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May-June 2021

Member Highlight — Shelley Horner, LMFT

Doris Mullen, LMFT


Doris Mullen, LMFT, likes to engage the subconscious mind, often through creativity, to help the conscious mind integrate unrealized potential. She isn’t just a therapist but an artist who uses art in the therapeutic process. She has an undergraduate degree in Journalism and worked on award winning documentaries. Doris attended Pacifica Graduate Institute to earn a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Depth Psychology. She has been working with clients for nine years. Doris really loves being a therapist, “My clients teach me and it’s so amazing to be in this field!” She sees mainly adults and couples although she does work with teens sometimes. This past year with Covid restrictions she has been looking at a screen a lot these days (as many of us can relate); Telehealth, Meetings, Workshops and Peer Consultation Groups. Whoever thought we’d be working as therapists in this way?!

Whereas Doris uses a variety of therapeutic approaches, she primarily uses psychodynamic practices with her clients including Dream Work. She hopes to facilitate a Dream Work group for women when things open up more. She offers couples therapy with an Emotionally Focused emphasis. She painted original works from which she produced a 32-card deck of feminine Archetypes and uses them to help her clients evoke their subconscious, thereby deepening therapy to uncover what is beneath particular feelings or behaviors. Doris put a lot of passion into the creation of each painting depicted on the cards. She has exhibited her art in the Mirrors of the Mind show which is sponsored by the Los Angeles County Psychological Association. Doris says, “Don’t ignore the subconscious otherwise it may come out in another way.” Doris encourages client’s artistic expression, “Human beings are meant to be creative.”

During this last year she discovered Dorodango, the Japanese art of making mud balls, when some creative outlets were less available, and hopes to be able to share this practice with clients who might be interested in its meditative benefits. These mud balls are created by working with earth and water using your hands that naturally transforms into a ball as you work with it. After the ball dries enough, she then carefully polishes it until it becomes a shiny sphere. Just imagining doing this feels therapeutic and relaxing!

Doris has been an active member of SFV CAMFT and served on the board for two years. She enjoys learning and networking at the meetings.

If you would like more information about Doris, you can email her at dmullen.mft@gmail.com, or call her at 818.481.6767, and her website is https://thoughtfulpsych.com/. .



Shelley Horner, LMFT, enjoys writing the our Member Profile section since she likes getting to know her colleagues in depth. She is an actress, speaker and therapist.

Shelley has had a private practice for more than twenty years. She assists adults, children, and teens as well as facilitates parent groups in her office in Calabasas. She also does consultation and training of employees through Employee Assistance Programs at various organizations and colleges.








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