Dr. Angel Faith is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in Positive Psychology and life enhancement. Much of Dr. Faith’s training and experience has been focused on delivering therapeutic programs to adults struggling with a variety of mental wellness concerns including anxiety, depression, relationship conflicts, life transitions, and stress management. Dr. Faith has a strong passion for utilizing Positive Psychology as an approach to facilitate the use of personal strengths, values, and relationships to help individuals reach their therapeutic goals. In addition to Positive Psychology, Dr. Faith utilizes tools and techniques from Cognitive Behavioral approached to help her clients make rapid progress. Dr. Faith works primarily with adults in a private practice setting. Her specialization is working with people who are dealing with depression, separations, break-ups, and divorces. Dr. Faith also teaching graduate courses at Pepperdine University in the areas of psychopathology and professional/clinical skills. Dr. Faith has previously worked in a variety of clinical settings, including college counseling centers (Los Angeles Valley College, University of Miami and Mount Saint Mary’s University), Forensic settings (Ventura Youth Correctional Facility) and community mental health (1736 Family Crisis Center and Pepperdine Community Counseling Clinic).
Dr. Faith received a doctorate in clinical psychology from Pepperdine University with an emphasis in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Humanistic approaches. She completed her master’s in clinical psychology at Pepperdine University as well, with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. For her undergraduate education, she received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Faith completed her pre-doctoral internship at the University of Miami and her post-doctorate fellowship at Mount Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles.
“Philosophy on Mental Health and Wellness”
Learning to adapt to life changes in a graceful and productive way is the key to a successful life.Dr. Faith believes that challenges are an essential and expected component of the shared human experience. As a society, we place so much focus on physical health and body maintenance, however, there is little emphasis on maintaining the mind and the emotional self to prevent negative symptoms and overwhelm. It is her perspective that there is tremendous potential in utilizing therapeutic programs and interventions not only to treat the “sick” but also to strengthen the healthy. We could all benefit from ongoing personal growth and development. It is her passion to create and deliver specialized mental wellness/life enhancement programs to insightful and self-curious individuals who may not necessarily have a “problem” that needs fixing, but rather seek growth and stimulation.
Although she found traditional therapy, diagnosis, treatment planning and intervention to be very rewarding work, Dr. Faith was curious about the overall lack of mental wellness and emotional hygiene programming available to the general population (i.e. people without clinical diagnoses). She believes that every individual has the capacity to grow and heal themselves with the right support and appropriate knowledge. It is her perspective that the psychological resources available to us should not only be used to treat pathology but also to keep the healthy thriving and generate deeper fulfillment, joy, purpose, meaning, and connection.
Angel believes that people have the capacity for unlimited growth and adaptation, and it is her goal to help others reach their greatest potential.