Christopher J. Pena, M.A., LMFT

CIP Long Beach Long Beach, California

Christopher J. Pena, M.A., LMFT

Chris has worked as a psychotherapist for 12 years and has been a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist since 2012. Chris has had experience working in a psychiatric hospital and, just prior to working at CIP, at a non-public high school for students with autism, ADHD, and other Learning Differences.

As a Clinician at CIP, Chris helps the students learn how to cope emotionally with the challenges of independent living, work, and college. A major focus is on fostering realistic self-esteem and having more confidence in their own voices. Students are seen for individual therapy on a weekly basis, and there is ongoing group therapy as well. Chris earned his M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University (Orange County Campus). Interestingly, prior to studying psychology, Chris received an M.A. from New York University in French Literature.

Chris’ interests include baseball, tennis, traveling, music, and anything to do with cats.

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