We opened our doors in 1977 and a new counseling center was born, dedicated to providing high quality counseling and psychotherapy in a comfortable and supportive environment. But the name was a few weeks in the making. Each of us believed strongly in the creative process, although we carried it forward in unique ways. The name turned into a statement about the nature of change, healing, growth and transformation.
– L.I.F.E. Counseling Group
Meaning of LIFE
of the disparate, often conflicting, parts of ourselves can be the next phase. Bringing these parts together under our direction is like the conductor directing an orchestra. Without a fine conductor to lead, direct, and inspire, even the greatest musicians and instruments will make a lot of noise and no real music. Likewise, without a sense of direction to, and a director for, our inner and outer lives, our life may lack harmony, cohesiveness, and clarity.
often comes after we know ourselves, are becoming the inner and outer lives, and have well-chosen and defined goals that we feel we are moving toward. Without a clear sense of awareness, direction and progress, the joy and richness that fulfillment brings usually proves illusive.
of our existence here on this planet can be sensed amid an understanding of our deepest values. Knowing, doing, and being what is important leads to purpose and meaning in life.
While each therapist and client give their own emphasis and flavor to the therapeutic relationship, we believe that these four elements form a nucleus of the transformational process.
Three young Marriage and Family counselors and one Psychologist set out to create their own center, with a comfortable, peaceful environment and the administrative control to ensure a great opportunity for therapists and a healing environment for our clients. We opened our doors in Monrovia at the corner of Foothill and Violet in the summer of 1977 and a new counseling center was born.
But the name was a few weeks in the making. Each of us believed strongly in the creative process, although we carried it forward in unique ways. Walking our talk, we thought and meditated about our own individual preferences for a group name and then committed it to group processing until we arrived at a consensus choice. The name turned into a statement about the nature of change, healing, growth and transformation – L.I.F.E. Counseling Group.
At different times in our development we have had ancillary services, such as various kinds of body work, such as acupressure, therapeutic massage and Reichian therapy, and an outplacement drug and alcohol program. Now we make referrals to people and organizations we know in the community that provide these services.
We had L.I.F.E. Bookstore for a few years too. We are very happy to give the shipping and handling over to the fastest growing bookstore in the world, Amazon.com. You can connect with them through our site and if you purchase something, a small portion of your payment comes back to us. We will donate 100% of these proceeds to our charities.
We are private practice, licensed psychotherapists and registered Marriage and Family Therapist interns. We speak English and Spanish and are of European, Asian, Pacific Island , Hispanic, Middle Eastern and African descent. We find the diversity, depth and quality of the therapists that presently comprise L.I.F.E. to be our greatest asset.
Each therapist and therapist-intern practices independently and separately, and is not responsible for the actions, suggestions, or treatment of any other practitioner at L.I.F.E. L.I.F.E. Counseling Group is not a partnership, a joint venture, or a professional counseling corporation.