About Connie

A Personal Note
Connie Fox TherapistPart of my interest in working with anxiety and depression relates to my grandmother, Tess. Sadly, she experienced the mental health system in its infancy when she was admitted to a Minnesota state hospital as a young woman in the 1930’s. My family hid the information because of the stigma associated with mental illness. Fortunately, we have made some progress since then, but much more is needed. Recognizing there were secrets associated with her life, I began a quest to uncover what happened to her. Tess spent the better part of her adult life, without much contact with her family, in two state hospitals where she was treated for “pregnancy related depression” and “mania”. I shudder at the thought that she might have had a lobotomy, a horrific brain surgery that began in the mid-1930s. By 1960 she was finally discharged when a compassionate nurse invited her into her home. Now, from the other side of the universe, Tess inspires me to do whatever I can to bring peace to troubled minds and hearts. 

Professional Credentials: License, Certifications, Affiliations and Methods

  • For over 20 years I have worked with 1,000+ people on issues such as anxiety, depression, and relationship discord.
  • I have been a director of a child abuse prevention program, a coordinator of a mental health day treatment program, a clinician focused on trauma related issues, and a co-director/therapist of a domestic violence treatment program.
  • I am a Licensed Marriage, Family and Child Counselor; awarded in 1985; #LMFT19877
  • Member of California Association of Marriage and Family Counselors
  • I was a Certified Domestic Violence Treatment Coordinator and Provider in the past. For 12 years I worked with people to transform aggressive and violent behavior into respectful non-violent behavior. I also worked with victims to promote their safety and recovery from trauma.
  • I am a certified practitioner of Advanced Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (also known as TEAM Therapy or CBT) developed by Dr. David Burns, M.D., a “founding father” of CBT, and an Adjunct Clinical Professor at Stanford Medical School. Evidence-based.
  • I have completed Level 3 Practicum Training in Gottman Methods Couples Therapy. I use this method in couples therapy. This highly researched method provides clear guidelines in how to build a sound relationship.
  • I practice Internal Family Systems Therapy – this evidence-based method recognizes that all of us have numerous parts to our personality. It also recognizes how these parts work as a system; therapy focuses on changing the relationship of parts to one another for the benefit of the whole.
  • I practice Jeffrey Schwartz’s Method of Treating OCD – this method, based on extensive research, calls upon Mindfulness and CBT to build new, functional neural pathways in the brain. This method is an alternative to the more traditional, and quite challenging method of exposing yourself to your fears.