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Dr. Jonathan Bilal Abdullah, Ed.D., AMFT

Doctor of Education and Associate Marriage and Family Therapist Supervised by Angela M. Rukule, LMFT and Alexis Forrey, LMFT

(he/him)

​CA License #137814
(805) 987-3162 x25

  • Anxiety
  • Trauma/Stress
  • Couples
  • Somatic Experiencing
  • Mindfulness-Based CBT.
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Introduction

You have survived difficult moments that have disturbed your thoughts and negatively impacted your emotions. You are ready to heal, recover, and develop your strengths to live the life you deserve. You are seeking to learn new ways to cope and enhance your overall wellness.  You know that by investing time and energy in developing new transformational capabilities you will experience more joy.  Now is the time to start the courageous journey of improved wellness through mindful self-compassion without self-judgment.

 

We will work together to integrate mindfulness-based healthy simplifications and educational solutions into your life.  You need someone who can see you fully with respect for all characteristics that make you a unique and valued person.  We will leverage your talents and strengths to make the complex issues you face less burdensome.  I am eager to guide you on how to leverage evidence-based techniques to reduce stress in your life that will help you create real sustainable change. 

 

I am dedicated to helping you learn and enhance your wellness. I believe your wellness will empower you to thrive in your relationships and balance the responsibilities in your life.  It is my professional commitment to guide you and support you by earning your trust as a multicultural-aware care provider.  I will honor who you are and how your life experiences have created purpose in your life.  It is a joy to create a safe space for you to gain greater self-awareness and practice compassionate observation of your experiences in real time in the process of achieving your goals. 

In Therapy

In therapy, I practice mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapy integrated with somatic experience exercises. I start with a multicultural understanding of who you are to make sure you feel comfortable being your authentic unfiltered self. I maintain a healthy safe space for you to explore and observe how your beliefs, thoughts, emotions, sensations, and behaviors create meaning in your life. I support you as a trusted guide by demonstrating mindfulness behavioral attributes, non-judgment, patience, acceptance, and gratitude for your courage to be fully invested in your well-being. It’s an honor to provide you with high-quality educational care as a fulfillment of my life purpose as an educator and psychotherapist.

In working with those who endure the overwhelming life stressors that cause anxiety, I provide education and facilitate the practice of mindfulness and somatic experiences to expand the window of tolerance toward the path of recovery. I honor courageous trauma survivors with empathetic acknowledgment of their suffering. I facilitate the healing process through cognitive processing therapy and somatic relief to fully discover the source of harm and integrate narrative therapeutic techniques to help you transform. I thrive on helping couples build, rebuild, and reimagine their relationships through difficult conflicts, communication challenges, and breaches of trust or commitment. I practice using Gottman’s Method of couple counseling to help you understand how to construct a sound relationship house that meets your needs and fulfills your desires.

Education and Background

I am honored to be a graduate of the Pepperdine, CA University Graduate School of Education & Psychology with my Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. I completed my Education Doctorate in Adult Education & Human Resource Development at the Florida International University in Miami, Florida after completing my Master of Science degree in the same field of study. I have a professional certification in Conflict Resolution and Consensus Building I completed at the Florida International University.  I completed my Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting at the University of Phoenix. I completed my Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.  I am a Certified Workplace Mindfulness Facilitator through Mindful Leader. I have my Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Nutrition Coach, and Virtual Coaching Specialist credentials from the National Academy of Sports Medicine.  As a Doctor of Education Psychotherapist, I have invested purposely and significantly to develop the professional and clinical skills to ensure I provide my clients best in the field of overall mental health care.  

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