Paul Gillane LMFT
How I Work
“My work is solution focused. I do believe our past family experiences are important. What we learned in our family is very much related to how we do life today. Yet sometimes, I think, people may invest an inordinate amount of their time and resources analyzing the problems of the past. In doing so, they may miss the exceptions to those problems that hold the key to change. So, if you feel stuck in a problem, changing your focus to the solution may be the beginning of productive change.
I work with all the elements of a family; the individuals, the couple, the children or entire group, depending on the circumstances. Each individual, every family brings a unique skill set with them to the counseling experience. It is our work together to hone those innate skills and, when necessary, to develop new tools to get out of the problem and into the solution.
I work with clients experiencing stress and anxiety affecting school, work or family relationships. I work with all or just a part of a family in developmental transitions, divorce, families affected by family members’ active substance abuse and individual issues that result from these challenges.
- Individuals & couples
- Families coping with addicted family members
- Stress & Anxiety
- Work related stress
Paul Gillane is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. He has been providing mental health services and speaking about family therapy since 1999. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy from UC Santa Barbara and his Master’s Degree in Psychology from Chapman University. Paul divided his professional development experiences between working with individuals and families in life transition, substance and alcohol abuse (as a treatment provider in Drug Court, DUI Court, County of Orange Dual Diagnosis Program) and with college students in campus settings.
Paul is in private practice in Mission Viejo, California and has been Adjunct Faculty at Fullerton College and Saddleback College. He has presented curriculum at Hoag Hospital and the South Orange County Family Resource Center in parenting, single parenting and co-parenting. He is also a past Board Member of Families in Recovery, a free support group for non-using family members with addicted adult children based in Orange County. He is a clinical member of the California Association of Marriage, Family Therapists.
“This is a second career for me after 20 years in the business world. I enjoyed business but I decided I wanted something more in the second half of life. As it turns out, my experience in the challenges and pressures of business is often useful for clients."