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Rika Lopez, LMFT

Addictions Relationship issues Trauma and abuse Grief Depression
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About me

Hi, my name is Rika Lopez and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 10 years of experience working with adults, couples, and families. I am currently a candidate for CSAT (Certified Sex Addiction Therapist) where I am learning tools and techniques to work with those who struggle with compulsive and repetitive behaviors such as pornography addiction, infidelity, "hook up" apps, and other sexually impulsive patterns. Not only do I work with individuals who struggle with these sexually acting out behaviors but also partners who have been betrayed or hurt in their romantic relationships/marriages.
As a Christian therapist, I find it also of value to work with faith based clients who feel immense guilt and shame due to their sexual addictions. Sadly many churches do not offer a safe environment for people struggling with sexual addiction to be heard, noticed, or even counseled. This is such a tragic reality.
My hope and prayer is that many spiritual communities will begin to expose themselves to real issues and start having difficult conversations with their congregation so people will not silently suffer and drown in their loneliness and isolation. There are tangible and practical resources to help you with your sexual addiction. Let's begin this new journey today! You are not alone in this. You are seen, you are noticed, you are heard. Allow me to walk alongside you so that we can begin to unfold your pain and hurt and get the help that you need!
Aside from sex addiction clients, my work with those who suffer from depression, anxiety, and trauma have allowed me to gain further insight into their world which thus helped me become more effective in providing tools and techniques into their day to day functioning. Thru my approach of CBT, Attachment based, and Systems theory, let's get to the bottom of these cycles and patterns you are dealing with.
Therapy is a process so there are no quick fixes or changes that happen over night but I guarantee you that as you stay focused and committed, you will begin to see incremental changes in your life. Let's do this already! ONE DAY AT A TIME!! I believe in you!

Professional experience

10yrs in practice

Additional areas of focus: Stress, Anxiety, Family conflicts, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, Multicultural Concerns, Sex Addiction

Clinical approaches: Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy

License information

CA LMFT 105880


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Rika Lopez. 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.

This was my first time trying counseling and I am glad I got matched with Rika. She is an amazing listener and helped me feel comfortable right away. I feel like she really takes the time to understand the point of my long rants. She is very good at sifting through all of the information i give her and focusing on particularly important points. I am very grateful for her.

Written on Jan 04, 2021 after therapy with Rika for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and adhd

Rika listens patiently and offers excellent insight. She's super easy to talk to, as well! I have occasionally cried during our sessions and still felt 100% supported and heard. She's also great with scheduling and accommodating communication needs :)

Written on Nov 18, 2020 after therapy with Rika for 3 months on issues concerning relationship issues, and intimacy-related issues

Rika has really helped me blossom and affirm my self worth and it’s making big differences in my day to day life. With the growing confidence that I’ve gained through counseling, I have the energy to do my best in life and not be so harsh with myself.

Written on Sep 08, 2020 after therapy with Rika for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, and self esteem

Rika is understanding and I’ve only had one session so far and it was kind of rushed but she is good at what she does. I appreciate her. I’ve recommended her to all my friends.

Written on Aug 27, 2020 after therapy with Rika for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, and c

Rika is very good at listening and giving amazing feedback! She’s an amazing support system and trustworthy. I am very pleased and happy I get to speak to her.

Written on Apr 30, 2020 after therapy with Rika for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, self esteem, and anger management

Listens well and validated my feelings. She gives me good advice!

Written on Apr 19, 2020 after therapy with Rika for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life c