Monika Summerfield graduated from the University of Social Work, Esslingen in Germany as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. In Germany, she specialized in the treatment of drug addictions and counseling cancer and terminally ill patients.
In California, she graduated from the University of Santa Monica with a Masters in Spiritual Psychology and a Masters in Counseling Psychology. She has been providing case management and therapy for the past 27 years. Monika lived and grew up in three countries and offers therapy services in English, Spanish, German and French.
In the years 2001 to 2008, Monika worked as a Bilingual Clinical Therapist at Child Guidance Center and Catholic Charities, counseling families and individuals with issues of abuse, trauma or neglect.
Since 2002 Monika is a Certified Kundalini Yoga teacher (KRI) and Yogatherapist. For the past 14 years she offers Yoga Therapy Empowerment Groups by combining psychotherapy with yoga exercises and meditation to maximize healing and well being. From professional experience and client feedback, Monika has found this particular modality to be a very effective, gentle & life changing method of healing, personal and spiritual growth. She is the forthcoming author on a practical yoga therapy guide.
In 2002 Monika co-founded a non-profit organization, Diamond Counseling Center and served as the Executive Director until July 2008. In this function she also supervised and mentored MFT psychotherapy interns. Since July 2008 she works in her own private practice with her office located in Huntington Beach.
For the past 18 years, Monika has specialized in treating individuals suffering from anxiety, self-esteem issues, trauma, relationships issues, addictions and compulsions, abuse, stress, depression and mood disorders, career issues and acculturation problems. Currently many clients come to her for personal and spiritual growth, seeking to live a life of more authenticity and fulfillment.
She is an experienced group facilitator: anger management, batterers’ treatment programs, parenting, personal empowerment, yoga therapy and spiritual growth workshops. She has and will work with families, couples and children. Her main focus is helping adults improve their lives. She combines different methods such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Humanistic Therapy, Family Therapy (Satir, Bowen), Spiritual Psychology, Mindfulness therapy, Brainspotting and EMDR.