"Go To A Mountain-Top
And Cry For A Vision
Where There Is No Vision
The People Perish"
"This Be My Pilgrimage And Goal, Daily to March And Find, The Secret Phrases Of The Soul, The Evangels Of The MIND John Drinkwater
Todd Irvin is a Marriage and Family Therapist with twenty-four years of clinical experience. He devotes his time between a private practice and clinical supervision and teaching responsibilities.
He was the founder and clinical director of the Crisis Intervention and Brief Therapy Program at Airport Marina Counseling Services. Currently he conducts group supervision and professional training at the clinic and provides individual supervision for clinical interns at Antioch University Counseling Center, University of Santa Monica and Outreach Concern among others.
With roots in the heart of the Midwest, Todd brings a lot of life experience and creativity to the therapeutic encounter. Professional as well as personal pursuits have led Mr. Irvin to travel internationally and he has enjoyed extensive time working, studying and living abroad.
Before the age of twenty, Todd circled the world by ship while completing a work-study program specializing in cultural anthropology and comparative psychology. He received further training in this field at Duke University where he was recognized with Magnum cum laude honors for his self-designed studies in cross-cultural psychology.
A post-grad stint followed working with the Director of Psychiatry and other medical staff from Duke’s faculty in the formation of a milieu treatment program at Durham County Hospital’s newly established in-patient psychiatric department.
Accomplishing additional training and other business endeavors permitted Mr. Irvin to live several years in Paris, Manhattan and Los Angeles. These were all ideally diverse settings for which to expand and apply his studies in multicultural psychology and his other interest, martial arts. Todd has trained in mixed martial arts with some renown and respected teachers such as William, C.C., Chen, Joe Lopez and Hickson Gracie.
Mr. Irvin has attained extensive training and his work has received excellent evaluations (4.0 in clinical psychology graduate program) which universally underscore his comprehensive clinical skills.
"Necessary, Forever Necessary
To Burn Out False Shames and Smelt The
Heaviest Ore Of The Body Into Purity"
Todd has been able to professionally apply personal lessons learned from foreign travel and the mind/body experience of marital art practice. His expeditions, both academic and actual, into the psyche of culture have been an education in human and social nature and Mr. Irvin enjoys applying an informed cultural sensitivity to his international practice that includes numerous clients from diverse cultures.
He has also endeavored to integrate the use of movement, breath, visualization, exercise and other modalities to create the sensation of "chi". This can be both a physical and emotional experience and underscores his belief that connecting the mind-body experience is essential to therapeutic growth. Todd also offers “WALK AND TALK” sessions from his therapy office/Dojo located in a state park among the mountains of Topanga Canyon.
Mr. Irvin works as an integrative therapist whose therapeutic style and orientation is varied and versatile. He believes in combining the knowledge and skills from a variety of transformative modalities. Emphasizing their complimentary benefits Todd has developed many specialties of therapeutic treatment: Psychodynamic, Family Systems, Somatic, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused, Crisis Intervention, Mindfulness, Jungian, Imago Couples Therapy, Attachment Theory and Motivational Interviewing. He also incorporates principles from eastern psychological systems of thought such as Buddhism and Taoism as well as mind-body techniques borrowed from the practice of ritual, sports and marital arts.
Most people seek out his professional services for either healing, change or growth, either in their individual lives and/or in their significant relationships. He has a general adult practice with specialties in treating a host of issues such as, depression, bi-polar, anxiety, panic attacks, low self esteem, grief, co-occurring addictive process, OCD, difficult transitions, traumatic experience, creative block, relationship counseling, communication skill training, anger management, acculturalization, coping with chronic illness and conflict resolution.
Todd has also had great success working with men in therapy. Understanding how powerful sociobiological forces influence the masculine psyche has allowed him to adapt the therapeutic encounter to better serve male clients. In addition, he has done group therapy with men who are first time fathers and helps them embody the latest research on the importance of fathering on infant development.
He has specialized training in treating the acute stress experienced by first responders attending to critical incidents, such as firemen and EMTs. Mr. Irvin also specializes with multicultural issues that impact the delivery of therapy.
Todd believes that the therapeutic experience should be a creative process that includes accessing knowledge from the somatic, affective and cognitive aspects of self. Integrating these resources helps us find our authentic voice and vision. By doing so we can raise our awareness to free ourselves from automatic reactions and patterns. This empowers us with the ability to have greater choice and make better decisions. We become our own authors.
Starting therapy is a hero’s journey. Surviving the confusion and chaos of fear and loss and emerging from troubled times with a deeper sense of self-acceptance and wisdom is the journey of the everyday hero. Over millenniums humankind has evoked the importance of coming together in a sacred place to learn and transform. The origins of the term “dojo” translates as a place of awakening and training. In this spirit Todd offers his Therapy Dojo as a place to awaken to and train in new ways of being in the world.