Starr Harrison, RN, LMFT

Starr

Starr Harrison is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (License #37447).   Starr’s first career was working as an RN for 30 years.  She returned to school and earned her MS in Marriage Family Therapy in 1997, from Phillips Graduate Institute. For the next three years she worked in community mental health agencies, learning from her many clients and became a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in 2000.  She has been very fortunate to have gained much experience facilitating group therapy in the areas of substance abuse, domestic violence, anger management, parenting and chronic illness.  She additionally attended a three-year training for Somatic Experience Therapy.  Starr enjoys working with clients of all ages–children, adolescents, adults and seniors in individual, family and group therapy.  Her areas of specialty are depression, somatic body work/mind body connection, PTSD/trauma recovery, substance use/abuse, attachment issues and chronic illness/medical issues.  Starr also has a passion for supervising therapy interns and has had that privilege for over 13 years.


Rob Schlesinger, MS, CADC-CAS, CATC-RAS,

MFT Registered Intern

Rob

Rob Schlesinger is a Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern (Registration #IMF67360) and is clinically supervised by Starr Harrison, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (License #MFT37447).  Rob’s first career was as a travel agent for 31 years.  He returned to California State University Long Beach and earned a MS in Counseling with a focus on Marriage and Family Therapy in 2011.  Since then, he has worked and trained as a registered intern in various non-profit settings that offered counseling to their clients, learning several differing counseling approaches.  Rob has been fortunate to have gained experience counseling a variety of client populations, either as groups or individually, including substance abuse or dependence, domestic violence, couples and relationships, anger management, parenting, HIV counseling, LGBTQ issues, and individuals with disabilities and their families.  Rob earned a designation as a Satir Trainer in 2010, a client-centered approach to therapy and completed his pre-licensure experience requirement in 2015, when he completed more than 3,000 hours of counseling—required to apply for the Marriage and Family Therapist licensing examination in California.  He also earned a certification as a Registered Addiction Specialist in August of 2014.  Rob enjoys working with clients of all ages–children, adolescents, adults and seniors in individual, family and group therapy.  His areas of special interest are substance use/abuse, LGBTQ issues, HIV counseling, grief, and individuals with disabilities and their families.