Evelyn “Evy” Jacobson is a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMF 95614), under the supervision of Bryana Kappadakunnel (LMFT90464). She specializes in working with toddlers and children 3-12 years old, families, and moms. Evy enjoys helping children work through a range of issues, including anxiety, depression, family transitions, and grief and loss. She utilizes play therapy in her work with children, as she believes play therapy provides children with a safe, non-judgmental environment where they can express their emotions, gain self-awareness, and learn to better self-regulate. She also works with families and with parents individually to strengthen child-parent relationships and provide support through the challenges of parenthood. With adults, she uses an individualized approach grounded in family systems to guide clients on their journeys, weaving mindfulness and cognitive behavioral techniques into sessions. She is also a Mommy & Me leader at South Bay Mommy and Me in Redondo Beach.
Education & Training
Evy received her Bachelor of Arts from Sarah Lawrence College and her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology with a Child Studies Specialization from Antioch University Los Angeles (2016). Her education grounds her work in an understanding of social-emotional development in childhood and throughout the lifespan. She has received training in the Violet Oaklander model of play therapy, the Gottman Institute for working with couples, and has begun training in Parent Child Interaction Therapy through UC Davis. She completed the majority of her clinical training at the Antioch University Counseling Center in Culver City, where she worked in a variety of settings, including the school-based program, providing individual therapy to elementary and middle school students and at the center’s main clinic as a therapist for couples, families, children and individual adults.
Before becoming a therapist, Evy worked as a journalist and public relations professional for 15 years with regional and national publications and institutions. She has a Master of Arts in Journalism from the University of Southern California. She understands the demands and challenges of balancing career with family life.