John DePaola, LMFT
June 24, 2017 Hurtt Family Health Clinic
I was born in Santa Monica and grew up in Van Nuys and Hacienda Heights. After receiving my undergraduate degree in sociology from Cal State Fullerton, I attended graduate school at Pepperdine University where I obtained my master’s degree in clinical psychology with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy. I am in love with the work and ministry of the counseling profession. I pursued this profession after I felt a God-given desire, peace and call to do so.
My philosophy is to take what a person says at face value and believe that their personal experiences have come many skills, preferences, abilities, and competencies. The problematic stories that people tell me about their lives are usually socially constructed and shape and impact the person’s life. I believe that these problems are the problem and the person is never the problem. I love working with people, consulting with them about their individual stories, and seeing their lives and relationships change for the better.