"The Road To Private Practice for Pre-licensed Therapists: Panel Presentation and Discussion"

  • Sat, June 26, 2021
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Online Via Zoom


  • You are a licensed health/mental health professional AND a member of San Gabriel Valley CAMFT
  • Other CAMFT Chapter Members
  • You are a mental health care professional, but not currently a member of San Gabriel Valley CAMFT, nor another CAMFT chapter.
  • You are a student, associate, or affiliate in the field of mental health care AND a member of San Gabriel Valley CAMFT.
  • You are a student, associate or affiliate in the field of mental health care, but not currently a member of San Gabriel Valley CAMFT.


Panel Presentation and Discussion

The Road To Private Practice
for Pre-licensed Therapists:
Panel Presentation and Discussion

Presentation Panelists

Lynne Azpeitia, LMFT, AAMFT Approved Supervisor
Natasha Morisawa, M.A., LMFT
Susan Lowe, M.A., LMFT

 Saturday, June 26, 2021

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Online Via Zoom

(Registration ends Thursday, June 24th at 8 pm. No Exceptions.)

Program Description

The path to becoming a professional therapist is long and confusing. This two-hour panel presentation and discussion aims to de-mystify some of the more frequently asked questions about how to go about the process of applying for an associateship in the private practice setting. Three seasoned SGV-CAMFT professionals discuss what to look for in a supervision site and a supervisor, how to evaluate a private practice associateship setting, how to present yourself in an interview, how to understand the complexities of compensation in private practice, ways to build professional relationships and get the most out of your professional organization, how to build your private practice as an Associate, the pros and cons of working in an agency vs. private practice, and how to develop your professional persona.

This two-hour panel presentation and discussion is offered at the beginning level and is primarily geared toward the pre-licensed therapist. However, early career therapists, supervisors, and seasoned therapists who want to learn more about the most effective ways to put your best foot forward as a counseling professional will want to attend as well.

This program does not offer CE credit.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the webinar, attendees will be able to:

  1. Name three key features to look for when evaluating a private practice setting
  2. Identify three qualities to look for in a potential supervisor
  3. Identify three qualities in yourself that will be valuable to a private practice setting
  4. Distinguish three positive and three negative attributes of the private practice setting vs. working for an agency
  5. Name two compensation models often used in private practice
  6. Identify three effective strategies taught by a professional interview coach
  7. Identify three effective strategies for filling a private practice as an Associate
  8. Name three effective methods for developing your professional persona.

Panelists Bios

Lynne Azpeitia, LMFT, AAMFT Approved Supervisor, supports and coaches licensed therapists, associates, and students in creating and maintaining a successful, thriving clinical practice and a profitable career. Based in Santa Monica, Lynne does coaching and psychotherapy with gifted, talented & creative adults, couples, and families locally and internationally—in person, by phone and video—and provides supervision, consultation & training to licensed therapists, interns and supervisors. A Professor Emeritus of Phillips Graduate University, Lynne’s a popular speaker, professional interview coach and workshop leader, well known for her practical, useful, cutting-edge advice—and is nationally recognized for her skillful, innovative training and extensive knowledge of Virginia Satir’s work. Websites: www.Gifted-Adults.com, www.LAPracticeDevelopment.com.

Natasha Morisawa, M.A., LMFT Natasha’s formal education resulted in a B.A. in Liberal Studies from Cal State University, Los Angeles and an M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pacific Oaks College. She currently owns Natasha Morisawa Marriage and Family Therapy, Inc. where she sees clients in private practice and employs and supervises 3 MFT Associates. Her specialties include working with families and individuals exploring the impact of individual and inter-generational trauma in their lives. As an active homeschool/alternative education advocate Natasha is the co-founder of The National Association of Home and Hybrid Education through which she assists families exploring alternatives to formal education. In addition, she’s the current Executive Director of The Place Within- Southern California, a non-profit community mental health center in Monrovia, CA and sits on the Board of Directors for SGV-CAMFT. Feel free to connect with Natasha on Instagram @natashamft_ Or visit her virtually at www.MindfulMFT.com

Susan Lowe, M.A., LMFT is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Supervisor and Program Coordinator for the Child Abuse Treatment Program at Seven Generations Child and Family Counseling Services where she serves American Indian/Alaskan Native families. Susan provides culturally appropriate therapy modalities to BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) in both the community mental health and in private practice setting. Susan serves on the Board of Directors for Diversity Uplifts, a nonprofit organization that provides cultural competency, mental health, and maternal mental health training and consultations. Susan also serves as the Pre-Licensed Chairperson for San Gabriel Valley CAMFT. Susan earned her Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family therapy from Pacific Oaks School of Cultural and Family Psychology with a specialization in African American Family Studies.

Registration is available ONLINE ONLY and is a TWO-STEP PROCESS:

  1. Register and pay through this e-mailer. No unpaid reservations are allowed and payment must be made at time or registration in order to reserve your spot.

  2. The day before the webinar you will receive a SEPARATE ZOOM LINK that you must sign in to, in order for you participate in the webinar. This step will help you to assess whether you have the latest version of ZOOM and that your device is ready for signing in on the day of the webinar.

(Additionally, you will receive the same Zoom information in your registration confirmation email.)


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