Dr. Grace Hazeltine, Ph.D.
Registered California Psychological Assistant, PSB 94023742
First let me say hello and welcome to this page. I am honored to be a part of your process to positively impact your or your loved one's life. On this page I hope to provide you with information about me and my approach to therapy so that you can get a better idea about what it might be like to work with me.
In adolescence, boundaries about independence change and develop. This means that relationships with parents, siblings, and extended family members change, too. It's also a time when there can be anxiety about school performance, social relationships, or just what it's going to mean to turn 18—whether college is on the horizon or not.
Some teens have questions about their gender, sexuality, or just generally how to make sense of their experiences and feelings. For some it’s hard to know what they like or what they’re good at—and not knowing can lead to feelings of insecurity. Exposing these unknowns can feel vulnerable and risky, but keeping them inside can feel heavy and worrisome. Therapy can be a safe place to talk about whatever is going on, inside and out, and have some help sorting through all of it.
Whether you are a teen or parent of one, if what I have written here speaks to you I encourage you to contact me so that we can figure out if working together might be helpful.
I believe we are born into the world ready to experience life with all of the goodness, capability, and vitality inherent to our nature. And yet we might find ourselves struggling to feel good enough, safe enough, or connected enough to those around us. The reasons why may be confusing or obvious to us. Regardless, we may have difficulty freeing ourselves from these limiting patterns and returning to a more natural state of being. As a therapist, I believe that a relationship with a caring, trustworthy, and present person can shift these patterns in ways that surprise us, allowing our full potential to emerge.
Whatever your presenting concerns, we will work together to create a therapy that is unique to those concerns and the landscape of your life experiences.
The field of psychology got it wrong when it pathologized the diversity of sexual expression and orientation. Couple that wrongdoing with the state of heteronormativity and abuse towards the LGBTQIAP community and the challenge LGBTQIAP people face when finding a therapist becomes clear.
Some LGBTQIAP people feel solid in their identities and the task when starting therapy is to make sure that they're working with someone who will be present and affirmative of their dynamic aspects.
Other LGBTQIAP people might have doubts or curiosities—about their gender, expressions, sexuality, or attractions. In this case therapy can create an environment that allows for the kind of healthy development and solidification of identity that LGBTQIAP people deserve. At its best, therapy provides a space of ease and freedom for this deeply personal exploration.
Grace's virtual office
Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, California School of Professional Psychology
Post-doctoral Fellow, Wright Institute Los Angeles
Pre-doctoral Intern, Wright Institute Los Angeles
Practicum Student, Airport Marina Counseling Service
Practicum Student, LA LGBT Center
Hazeltine, G.E. (2019). Omitting language of identity: Relationships between demographic questionnaire design and participant affect. (Publication No. 13877999). [Doctoral dissertation, Alliant International University Los Angeles]. ProQuest.
Hazeltine, G.E. (2018). Asexuality in research and clinical practice. Perspectives on Gender and Sexual Orientation, 5(1), 13-15.
Hazeltine, G.E., and Gasbarrini, M.F. (2017). Ivan Boszormenyi-Nagy. In The encyclopedia of couple and family therapy. Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-15877-8_843-1
Tracy, A.L., Wee, C.J.M., Hazeltine, G.E., and Carter, R.A. (2015). Characterization of attenuated food motivation in high-fat diet-induced obesity: Critical roles for time on diet and reinforced familiarity. Physiology & Behavior, 141, 69-77. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.physbeh.2015.01.008
Tracy, A.L., Wee, C.J.M., Hazeltine, G.E., and Benoit, S.C. (2013). Regulation of energy intake in humans. In M.O. Weickert (Ed.), Obesitext. http://endotext.org/obesity
SUPERVISED BY DR. MEGHAN MOODY
In relationships, it's pretty normal to wonder about what someone else thinks about us. Sometimes, though, this wonder might turn to worry and, for some of us, the worry might not stop.
We might worry about being rejected, excluded, or made fun of. We might never feel sure whether or not other people are secretly mad at or judging us. To deal with these worries on our own we might try to avoid people or situations or try not to care about what they think.
The idea that getting help means coming to therapy, which involves meeting someone new, might seem like a cruel joke. It may feel counter-intuitive, but talking to someone about these worries can be just the thing that creates more breathing room in life.