Dr. Traci Lowenthal

Virtual LPC Podcast #19 featuring Patty Gonzalez

Patty Gonzalez, M.A. is a marriage and family therapist intern and began her training at Los Angeles Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,and Transgender Center in 2012. At that time, Ms. Gonzalez was completing her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, with a specialization in Latino/a Family at Pacific Oaks College. Patricia’s approach to client work is strengths based and her clinical experience includes the following groups: persons identifying as LGBTQIA, people of color working through trauma, positive and non-violent parenting, childhood social skills and mental health, and mental health related to aging in older adults. 

Patricia has focused her work on specializing with people of color and persons identifying as LGBTQIA. She is committed and passionate about providing well informed mental and affirmative health care to this richly diverse group. Ms. Gonzalez is a longtime advocate of culturally competent mental health care for communities of color and the LGTBQIA community.  She is passionate and knowledgeable in both her role as a clinician as well as a lecturer and workshop facilitator.  In 2015, Ms. Gonzalez joined Creative Insights Counseling to further develop her work, under the supervision of Dr. Lowenthal, in a private practice setting. Together with Dr. Lowenthal and other staff of Creative Insights Counseling, Patricia now collaborates to provide training and outreach in many different settings.  Her writing is featured on the Creative Insights Counseling webpage and she is looking forward to this November when she will be a guest lecturer at the School of Education at the University of Redlands in their Masters of Counseling program. 

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Recently, I had the privilege to interview Patty, and it was a wonderful experience!  Patty is currently an MFT Intern, working under Dr. Traci Lowenthal (podcast interview #17).  I thought it would be interesting to change things up a bit and get perspective from an intern in counseling about topics like: finding a supervisor (Patty found her supervisor through Facebook!), jumping straight into private practice, and building a practice while interning.

In the interview, Patty offers some really good insights into the supervision process and developing her private practice.  She also offers the following resources that have helped her along the way:

Wellness Activity: Guided Meditation through Youtube; using a running app on her phone

Book: "All About Love" by Bell Hooks

Internet Resource: Utilizing Facebook groups to connect with other counselors

To learn more about Patty, check out her new blog HERE!  You can also visit Dr. Lowenthal's website to learn more about Patty and connect with her.  You can also find Patty on Facebook.

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Virtual LPC Podcast #17 featuring Dr. Traci Lowenthal

Traci Lowenthal, Psy.D. began her training at the AIDS Service Center in Pasadena in 2003, while completing her Doctorate in Clinical-Community Psychology at the University of La Verne.  Dr. Lowenthal’s approach to client work is strengths based and her clinical experience includes the following groups: persons identifying as LGBTQIA, those living with HIV/AIDS, Caregivers of Cancer patients, college students, older adults and survivors of sexual trauma. 

Upon licensure, Dr. Lowenthal opened her private practice specializing in work with persons identifying as LGBTQIA. She is committed and passionate about providing quality mental health care to this richly diverse group. Dr. Lowenthal is a long time advocate of equality for the LGTBQIA community and brings tireless commitment to her work as a clinician and educator. In 2014, Dr. Lowenthal developed Creative Insights Counseling as a way to work with interns and provide supervision to those looking to work in a private practice setting. Together with her staff, Dr. Lowenthal now provides training and outreach in many different settings.  Her writing has also been featured in many articles and websites. 

Dr. Lowenthal is adjunct faculty at the University of La Verne and the University of Redlands.


What a wonderful opportunity to be privileged to spend some time with Traci!  I think you will find her story of creating a second career in mental health to be extremely motivating.

In the episode, Traci discusses some of the ups and downs she encountered during the creation of her practice.  She also talks about her latest project, educating other medical professionals about best practices when working with LGBTQIA clients.  Here are some helpful resources she uses in her practice:

Wellness- connect with a personal therapist (YES, we too need to work on ourselves); exercise; and Headspace App

Book- "The Gift of Therapy" by Dr. Irvin Yalom

Internet Resources: hire a virtual assistant; Therapy Notes; Constant Contact

Briefly, I'll speak on hiring a virtual assistant.  After talking with Traci, I actually reached and tried it.  I hired a lady to help me create a slide presentation for an upcoming workshop I was presenting.  It worked out GREAT!  I didn't stress at all, and allowed someone else to take my ideas and create the presentation.  I will definitely be utilizing the services of virtual assistants more often.

For more information about all the great work Traci is doing, go to her website HERE!

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