Therapist Profile

Name:
Keri M. Prather, M.A.
Professional Title:
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Email:
Location:
305 N. Harbor Blvd. Suite 215 Fullerton, CA 92832 UNITED STATES
Phone:
(714) 363-4423
License Number
LMFT50823
Practicing Since:
2011
Additional Licenses:
LMFT

Personal Statement

Personal Statement:
My name is Keri Prather and I am a graduate of Pepperdine University, where I received my Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology, with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2006. I have over 15 years of experience working with children, individuals, and families. Prior to opening a private practice, I worked for many years with children and families in the dependency system, as well as in community-based non-profit mental health based programs, in-home crisis for children/adolescents, and managed care in Orange County, CA. I believe that the experience a person has while participating in therapy relies greatly on the relationship between the client and therapist. As a therapist, it is my job not to tell you what to do or to give you specific answers, but to assist you in arriving at your own decisions and solutions. I encourage open communication with my clients and I feel that therapy is only successful when feedback is given and received on both ends of the relationship. Please feel free to ask any questions, either over the phone prior to your first appointment, or at any time along the way, if it will help you to determine if your needs will be met. I feel that every person is an individual and that this means that therapy can look different from one client to the next. I approach therapy from the perspective that we can work together to find ways to improve your life in areas where you feel change can lead you to a more fulfilling life. Just as every person is unique, I want to find the most effective way, to help you get to where you want to be in your life. Although our work together during therapy session is integral to the therapeutic process, I also feel that most change occurs in between sessions. For this reason, I often give “homework” assignments which may be in the form of an exercise, worksheet, log, or “food for thought” to think about until the next session. It is important to remember that therapy is a journey, not only a destination. It is a process that can be solution-focused and time-limited, or it can be a path of growth and exploration, depending on the individual. My hope is that the result will be a more fulfilling life as an individual as well as more satisfying relationships with those you care about. I enjoy working with all ages, but specialize in children toddler age up to young adults, as well as families. I use the modality I feel is most appropriate, in any given situation. This may include individual and/or family therapy sessions and the frequency will vary as appropriate. I also often use Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) with Becket, my certified therapy dog, which adds a new perspective to the therapy experience for both children and adults alike. I look forward to working with you to help you in moving toward the life you want to live.

About My Practice

Office Hours
Monday - Friday; hours vary depending on the day; some week night availability.
Services
We provide individual, couples, and family counseling for ages 3 years old and up. We also provide group therapy on a scheduled basis (please see group therapy page). Treatment specialization includes, but is not limited to: ? Couples and family therapy ? Child and adolescent therapy ? Play therapy ? Parenting support ? Grief counseling ? Chronic pain or illness ? Work, career, work-life balance issues ? Stress management ? Attention Deficit issues ? Conflict resolution ? Trauma issues ? Coping with life stressors and transitions ? Social skills ? Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) ? Anxiety ? Depression ? Behavior problems ? Anger management ? Self-esteem/assertiveness Treatment modality and frequency will be based on what is determined to be clinically appropriate.
Insurance
College Health IPA, Private Pay, Superbill provided
Credit Cards Accepted
American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Free Initial Consult
No
Offers Teletherapy
None

Education

Degrees
B.A. Chapman University, Criminal Justice/Sociology, 2000 M.A., Pepperdine University, Clinical Psychology, emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy, 2006

Area of Specialty

Specialites:
ADHD-Attn Deficit Hyperactive Disorder
Adolescents
Anger Management
Anxiety
Aspergers Syndrome
Attachment Therapy
Career Stress and Changes
Children
Childhood Trauma
Communication Skills
Depression/Clinical Depression
Families
Individual
Parenting
Play Therapy
Relationships
Self Esteem/Personal Growth
Step/Blended Families
Stress
Working With Therapists

Other

Theoretical Orientation
Attachment
Behavioral
Brief/Solution Focused Therapy
Cognitive-Behavioral
Family Systems
Process
Self Psychology
Certifications
Play therapy training Certified in Functional Family Therapy (FFT)
Languages Spoken
Spanish
Ethnicity

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