Amy Klein Zeff, MA, LMFT

Thank you for taking the time to visit my website. I'd like to share a bit about my experience as a licensed marriage and family therapist, and owner of Lifepath Center for Counseling and Psychotherapy. I am inspired and awed by the courage, honesty, and humbleness of the clients with whom I work. They open up, become vulnerable, understand themselves and the world in new and different ways, realizing that life holds endless possibilities. It is an honor to accompany my clients on their path. It is the most treasured gift I have ever experienced.

Because it is a true privilege to be a part of a client's therapeutic process, I do my best to carry out my role in a sensitive, ethical, professional, and responsible manner. My philosophy is to treat each client as a unique individual; mind, body and spirit. I believe in working collaboratively with clients. Together, a client and I will clearly identify areas where they want to work, then my client can have a full picture of treatment options. I am trained in many different types of therapeutic models and also specialize in Interpersonal Neurobiology. Interpersonal Neurobiology is an interdisciplinary view of the mind and how it interacts with the body, feelings and behaviors, perception of oneself, and the interplay of interaction with others and the world at large.

I see clients of all ages, with varying issues. My clients include couples, individual adults, young adults, teens, people coming for pre-marital therapy, parents wanting parenting consultation sessions and parents wanting mediation who are separating/divorcing, families, pre-teens, children, groups for young adults, groups for teens, a parenting group, and a meditation group. My clients represent diverse backgrounds, genders, and LGBTQ.

In addition to my private practice, The Teen, Young Adult and Family Program of the West Valley was founded in 1999 out of a need for community among young people and their parents. Groups for pre-teens, teens, and young adults meet weekly. There is also a group for parents that meets for ten weeks on a weekly basis. This group is designed to lend support and to give parents an understanding of child development from a interpersonal neurobiology approach and "attachment theory".

I have heard it said that steel under the heat of fire increases its durability. Perhaps with people, our durability increases our flexibility as we learn from the path of our life, thus, increasing our compassion, opening our hearts to an even greater ability to love.

Some of the issues people come to see me for are:

Therapeutic Orientation:

Therapists are trained in theories and modalities of treatment. When in session with our clients we work from these theories and modalities. The theory we are working from will dictate our approach to the conversation, questions that are asked or not asked, and certain decisions made in terms of who we see in sessions, etc. The theories that I am trained in are: Bowen Family Systems Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Redecision Therapy, Depth Psychology, Trauma Resiliency Model, Emotional Freedom Technique Tapping, Dialectical Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Gestalt Jungian Dreamwork, Gestalt Therapy, Art and Play Therapy Techniques, Anger Management Techniques, Gottman Method Couples Therapy, Imago Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy including Meditation, and Somatic Therapeutic Techniques. I am continually training in new theories. Theories are tailored for each session, individual, and couple coming for counseling.


Master's DegreePhillip's Graduate Institute1998
Thesis: Qualitative Research Study, Highly Fluid Family Structures: Multigenerational Study of Families Consisting of Three or More Children with Different Biological Parents

Bachelor’s Degree

Research: The Attachment Bond, Sir Richard Bowldy and Mary Ainsworth: Is Bonding Reciprocal Between Infant and Primary Caretaker? 

Research: Aquisition of Language, The Navajo Language as Compared to The English Language and the Impact on the Brain

Sarah Lawrence College



Visiting StudentHarvard University1976
Visiting StudentReed College1977
Post Graduate Training
Daniel J Siegel, M.D.Training in Interpersonal Neurobiology1999 - 2005
Allan Schore, Ph.D.Developmental Affective Neuroscience2006 - 2008
Ongoing training and research in the areas of affective neuroscience and interpersonal neurobiology, couple’s work and pre-marital therapy, sexual issues, adolescence, play therapy with children, mindfulness therapy techniques, somatic therapy techniques, personality disorders, self harming behaviors, trauma, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, addiction / ocd, parenting, women’s issues, men’s issues. I attend workshops and do research continually to stay current in the fields of psychology and psychotherapy. 

Clinical Experience:

Private Practice 1999 to Present
Supervisor to Marriage and Family Therapy Interns 2006 to Present
The Teen, Young Adult and Family Program of the West Valley 1999 to Present
Founded, Director, and Psychotherapist Providing Individual Psychotherapy, Parent Consultation, Group Therapy for Teens, Young Adults, and Parents
Bridge Focus Mental Health ClinicPanorama City, CA1997 to 1999
Brighten Community SchoolBurbank, CA1997 to 1999
Brighten Community School is a continuation school for adolescents re-entering high school from youth authority facilities, county probation camps, and for teens expelled from Los Angeles County Unified School District, Burbank Unified School District, and Glendale School District. I provided individual psychotherapy to attending adolescents and their families.
Volunteers of America, First StartSan Fernando, CA1997 to 1997
Accessible mental health services for adjudicated adolescents and their families. I provided psychotherapy to adolescent clients who were mandated for counseling as part of their probation. Psychotherapy also included family therapy sessions.
Volunteers of America, Head Start ProgramNorth Hollywood, CA1997 to 1997
Providing child psychotherapy to preschoolers and their families

Speaking Engagements, Workshops and Radio Interviews:

Parenting from a Neuroscience Prospective: A Ten Week Parenting Group Present
Requested to Teach A Meditation Group to Young Adults 2009
“Shrinkrap”, a Radio Show in the Los Angeles area. 2008
Interviewed on the subject of: Teens, The Importance of the Teenage Years, Parenting Teens From a Neuroscience Prospective. "The Teen, Young Adult and Family Program of the West Valley."
Invited to conduct workshops, do speaking engagements, chair large psycho-educational community events for groups such as corporations, chambers of commerce, private sector organizations, schools, non-profit organizations, women's organizations, religious affiliated membership groups, groups organized by hospitals for self help purposes and others through out Los Angeles County and surrounding areas on topics such as: 1999 to Present

The Addictive Family System
Addiction and Its Effect on the Family
Four Steps To Being Responsive Rather than Reactive
The Mindful Parent
Helping Your Brain Stay Young; Memory and Aging
Maintaining “The Love” in Your Committed Relationship
Understanding Your Partner’s “Languages of Love”
Enhancing the Blending of Step-Families
Meditation and Mindfulness for the Hurried Mom and Dad
Is Your Teen Showing Signs of “At-Risk” Behavior, What to Look for?
Is Your Teen Showing Signs of “Eating Issues”, What to Look for?
How to Help Your Child Succeed in Today’s World
What is Anger and How Can We Use It?
Missing a Loved One, Grief and Loss for Parents
Missing a Loved One, Grief and Loss for Teens and Young Adults
Attitude, The Up Side of Positivity
Is It About How We Say It Or How We Hear It? Communication.
The Benevolent Queen and The King Living in Harmony
Understanding Posttraumatic Stress
Living Past Depression and Anxiety

Sought out by the Los Angeles Unified School District to conduct Parenting Workshops, “Enhancing Communication Between First Generation American Families” for Hispanic Immigrant Parents with “at risk” children, born in the United States attended by parents and their high school aged children. 2003
Sought out by the Los Angeles Unified School District to train their High School Counselors concerning issues of “high risk” adolescent behaviors. This was a series of speaking engagements at High Schools within the Los Angeles School District 2002
Member of:
American Association of Marriage and Family Therapist
California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
Group Psychotherapy Association of Los Angeles
Global Association for Interpersonal Neurobiology Studies
Welcome, we look forward to listening
(818) 591-8669