ELAINE KINDLE, Ph.D., LCSW, Board Certified Diplomat, is the Founder and Director of Life Focus Center. The goal of Life Focus Center, since its beginnings in 1981, is to provide high quality up-to-date services in a private, caring, comfortable, and supportive environment. The motto of Life Focus Center, “effective solutions for life’s challenges,” reflects Dr. Kindle’s philosophy to help positively empower clients through brief solution focused counseling.
Dr. Kindle works with a variety of concerns that significantly challenge many adults and adolescents of all cultures and religions in today’s world. Her approach is holistic, which recognizes the connection between mind, body, and spirit and is respectful of individual differences. She collaboratively incorporates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Hypnosis and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Debriefing) into a plan of action developed for each individual according to his/her needs. She is a Certified Trauma Specialist and provides Critical Incident Debriefing and Trauma Aftercare services.
Dr. Kindle developed the highly effective “Kindle Your Self-Esteem Workshop” and the accompanying workbook and audio tapes. In addition, she authored several articles for local magazines and publications. In 2000, she was recognized by Soroptimist International of Puente Hills as Woman of the Year.
Dr. Kindle focuses her work on challenges such as: Adoption issues; Anger management; Anxiety issues (e.g. performance anxiety, social phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder); Depression & other Mood Disorders; Gender Identity issues; Grief & loss (victims of crime, death, divorce); Panic attacks;
Performance issues in school & in the workplace; Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD); Relationship concerns (pre-marital, marital, parent-child, blended families, single parents).
In addition to clinical services, Dr. Kindle offers the following specializes services: Adoption Service Provider (ASP) for Independent Adoptions; Assessments re: psychological functioning, personality traits, and career identification; Career coaching; Weekend retreats for women; Workshops and seminars at Life Focus Center & Corporations such as Chevron, AT&T, RainBird, IEEE Computer Society, Century 21. As an adjunct to her adoption services, Dr. Kindle also is a Notary.
Dr. Kindle holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology (renamed Alliant International University) and a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California. She currently is an adjunct faculty at Alliant International University.
“Collaboratively assisting adults and adolescents on their journey to greater functioning is a privilege. That journey leads people to repair personal and relationship traumas that block their personal and professional goals. Through effective cognitive and behavioral interventions, clients improve difficult and often debilitating symptoms, and learn skills that help them attain self- empowerment, confidence and self-esteem. Clients often comment that they have achieved more than they thought they could more quickly than they imagined.”