Meet the Team
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist,
Founder and Director
My work is a dynamic blend of what has profoundly influenced me: a Masters degree in marriage and family therapy, my 25 years study in Buddhist psychology and Non-Dual philosophy, 30 years practice in Seirenkai Martial Arts and teaching Kundalini Yoga. My marriage of 25 years while mothering two young adult children has been deeply meaningful in providing the direct experience of navigating family life that has contributed to the formation of my work.
My passion is in supporting others to develop conscious partnerships, mindful parenting, heal from grief, and experience post traumatic resilience that empowers you to live a life free from anxiety and depression. My work integrates neuroscience, trauma research, internal family systems (IFS) methodology, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), mindfulness based CBT, meditative practices and relational awareness/skill work for healing and happiness.
The greatest priority in my work is the connection we cultivate together. It is essential to me that you experience an empowering relationship of unconditional acceptance and safety and my belief in your inherent wholeness.
Victoria Pekhnik, LMFTA
Often when one feels "stuck" in life, it could be the loneliest and scariest place on earth. Desperation, fear, anger, shame, loneliness or sadness are only a few, all too common, feelings that prevent us from finding our way back home to peace and well-being. Your difficult feelings might be rooted in past traumas, life’s stressors or current difficulties with relationships. Let me be your guide during these times and offer you a space where you can find unconditional empathetic regard and validation or just a calming oasis. Sometimes being “seen and heard” is all it takes to start the healing process of receiving relief and clarity.
I am here to honor your unique needs and can incorporate traditional psychotherapy with mindfulness and/or energy work. I aspire to provide a safe, compassionate and non-judgmental space to collaboratively nurture your greater self-awareness into areas of life where you feel constrained, and to help co-create a new world of possibility and meaningful change.
My work is eclectic and I combine family-structural and internal family system therapies, mindfulness, strength-based and existential-humanistic approaches, informed by trauma research and neuroscience.
“Hold the vision of yourself to become anything you choose to be. But learn to be deeply content with yourself as you are right now. To chase a future version of yourself is to tragically procrastinate being happy.” ~ Teressa Cohen