Philip Spradling, PhD, LMFT

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist, MFT, Professor Gerontologist
Sync Counseling Center
150 W Sierra Madre Blvd.
Sierra Madre, CA 91024

“Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery it is.”

This is a quote by the memoirist Fredrick Buechner to which I have returned again and again. There is great benefit to be found from really tuning in and listening to our heart and mind. What are these voices saying to you? Do you sense a disconnect between your desires in life and the person you present to others?

In my work with individuals, it is my aim to create a safe and welcoming space where one feels known and accepted exactly as they are. It is from this place of acceptance, that one gradually is able to share more and more of their journey, including the painful parts. Feeling deeply heard and understood is often a starting point toward transformation

The Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard has said, ”Life must be lived looking forward, but can only be understood looking backward.”

It would be my privilege to work with you to bring both past and present into focus as you look forward to the path life has for you.

Philip is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT 105133), a Gerontologist (MSG - specialist in older adulthood), an Educational Psychologist (PhD) by training, and someone who has grown and learned through the sometimes painful crucible of life experience.

‘One must learn to love oneself with a wholesome and healthy love, so that one can bear to be with oneself and not roam’ --Friedrich Nietzsche


Academic Underachievement, Alzheimers, Anxiety or Fears, Career Counseling, Chronic Pain or Illness, Coping Skills, Depression, Elderly Persons Disorders, Emotional Disturbance, Loss or Grief, Mood Disorders, Self Esteem, Spirituality

Treatment Orientation

Existential, Humanistic, Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Psychoanalytic, Psychodynamic, Relational Therapy


LMFT 105133

Treatment Modality

Group, Individuals

Age Specialty

Elders (65+)




PPO Out of Network

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