Diane Thorp, California Licensed Psychotherapist

Diane Thorp, California Licensed Psychotherapist

Professions: Psychotherapy
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LCSW - 65567
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1-800-651-8085 ext. 24817
Office 1
DMT Psychotherapy at Pasadena Mental Health Center
1495 N. Lake Avenue
Pasadena, California 91104 - United States
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Office 2
1163 Main Street
Suite B
Morro Bay, California 93442 - United States
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Safety is key during therapy and it is vital to feel connected to your therapist to find that right fit; I provide a collaborative process & always respect the individual therapeutic needs and goals of each person. Deciding to make changes for yourself takes a deep level of courage and this is your 1st step towards positive growth and significant changes in your life.

Together we will enhance your strengths, build hope and find ways to build new skills. I specialize in treating a variety of concerns, partial list including: bipolar disorder, behavioral problems, post traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depressive disorders, interpersonal communication, marriage and family problems, anger management, personality disorders, eating disorders, life transitional issues, ADHD, specific and general parenting problems, addictions, OCD, and body image problems.

I have developed through the years an innovative approach to psychotherapy. I utilize sensitivity, compassion, unconditional positive regard genuineness, acceptance, and empathy. My individually tailored approached is inspired by Dr. Carl Rogers who wisely noted, "If I can provide a certain type of relationship, the other person will discover within himself or herself the capacity to use that relationship for growth and change, and personal development will occur." I provide an eclectic approach to each individual that allows me to integrate psychodynamic, attachment focused, cognitive behavioral, & systemic perspective.

Email or Call Diane Thorp, California Licensed Psychotherapist at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 24817

More Info About My Practice

Avg Cost: $125/hour session; $150/90 minutes child/adolescent intake session; Sliding scale, when available

Accepted payment methods: cash, checks, credit cards

NOTE: Out of network is always accepted and I supply a super-bill for direct insurance submittal.

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

My first and foremost speciality is Couples/Marriage Therapy; I have extensive training in Emotionally Focused Therapy, Gottman's, and Imago Therapy. I also work a great deal with complex trauma and practice EMDR regularly.

I have very special skills and experience working with Autistic Spectrum Disorders and their families, ages spanning from, children (1-12), Adolescents (13-17), and adults (18+). I have worked specifically in this discipline for a span of 25+ years; as a Special Education teacher, a School Counselor, Grades K-12 and 2.5 years as lead Psychiatric Social worker, as an Autism Spectrum Specialist in collaboration with the Resident & Attending Psychiatrists at LAC+USC County Hospital in Outpatient Psychiatry Department.

Working in this capacity, the treating MD's and I provided dual psychoeducation, support, and strategies that yielded the best research-based practices and outcomes for the families. In addition to learning behavioral methods, and based on our research, the treating MD's and myself understood that support measures were greatly lacking with Autistic/Spectrum individuals & their families. Our Psychiatric team utilized the best methods based on scientific research towards providing this much needed support and guidance.

How Psychotherapy Can Help

Psychotherapy can also be called, 'talk therapy,' with the ultimate goal towards bringing relief from problematic symptoms that may stem from emotional and/or psychological turmoil. I have worked with clients in psychotherapy in a number of ways, but namely creating an open space during a therapeutic session in which an individual can discover new insights into their problem areas in order to create healthy choices for improved relationships. During psychotherapy, we will look at conflicts and problem areas that create continued roadblocks & conjointly examine how someone's past experiences may be reflective towards making changes today; we will unpack this impasse to open new roads ahead!

My View on the Purpose of Psychotherapy

In regards to Psychotherapy for families, children greatly benefit from play therapy, which is a professional form of psychotherapy. I work with children ages 3 through puberty and up in a way that will significantly restructure behaviors that will provide relief to parents and caregivers. Structure & consistency is key and discipline does not mean being cruel or overly harsh as many parents have asked me through the 30+ years that I have worked with their children. My techniques are based on research with what is called in psychotherapy, evidenced-based-practices; this allows relief knowing that your child will receive help from procedures & practices that have been proven to work.

As long as parents or caretakers are invested in change, they can greatly benefit from therapy, as change is a constant and often may be difficult. Even if only one family member is struggling with a physical or mental health issue/illness, the entire family is directly affected. I have a great deal of experience in family therapy and can assist in unpacking the struggles that can lead to individual or multiple family members experiencing depression, anxiety, & distancing. Often a family is impacted by significant struggles such as job security, household duties, child/adolescent changes, marital discord, etc., and can create struggles in communication. Life transitions can lead to problem areas; roles often change as well within the family system.

Services I Provide

  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Coaching
  • Consultation
  • Online Counseling / Phone Therapy
  • Creative Arts Therapy

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    Trauma & PTSD using EMDR & Trauma-Focused CBT (certified), Autism, Aspergers, and Spectrum speciality

Client Concerns Within Your Scope of Practice

  • Abandonment
  • Abortion / Post Abortion Issues
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Academic Concerns
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Adoption / Reunion Issues
  • Aggression and Violence
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Agoraphobia
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Batterer Intervention
  • Behaviorism
  • Bipolar
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Body Image
  • Breakup
  • Bullying
  • Cancer
  • Career Choice
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Chronic Illness / Disability
  • Chronic Pain
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Compulsive Spending / Shopping
  • Control Issues
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Developmental Disorders (Autism, Aspergers, etc.)
  • Disability
  • Dissociation
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Elder Abuse
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Exercise Addiction
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Fertility Issues
  • Forgiveness
  • Gambling Addiction
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Habits
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • HIV / AIDS
  • Hoarding
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Internet Addiction
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • Jealousy
  • Learning Difficulties
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Men's Issues
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Military and Veterans Issues
  • Money and Financial Issues
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Narcissism
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Oppositional and Defiant Behavior in Children and Teen
  • Other - Not Listed Here
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Perfectionism
  • Phobias
  • Physical Abuse
  • Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships
  • Post Partum Depression
  • Post Traumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Power
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Pregnancy and Birthing
  • Prejudice / Discrimination
  • Psychosis
  • Rejection
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Schizophrenia
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Shame
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Somatization
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation and Behavior
  • Suspiciousness / Paranoia
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Trichotillomania
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Anger Management
  • Art Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy /REBT
  • Collaborative Couple Therapy
  • Conflict Resolution Therapy
  • Critical Incident Stress Management
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Gottman Method
  • Guided Therapeutic Imagery
  • Humanistic Psychology
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy
  • Jungian Psychotherapy
  • Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy
  • Mindfulness Based Interventions
  • Motivational Enhancement Therapy
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Neuro-Linguistic Programming
  • Object Relations
  • Parent Work
  • Parent-Child Interaction Therapy
  • Person Centered / Rogerian
  • Play Therapy
  • Positive Psychology
  • Positive Psychotherapy
  • Psychodynamic
  • Reality Therapy
  • Sand Tray / Sand Play Therapy
  • Self Psychology
  • Self Relations
  • Solution Focused Therapy
  • Somatic Experiencing
  • Systems Theory /Therapy
  • Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

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