About Dr. Goldstein

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The focus of Dr. Bonnie Goldstein’s work is to foster and heal relationships through the lens of attachment theory, somatic and mindful awareness, and the dynamic interaction of group psychotherapy. She helps clients navigate through life’s complexities by addressing developmental issues, family systems, grief and loss counseling for children and adults, and transitions-to-adulthood. Her work integrates traditional psychodynamic psychotherapy with progressive psychotherapeutic interventions such as Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, hypnosis, mindfulness exercises and EMDR. In 1989 Dr. Goldstein founded and has continued to direct the Lifespan Psychological Center, offering a training opportunity for clinical interns, school-search assistance, and ongoing weekly therapy groups helping children, adolescents and young-adults transition to the next stage of life as well as parenting groups addressing the multi-layered challenges of family interactions. She is the Associate Programming Director for Lifespan Learning Institute, offering professional training seminars which bring together leading professionals from around the world to present their latest research and critical thinking, specializing in a Sensorimotor Psychotherapy approach to treating children, adolescents, and families.

Dr. Goldstein holds dual licenses in the state of California in Psychology and Social Work, completed her B.A. MSW, and Ph.D. at UCLA, her Ed.M. at Harvard University, and teaches graduate students at USC’s School of Social Work. She is certified in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and is the Southern California coordinator of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute’s Trauma, Developmental/Attachment, and Certification trainings. Her professional affiliations have included serving as a consultant to the Early Childhood program at Cedar-Sinai Medical Center’s Thalians Clinic, serving as a supervisor at the Beverly Hills Maple Center and the Southern California Counseling Center, and completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the Reiss-Davis Child Study Center. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, California Psychological Association, California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT), and Group Psychotherapy Association.

Galvanized by traumatic experiences throughout Los Angeles over the past two decades, including earthquakes, fires, mudslides, and riots, Dr. Goldstein has assembled and disseminated information, developed outreach programs for UCLA extension, and produced creative presentations of trauma-related information, including a book for children and their families, I’ll Know What to Do: A Kid’s Guide to Natural Disasters, published by the American Psychological Association in 1997 and distributed as a guide for children and families in the aftermath of traumatic experiences. Dr. Bonnie Mark-Goldstein’s professional publications include The Handbook of Infant, Child, and Adolescent Psychotherapy: Guide to Diagnosis and Treatment Vol. I & II and Understanding, Diagnosing, and Treating Attention-Deficit Disorder/Hyperactivity Disorder in Children and Adolescents: an Integrative Approach. Her forthcoming book on group dynamics as a means of connecting people in an age of increasing isolation will feature:

  • Identifying the common problems we experience and facilitating the process of healing through the dynamic interaction of group counseling.
  • Explore the multi-layered search for meaning, connection and identity as one faces the challenges and opportunities in our fast-paced, ever-changing world.
  • Elucidate the interrelatedness of the mind-body connection, enhance mindful awareness and foster one’s capacity to attend to the richness of present experience as a means of enhancing interpersonal and intrapersonal relationships.
  • Fostering somatic awareness in order to understand and shift habitual, reactive patterns as well as to enhance self-care practices for calming, grounding, centering, focusing and energizing.

Media appearances include the Liza Gibbons show; television discussant on the Fox Family Channel show Parenting 101, and television guest on Woody Fraser Production’s Bringing Up Boys. She has been cited by the Los Angeles Times, Oprah Magazine and Parenting magazine, for her expertise and provocative sound-bite ability.



1999 Incorvaia, J., Mark-Goldstein, Bonnie, Tessmer, Donald, Understanding, Diagnosing, and Treating Attention Deficit Disorder / Hyperactivity Disorder in Children and Adolescents: an Integrative Approach. Aronson, NY.

1997 Mark, Bonnie S., Incorvaia, James, A., The Handbook of Infant, Child, and Adolescent Psychotherapy; Guide to Diagnosis & Treatment Vol. 2. Aronson, NY.

1997 Mark, Bonnie S., Layton, Aviva, I’ll Know What to Do: a Kid’s Guide to Natural Disasters. American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C.

1995 Mark, Bonnie S., Incorvaia, James, A. The Handbook of Infant, Child, and Adolescent Psychotherapy; Guide to Diagnosis & Treatment Vol. 1. Aronson, NY.

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