Janaki Neptune, LMFT
Open for Business
I remember at a very young age being curious about people . . . why did they have certain behavior? Who was their family? I was very curious about almost everyone that I was in contact with. I was even curious about what in my family made me into who I was? I listened to anyone who wanted to talk about their life, and what problems they may be having. I was like a magnet attracting people who had problems, of course as a young girl I really didn’t have any answers, but I was always willing to listen.
As I grew into an adult and started working in corporate offices, people would stop by my desk to talk to me and share their problems and secrets. Often my employer would say, “why don’t you just put a sign on your desk saying, ‘Open for Business.’” I still had not thought of the possibility of becoming a Therapist, and as a matter of fact I didn’t even know there was such a thing. I only remember hearing about psychiatrists.
As the years passed, I moved to California from Boston. I continued my education, taking classes at SMC. I met a woman who was also interested in Psychology. She told me about Ryokan College, and that I could get a Degree in Psychology. I went for an interview and was accepted into the Program. I eventually graduated with my Master’s in Counseling Psychology at the same time my son was graduating from High School and on his way to College! Well planned!
My goal as a psychotherapist was/is to help women develop and/or become aware of and use their own abilities to work out their problems and find joy in their lives. Specifically, I want to help women learn how to love themselves enough to not accept abuse, in any form, from anyone. My treatment approach is to provide support and understanding to my clients. To help clients in a warm, empathetic and non-judgmental manner to help resolve current problems or long-standing patterns that are preventing them from enjoying what life has to offer.
I realize my journey so far was not by accident. I grew up in an environment where it wasn’t shocking that men abused women, verbally and physically. I watched policemen laughing when they were called because a man was beating up a woman, they would take the man out of the house, drop him off down the street then leave. In most cases the abuser would come back and continue to abuse. Seeing these crimes against women affected me in such a way that I always wanted to help women. At that time I didn’t know how I would help. Now, I know, I will tell anyone that will listen, “don’t let anyone get away with abusing you, there is help.”
Janaki Neptune, LMFT is the Chair of the newly formed LA-CAMFT Diversity Committee. Janaki received her MFT License (MFT#45361) in 2008, and has been in private practice since that time. Her private practice is located in Inglewood. Janaki works with Victims of Crime, individuals with gambling problems and their family, young adults, and women who are seeking help in making positive changes in their lives. Janaki can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.