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Chrissy Barlahan
 ------- Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

I am married to a wonderful and supportive husband. I have 2 boys 4yrs and 1yr. Their “brother,” Dash (our wiener dog) is so sweet, but literally barks at nothing. My heart, soul, and roots are here in the South Bay. I am a Christian and really put my faith into practice in all that I do. The beach is my happy place and kickboxing is my joy!

My Therapy Style

I like to be direct, in a gentle way haha! I will not hesitate to shoot you straight. I am well versed in my field, and when appropriate, I’ll bust out the therapy clinical jargon. I’ve been told I am kind-hearted, warm, attentive, motivating, intuitive, and funny! There are so many things that can feel hard and awkward about therapy, but I promise, I do my best to make this a valuable experience.

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (135450). 

Approach to Treatment 

I don’t want to bore you with too much clinical jargon so I will try and keep it as simple but informative as possible. I work from an Emotion Focused perspective. This guides a lot of my couples work because it focuses on learning to communicate with one another in a way that provides comfort and security. It uses attachment theory to navigate how mom, dad, or caretaker have played a role in shaping you and your relationship with others. 


Once in a while I will throw in some Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Which is a fancy way of saying, "Let’s look at your thoughts and how they are not helpful, throw them out, and replace them, with true, and helpful thoughts." And of course, my first instinct is to see things through a Behavioral Therapy lens given my background. This is a fancy way if saying, "How did you just reinforce that behavior, and are you giving that negative attention."

In a Nutshell

Treatment Approach

  • Emotion-Focused Therapy (Lets's re-connect your hearts)

  • Solution-Focused Therapy (Let's get down to business)

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (Let's change your thoughts)

  • Behavioral Therapy (Let's reinforce that behavior)

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