Wendy Purcell, LMFT, CHt
Wendy is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist using a mixture of modalities including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), energy psychology, hypnosis and coaching. She has a very straightforward approach and does not believe in long term talk therapy. Wendy believes everyone has the answers and wisdom within; her role – to help you get unstuck. Wendy specializes in anxiety, depression, PTSD (both emotional and physical trauma), and grief. Wendy loves working with all areas of marriage and family: relationships, communication, parenting, infidelity and divorce. With her mind body spirit approach Wendy has also been very successful in helping people with self-sabotage, spiritual blockage, and the emotional components of physical ailments such as insomnia, migraines, stomach issues and autoimmune disorders. Wendy’s practice includes individuals, children, couples and families.
Wendy’s treatment orientation is Integrative, which means it is customized based on your individual needs and goals. Wendy begins every new client with education on how the mind works and gives you quick and easy energy psychology tools and techniques to use at home. Energy psychology (EP) is a relatively new and very exciting approach to therapy, about 30 years in the making. EP is basically a collection of mind-body techniques that have been clinically proven to facilitate deep and permanent healing of traumatic wounding.
Wendy discovered EP in 2003 and has studied it ever since. She witnessed clients making huge shifts in only a few sessions and often immediately. What would have once taken months of talk therapy was getting done in a handful of sessions.
During her EP training in 2006 she was certified to use Hypnosis to prepare people for surgery, cancer treatments and for the use of Time-Line Therapy. In April 2016 she became a certified Hypnotherapist which allows her to use hypnosis with any client interested and on any issue.
Background & Training
After receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at UCSB, Wendy went on to earn a Masters Degree at the Graduate School of Education and Psychology at Pepperdine University. In 1997 Wendy graduated with honors and a lifetime membership to Psi Chi, the National Honors Society in Psychology.
In 1998 Wendy moved to Orange County to complete her 3000 hours of intern work. During this time she worked with children, individuals, couples and families gaining a wide range of experience using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Upon passing her state board exams and becoming a Licensed Psychotherapist in 2001, Wendy became Director at the Drake Institute in Irvine, supervising interns and providing therapy to the individuals and families in treatment.
In 2003 Wendy began post-graduate training in the field of Energy Psychology, now known as Integrative Psychotherapy. In her more than 300 hours of training, Wendy discovered her true calling as a healer. She has earned certifications in EMDR, TFT, TAT, EFT, Enneagram Theory, NLP, Time Line Therapy, Healing From The Body Level Up and Hypnosis.
In 2005 Wendy left the clinical setting and began working in a private practice. In 2008 she co-founded The Center of Integrative Therapy in Laguna Hills where she ran groups and training's on various energy techniques and methodologies while seeing her private clients. Wendy was delighted to begin her next chapter in 2015 as the founding therapist at OC Whole Family Wellness.