Bret Turecek M.A., APCC, Psychotherapy in Newport Beach, California, 92660

Bret Turecek


Bret Turecek


Not Accepting New Clients
Professions: Psychotherapist, Mental Health Counselor
License Status: I'm a therapist practicing under supervision. Supervisor: Tinaz Vevaina, LMFT #36313
Primary Credential: Associate Professional Clinical Counselor - 2055
Billing and Insurance:

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: My normal rate is $70 for individual sessions, $95 for couples/family sessions, and I can offer a reduced rate for people with special financial circumstances, depending on the situation.
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4000 Birch Street
Suite 203
Newport Beach, California 92660

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My Approach to Helping

When someone comes to see me in therapy, I want him or her to quickly feel my support. One person may need to feel like I really understand their needs and appreciate their tough situation, while another person may need to feel like I am providing an environment that allows them to "get to work" in dealing with their life challenges. Every person is different, and my job is to form a strong alliance where one feels like I am on his or her team. This creates a safe environment where together we can get to the root of what a person is struggling with, see what is holding them back from the progress that they want to experience, and ultimately discover new sources of strength for moving forward. I want anyone who takes the therapeutic journey with me to not only experience new success but to gradually come to a deep appreciation and ownership of their newfound resources and newfound way of being so that they can keep the momentum going and be equipped for life.

More Info About My Practice

While I have experience working from a variety of therapeutic approaches, I am presently specializing in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), an evidence-based approach that is helpful for bringing healing to relationships generally speaking and is especially effective for romantic relationships. This approach pays special attention to our emotional experiences because our emotions serve as important signals for our deepest attachment needs. The EFT approach also maps out the negative cycle of our relationship interactions, which gives clarity into how our relationships start to spin out of control.

On the Fence About Going to Therapy?

Many people start to consider therapy as their challenges and difficulties begin to feel overbearing, yet they also wonder if they really have the time, energy, money, and motivation to complete the therapeutic journey. Moreover, what if the therapist turns out not to be trustworthy, competent, or committed enough to ensure any real chance for success? These risks are very real! Seeking therapy takes a brave leap of faith. I help anyone I see in therapy take small yet meaningful steps in working through their difficulties. These small successes begin to add up leading to more and more confidence, until most people find that they are no longer on the fence.

Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed

Perhaps you are curious about the benefits of therapy, but wonder if seeking help would be an admission that you are weak, flawed, or even crazy. You would not be alone! The reasons for embarrassment can go many directions: perhaps we fear that bringing up our pasts could make our families look bad, or perhaps we compare ourselves to others who don't need therapy and wonder what makes us different. As a therapist, I strive to address your concerns by creating safety, focusing on your strengths and aspirations, and helping you make sense of embarrassing issues in a way that maintains your dignity.

Services I Provide

  • Coaching
  • Consultation
  • Counseling for Offenders
  • Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Premarital Counseling

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Anger
  • Attachment Issues
  • Breakup
  • Career Choice
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emptiness
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Forgiveness
  • Gambling Addiction
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Identity Issues
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Internet Addiction
  • Isolation
  • Jealousy
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Money and Financial Issues
  • Parenting
  • Perfectionism
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Rejection
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Religious Issues
  • School issues
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Confidence
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sex Addiction
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Shame
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Suspiciousness / Paranoia
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Worry

Types of Therapy

  • Attachment-Based Family Therapy (ABFT)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy
  • Existential Psychotherapy
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian Therapy)
  • Play Therapy
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
  • Systems Theory /Therapy
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