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Adult and Family Bilingual Therapists in Los Angeles, CA

Our Focus: Helping People Live Healthy and Fulfilling Lives Across the Lifespan

We're a group of dedicated therapists who provide counseling to people from birth to adulthood.

Our work is based on facilitating the growth and development of you and your family in 3 key ways:

How We Excel as Therapists

At Love, Listen and Play, we’re committed to serving our clients with Integrity, Respect, Generosity, and Excellence. We pride ourselves in using evidence-based practices to provide the highest quality of care.

We’re genuine, compassionate and non-judgmental therapists who have over 15 years of combined experience working with diverse populations, including adults, parents, young children, older children and teenagers.

Whether you have concerns about your child, yourself, or your family, we have the skills and knowledge to help you create more happiness and harmony in your life.

Fluent in English and Spanish, we thrive on empowering individuals and families to take control of their mental wellness.

We’re committed to helping children and adults develop lives where they feel worthy, confident and optimistic about their futures.

Our support and guidance help you to heal, build coping skills, and prevent more severe problems from developing in the future. We tailor our work to each client’s unique needs, which includes creating culturally sensitive treatment plans.

As challenges and changes arise throughout your lifecycle, you can be sure that we’ll be there. We have the expertise to help you strengthen your foundation of love and connection through all life and transitions.

Education, Training and Certifications

  • Masters of Social Work Degrees
  • Essentials of Trauma Treatment: Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP)
  • Infant Massage USA Educator
  • Screening Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Training
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (Certificate)
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Postpartum Support International
  • Completed Basic Training on Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder, Los Angeles County Perinatal Mental Health Task Force
  • Completed Infant Massage Training, A Foundation for Healthy Family Living
  • Grief Counseling
  • 10-hour online Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (Certificate)
  • Child-Parent Psychotherapist Certification
  • Assessment of Children Ages Zero to Five Using the ICARE certification
  • Best Practices in Birth to Five Intervention Strategies Training
  • Incredible Years Certified Facilitator
  • Mental Health First Aid
Abigail Ortega

Abigail D. Ortega
Licensed Clinical Social Worker LCSW#69747

Becoming a Therapist: Early Influences

Abigail’s love for her work stems from her personal experiences as a child caring for her younger brother, who had learning and behavioral challenges. Abigail’s compassion for her younger brother fueled her desire to become a therapist later in life.

Through caring for her sibling, she developed great insight and empathy for parents who have difficulties with their children. The skills she acquired through this experience have also been invaluable in her work with parents and their children.

Counseling Experience

Before starting her private counseling practice, Abigail worked in several community and medical settings. Her diverse experience included providing assessments and therapy to people and families of all ages and backgrounds.

In addition to Abigail’s extensive experience working with children and families, she has expertise in counseling high-risk populations, mothers with maternal depression, clients with chemical dependencies, and those with psychiatric disorders.

Abigail also has a wealth of volunteer experience. She is currently the Postpartum Support International Coordinator for Southern California, serves as a board member for SaludConTech, and is the Executive Chair of the California Chapter of the Association for Trauma Outreach and Prevention.

Constanza Patricia Whitwood

Constanza Patricia Whitwood, Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW

Becoming a Therapist

Since childhood, Constanza, who goes by Connie, has been a sensitive soul that longs to alleviate the suffering of others. In middle school, her personal experiences around bullying and supporting a close friend with depression and suicidal thoughts, planted the seeds of empathy and mental health awareness that led to her becoming a therapist. This has also led her to develop  a special interest in the emotional and relational needs of young people.

Over time, she came to see the deep value in supporting parents and caregivers, as they are the ones who can facilitate an ongoing place of love and safety where young people can thrive. In more recent years, she has personally experienced many of the mental, emotional, and social difficulties of becoming a mother. Because of this, she has developed an additional special interest in maternal mental health and in supporting mothers through the perinatal period.

As a therapist, she finds joy in helping others feel truly seen in their distress and pain. She works to empower them, providing the support and knowledge needed to move from a place of merely surviving, to a place of healing and growth.

Counseling Experience

Connie has worked in a community-based mental health setting as a Wraparound Child & Family Specialist, as a mental health specialist in legal/school settings, and as an outpatient therapist for over 6 years. Connie received her BA in Psychology from Pomona College, and her Master’s in Social Work (with a concentration in Children & Families and School Social Work) from UCLA. She has received specialized training in trauma, grief, and maternal mental health.

Clients who work with Connie can expect to be met with compassion and gentle guidance towards the goals that she and the client establish together. While her approach to treatment varies based on a client’s particular needs, her primary orientation is based in principles of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and is rooted in psychodynamic and attachment theory.

Connie views therapy as a collaborative process of trust-building, exploring, and practicing new ways of relating to others and the self. She believes that authentic change is possible in an environment of non-judgmental, compassionate encouragement to try new things. Connie’s past clients have expressed that her calm demeanor and thoughtful approach has helped them feel well supported as they have engaged in the work of therapy and parenting.

Your path to a more fulfilling life for you or your family is waiting for you.

Our proven track record will help you get there.

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