(949) 310-2688 john@hopelifejourney.com

John Whittington, LMFT

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Hi, I’m John! I provide a safe understanding environment and relationship where we can explore life together, hold it up to the light together, find hope together, where it’s safe to laugh and cry.

I Believe In You

Hi, my name is John and being a therapist is my joy and passion. I believe every person has the right to a fulfilling, purposeful, and satisfying life. Every person has intrinsic value, you have intrinsic value – that is worth rediscovering and celebrating. Sometimes events in life may have caused self-doubts due to traumatic life events, loss, grief, or a sense of feeling unworthy of love which can steal happiness and connection causing depression and anxiety. I truly enjoy listening and talking with you individually, as a couple, or family. As a Licensed Marriage and Family therapist, I am so honored to join with you in this life journey of growth and the hope of new possibilities of a fulfilling, connected, and happy life.

I encourage you to reach out to me, I’m here to help where needed. We can talk on the phone for a free consultation and then collaborate on next steps if you desire.

Professional Credentials

  • Master of Science Clinical Psychology, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist LMFT104831
  • EMDR trained therapist by and member of www.emdria.org
  • Member of California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT.org)
  • Certified FOCUS (families Over Coming Under Stress) UCLA Nathanson Family Resiliency Center
  • Trained and certified in Managing and Adapting Practices (MAP) practicewise.com
  • Extensive experience with attachment and Emotionally Focused therapies, play therapy, sand tray therapy, CBT, psychodynamic, narrative, solutions, addiction and recovery, individual, children and teens, couples, families and blended families, court ordered treatments.
  • Extensive volunteer work with orphaned/foster/adopted children and their families in California, and in Ethiopia, Mexico, and Honduras.

Client Services


Family Counseling Families meet our needs best when they are our safe place. The system of support and safety around us that provide nurturing, cheer leading, and love.


Couples Counseling Couples counseling helps all types of couples recognize and resolve conflicts and restore relationships.


Individual Counseling We journey together to gain a sense of belonging and value.  To heal from the impact of the past, difficult issues, and events that have challenged who we are and our peace.


Children/Teen/Young Adult Counseling Youth benefit from therapy by reducing emotions and behaviors that challenge them at home, school, and with friends. Individual and family therapy helps them increase connection and a sense of value and safety.


Addiction Healing and processing the damage from the past, from life, from the world, can end the need to numb the hurt with substances, gambling, or sex. Restoring connection and safety with loved ones, family, friends, and with life.


EMDR Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an integrative psychotherapy  that has been proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR therapy has helped millions of people of all ages relieve many types of psychological stress.

My Approach

I provide a safe understanding environment and relationship where we can explore life together, find hope together, where it’s safe to cry, and laugh. Therapy can be a hopeful journey and relationship where you will experience respect, feel valued, can discover the person you were meant to be.

I provide a integrative approach including EMDR (EMDRIA) therapy which can be effective for issues including trauma, loss, depression, anxiety, divorce, and more. I also provide a relational approach and incorporate modalities like CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy), emotional focus, solutions, psychodynamic and attachment therapies. I’m a FOCUS (Families Over Coming Under Stress) therapist another integrated therapy to traumatized families. I assist marriages, couples, youth (children and teens) and families find closeness and harmony again.

Areas of Care

  • Emotionally shut down
  • Addiction
  • Anger
  • Hopelessness
  • Suicidal Thoughts
  • Self-harm
  • Cutting
  • Chronic Pain
  • Panic
  • ADHD
  • Blended families
  • Chronic Illness
  • PTSD
  • Infidelity
  • Singles Issues
  • Dependency
  • Marriage
  • Divorce
  • Culture
  • Diversity
  • LGBQ
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Grief/Loss
  • Self Esteem
  • Parenting
  • Relationships
  • Family
  • Adoption
  • Foster
  • Extended families
  • Couples
  • Children/Teens
  • School Issues
  • Work Issues
  • Spiritual Issues
  • Spiritual Abuse
  • Autism
  • Personality Disorders
  • Trauma (from abuse or life circumstances)

Every journey starts with the first step. Let me help you make yours.