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A m y  L a c i n a



PO Box 523
Beverly Hills, CA 90213



W H A T  T O  E X P E C T

There are times in all of our lives when we experience challenging emotional situations. Sometimes, when these situations arrive we can benefit from the support of a person outside of our inner circle of family and friends. Whether you are struggling with an acute crisis, change, or loss in your life, or even if you are just feeling mildly but persistently upset, it can take a toll on all aspects of your life. Working with a psychotherapist is a process that lends itself to understanding these situations more fully − the goal being the resolution of some of our inner turmoil and a higher quality of life.

Everyone can benefit from psychotherapy. No problem is too minor, common, severe, or unusual to be explored and healed. Some common reasons why people enter therapy include: anxiety and stress, depression, relationship problems, difficult family experiences, transitions and phase of life problems. Other times, people use therapy as a way to answer some of life’s tough questions such as, “What is my purpose?” or “Why am I here?”

Beginning work with a therapist is a courageous step for anyone. When you decide to participate in therapy, you begin the practice of self-discovery, creating more room to live your life to its fullest potential.


A B O U T 

services and specializations

Amy Lacina is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a private practice in Beverly Hills, California. She provides psychotherapy for adults, couples and families.  Amy specializes in working with substance abuse disorders and unresolved situational and developmental trauma (EMDR and somatic treatment modalities), attachment issues, relational concerns, anxiety and depressive disorders, problems pertaining to transitions and phase of life issues. 

Combining her academic knowledge with her unique understanding and empathy for each client, Amy uses a technique that combines various psychodynamic schools of thought. Through this approach, Amy helps clients gain an awareness of previously unconscious aspects of themselves through mindfulness, mind-body integration, and attachment theory.  This, in turn, helps clients change problematic coping mechanisms and ways of being, such as ineffective decision-making and interpersonal patterns. Amy also uses somatic and cognitive-behavioral modalities to assists clients in finding adaptive ways of perceiving themselves, others, and circumstances. In addition, Amy uses both EMDR and The Trauma Resiliency Model as well as behavioral interventions involving the teaching of skills needed for effective coping, communication, self-care, and symptom relief. 





Phillips Graduate Institute, Encino, CA

Master of Arts Degree in Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Bachelor of Arts


Clinical Experience and Training


Completed all levels of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing training with Dr. Laurel Parnell, Ph.D. and awarded EMDR certification by the EMDR International Association.    


Completed all levels of Trauma Resiliency Model Training with the Trauma Resource Institute.    

Private Practice, Beverly Hills, CA – Provide ongoing weekly psychotherapy to private clients.

Klean Treatment Center, West Hollywood, CA – Primary Therapist – Facilitate groups and provide inpatient psychotherapy for individuals and their families.

Private Practice Internship, Beverly Hills, CA, – Supervised by eating disorder and pregnancy and fertility specialist Greta Angert, M.A., MFT.

The Center for the Study of Young People, Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA – Clinical internship supervising teens working on TEEN LINE phone and email helpline.

The Maple Counseling Center, Beverly Hills, CA – Three year clinical internship working with individuals, couples and groups.

The Julia Ann Singer Center, Los Angeles, CA – Therapist to children on the Autism spectrum and their families.


Professional Affiliations


Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
(CA License #: MFC 47157)

Licensed Member – California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists

Certified member EMDRIA



Amy Lacina works with a variety of treatment conditions that range from mild to severe and from specific (e.g., insomnia) to broad (e.g., low self-esteem).  Amy is certified in both EMDR and TRM treatment modalities.

Amy Lacina specializes in treatment of the following conditions:

  • Substance Abuse and Addiction Issues

  • EMDR

  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Trauma Issues

  • Depressive Disorders

  • Anxiety Disorders

  • Relationship Problems and Concerns

  • Transitional Problems/ Phase of Life Disorders (e.g., divorce, new career path, marriage, children, retirement)

Other commonly treated conditions & concerns include:

  • Mood Swings

  • Work/Life Balance

  • Codependency/Assertiveness/Boundaries

  • Body Image Issues

  • Adjustment to Sudden Change, Loss or Trauma

F E E S & I N S U R A N C E


You may pay for your services with cash, check, credit card or Venmo.  Payment is due at the start of each session.  Services may be reimbursed to you in part by your health insurance or employee benefit plan, however the office does not participate in managed care plans.  Should you wish to use your out of network benefits, I can provide you with the required information to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement. Please check your coverage carefully by asking the following questions:


  • What are my mental health insurance benefits for an out-of-network provider?

  • What is my deductible and has it been met?

  • How many sessions per year does my health insurance cover?

  • What is my coverage per therapy session?


Please be advised that if you need to cancel or reschedule a session you will need to provide the office with a minimum of 24 hours notice.  If you are unable to provide the 24 hours notice of cancellation for whatever reason, and no opportunity is available to reschedule this missed session, you will be personally responsible for payment of the full fee.


If you have any questions or want more information, please feel free to call the office at 310.801.5761 or fill out the contact form below.

If I am unable to answer the phone, please leave a confidential voice message and I’ll return your call as soon as possible. Please let me know some good times to try to reach you, and whether it’s okay for me to leave you a message if you’re not available. I look forward to speaking with you!

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