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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,
Licensed Clinical Social Worker,
LCSW #77911

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.

Corina Orozco

Corina Orozco
Associated Marriage & Family Therapist
AMFT #142645 

Becoming a Therapist: Early Influences

My admiration for this work came from my twin sister, who was born with an intellectual disability. I saw the help and support she needed from a very young age. I did my best to fit into her world, to get to know her friends and teachers and be a part of how her world works, how she views things and why. From a young age I knew we were different, she required extra help socially with her peers and she needed support with her academics.

Though our worlds were completely different, I enjoyed hers the most because it was freeing, pure, and the laughter I experienced from being around her community was therapeutic. I learned to have empathy for parent’s unique perceptual world as well. I became attune to my parents’ sensitivity and learned to be supportive and sensitive of others as well. I grew to have empathy for people, to just listen to their story and get to know their life, and to show empathy to families/parents. This helped me greatly as an early childhood educator. 

When the pandemic hit in 2020, I saw how much it impacted mental health to the people close to me, including myself. I began my own personal psychotherapy journey then with a great therapist, and I loved what I learned in therapy and continue to learn. Becoming a therapist, myself, is a mixture of both my personal and professional experiences. 

Counseling Experience

In times of need and crisis we all need someone to talk to. In therapy we can work together and explore life challenges together. I received my BA from Cal State Los Angeles in Communicative Disorders and my Masters in Clinical Psychology for Marriage and Family Therapy from Antioch University Los Angeles. 

In my experience I have learned the art of time by slowing down which allows the opportunity to understand not only the symptoms of what someone is going through but the deeper issues and the underlying problems. Throughout my professional experience as an early childhood educator and MFT trainee, I have honed my ability to work with families, children, teens and adults during times of need in empathetic ways. I did my traineeship at a community mental health setting for 8 months where I worked with clients who were going through anxiety, depression, relationship issues, past/current traumas and grief and loss.

I was an early childhood teacher for 6 years and prior to that I worked for school based after school programs in underprivileged communities. Through my experiences I have also taken a special interest in learning how to understand grief and trauma. I am looking forward to further understanding how to help others navigate these painful experiences and memories while holding space for each client as they go through the process of change.

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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