Family Phases Counseling

Growing and changing together...

Anne Lee, M.A., MFT
21243 Ventura Blvd., Suite 121, Woodland Hills, CA 91364
818.522.8785 or 818.883.9962
When we stop and think, or stop and feel, quite often there can be a realization that FEAR has found its way into our mind, heart, and spirit. Fear that relationships aren't unfolding as we hoped, fear that we are not empowered to handle personal changes and challenges, fears from the past that still haunt us or fears of the future that keep us from fully living in the essence we may not feel very secure, powerful, or hopeful.

My therapeutic work carefully and respectfully explores those fears and their impact on your personal goals and healthy engagement with family, spouses, friends, significant others, and co-workers. Together we seek a better understanding of your unique personality design, building on your strengths and adjusting the thoughts and actions that may be working against a fuller and happier living experience.

I specialize in working with couples in crisis, who are unsure of their next step as well as those couples who just need a "thorough tune-up" for their committed but currently stressful partnership. Marriage has many seasons and challenges that often negatively play out in areas of communication, intimacy, role definitions, and satisfaction, sexuality, finances, fidelity, boundaries with family members, and child-rearing. I work very often with young married couples who have hit surprise marital speed bumps and issues that need the kind of conflict resolution they never really were trained for. We creatively, and usually with some humor, get back on track with a plan and tools that re-secure a couple's emotional connection so they can continue building their home and family.

I also have a long history of working with women of all ages and stages (16-60+) in areas of their personal growth and "life in transition" goals. There are major life stage changes and dozens of other minor types of transitions women find themselves moving in or out of...high school, college, single life, marriage, divorce, child-rearing, careers, menopause, illnesses, or empty nest. So we look at the fears and the restrictions brought on by disruptive moods, anger, destructive thoughts, grieving and loss, depression, anxiety, personality traits, gender identity, poor self esteem, and even obsessions, abuse, addictions, and health issues that may emerge during these transition periods. We always build on the strengths, talents, and passions that each woman has within her. We strive to honor the balance of the mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual components of the complete woman!

I also focus on women who have had traumatic experiences, victimization, or early childhood issues that may restrict current emotional and cognitive health. It is a collaborative effort as each woman reclaims her own spirit and hope with effective tools, new insights, and strengths to take action! i know the "transition journey" personally and will walk with you as you discover the spirit of a strong mind, love for yourself and others and the empowerment to make the changes you need to feel secure again in your world.

I recently celebrated my 26th wedding anniversary with my husband and we have emptied the nest of our 25 year old daughter and our 21 year old son. I daily fight the entropy taking over the house and the golden retriever taking over the couch. I have been involved in leadership of family and women programs over the past 20 years at my home church. Being a guest speaker and teacher around the Los Angeles and Ventura areas to various mother's, women's and couple's groups is a true passion. A book on
Women In Transition is being written slowly...but surely with blessings in the process.

I have a B.S. in Communication from Ohio University and a M.A. in Psychology from Phillips Graduate Institute specializing in Marriage and Family Therapy. I am trained and certified in EMDR and my Master's dissertation was on PTSD and Critical Incident Stress Debriefing, Professional memberships include California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists (CAMFT) and American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC).


Marital Conflict


Women's Issues

Women in Transition



Master's Degree: Phillips Graduate Institute, Master's of Arts in Psychology with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy

Bachelor's Degree: Ohio University, Bachelor's of Science in Communication


California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT); American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC)