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About Us

MEET OUR DIRECTOR
  
  
Reverend Dr. Gwen Finestone, MFT, PhD, CT


Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
Ordained Interfaith Minister
Certified Thanatologist (death, dying, & grief)
Certified Hypnotherapist
Certified Parent Educator
Sex Therapist
Expert Witness:  Grief & Loss Issues
       
           
              Reverend Dr. Finestone began her career 35+ years ago, as one of the founders of a rape crisis center, and served as its executive director for 5 years.  She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (Lic. MFT- #47627), with many years of experience conducting individual and group therapy. 
          
           She is a nationally certified thanatologist (death, dying, and grief) and a  licensed, ordained interfaith minister with many years of experience in hospice as an interfaith chaplain and as a therapist. 
 
           She has worked with persons of all religions, and continues this interfaith work in the  pastoral counseling services that she conducts in her role with The House of Ruach. 
 
           She is trained and certified in hypnosis, with 35+ years of experience.  When requested, she may use hypnosis to help resolve  psychological issues and/or spiritual concerns. 
 
          Her areas of particular strength include loss issues, grief, depression, dissociation, end-of-life issues, spiritual issues, PTSD, depression, pregnancy issues, childhood abuse, and trauma (rape, combat, incest). is currently focused on helping current military, veterans and their families deal with trauma, grief and loss issues by working with a variety of military resources and offering one-on-one and group sessions.
  • Ph.D., Pastoral Ministry w/ specialization in Interfaith Chaplaincy
  • M.A., Psychology w/ emphasis on Marital and Family Therapy
  • Post-doctoral continuing-education focus:  grief, loss, trauma, dissociation, depression, culture, and spirituality.
  • C.T., Certified Thanatologist


Curriculum Vitae available upon request.



For verification of credentials,
please visit the following websites.


California Board of Behavioral Sciences
Responsible for licensing marriage & family therapists in the state of California.
 
Spiritual Directors International
Listing of qualified spiritual directors (aka pastoral counselors, spiritual counselors, clergy, chaplains) throughout the world.
 
www.PsychologyToday.com 
Psychology Today Directory of Therapists. They verify credentials prior to entry into their directory.
 
Association for Death Education & Counseling. They certify thanatologists in the U.S.
International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation




MEET OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS (2017 to 2020)

Mrs. Lilian de la Paz, M.A.
Public School Teacher
California

Mrs. Rose Balkaneh
Businessowner
California

Mrs. Virginia Madsen
Corporate V.P.
Colorado

Dr. Phyllis Eichler, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist
California

Ms. Laura Bishop
Health Care Provider
California

Mr. Kevin Connors, MFT
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
California

       We do NOT accept donations from the public.  As the ad famously says,
                    "We obtain our money the old-fashioned way: we earn it."

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Office in Huntington Beach, Ca.

714.658.7488

drgwenfinestone@gmail.com

www.drgwenfinestone.com

www.expertwitnessgriefandlossissues.com
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