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Psychotherapy with Allie Runkel

- CJ Jung

"The principle aim of psychotherapy is not to transport one to an impossible state of happiness, but to help acquire steadfastness and patience in the face of suffering"


2651 Irvine Ave, Suite #122, Costa Mesa, 92627

LPCC #8960

How I work:

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Individual therapy is the best gift you can give to yourself. Life can be overwhelming and therapy can provide a safe space to explore, understand, and grow. Often, when we find an attuned and compassionate listener we can start the healing process. A warm therapeutic relationship offers a mirror into the Self.

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I have experience helping people heal and transform:


  • Relational Trauma

  • Parenting

  • Anxiety/Stress

  • Depression

  • Childhood Wounding and Developmental Trauma

  • Shame and Self-Esteem Issues

  • Substance Use and Addiction

  • Codependency

  • Life/Career Transitions

  • Grief

  • Complex Trauma

  • Psychedelic prep and integration 

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In addition to individual therapy, I provide a sacred container for ketamine-assisted psychotherapy. For those interested, eligible, and curious about healing within a holistic and psychedelic modality to improve symptoms of long-term anxiety, depression, and PTSD, I facilitate the therapeutic portion of the experience and work alongside Journey Clinical who takes care of the medical side of eligibility, treatment planning, prescribing and dosing.


About me

Originally from Northern California, I moved to Laguna Beach trading redwoods for palm trees. Putting roots down closer to the ocean has supported me on my own healing journey.


While I work from a place of hope and inspiration, I am not afraid to be with your pain. We cannot lead anyone further than we have gone ourselves and therefore I am a committed client to therapy myself and a lifelong seeker of knowledge and depth. I am always finding spaces and trainings to widen and strengthen my capacity to support my clients. I am gifted at providing a warm space for the wide range of feelings to be felt and processed, compassionately meeting you right where you are. 

I enjoy working with adults who may have had turbulent childhoods and who continue to see dysfunctional patterns in relationship to self or relationship with others. I use relational work to guide you to your highest self to find a rewiring that is more regulated and in tune with your true needs and desires.

I truly love working as a therapist but when I am not in the office, I love to dance, cook, read, hike, swim in the ocean, be with family and friends, and walk my sweet dog Sadie!


UCLA: B.S., Psychology; B.A., World Arts and Cultures

The University of San Francisco: M.A. Counseling Psychology; PPS, LPCC


My Specialties


My goal is to help you show up with more stability and insight into yourself. Together we will get to know the parts of you that you have known forever, are just meeting, or need to bring more compassion and attention to. We may discover parts that have never felt safe enough to show up. We will explore your inner world, sensations, dreams, pain, patterns, triumphs, and all the little things that fit in between.  


I am a Psychodynamic therapist and incorporate other theories and modalities to meet my clients where they are. I am trained in Internal Family Systems, Somatic Experience Therapy, and often use Art, Mindfulness, CBT and DBT to support my clients.


I am trained & certified in Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy and Psychedelic Integration. Contact me directly if you are interested in exploring this medicine therapeutically or are engaged in a psychedelic/psycho-spiritual process of healing or simply want to learn more.

Polaris Insight Center

Journey Clinical 

The Forest Floor LA


Are you feeling stuck? I often work with people navigating life transitions, grief and loss, changes in their environment, shifts in career, or find themselves stuck in patterns and want to explore what life could feel like after unlearning and rebuilding into a more expansive and rich life.



I have had the honor of consulting with and working alongside Allie for some time. She consistently inspires me with the depth of care and attentiveness to the individuals that sit before her. The heart-centered space in which she holds with such a delicate balance of intuition and intellect, is truly extraordinary. I have felt confident referring any client to her as she embodies safety and attunement with all walks of life. 

-Elizabeth Irving, LMFT
Colleague and Consultant

Allie effortlessly integrates her wealth of knowledge and warm, authentic presence to create a safe space for self-exploration and a deeper understanding of self. She is a gentle and compassionate therapist who is unafraid to travel the complex depths of the human experience and provide light and healing. Anyone who has the opportunity to sit across from Allie will leave feeling seen, heard, and connected. 

-Carly Portillo, LMFT
Colleague and Consultant


Allie is an amazing therapist and human. Her grounded presence affords her the unique capability of creating a safe space for one to unfold and confront the depths of their emotions and empowering a person to grow into the highest version of themselves. She is a gift in the field of psychotherapy. 

-Dr. Nicole Reilly, LMFT and Mindfulness Group Facilitator 

Contact me

Fit is important in forming a therapeutic relationship. I offer a free, 20 minute initial consultation. Please don't hesitate to contact me- I can help answer any questions and it is a great opportunity to see if I may be the right fit for you!




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