Art Imla

Hello! I’m Art Imla.  I am excited about working with you! I’ve had over a decade of counseling in many different environments while working with children, adolescents, and adults. I also provide clinical supervision to newer therapists.

Clients have told me that I’m highly empathetic and that I can put myself in the shoes of others. I appreciate hearing that because I believe that when I can deeply understand where someone is at the time we start counseling, then we can navigate towards their goal together much more successfully (and quicker!).

How I work

I’m the coach in your corner. I’ll cheer you on, back you up, and call you out if there’s a way we can do it better. I love to use analogies, which can be quirky or odd at times (hopefully, they are helpful and even funny at times!). I love to hear that my clients enjoyed the experience, even if it wasn’t always easy, because they got to where they wanted to be.

Why first responders?

When I am not working at Premier 1st Responder and SoCal Counseling Center, I am a range master, enjoy teaching and helping new gun owners overcome their fear. I also volunteer with the Red Cross as part of the Disaster Mental Health team. We provide services to families who might just have had their worst day. My passion for helping first responders is rooted in helping those who take on helping others. First responders put themselves out there for others and they deserve someone who is there to provide quality care and support them.

But it is my young son that is my greatest joy.  I love seeing his growth and curious exploration of the world.