April Hinrichsen is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist providing therapeutic services to children, adolescents, individuals, couples and families within San Diego County. Her practice is located in Mission Valley off the 8 freeway. Although April practices from a strength based, eclectic approach utilizing various theoretical orientations depending on the client and presenting problem, she specializes in practicing from a solution focused perspective and cognitive behavioral perspective.
April completed her undergraduate degree at UCLA with degrees in Psychology and Developmental Psychology (focusing specifically on child and adolescent development). Shortly thereafter April finished her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy at Pepperdine University. During her time at Pepperdine University, she worked in a community based, outpatient clinic providing therapeutic services to children, families, adolescents, individuals and couples. She had the unique opportunity of working with children involved in human sex trafficking and prostitution. It was also during her time at this community clinic where she developed a passion for working with couples and understanding the critial influence good communication skills play in a healthy relationship. Several of April’s clinical areas of study during her time at Pepperdine included examining the effects of Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy on couples in treatment, examining the effects of individual therapy on clients who have experienced trauma out of the country, panic disorder/panic attacks, depression and anxiety in adolescents, and the transitions through various developmental stages of young adulthood.
April has gained extensive training working with underserved and marginalized communities throughout San Diego. She has worked with clients dually diagnosed with severe mental illness and drug abuse problems along with serving the elderly population (particularly those in abusive situations) with her work with Adult Protective Services in San Diego County.
In addition to her work in private practice, April currently works with a non-profit organization, Vista Hill, as the Program Coordinator for their Guidance Progress and Success Program. This program seeks to improve the quality of life for families and individuals by providing comprehensive Educationally Related Mental Health Services (ERMHS) assessments for youth with Special Education, Individual Education Plan (IEP) generated, diagnostic and treatment concerns.
April has over a 5 year history working in various school districts throughout San Diego providing direct therapeutic services, completing mental health assessments and working with various special education teams and programs to ensure students are receiving the best and most appropriate mental health services to make progress in their individual school programs. April has a dedication and passion to the field of school based mental health and working with children, adolescents and young adults in the San Diego Community.