Mandie Pitrel obtained her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California, and is a licensed Clinical Social Worker who specializes in working with teenage clients and their families. Mandie’s background in psychotherapy includes populations of all age groups, with a strong passion for working with adolescents. She finds that teens and their parents are often confused about the differences between typical youth struggles, and those more serious issues requiring intensive therapeutic interventions. She enjoys the challenge of sorting through it with clients and families, assessing and navigating treatments that custom fit their uniqueness. Her extensive experience working with individuals, couples, families, and groups has also helped her become extremely skilled in handling cases that are diverse and complex in nature, with specialty focuses including anxiety, depression, anger issues, shame, and the LGBTQ+ population. Mandie began her professional work in the mental health field as part of a team that worked with toddlers referred to a specialized treatment program. These children responded to their backgrounds of neglect and abuse through aggressive behaviors, which Mandie and her team helped to identify, heal, and reconcile. The experience generated a desire to understand and treat perpetrators of domestic violence and child abuse. She began facilitating court mandated anger management groups for men and women, and also worked at several schools in Los Angeles. Her treatment approach included a wide range of evidence-based therapies including play therapy, individual counseling, group therapy, and also psychoeducation for teachers. Mandie strongly believes that working together in unity with her clients, their families, and other healthcare professionals, invites strengthened resilience, authenticity, and openness to all becoming their best selves, which in turn creates new opportunities and abilities to succeed and thrive.