Megan Hanson, LMFT, has an extensive background building community based health and nutrition programs for adults and adolescents in San Francisco and South Los Angeles. Her work with incarcerated adults, high school students, and families living in underserved communities heavily influences her current work as a therapist – she believes that people more easily become healthy if the systems that surround them are healthy as well.
After earning a Masters in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University in 2013, focusing on trauma and community psychology, Megan began formal training as a therapist at Vista Del Mar Family Services in Los Angeles. At Vista’s high school, she worked with youth struggling with post-traumatic stress, anxiety, depression, psychosis, and various social, emotional, and learning challenges. In 2014, Megan worked with primarily Medi-Cal youth and families under the supervision of the Chief Mental Health Officer at Girls Inc. in Oakland, CA, where she received training in Trauma-focused CBT. Now, Megan is back in Los Angeles, where she gained experience in the addiction field providing individual, group, and family therapy to young adults and adolescents with dual diagnoses, (addiction and mental health). Most recently she worked at Launch Young Adult Empowerment Center. Megan also has a private practice with offices in Silver Lake and Atwater Village working with youth, adults, families, and couples dealing with intimacy, relationship, identity, and addiction issues.
Megan is particularly interested in systems theory. Her approach is informed by various social and developmental theories that help identify the often complex factors, including biology, family, and community, that may influence a client’s current state. Starting with the assumption that each person’s challenging patterns are closely linked with important strengths (we develop the best patterns we can to help us survive), Megan works with clients to help them identify, understand, and better manage their own behavioral patterns in relation to situations, substances, emotional states and other people so that they can live more fulfilled lives.