Kayla is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT) and Attachment Trauma-Informed Art Therapist and Clinical Associate at Dr. Kate Truitt & Associates in Southern California. For the past 20 years she has successfully empowered individuals to heal from trauma (including attachment and developmental trauma) and lead more joyful and authentic lives. She is trained and experienced in Interpersonal Neurobiology and Evidence-Based Practices.
Her Integrative practice is based on the belief that your Body and Mind innately guide you towards healing. Even if one’s childhood was less than ideal, we all have a Whole and intact Inner-Self with Secure attachment within us, which may be blocked by interference such as past trauma. With access to a combination of tools and modalities such as: Havening, Mindfulness Self-Compassion, Interpersonal Neurobiology with Attachment theory, DARe (Dynamic Attachment Re-patterning Experiencing), Art Therapy, Brainspotting, and with gentle curiosity, Kayla will work with you to heal and remove these blockages, ultimately allowing your true authentic Self to shine.
Kayla is a Certified Havening Techniques® Practitioner, practicing Havening since 2018. Havening is a safe and gentle psychosensory form of psychotherapy which helps depotentiate traumatic experiences from the amygdala, a region of your brain associated with emotions. This re-processing of trauma removes the intense emotional experience from a traumatic memory. Havening is also a great tool for building emotional regulation, brain resiliency, and creating possibilities. Kayla is passionate about Havening and neurobiology, believing that understanding how the brain is impacted by trauma helps normalize one’s experiences.
Kayla also enjoys working with HSPs (Highly Sensitive Person) and Empaths, 15-20% of the population are HSPs and about 2-3% are Empaths. HSPs process information more deeply and are wired a bit differently, creating increased sensitivity to their surroundings. HSPs may suffer from anxiety and higher stress levels in a world that feels overwhelming, thus benefitting from a therapist who understand HSPs, learning tools for self-care and setting boundaries.
Additionally, Kayla has a background in Medical Art Therapy with training in PNI or Psychoneuroimmunology, the study of how stress impacts our bodies and immune system, obtained from her Post Graduate Art Therapy Credential at Phillips Graduate University. Kayla applies this knowledge to work with individuals with chronic illnesses who may have underlying past trauma.
Kayla obtained her MA in Counseling Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies, CIIIS where she studied Transpersonal Psychotherapy, Psychodynamic/ Object Relations, Gestalt Therapy, Expressive Arts, Sandplay Therapy, and Mindfulness practices.
Kayla’s past experiences include working at: CHOC Children’s Hospital Orange County, Del Amo Behavioral Hospital, Epilepsy Foundation of Greater LA, VA Palo Alto Healthcare System Polytrauma Center, VITAS Innovative Hospice Care, College Hospital, and Chapman University Student Psychological Counseling Services.
Kayla works with Adults in Individual Therapy and Group Therapy.
She is licensed to practice in both California MFT# 45834 and Colorado MFT.0001753.
Telehealth Video Sessions available.
“The wound is the place where the light enters you.” –Rumi