Toni Durnal Dunning is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who cares deeply for people. She believes that because people were created for relationship each person carries deep within him or herself the innate desire to be known, understood, accepted, and loved by another person who is safe, nurturing, encouraging, and supportive. In an ideal world, this can be experienced with our families, friends, and sometimes in the workplace. But we do not live in an ideal world. Instead, we rub shoulders with people who have been wounded, or have immature relationship skills, and sometimes with angry, scary, and dangerous people as well. Toni understands the importance of remaining "grounded in truth" when living in an unjust and unfair world. Toni meets each client in an atmosphere of unconditional positive regard and is skilled at tenderly creating safety and security with each client during the personal journey of discovery and buildling of relational skills.
Toni completed her Master of Arts degree in Marriage & Family Therapy at Hope International University between August 2004 and December 2006. As a prelicensed clinician during 2006 she worked at Hope Counseling Center at Hope International University under the supervision of Paul Alexander, Ph.D., LMFT. In February 2007 she began work at the Center for Individual & Family Therapy in the Orange and Chino locations. Toni was supervised and mentored at CIFT by Robyn L. Bettenhausen, Psy.D., Licensed Psychologist; Carolyn Baird Verity MS, LMFT; D. Douglas Gustafson, MS, LMFT; Kaneeza Lafir, Psy.D., Psy.D.; Licensed Psychologist; and Melissa L Zwart, MS, MA, LMFT. In addition to her clinical training and formal education Toni's life experience informs the way she does therapy.
Toni works effectively with individuals, couples, and families. She is certified to use the PREPARE-ENRICH curriculum with premarital, married, and cohabiting couples with or without children. In addition she enjoys working with step-families and couples who have remarried following the death of a spouse or divorce. Toni has parrticipated in an Externship in Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples at TRI EFT Alliant under the leasership of Scott Woolley, Ph.D, LMFT and Lisa Palmer-Olsen, Psy.D., LMFT. Toni has been fully trained by Linda Vanderlaan, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist, and EMDR Approved Consultant in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR),. EMDR is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been empiricaly validated and used internationally for effectively treating stress, trauma, and PTSD in combat veterans and civilian populations. Toni is listed as an EMDR Clinician on the EMDR Therapist Network at http://www.emdrtherapistnetwork.com/toni.dunning
Toni's therapeutic approach is uniquely tailored for each client and may involve family-systems, psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, emotionally-focused, existential and/or other methodologies as clinically appropriate. Toni considers each client's history and needs and looks for opportunities to build a solid therapeutic relationship in an atmosphere of respect, empathy, and compassion. In collaboratively designing goals for treatment, Toni is attentive to attachment injuries, trauma, abuse, and complicated grief and their impact on relationships with self, others, and God. Toni is an interactive therapist who strives to be authentic and real in every context. Toni provides support and practical feedback that facilitates the insight and decision-making necessary for clients to effectively address personal life challenges.
Toni is a New Life Ministries Network Counselor. newlife.com/
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT)
2006, M.A., Marriage & Family Therapy; Hope International University; Fullerton, CA www.hiu.edu
1983, B.S., Management; David Lipscomb College (now Lipscomb University); Nashville, TN www.lipscomb.edu