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About Me

       

     After years of working in marketing and sales, I realized that life is too short not to follow my passion. I took a risk and quit my stable job to pursue a life long dream to become a therapist. I earned a Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology from Azusa Pacific University.


     My private practice is located in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA where I work with individuals,

couples and families, including children, teens and seniors. Prior to establishing my private practice

I was fortunate enough to work in a psychiatric hospital, in the Orange County foster care system, and in various inpatient and outpatient counseling centers. I am a member of several professional organizations, and host and attend regular consultation groups with my peers. I also mentor and work with students studying to be therapists.

     

      I am married and we have two teenage daughters and two dogs (that we also consider our kids). While reading to my girls when they were young, I was inspired to write and publish two children's books on the topics of grief and self-esteem. One of my books was featured and promoted by Dr. Laura on her radio show. It is my faith and family that keeps me grounded for the work that I do. During my free time I enjoy practicing hot yoga, making jewelry, painting using acrylic paint pouring techniques, taking naps and reading books that stretch and inspire me.


"Willie's Reflection, A Story of Grief, Hope and Healing"

Excerpt of Dr. Laura Endorcement



Patricia Zielinski M.A., LMFT

Licensed Marriage &Family Therapist/Certified EMDR Therapist

(949) 433-8949


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Areas of Specialty


    Addictions & Recovery

    Anxiety, Phobias

    Codependency

    Depression

    Eating Disorders

    Grief & Loss

    Parenting

    Relationship Issues

    Teen Issues

    Trauma

    Self Harm

    Spiritual Issues

    Women's Issues








          Phone: (949) 433-8949  /   Email: therapy@patriciazielinski.com

30211 Avenida de Las Banderas, Suite 200

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA  92688



     Sam and Willie meet each summer morning at Long River to fish, skip pebbles on the water and sip grape sodas. Without warning, the cherished friendship ends when Willie dies. Readers will follow Sam on his journey through the stages of grief. Discover how Sam finds a way to say goodbye to Willie, and eventually holds his friend's memory in his heart. It is only then that Sam is able to reinvest in a promising new friendship.

     The topic of grief is presented in a clear and gentle manner. Brilliant color illustrations reveal the intensity of feelings as experienced by a grieving child. Practical suggestions are offered to those who care for and work with children experiencing a loss.

     "Grandma Pearl and I have an unspoken secret about an oyster shell box of pearls on my dresser. Every time I struggle or have tears, a pearl appears in the most unexpected place. One day I asked Grandma to explain the many pearl surprises and she told me the story of how an oyster survives. It forms a pearl inside to stay alive. I smiled. I knew she was teaching me something important

in life."

      In this heartwarming tale, a young girl discovers that courage and character can come out of life struggles. She begins to understand that we are all like pearls, imperfect yet precious and uniquely beautiful.

"Grandma Pearl, A Story About Inner Beauty"

Check out my children's books below.