Steve Lapuk is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFC #44854) in the state of California and has been seeing clients in private practice since 2006. He received his Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University and has a Bachelor of Science in Communications from Boston University.
Steve trained at the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center and at Teen Line, a national crisis hotline for adolescents, before accepting a position as a CalWORKS (Welfare-to-Work) therapist at Didi Hirsch Community Mental Health Center in Inglewood, CA. From there, he became Program Director at Bridges to Recovery, a private residential mental health facility in Pacific Palisades, CA, and worked as both an individual and group therapist at PCH Treatment in Mar Vista, CA.
His experience has led to a focus on Dual Diagnosis, a combination of serious self-medicating behaviors (e.g. drugs/alcohol, sex, food, spending) combined with an underlying, often undiagnosed mental health issue (e.g. depression, anxiety, trauma). Additionally, Steve works with clients managing issues related to sexual abuse, HIV/AIDS, grief/loss, mid-life transitions, anger management, and entertainment professionals. His fifteen years working in the film and television industry prior to entering the field of Clinical Psychology has provided him with a unique understanding of how the business works and its effect on the personalities involved, both in front of and behind the camera.
Steve approaches therapy with the client as a journey of discovery about the self and how life experiences have shaped that sense of self. Through this process, clients are directed toward developing a compassionate understanding of their life experiences so they can decrease internal and external conflicts and improve their interpersonal relationships. At the same time, clients are encouraged to explore the difference between self-medicating behaviors that keep them numb or disconnected from their feelings vs. self-soothing behaviors, which keep them present and engaged.
Additional trainings include a year-long certificate program in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy from the Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies (LAISPS) and a certification as an Adult Anger Management therapist from Anderson & Anderson Psychological Services. He is a member of the California Associate of Marriage & Family Therapists (CAMFT).