hwy., Suite 208
Hermosa Beach, California 90254
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Office 2
13001 Seal Beach Blvd
Suite 360
Seal Beach, California 90740
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I don't currently accept insurance, but I can provide documentation if clients wish to submit to an insurance company for "out of network" benefit coverage

Fees: Free 20-minute phone or office consultation.

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It is painful to feel distant from your partner, child, or parent. And sometimes the more you both try to connect, the more isolated and lonely you both feel. Yet you keep using the same ineffective strategies, not knowing what else to do! Sometimes you just give up. The irony is that you are probably already spending enough time and effort on your relationship - you're just spending it in ways that don't get you the results you want.

I can help you redirect your efforts using a research-based approach to love and relationships called emotionally focused therapy (EFT). EFT significantly improves 90% of relationships, with benefits that endure for years after treatment is done, even for clients working through major betrayals or lack of trust. I can help you reconnect with your loved ones, break the destructive cycles that create distance between you, make sense of your own & others' emotions, better manage stress and conflict, and recreate trust and safety. EFT is used successfully with individuals, couples, and families. Please visit my website at for more information.

Email or Call Betsy Walli, MS, PhD, LMFT, EFT at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 15775

More Info About My Practice

Internship in EFT under Tinaz Vevaina, Certified EFT Therapist
Externship and Core Skills Training in EFT - Alliant International University, San Diego, CA
M.S., Counseling/Marriage & Family Therapy - California State University, Fullerton
Ph.D., Linguistics - Massachusetts Institute of Technology
B.A., Linguistics - University of California, Irvine. Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa
Member, California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)
Member, International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT)

How Psychotherapy Can Help

You have an innate drive to form secure relationships with others. However, due to early life experiences, you may have developed patterns of relating to others that make relationships difficult. These patterns are based on expectations about how others will treat you. At one time, they were the best way to protect yourself from an unhealthy environment. The problem is that you are still stuck with them, even though they are no longer necessary. In a self-fulfilling loop, these expectations lead you to behave in ways that elicit the very responses you fear. Using emotionally focused therapy, I can help you change these feelings, thoughts, and behaviors, and experience a more rewarding way of connecting with other people.

On the Fence About Going to Therapy?

If one of you is considering divorce, you may benefit from Discernment Counseling, a structured approach of 1-5 sessions that gives both of you a chance to slow down and consider your options. Through this process you will gain clarity about which way to go, based on a better understanding of your relationship and whether it could be improved. I will help you decide among three paths: trying to restore your relationship, moving toward divorce, or taking a time out and deciding later. Our goal will be not to solve your relationship problems but to see if they are solvable. I will seek to understand your reasons for divorce, while trying also to look at the possibility of restoring the relationship to health. Please visit my website for more information.

Services I Provide

  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Breakup
  • Communication Problems
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Family Problems
  • Forgiveness
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Rejection
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Shame
  • Trust Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness

Types of Therapy

  • Emotion Focused Couples Therapy
  • Emotion Focused Therapy
  • Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Humanistic Psychology
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Object Relations
  • Person Centered / Rogerian
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relationship Enhancement Therapy
  • Sand Tray / Sand Play Therapy

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