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Mission Viejo Therapy | Mission Viejo Anxiety | Rancho Santa Margarita Anxiety | Laguna Hills Depression

Dorina Stern, M.A., LMFT, CHt

Marriage and Family Therapist

Mindfulness Training and Personal Development

Therapy and Coaching for Teens and Young Adults

EMDR Practioner

Certified Hypnotherapist


Call Today: (949) 285-6074


Are you ready to feel better?


Many of us experience feeling anxious, out of control, disconnected, and depressed on a daily basis. We spend most of our time thinking about what we don't want, and scaring ourselves with fearful thoughts about the past or the future. We find ourselves in a constant state of unworthiness, insecurity and utter panic about who we are.  Once our mind and our brain becomes accustomed to feeling "stressed, unhappy, and unworthy", it becomes a state of being, our new norm. We may start to believe that this is all that life has to offer and become stuck in this fearful and overwhelmed mental state.  At this point your own mind starts working against you, and it becomes critical  to look within for the answer to being happier and in a place of peace with ourselves.  

Anxiety and depression is often the  result of  traumatic experiences, as well as our preoccupation with the past or the future.  The most debilitating result of anxiety and depression is in our difficulty being fully present.  They are very powerful mental states that also make it difficult to manage our emotions and to find the inner peace we need to thrive and create what we need in our lives. When we struggle with our emotions, having relationships becomes difficult, and often impossible. After all, if we don't have a positive and present relationship with ourselves, it's difficult to have it with anyone else. 

Sometimes, we may choose relationships that reflect our poor sense of self, and choose partners that are not good for us.  Or, we may have difficulty in stying connected and trusting our partners.  Being in a negative mind set, we may also begin to experience physical problems as the body's way of responding to internal mental stress and feelings that something is wrong with us.  

If you are currently experiencing anxiety, depression, feelings of low self-worth, or a difficult life transition, this is the perfect time to try effective therapy. 

I can help. I am passionate about helping people gain awareness and knowledge that affect their mental health and emotional state.

There are so many challenges and circumstances in life that can contribute to levels of stress, confusion and feelings of low self-worth. These may include stressors such as loss, relationship conflicts, parenting issues, employment struggles and life transitions. In addition to these stressors, many people struggle with unresolved issues from childhood, addictions, or unhealthy patterns that sabotage their relationships. Often, it becomes a matter of not knowing what we want, or focusing on what we don't want, that creates the anxiety in our lives.  There are also possible physical stressors such as chronic pain or a chemical imbalance.  

I recognize that everyone's situation is unique and make every effort to understand all aspects of one's life in order to reach an accurate diagnosis and deliver highly personalized treatment that maximizes your chances of success. I incorporate various modern and traditional treatment methods into the therapy process, including solution-focused therapy, narrative therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness techniques, personal development coaching, EDMR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), Visualization Techniques, and Hypnotherapy to provide the most effective and fastest ways to regain balance and mental health.  

Dorina Stern,

Mission Viejo Therapy specializing in Anxiety, Depression, Relationship Counseling, Family Therapy, ADHD, Substance Abuse, Adolescent Counseling serving Mission Viejo, 92691, Rancho Santa Margarita, Laguna Hills, Trabuco Canyon