ROBYN BURESH, LMFT
Client Focus: Adults; Individuals & Partners; Gender, Sexuality, & Relationship Diversity
Areas of Focus: Trauma, Sexual Health, Identity, Attachment Styles
Modalities: Sex Therapy, EMDR, Narrative
Having a good connection with your therapist is one the most important aspects of therapy. I come into the therapy space with an open and authentic mindset. I am passionate about helping my clients feel seen, understood and valuable. There is no greater sense of accomplishment than to have my clients building a better relationship with themselves through the healthy model of the therapeutic relationship. I work with clients in the intersection of understanding their trauma, exploration of identity, and working toward healthy ideas regarding sex and sexual relationships.
My style of therapy is a blend of the psychological theories I feel most drawn to. I approach my clients from the Humanistic/Existential perspective. I focus a lot of my work on helping my clients to be free from unhealthy shame and negative self-beliefs. The health of our primary relationship, the one with ourselves, often dictates the health of our relationships with others. Using attachment theory and a narrative style, I help you explore how that which you struggle with in the present is often connected to what we feel was unmet in our past. To better understand my philosophy on therapy, read this article here. My frame for integrating our Light and Shadow sides, the acceptance of our old negative beliefs and our new insights, is about embracing the full spectrum of ourselves as we continue to work toward being our best selves. As David Richo writes, "We are complete now and all along the path."
I began in private practice in 2012, but my journey started long before that. I am a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and began my work in psychotherapy helping veterans who were dealing with issues of homelessness, substance abuse and trauma. I have also worked at Palomar College providing psychotherapy services to one of the largest veteran student populations in the state of California. When I began in private practice I was working with individuals, couples and families. While my work in private practice now primarily focuses on working with individual clients, I help my clients to realize their potential to affect positive change in their own relationships. My consultancy work has allowed me to provide in-home support services across Southern California to families who need guidance with addressing behavior issues.
I am privileged to parent my two children with a loving and caring partner by my side. I love to travel and explore outside. When I'm not working you can probably find me on a road trip to another National Park (I've crossed 21 off my list so far), hiking, or watching professional soccer.
"I came to Robyn with many long-standing issues and in a short time was able to have profound change and improvement. She provided guidance and clarity to help me break down my complex issues coupled with the support and validation I needed to fully explore and process them. The tools and information that she provided has not only given me the ability to deal with my past, but has made me confident that I can constructively deal with difficulties that may arise in the future. Robyn far exceeded all my expectations for a therapist."
Former Client, San Diego CA
licenses & certifications
California Board of Behavioral Sciences, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist 91826
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Supervisor
memberships & achievements
Sexual Health Alliance Sex Therapist Training, Ongoing
Internal Family Systems Therapy Intensive, 2022
Purity Culture and Embodiment Seminar, 2022
Casual Sex & Nonmonogamy Training, 2021
Diverse Couples Training, 2021
EMDR Flash Technique Training, 2020
Clinical Supervisor Training, 2019
HIPAA/FERPA Training, 2017
Eating Disorder Interventions, 2016
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) I & II Trained, 2014
Equine Assisted Experiential Health Therapy Facilitator, 2011
"In My Mind." KKSM Podcast. Featured Interview.
AASECT-American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors & Therapists, Member since 2021
American Legion, Member since 2017
California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, Member since 2012
National University July 2012
M.A. Counseling Psychology
Sexual Health Alliance, In Process
If you are interested in scheduling an appointment with me, I strongly encourage you to click the button on the top right to be directed to my Client Portal. You will have the opportunity to see if I have upcoming availability that works for you.
get in touch
16870 W. Bernardo Dr.
San Diego, CA 92127