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Eileen Houtzer, LMFT

Stress, Anxiety Relationships Grief Depression Coping with life changes
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About me

Hello! My name is Eileen Houtzer and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family therapist practicing in California. I have been providing counseling services for individual and couples as well as employee assistant case management services for the past 17 years. I have a master’s degree in Counseling and a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology. In addition to private practice, I have worked in community college, hospital, and workplace settings, providing long-term and short-term treatment for a wide range of mental health issues using a variety of therapeutic modalities.

My belief is that treatment plans are built collaboratively between the therapist and the client and are adjusted as circumstances change. Based on your needs, I will utilize theoretical models that will help to direct the treatment plan. I am very pragmatic in my approach. You may be interested in self-exploration and desire to work on maladaptive patterns of relating to others and/or reflect on the impact of early childhood experiences on current relationships and adult functioning. To meet these goals, I will borrow from therapeutic models that emphasize attachment as a key element in how we interact with others. If you prefer support that offers a more hands-on, practical approach to problem solving, I would use a solution-focused and/or cognitive behavioral approach to address your concerns. This might include developing better strategies for stress management, decision making, and communication skills. I can also provide couple’s counseling for individuals seeking a more satisfying and productive marital life.

There is no right or wrong way to engage in the therapeutic process. We will go at your own pace and address the needs that are important to you. During our time together, we will work to understand what the problem situations are and develop new strength-based strategies for managing these situations more effectively. I look forward to working with you!

Professional experience

17yrs in practice
Stress, Anxiety Relationships Grief Depression Coping with life changes

Additional areas of focus: Addictions, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Sleeping disorders, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Attachment issues, Caregiver issues and stress, Codependency, Communication problems, Control issues, Family of Origin Issues, Guilt and shame, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Isolation / loneliness, Men's issues, Mood disorders , Post-traumatic stress, Social anxiety and phobia, Women's issues, Workplace issues, Young Adult Issues

Clinical approaches: Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Gottman Method, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy

Services offered

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License information

CA LMFT 39869


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Eileen Houtzer. We don't pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

Doctor Houtzer has been an invaluable presence in my life and I can attribute a lot of my success to the weekly sessions we've had.

Written on Oct 21, 2022 after therapy with Eileen for 1 year and 11 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, and adhd

Eileen is a wonderful therapist! She is genuine and she really cares about the well-being of her clients. I am very happy to have been paired with her. I am very pleased with the progress we have made and I look forward to continuing with her. Thank you so much Eileen!!

Written on Oct 03, 2021 after therapy with Eileen for 8 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, career difficulties, and compassion fatigue

Eileen has been a great support. She has quickly helped me to identify areas that would benefit from probing, and has gently and surely guided me to do so productively. With utmost professionalism and a caring presence, she has helped to create a very safe space to explore my inner life. Highly recommended.

Written on Jan 29, 2021 after therapy with Eileen for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and anger management