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Rebecca Lenahan is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, working in private practice in Chico, CA. She currently works primarily with adults. Her continuing education focus in 2019, in light of the Camp Fire Disaster, and the intense number of people affected, is working with PTSD and Trauma in adults.

 In training as a Marriage and Family Therapist, Rebecca's clinical focus is on helping individuals improve relationships, either with yourself, with your partner, with your family, or in social or professional arenas. It is important to consider the family system and dynamics we each grew up in and how this impacts us, particularly when under times of crisis as we all tend to revert back to early scripts. With awareness comes growth. She tries to keep a balance of lightness, humor, encouragement, expansion, and growth in her work with people. She recognizes that good therapy does not have to always be serious work. She is a strong proponent for people educating themselves for empowerment in all aspect of one's life. She also takes a Holistic approach to working with each individual and makes referrals (as desired by the client) to medical or educational specialists as appropriate (i.e., primary care physician, psychiatrist, pain clinic, rehabilitation specialists, recovery programs, or educational referrals). 

With over 20 years of experience as a Marriage and Family Therapist, she has worked in private practice in Chico, Paradise, and Berkeley, Ca; in community agencies in Oakland, Chico, Oroville, and Paradise; in psychiatric crisis units in Berkeley,CA , and at UNC Medical Center in Chapel Hill, NC; and with a Butte County residential day treatment program. Rebecca is comfortable working with a broad range of mental health issues. Her treatment approach is holistic, focused on positive psychology, and developmentally based with an awareness of issues that face a person at each stage of life. She also looks at the "family system" for each person, recognizing that the family that we came from or live with affects us and our behaviors, and we affect them. Modalities of treatment may include object relations, gestalt therapy, body based therapies, cognitive behavioral approaches, educational approaches, art therapy,and/or guided imagery dependent on the person's needs and desires.

When returning to school to become a psychotherapist, Rebecca pursued training in Transpersonal Psychology while getting her Counseling Psychology degree. In Transpersonal Psychology one learns about world religions, world cultures and spiritual practices, and how spirituality may connect to a person's psychological process with either positive or negative effects. The client is respectfully supported in exploring  issues of spiritual/religious beliefs, only if desired, and how these beliefs may have changed over time or with experience.  

Special interests in the field of psychology include: treatment of early childhood attachment issues; brain development, trauma, and later psychological issues; treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD); issues around Adoption (for the adoptee and the adoptive family) throughout the lifespan; complicated bereavement (such as loss of a child); and recovery from childhood abuse; transpersonal psychology and the occurence of "tranformative life experiences" across cultures.

Rebecca did a year long Work-Study program at Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA. During her time there she experienced working with major Gestalt Therapists, in individual, group, and "work group" sessions. Stanislov Grof, M.D., was living and working in the community at that time, and was further developing his theory of Transpersonal Psychology, Holotropic Breathwork, and the issues of "Spiritual Emergency."  While at Esalen she was exposed to the world's leading theorists and clinicians in psychotherapy, transpersonal theory, mythology, martial arts, body work, art, and dance.  Later she did a 9 month training through the Spiritual Emergence Network in the San Francisco area, to work with people experienceing "spiritual crisis."

Previously Rebecca worked as a licensed Occupational Therapist.  She worked in that capacity in both psychological and physical rehabilitation with moderately to severely disabled individuals and their families. Her work was primarily at university or regional teaching hospitals, which afforded educational experiences that expanded her knowledge base, and is directly applicable to her current work as a therapist. Her first Masters Degree was in Occupational Therapy, with a Pediatric/Developmental Specialization. Her Bachelors degree was in Occupational Therapy. 


Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy: Transpersonal Specialization
John F. Kennedy University, Pleasant Hill, CA,  1993

Spiritual Emergence Training, San Francisco, CA 1993-1994

Master of Health Science, Occupational Therapy: Pediatric Specialization (Developmental)
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 

Bachelor of Science, Occupational Therapy
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL  

Associates of Arts, General Studies
University of South Florida, Tampa, FL  


Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in CA: # MFT 40161

Licensed Occupational Therapist in CA, now clasiffied retired: # LOT 1478

Recent Additional Trainings:

California Law and Ethics--2017: Ce4Less Online Self Study Program; William Cook, Ph.D.; 5/17, 6 CEUs
EMDR: Step by Step: Linda Curran, PhD; PESI Home Study course; 1/17, 7.25 CEUs
When Sex Gets Complicated: Marty Klein, PhD.; Redding CAMFT; 11/16, 6 CEUs
Clinical Implications and Applications of the Adult Attachment Inventory: Daniel Seigal, M.D.; PESI Home Study Program; 7/16, 1.5 CEUs
Chico CAMFT Peer Consultation Group; Facilitated by Rebecca Lenahan, LMFT; Chico CAMFT; 6/16, 1.5 CEU
Mindfulness and the Brain; Sounds True self study program; 5/16, 10 CEUs
Life Transitions: Helping Your Clients Move On: Terry Basile, LMFT; Chico CAMFT; 5/16, 1 CEU
Chico CAMFT Peer Consultation Group: Facilitated by Rebecca Lenahan, LMFT; Chico CAMFT; 5/16, 1.5 CEU
Dialectic Behvior Therapy, the DBT Model: Sara Sorci, PsyD; Chico, CAMFT; 4/16, 1CEU
Reasoning with Unreasonable People: Focus on Disorders of Emotional Regulation: presentation by Paula Butterfield, PhD; Chico, CA; 4/16, 6 CEUs
Chico CAMFT Peer Consultation Group: Facilitated by Rebecca Lenahan, LMFT; Chico CAMFT; 4/16, 1.5 CEUs
How We Can Work Together to Identify and Treat Eating Disorders: Kristine Suchan, LMFT; 3/16, 1 CEU
Chico CAMFT Peer Consultation Group: Facilitated by Rebecca Lenahan, LMFT; Chico CAMFT; 3/16, 1.5 CEUs
Behavioral Health Programming and the Challenges we Face: Dorian Kittrell, LMFT; 2/16, 1 CEU

Chico CAMFT Peer Consultation Group: Facilitated by Rebecca Lenahan, LMFT; Chico CAMFT; 2/15, 1.5 CEU
Chico CAMFT Peer Consultation Group: Facilitated by Rebecca Lenahan, LMFT; Chico CAMFT; 1/15, 1.5 CEU
Chico CAMFT Peer Consultation Group: Facilitated by Rebecca Lenahan, LMFT; Chico CAMFT; 11/14, 1.5 CEU
Legal and Ethical Workshop: What Does the Law Expect of Me? Part II, David Jensen, J.D.; Chico CAMFT, 11/14, 6 CEU
Chico CAMFT Peer Consultation Group: Facilitated by Rebecca Lenahan, LMFT; Chico CAMFT; 10/14, 1.5 CEU
Collaborative Divorce: Cortney Calkins, LMFT; Chico CAMFT, Chico, CA; 10/14, 1 CEU
Chico CAMFT Peer Consultation Group: Facilitated by Rebecca Lenahan, LMFT; Chico CAMFT; 6/14, 1.5 CEU
Preverbal Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: Roland Vallerand, MFT, Daniel Nauman; Chico CAMFT; 5/14, 1 CEU
Working with Trans* Patients and Clients: Legal, Medical, and Clinical Considerations: Johanna Olson, M.D., Aydin Kennedy, MSW, & Davis Mylund, PhD.; BCBH, Chico, CA; 4/14; 5 CEU 
The Function of the Symptom: Deciphering the Riddle's Code; Joyce Quaytman,PhD; Chico CAMFT; 3/14, 1.5 CEU
Disaster Response--The Role of Therapists; Presented by Mike Schultz, MFT, representing the Red Cross; Chico CAMFT; 2/14, 1 CEU
An Updated Understanding of the Victim Compensation Program; Lisa Beach & Van Woods; Chico CAMFT; Chico, CA; 1/14, 1 CEU
Brain Science 2013: National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine; 1/14, 10 CEU
DSM-5: Understanding and Diagnosing Mental Disorders: Jean Keim, PhD; Cross Country Education, 12/13, 6 CEU
What Does the Law Expect of Me? Part I, David Jensen, J.D., Chico, CA, 11/13, 6 CEU
Somatic Psychotherapy: Peter Levine: PESI-CMI Education Institute, 10/13, 1 CEU
Better than Prozac; Using the New Brain Science to Resolve Depression and Anxiety: Bill O'Hanlon; PESI-CMI Education Institute., 10/13, 1.5 CEU

Psychopharmacology; Beyond the Basics; John Preston, Psy D., Chico, CA, 6/13
Use Your Brain to Change Your Age; Dr. D.Amen, CSU Chico, CA, 6/13
Expanding Your Frame to Include LGBT*Q+ Perspectives; Chico CAMFT, 5/13
Professional Ethics for MFTs; CAMFT, 5/13
Commencing and Terminating the Terapist-Patient Relationship; CAMFT, 5/13
The Dangerous Patient and the Therapist's Duty to Warn, CAMFT, 5/13
Advances in Psychopharmacology, John Preston, PhD, 5/12

Working with Personality Disorders: An Object Relations Perspective, David Celani, Ph.D., 10/27/10
Law and Ethics, Part I, David Jensen, J.D., 8/13/10
Mindfulness Based Awareness Skillf for Emotional Well-Being, Shelly Young, LMFT, 7/29/10
New Treatments for Trauma, online, National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine, online, April 28 to June 2, 2010:

  •      How Attachment Theory Affects the Treatment of Trauma, Diane Poole Heller, PhD
  •      Healing Trauma through Somatic Experiencing, Peter Levine, PhD
  •      Trauma as Bad Trance: How to Use Ericksonian Hypnosis in the Treatment of Trauma, Bill O'Hanlon, LMFT
  •      Trauma Wounds, Dissociation and Sensory Processing Disorder, Robert Scaer, MD
  •      Trauma and the Body: A Sensorimotor Approach to the Treatment of Trauma, Pat Ogden, PhD 
  •      The Body Remembers: Harnessing Somatic Memory in the Treatment of Trauma, Babette Rothschild, MSW,LCSW    

The Use of Expressive Arts Therapies, Chico, CA 3/27/10 The Ever-Changing Brain, Chico, CA 11/13/09
Early Developmental Disorders Resulting from Abuse, Sacramento, CA 11/5/09
Helping Those Who Serve: Working with Military Families, Sacramento, CA 9/26/09
Helping People Change, online, 5/26/09
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), online, 5/4/09
Working with Addicted Survivors of Trauma: Substance Abuse, Eating Disorders, Sexual Addiction, and Compulsive Self-Harm, Berkely, CA 4/26/09
From Positive Psychology to Effective Psychotherapy, online, 4/29/09
To Divorce or to Work on the Marriage, online, 4/29/09
Matining in Captivity, online, 4/29/09
Chronic Pain, Chico, CA 8/5/08
Pain and Its Management, online, 6/24/08
Understanding and Treating Trauma, Sacramento, 2/20/07
Existntial-Humanistic Psychotherapy, online, 2/12/07
Treating Alcoholism in Psychotherapy, online, 2/1/07

Professional Memberships:

California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists

  • Past Book Reviewer for The Therapist  Magazine


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