Lynn Talmon LMFT,
CATC IV, CEAP
Therapy & Counseling Education:
In 2006 I completed a two-year certification program in Gerontology and then worked with the Orange County Office on Aging. My next dedicated work for two years culminated in becoming a Certified Addictions Treatment Counselor (now Master’s level IV) registered with the State of California. I worked in addiction treatment while completing my BS in Human Services at California State University at Fullerton. The next years were dedicated to work with serious mental illness with homelessness as qualification for services. I loved this highly demanding and simultaneously rewarding work. In 2013, I began fulltime graduate school for Counseling Psychology study, first at Sofia University in Palo Alto, and then received my Master’s degree from National University in Costa Mesa. In the last year of my Master's program, I entered a yearlong "weekends" program to become a Certified Expressive Arts practitioner and earned certification in fall of 2015 at the Expressive Arts Training Institute. Currently I am continuing training at the prestigious Beuhler Institute's Sex Therapy Training program towards certification as a Sex Therapist through AASECT. I have had the incredible honor the recent two years to work with brilliant supervision whom I continue to resource for my clients and practice today. I am Licensed with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences as a Marriage and Family Therapist #103266. I am a member of California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT), and understand and abide by the standards of the CAMFT code of ethics as well as applicable local, state and federal laws and regulations governing my status as an MFTI.
My Personal Story:
I grew up right in here in the beach communities of Orange County. I was a third generation to attend Newport Mesa schools and my children and nephews were the fourth! I love and appreciate the history of people here as well as the steady flow of people from all over the U.S. and the world that have come to find Orange County and stay to make it better.
In my personal journey of wellness I am an avid creative arts person, doing photography, sewing, crocheting, painting and playing music as well as running on the beach and doing yoga. I cherish my family, friends, cats, working hard, lifelong learning, travelling, relaxing and laughing! I'm a regular person with hopes, dreams and challenges throughout life like you.
My personal story has myself, family and loved ones who have experienced many of the issues that you face. I have appreciated having people to talk to along the way and I understand the risk it is to participate in the process of therapy as it requires honesty and emotional experience that you might have been attempting to avoid before! But ultimately, “the only way out, is through”. Only by feeling the feelings and processing the thoughts can we come to another perspective and a peaceful heart again.
As much as I value the strong, loving people that have joined me on this wild adventure we call life, my personal experiences are only a small component of what informs me about each person I work with. My number one source of knowing about you is from you!! My education and experience provides me with methods to encourage, educate and support you as you discover truth, define yourself, your values and plans.
It is a joy for me to be a therapist and counselor and I am honored to build a strong therapeutic relationship, encourage and accompany you on your journey of growth and self-discovery. I look forward to talking with you!