Lupita Kirklin, MFT, Life Coach

Central Los Angeles Area
& Woodland Hills
(818) 579-2156

About Me


Dr. Lupita L. Kirklin is a compassionate Bilingual/Bicultural English-Spanish therapist bringing 20 years of experience in the mental health profession. She provides services as a Registered Psychological Assistant supervised by Dr. Shaelyn Pham (PSY23509 California). She works with adults, elderly, children, teens, couples and families. She helps people make important and everyday decisions, as well as adjust to the stresses and strains of life, and the emotional suffering of dealing with physical ailments. Dr. Kirklin has extensive experience in treating trauma, victims of crime, grief, depression and anxiety disorders, neurocognitive rehabilitation as well developmental and learning disabilities.


Dr. Kirklin has provided mental health services in private practice, government and county mental health settings, and in adult and elderly outpatient programs in hospitals in the United States as well as in Mexico. She delivered individual therapy, family therapy, psychoeducational groups, and triage for suicidal patients in hospital settings. She possesses ample experience in psychological assessments, neurocognitive evaluations and immigration evaluations or also called in Spanish, “Cartas de Inmigración” for the Hispanic population and for U-Visa. She also provides treatment and assessment of autism spectrum disorders and learning disabilities for school age children.


Additionally, Dr. Kirklin is a dedicated researcher in the area of Death Studies. She is an active member and speaker of IANDS, the International Association for Near-Death Studies and she has had the privilege be part of the founding board of ACISTE (The American Center for the Integration of Spiritually Transformative Experiences). Similarly, in 2011, Dr. Kirklin’s NDE story is featured in the documentary film directed by Paul Perry, “Afterlife: What Happens when We Die,” starring renowned experts in the field of NDE research such as Dr. Raymond Moody Jr. and Jeffrey Long. Motivated by her first-hand experience of the positive and negative aftereffects of her own Near-Death Experience (NDE), she engaged in the scientific study of the spiritually transformative aspects of the NDE. She utilizes a psychodynamic approach that helps identify the clinical, spiritual, psychological and socio-psychological symptoms of the aftereffects of the NDE.


Dr. Kirklin holds a license for clinical psychologist in Mexico. She earned her second doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology in Santa Barbara, CA. She also received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology in Thousand Oaks, CA. She is currently pursuing her license as a Marriage and Family Therapist in California and is practicing under the supervision of Dr. Shaelyn Pham (PSY 23509) utilizing her well trained skills in interpersonal dialogue, psychodynamic, active imagination and dream work, as well as spirituality and Christian-based therapy, and evidence-based modalities, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy  (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).