Athena Carrillo Lee, MA, MFT, is a Holistic Psychotherapist and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist based in Los Angeles, CA. Her holistic approach supports healing and growth, on a cellular, spiritual and emotional level. Athena’s clinical work has focused on addressing stress and trauma via body-oriented and depth psychological approaches. Person’s wishing to resolve anxiety, low self-esteem, behavior patterns and emotional trauma are attracted to this work, as it supports the opportunity to discover one’s whole Self. She consults and supervises professionals integrating a holistic methodology and believes in empowering clients by teaching self-healing techniques during individual sessions when indicated. Athena believes psychotherapy must be multi-dimensional in its approach, if we are to address the multi-dimensional nature of who and how we are: physical, emotional, and energetic.
Athena became interested in holistic approaches to healing as a Pre-Medicine student at UCLA. While working in the hospital, she realized a distinction between treating and healing. She knew then that her interest was in healing and addressing issues causing dis-ease, rather than treating resulting symptoms. It was clear to her that emotional stress or inner conflicts where often at the core of dis-ease, and then often manifested physically. The next, logical step was to seek preventive and/or holistic approaches to address the inner, psychological roots of conflicts and stress, rather than only treating their physical manifestations.
There was little in the way of education and training when Athena realized the potential for addressing energetic issues as related to our interconnected wholeness: mind-body-spirit. She therefore began to carve out her own path. She began by studying massage at the Institute of Psycho-Structural Balancing. It was through massage that Athena began to witness and feel what she already knew: body, mind and spirit are inter-connected. In massage she often experienced patients emoting during their treatments with her.
In studying massage therapy, Athena discovered how sensitive and empathically attuned she would become to patient’s emotional experiences, held within their bodies, and sought greater understanding of what she and patients were experiencing empathically. This led her to complete a three-year Master’s Degree in Body-oriented Psychotherapy at John F. Kennedy University, as part of the Holistic Health Department. Athena’s post-graduate training focused on Childhood Trauma, as she desired to relate to potential core issues that may follow us into adulthood. To gain greater understanding of spirit in the body-mind-spirit connection, she elected to focus on Quantum Physics, Religious Studies and Consciousness Studies.
Athena has continued with further post-graduate study in meditation, Kundalini Yoga and Jungian Analysis, which she has integrated into her practice (see Therapies page). It is this later study that has helped Athena to see that the issues, complaints, or problems in our lives are calling us back to ourselves. In other words, our challenges may not merely be presenting themselves to be rid of and restore us to business as usual, but to grow through.
EDUCATION & PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS
Candidate, C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, CA Board of Behavioral Sciences, MFC 42371
M. A., Holistic Counseling Psychology, Somatic Emphasis, John F. Kennedy University
B. A., History/Pre-medicine, University of California, Los Angeles
Multicultural Wellness Education Certificate, Capacitar International
Kundalini Yoga, Certified Instructor, Yoga West, Los Angeles
Board Member, Coldwater Counseling Center
Clinical Member, California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
Clinical Member, United States Association of Body Psychotherapy