Hello, and welcome to my practice. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), independently licensed to practice psychotherapy in the state of Kentucky. To become an LCSW, one must complete a masters degree program from an accredited institution, followed by approximately 3000 hours of supervised post-graduate work that is exclusively clinical in nature. I completed my clinical residency at Family Counseling Service, here in Lexington, after which I continued to work as a full-time psychotherapist. Prior to independent licensure I completed 3 graduate internships: one at University of Kentucky Good Samaritan Hospital (Behavioral Health Unit), and the other 2 at Family Counseling Service. I studied psychoanalytic theory and literature at the University of California Berkeley, where I received my BA in English. I received my Master of Social Work (mental health emphasis) degree from the University of Kentucky. Prior to becoming a psychotherapist, I spent over 15 years helping persons of all walks of life to overcome various forms of addiction. Five of those years were spent as a volunteer intern at MPI Chemical Dependency Treatment Services (a subsidiary of Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland, CA). Additionally, I have had years of experience working, participating, and/or volunteering in the mental health field, at both inpatient and outpatient settings. In my full-time private practice, I work with individuals, couples, and families, treating a variety of presenting problems. My professional training and experience qualifies me to work with most populations. I have experience working with both children and adults, and have worked extensively with other professional persons, including: physicians, lawyers, executives, teachers and other psychotherapists. If you have had brief therapies in the past, and have found them ineffective at mitigating distressing symptoms, a more in-depth approach may be beneficial. I have gained considerable insight from my own experiences with psychotherapy, consisting of individual psychoanalysis and in-depth couples therapy, which have informed my practice in ways that no amount of schooling could have otherwise provided, thus cultivating unique insight into how to best meet the needs of my clients.
Lone (pronounced "Loona") Gooch has been a Marriage and Family Therapist since 1989, working in various community mental health settings in both California and Kentucky. Lone became a licensed psychotherapist in Kentucky in 2000 and has worked for Bluegrass (Comprehensive Care Center) for the past 23 years as a psychotherapist specializing in helping individual (adults and adolescents), couples, and families improve their circumstances and create better lives. Lone graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1985 with a B.A. in Psychology. She obtained her M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Santa Clara University in 1989. Lone received training and supervision at the Mental Research Institute of Palo Alto, California, one of the leading sources of ideas in the area of interactional/systemic studies, psychotherapy, and family therapy. Lone is a Board Approved Supervisor and provides clinical supervision to MFT associates working toward their independent license. She has taught classes at Bluegrass in Ethics/KY Law, clinical supervision and preventing burnout for clinicians. Lone is an Autonomous Batterer Intervention Provider and has specialized training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Lone has worked extensively with KY Drug Courts, providing group and individual therapy for persons struggling with addiction. Lone assists her clients in resolving trauma, such as child physical and sexual abuse, domestic violence, healing depression and anxiety treating self-harm, overcoming addiction, coping with grief and the loss of a relationship, interpersonal conflict, sexual orientation and identity. Lone strives to provide a safe space for clients to heal, develop self-awareness and reclaim their personal power. Her professional approach integrates key elements of structural family therapy and attachment theory.