April Twenhafel, MS
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
Office: Costa Mesa
April is a therapist often described as warm, authentic, relatable, and loving. These traits combined with over 13 years of therapeutic experience create an atmosphere for hope, healing, and growth. Her heart’s desire is for her clients to feel seen, heard, and understood in ways they never have before. She believes this kind of acknowledgement propels people to new levels of healing and insight, while gaining new tools and understanding in their lives. April as had tremendous success in helping individual work through painful experiences. Her therapeutic approach often focuses on the early significant relationships and how it has impacted the ongoing emotional development of the individual. She also assists families in developing more effective problem-solving strategies. For clients that desire for spirituality to be integrated into their therapeutic work, April openly embraces a client’s spiritual journey into the process as led by the client.
As a clinician, April assists people from a variety of backgrounds in a broad range of issues including anxiety, depression, trauma, crisis, abuse, identity development, grief, family issues, marital conflict and more. One of her specialties is working with children through play therapy, an evidence-based practice. Play therapy is a type of psychotherapy that uses play to help a child communicate their feelings and is used to promote growth, emotional regulation, and resolution. April is also certified as a Prepare/Enrich Counselor for premarital therapy. April understands therapy can be a scary process for individuals to invite a stranger into. She is passionate about creating a safe place for her clients to explore the difficult experiences in their own lives. She considers it an honor to be invited into a person’s life and a true joy to be a part of their healing process.
• Attachment disorders
• Eating disorders
• Pastor/ministry staff
• Marriage & family therapist students
• Suicide survivors
• Domestic violence
• Individual Adults
• Children (as young as 4)
MS in Marriage and Family Therapy from Fuller Theological Seminary