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Luisa Lowe, LCSW, PPS

San Pedro Children, Adult & Family Psychotherapist & Education Advocate

“In addition to being a Licensed Clinical Social Worker working in a variety of school settings and outpatient mental health treatment centers, Mrs. Lowe is also a credentialed school teacher.”

 

Luisa Lowe, LCSW, started her career as a high school teacher. While she loved working with the passion and laughter of adolescents, she was often struck by the emotional struggles of her students. Too often, her students were prevented from succeeding by their emotional barriers. As a result of this experience, she decided to pursue her Master of Social Work in order to work with students holistically to support their emotional and academic success.

Luisa has been working with students and families for years in clinic and school settings, developing expertise in areas of trauma, depression, anxiety, and disruptive behaviors. She provides treatments to address symptoms in adolescents, adults and new mothers.  She works closely with parents and families to develop positive communication channels for closer, more rewarding relationships. Over the years, she has worked with people of all ages and a variety of mental health challenges.

Additionally, Luisa currently teaches in the Graduate School of Social Welfare at UCLA; it is a perfect circle to weave together her love of teaching and mental health support work.

Specialties:

Trauma:
Luisa is trained and certified in many evidence based practices that address healing from trauma. Luisa facilitates the processing of traumatic memories in order to heal and strengthen the core self. Through self-soothing interventions, Luisa collaborates with clients to create supportive habits to maintain clients’ sense of empowerment.

Adolescents:
Luisa works with teens to transition them through adolescence into healthy, happy young adults. Luisa creates a warm and open space for teenagers to explore their new selves and important relationships in order to become their best selves. Luisa has helped teenagers with declining grades, anger at home, poor decision making, and isolation; through the reflective process, Luisa has had the privilege to walk with clients toward healthier, more connected relationships and self identity.

Parenting:
Luisa works with families and parents to navigate the rocky terrain of parenting. Luisa empowers families to create healthy structures and boundaries for optimal functioning and open communication.

Education Advocate:
Luisa works with school staff and families to provide assistance with IEPs and children with special needs.

Motherhood:
Luisa enjoys working with new mothers and women concerned about fertility issues. Luisa is knowledgeable about fertility dynamics and has worked with many women on the path towards motherhood. Luisa also works closely with new mothers to navigate the difficult transition to motherhood.

Professional Experience:

Kaiser Permanente, Outpatient Psychiatry
Lomita, California
Therapist/Intake Specialist
I provide ongoing mental health services for a broad variety of issues and mental health concerns to a wide spectrum of clients. In addition to individual services, I lead intensive outpatient groups for teenage clients with severe symptoms to create more positive coping and communication skills.

UCLA, Luskin School of Public Affairs
Lecturer, Social Welfare Department
I teach courses on clinical theory and practice and child and adolescent psychopathology.

Occupational Therapy Training Program in Torrance, CA
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Seeking Safety Coordinator
I coordinate mental health services for adolescents in local LAUSD schools including the provision of individual, family and group therapy. By providing access to mental health services at schools, I am able to collaborate with school staff and families to facilitate the growth and progress of student’s personal and academic growth.

High School English Teacher
San Pedro High School, San Pedro, California
Crenshaw High School, Los Angeles, California
John McDonogh High School, New Orleans, Louisiana
I taught English and Creative Writing and loved working with adolescents.

Education:

University of California at Los Angeles
Master of Social Work

LAUSD District DIP
California Clear Teaching Credential, Single Subject English

University of New Orleans
Graduate Studies in Education

University of California at Santa Cruz
BA in Modern Literature

License and certifications:

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCS# 26748) – Board of Behavioral Sciences

Managing and Adapting Practices, interventions for Anxiety, Depression, Trauma and Disruptive Behavior

Seeking Safety, interventions for substance use and trauma

Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Caring for our FamiliesAggression Replacement Training, an anger management group intervention

Aggression Replacement Training, an anger management group intervention

Professional Organization Affiliations:

National Association of Social Workers (NASW)

Postpartum Support International (PSI)

 

As an Educator and Licensed Mental Health Professional, I believe that people are able to make positive changes when they are able to be self-aware. This awareness allows people to embrace discoveries about their needs and their strengths, and to make lasting changes for emotional growth. The process of therapy facilitates this growth to enhance meaning and joy in our lives.

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