FIND FREEDOM FROM SUFFERING
AND THE FREEDOM TO LIVE
BEYOND PROVIDING THERAPY, WE PROVIDE A WAY OF LIFE AND HAPPINESS
WHAT WE TREAT
Hello! Welcome to Irvine Family Counseling
As a team of licensed mental health providers, we offer counseling services to individuals, couples, and families throughout California.
Meet our founder, Monica M. Huston!
A warm, outgoing and resourceful therapist
A trained professional in evidenced-based research who likes to see results
A counselor seeking to provide the highest quality of care for your needs
At Irvine Family Counseling, you can expect
Immediate support and practical feedback
To get in and get out- therapy geared towards making you independent
Personal growth and transformation
Positive improvements in your relationships
Counseling services which value your cultural practices and spiritual beliefs
Do I need therapy?
Is now the right time?
How do I find the right therapist near me?
Call (949) 354-4905 to schedule a complimentary consultation or book a consultation below. We will do our best to help you determine if Irvine Family Counseling is right for you.
WE ARE DEDICATED TO IMPROVING THE WORLD ONE PERSON AT A TIME
MY PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCES
In-Home Marriage and Family
JUSTICE RESOURCE INSTITUTE
Working with a team of psychologists and mental health therapists in Boston, I provided counseling services to families seriously effected by trauma and struggling with PTSD. I received extensive training in family counseling and formulated evidence-based treatment plans to meet the family's most pressing needs.
JUSTICE RESOURCE INSTITUTE
I provided mental health services to individuals coping with PTSD, bipolar symptoms, anxiety, depression and relationship issues. I received extensive training in m role as a child therapist and adolescent therapist. I developed interventions targeted to assist youths with skills in identity development, emotional regulation and healthy attachment.
MY EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND
BOSTON COLLEGE; Mental Health Counseling
This program exposed me to a variety of psychological treatments used to heal mental issues resulting from poverty, violence, imprisonment, immigration, racism, sexism and oppression. I learned that careful listening, unconditional positive regard, and empathic responding are the primary elements of forming a therapeutic relationship.
BOSTON COLLEGE; Pastoral Theology
This program teaches students how to tend to the dimension of the “spirit” present in the individual seeking therapy. My religious educators have taught me how to listen to the religious material presented by clients in a way that is respectful, clinically useful, insightful and, ultimately, healing. I grew to appreciate the body-mind-spirit connection and devoted my thesis to distinguishing how spiritual issues differ from psychological ones. Holistic health and faith-based counseling became my passion and career.
ST. MARY'S COLLEGE OF MORAGA
The study of ethics, metaphysics, politics and religion added fuel to my desire for knowledge and self-discovery. I studied philosophers who inspired me to think critically, engage in meaningful conversations and develop thoughtful perspectives. During my psychology thesis on the topic of marriage and family therapy, I developed a timeless admiration for the foundation of marriage and family structure which continues to drive my career choice in marriage and family therapy today.
Bachelor's in Philosophy
Bachelor's in Psychology
WHY I BECAME A PSYCHOTHERAPIST
"For many years I longed to feel a sense of belonging in my own skin. It amazed me how the eyes of my body could see miles ahead, but the eyes of my mind and spirit could not see the wounds I carried inside.
I feel an inner reserve of energy radiating positivity, joy and purpose. I believe this came from my choice to take the journey from "head to heart." This was the best choice I ever made and the most important choice I continue to make every day. I became a mental health therapist so I could work with others who want to to take the same journey and uncover what healing could like in their life."
ABOUT THE TEAM EXPERTS
Brooke T. Barnidge
Lisa P. Dinglasan
Matt D. Tuszynski
"In watching helplessly as those kids were bullied, I could see their souls shatter into a million pieces. I was never treated like they were but I didn't need to to know how bad it was. That's when I knew in my heart that I was meant to be more than just a friend to these people and anyone who was severely disempowered."
"With unwavering conviction, I felt a profound calling to share with others what I experienced to be the divine gifts of a spiritual, therapeutic connection. Had I realized I was missing the combination, my wounds could have healed sooner. I want to spare others from being able to say the same thing."
"At this point, I have come to know the power of a good therapist. I thought if I could be one of those good therapists for someone else who was painstaingly lost like I was and utterly homeless inside, then I knew I needed to use my natural skills on purpose to help others going through what I did."
WE BECAME THE CHANGE WE WANT TO SEE IN YOU
OUR AREAS OF EXPERTISE
POST-TRAUAMTIC STRESS DISODER
Trauma-induced PTSD is one of the most urgent public health issues in the West. Research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has shown that "one in five Americans was sexually molested as a child; one in four was beaten by a parent to the point of a mark being left on their body; and one in three couples engages in physical violence. A quarter of us grew up with alcoholic relatives, and one out of eight witnessed their mother being beaten or hit."
-Bessel van der Kolk MD
"Those responsible for the spiritual care of others will run into issues that seem pathological, and those
responsible for the psychological care of others will run into issues that seem spiritual. The mind and spirit are entangled. The human person grapples with problems of religious-identity, meaning and purpose within situational circumstances and cultural, historical contexts. There will always be a psychological response to what is spiritually rooted, and a spiritual response to what is psychologically
caused. Insofar as all Truth is one- that the same God who designed spiritual health also designed mental health- psychological healing does not contradict spiritual progress but may complement it."
"You don’t think in depression that you have put on a grey veil and are seeing the world through the haze of a bad mood. You think that the veil has been taken away, the veil of happiness, and that now you have seen truly."