My Background

Patricia Britton MA LMFT

With over 25 years experience as a clinician, Patricia is a graduate of (1979) and lecturer for the Masters in Arts in Counseling at Sonoma State University.
She specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy, existential and psychodynamic approaches. Patricia is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist currently serving as a licensed and certified private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients.

Areas of expertise include:

-- A successful and established primary practice specializing in individual, relationship and family psychotherapy

-- Diverse approaches to relationship counseling regarding issues of trust, intimacy, communication and their repair from loss, disappointment and betrayal. I maintain a "secrets policy" when working with relationship issues because it is important to create a climate of openness in this work. I don't want to be the holder of secrets, but rather encourage an open sharing between partners. If a partner shares things with me privately that the other partner would want and need to know about, I would urge the partner to share this; A successful and established primary practice specializing in individual, relationship and family psychotherapy

-- Demonstrated ability with diverse populations such as seniors, people of color, gay, lesbian and trans-gendered adults and adolescents;

-- State and national educator and certified specialist in adult and adolescent dependency problems. These can include alcohol, drug, Internet, debt, compulsive sex and eating disorders;

-- Specialized training and experience in the emotional difficulties of disability with particular emphasis in loss acceptance, resiliency and adaptation to chronic pain;

-- Compassionate sensitivity with caretakers and family members regarding the difficult process of placement and management needs of the frail elderly;

-- Consultant to owners, executives and family members of family-owned businesses, Patricia helps them gain greater clarity and insight into troublesome issues, as a result, solutions are found that both serve the business and meet the needs of the family;

-- Specialized focus with performing musicians and professionals including artistic emotional blocks to performance, composing, producing and strategies to handle the stressors of the music industry;

-- Working with those in traumatic transitional stress due to the psychological, spiritual, and practical needs of adjusting to environmental changes and their economic consequences.

Other Professional Experience

As a consultant to alcohol and drug treatment programs, I have been responsible for over‑all program development of inpatient, outpatient and ancillary programs., This includes program start‑up, administrative and clinical coordination, joint venture proposals, identification of potential program sites in California and nationwide. Also included is the development of managed care contracts and the supervision of state and county certification and licensing packages.

As a licensed psychotherapist , trainer and educator , I have been responsible for on‑site clinical staff training, direct clinical supervision of program directors and the direct supervision and coordination of intern and counselor‑in‑training programs. I have designed, implemented and coordinated university level coursework in alcohol and drug treatment for students pursuing certification and licensing.

As a board member and President of the California Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors, I was responsible for a 1000 member non‑profit corporation furthering the certification goals of California chemical dependency counselors. I was responsible for presenting current trends in state and national certifying efforts to the State of California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs to help develop a regulatory position in regard to counselor credentialing.


Bachelors in Psychology Cum Laude ‑ Sonoma State University ‑ 1978
Masters in Counseling ‑ Sonoma State University ‑ 1979

Licenses, Certifications & Awards

Board of Behavioral Sciences, Dept. of Consumer Affairs, State of California:
Licensed California Marriage and Family Therapist (License #MR 16188 October 1981)

Fellow and Certified Counselor, California Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors. #031697 October 1983

California Community College Instructors Credential #193655 February 1979

California Community College Counselor Credential #193654 February 1979