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Biography of Darlene Lancer, JD, MFT

Darlene LancerI bring a wide range of professional and life experience to my practice as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and relationship and codependency expert. I wrote Codependency for Dummies and Conquering Shame and Codependency: 8 Steps to Freeing the True You. Over the course of 27 years, I’ve helped men and women recover from codependency and trauma. They become effective communicators with greater autonomy and capacity for intimacy, and experience more success and well-being in in their personally and professional lives. 

I train other clinicians and speak to national audiences on radio and at webinars and conferences, such as the West Coast Symposium on Addictive Disorders, the National Association of Addiction Treatment Professionals, and the California State Bar Association. I’ve counseled many clients in the entertainment field, attorneys, and other professionals with addiction and mental health problems and am familiar with 12-Step Programs.

My work is informed by training in Self-Psychology, Voice-Dialogue, Dream Analysis, Jungian Therapy, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Somatic Work, EFT, and Hypnosis. I previously supervised other therapists as an AAMFT Approved Supervisor and practiced law as an entertainment attorney.


American School of Hypnotherapy, Certified 2004
Masters in Clinical Psychology, 1989 Antioch University
Juris Doctor, 1970 U.C.L.A. School of Law
American Jurisprudence Award

B.A., U.C.L.A., Cum Laude
Phi Beta Kappa
Honors Program

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