Meet the Staff

Kathleen Wenger, M.A. - LMFT LPCC #3813 - Clinical Supervisor


We all experience difficult moments in our lives, and usually we have the tools to handle them. But when we consistently feel overwhelmed, stuck, trapped, fearful, helpless or empty, psychotherapy can help us become more conscious of what's behind our troubles and move to resolve them. As a result, relationships, self-esteem and life circumstances can improve. I work to develop a caring, supportive and trusting relationship with my clients, so they can feel safe to explore their past, honestly look at their feelings, thoughts and behaviors, and move towards positive change.

The most important thing I've learned is that there is rarely a right or wrong way to do anything, and perfection simply doesn't exist. Through the counseling process, you will learn to let go of old expectations and create a new definition of a happy and a healthy life.

I have worked for 27 years as a Licensed Marriage, Family and Individual Therapist and a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with expertise in couples and marriage therapy, adolescents and teens, anxiety, depression and premarital therapy.

Aside from being the Founder of Laguna Beach Counseling, I am the Manager of M.A. Psychology Clinical Training and Professional Development Program at Pepperdine University for the past 25 years. As an educator of students who are enrolled in our Masters Program, I teach future LMFT and LPCC students. I am passionate about helping others get the help they need, I am also the Clinical Supervisor of the behavioral health department at the Susi Q Senior Center in Laguna Beach.

I am available to see you in person at my Laguna Beach office or from the comfort of your own home via Telehealth.

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Associate: Trisha Church, M.A. - APCC # 6817

Call Trisha at (949) 230-3123 or visit her website at

Trisha Church, APCC

As a mental health therapist, I provide support and guidance to my clients who may be struggling with depression, anxiety, adjustment disorders, and relationship difficulties. I specialize in working with individuals, couples, children and adolescents during times that may be impacting their mental health and overall well being. Therapy is a process of self-discovery, growth, and transformation that requires acceptance and a belief that recovery and healing are possible. I commit to building trust, listening, and providing supportive direction. I have additional training in substance abuse and anger management.
I specialize in the individual's areas of difficulties as it relates to the presenting problems. My focus is to create a safe environment for the client to express their thoughts and concerns in a therapeutic setting.
I understand that no two clients or circumstances are the same. My approach is to work with each client with compassion and understanding to build a new positive outlook.

Associate: Laura Lee Townsend, AMFT, APCC

Call Laura at (949) 885-0470 or visit her website


I am an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (#110139), Associate Professional Clinical Counseling (#5784) and Certified Holistic Health Coach. Drawing upon my integrative nutrition and functional medicine background, I use an integrative, holistic approach in working with my clients toward optimal mental wellness. I specialize in helping individuals, couples, and families heal from trauma so they can live authentic, extraordinary lives with fulfilling relationships. I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy and have found that to bring immense relief to many of my clients wanting to overcome a variety of problems. As a former journalist, I value the power of stories and am passionate about helping people craft the next chapter of their lives. I live in San Clemente, CA with my husband, daughter, and cat. When I’m not at work, you might find me at yoga, running, meditating, reading, writing, and/or relaxing with friends and family. I love to travel and rarely turn down a live concert.

Associate: Luke Viloria, APCC

Luke Viloria Therapist

As an Associate Professional Clinical Counselor (#10699), I utilize an integrative yet practical approach to counseling. We all live within a narrative that I found thematically revolves around the past, present, or future. I specialize in trauma while bringing conscious awareness towards patterns one may not be aware of. I provide an atmosphere that welcomes you, your hardships, and the opportunity to begin a new chapter. Oftentimes, we feel like we are walking in the dark during these challenging periods of our lives, but I want to allocate perspective through offering coping skills to support you through the stages of your healing journey. I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), a highly researched modality that has transformed the way we understand trauma within the field of mental health. I am an Orange County native who loves to read, listen to music, and enjoy quality time with my family when I am not in the office.