About Me

Gretchen Hudson

Fundamentally, I have been a therapist for longer than I can remember. I see things differently than a lot of people. I am not quick to judge, but instead am quick to want more information, I am curious by nature, I want big picture. No one lives in a vacuum, life is not made up of single isolated incidents; everything fits together somehow. I want to help you to explore the objective reality, understand the subjective and make the connections needed in order to make some real change; The kind of change that really makes life look different, not the kind of change that looks like a New Year’s resolution: really apparent for 3 whole days and then disappears. Everyone wants better, we want overall satisfaction in life, we want big picture contentment. That’s what I want for you and I’ve got the skill and the know how to help you get there.

Our Meeting Space

I’m a “meet you where you are at” therapist. My therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help you effectively address personal life challenges. I often hear that therapy with me is very different from therapy with others, I believe that is because I want to understand where you are, how you feel, and experience your experiences with you, all while still being able to be that strong and stable confidant you want. If you want to get places, I want to help you.  With compassion, understanding, and empathy I will work with you to help you recognize and build upon your strengths so that you can change life in the way you want.

Education, Training, & Professional Memberships

  • M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology
  • Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (in progress)
  • Domestic Violence: Prevention and Treatment
  • Emotion Focused Therapy
  • Infidelity: Beyond Trauma to Transformation
  • Building Trust, Love, and Loyalty in Relationships
  • Premarital/Newlywed Transitions
  • Gottman Level 1 & 2
  • Bullying Prevention and Child Empowerment
  • Child-Parent Neurosensory Play Interactions in Attachment and Child Development
  • Child Abuse and Trauma
  • Functional Family Therapy
  • Family Systems
  • Reaching Children Through Play
  • Theories of Learning (Behavior Modification)
Eating Disorders
  • Eating Disorders and Treatment
  • DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy)
  • Goodbye Eating Disorder, Hello Me
  • Translating Cutting Edge Eating Disorder Research Into Innovative Treatment Approaches
  • Weight Stigma and Eating Disorders
  • CBT (Cognitive Behavior Therapy)
  • Core Beliefs and CBT
  • Compassionate Brain
  • Women Leading Change
  • DBT and Integration for the Everyday Client
  • Practice Based Intensive DBT Training
Professional Memberships
  • California Association for Marriage and Family Therapists
  • International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals
  • PSI CHI, The National Honors Society in Psychology

What People Are Saying