Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapists in Highland Park, Los Angeles, CA

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Ariel Rosenbloom
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
3 Endorsed
Verified
3 Endorsed
I work primarily from an Internal Family Systems Therapy ( IFS ) perspective.
Navigating modern adulthood can be complicated and stressful. I specialize in helping adults in their 20s and 30s manage a variety of presenting issues including trauma, relationships, identity, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, life transitions, and grief and loss. My approach is LGBTQIA+-affirmative, feminist, sex-positive, and culturally-inclusive. We'll work together to identify patterns, build upon strengths, and enrich your sense of self. My style is warm, open, and compassionate, and I aim to provide a safe, collaborative space that nurtures the therapeutic relationship and promotes empowerment and inner growth.
(323) 909-4976
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Highland Park
Los Angeles, CA 90042
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Carter Psychotherapy Collective
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, PMHC
Verified
Verified
Depending on your needs and preferences, your therapy may include elements of: Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, the Trauma Resiliency Model, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Hakomi Mindful Somatic Psychology, Internal Family Systems , Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing.
We are a small, dedicated collective of therapists located in South Pasadena. We are passionate about the work of healing and strive to provide compassionate, respectful, trauma-informed therapy to a diverse group of clients. We specialize in supporting clients through relationship issues, perfectionism, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, overwhelm, trauma and vicarious trauma, as well as perinatal mental health concerns. We also have special insight into the needs of parents, artists and athletes. Our therapists are eclectically trained and integrate somatic and depth work with concrete cognitive behavioral skills and tools.
(323) 641-4804
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Jed Meyers
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
5 Endorsed
Verified
5 Endorsed
There's a lot that could be said here, so I’ll keep it simple. I enjoy helping people like yourself sift through the complexity of life’s moments—locating the areas that sting with hurt, and finding ways to empower you towards a life marked by connection, rest, and freedom.
(626) 317-6730
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Highland Park
Los Angeles, CA 90042
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X. Helen Altenbach
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
As a third-culture kid, I grew up speaking Russian, Mandarin Chinese, and English. Rooted in the Humanistic philosophy, I approach my clients with unconditional positive regard. My clients are youths of all ages, adults desiring adaptability and help with boundary setting, multicultural couples desiring to identify and communicate core values, and blended families. My career in classical music and my ongoing work in the film soundtrack recording industry gives me first-hand knowledge about the struggle of individual artists. I am fulfilled by helping others navigate interpersonal and the power dynamics of the entertainment industry.
(323) 792-2261
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Highland Park
Los Angeles, CA 90042
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Sara Semal
Counselor, MA, LPCC
Verified
Verified
I like to be real with people. I find the best way to work with individuals and couples is to be present, ask the right questions, and give honest feedback. Whether you are coming to therapy for personal growth, a relationship or family issue, healing from loss, past trauma, or anything else, I want to explore who you are, how your life experiences have affected you and your relationships, ways in which those experiences keep replaying themselves, and how to get you out of the cycle. My approach is to provide a comfortable and real space to talk, explore and work on feeling better.
(773) 757-5042
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Highland Park
Los Angeles, CA 90042
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Tony Manuel Chavira
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT, APCC
Verified
Verified
Hi, I'm Tony and my couples therapy practice is a space of hope, clarity, and limitless compassion. Maybe you’re struggling. Maybe you’re in pain or a difficult place in your relationship. Or maybe you’re passing through complicated times. It's safe if your marriage feels this hard, whether you're going through a breakdown or just a rough patch. In therapy, I can journey with you to a place of discovery, curiosity, and refreshing connection. I’ll help you uncover new ways to open, empathize, communicate, and find comfort with one another. But most importantly, we will grow a new culture of freedom and understanding for your future.
(323) 274-1518
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Los Angeles, CA 90042
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Chris Datiles
Associate Professional Clinical Counselor, APCC, MS
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
You feel a sense of urgency to meet expectations from others only to find yourself pushing your needs and boundaries to the side. You’re curious if, one day, you’ll be able to shift this pattern in your relationships, family dynamics, and career, but hesitate at the thought of rejection or being seen as a failure. This leaves you feeling resentful, tired, and burnt out. Therapy with me is an opportunity to work together where you can learn new patterns and identify your boundaries so that you can make decisions that are grounded in your values.
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Highland Park
Los Angeles, CA 90042
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Sharon Yu
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
9 Endorsed
Verified
9 Endorsed
You’d say that you are observant, conscientious, and driven. You pride yourself in the successes you’ve had so far but struggle to take credit for them. You're hard on yourself but the thought of self-forgiveness or compassion brings up feelings of guilt. You're really good at being there for others and notice not receiving the same back. Self-doubt and loneliness keep you up at night and it bleeds into anxieties about work, relationships, and if you’re a parent, your kids.
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Highland Park
Los Angeles, CA 90042
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Nadia Alvarez
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
8 Endorsed
Verified
8 Endorsed
Everyone deserves a safe space to process and grow and I believe that safety can be in the therapy room. My clients describe me as calm, supportive, patient, and non-judgmental of their views, lifestyles, and aspirations. I love working with adults who are struggling with anxiety, relationship issues, depression, or life transitions and couples who are interested in deepening their relationship or getting through difficult phases. Social justice, intersectionalism, and anti-oppression values deeply inform my therapy work. I approach all client relationships from a place of cultural humility.
(909) 345-5803
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Highland Park
Los Angeles, CA 90042
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Lauren Lui
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
You’re reflective, self-aware, and may be perceived as the “golden child,” within your family. On the inside, you carry the weight of feeling responsible for the emotions of others and struggle to trust yourself. You struggle with people-pleasing and fears of not being “good enough,” making it difficult to keep boundaries in your life and show up authentically in relationships, leading you to feel burnt out and depressed. You don’t have to continue feeling stuck in this space. You have the opportunity to develop self-compassion and set boundaries, allowing you to engage meaningfully with yourself, others, and your passions.
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Highland Park
Los Angeles, CA 90042
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Amanda King
Associate Clinical Social Worker, ACSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
You seem like you have it all together on the outside, but inside you feel overwhelmed by the struggle to meet your own unrealistic expectations for yourself. You feel weighed down by shame and can’t shake the feeling that something is inherently wrong with you, or that certain parts of you are unacceptable or unforgivable. You try to numb away this feeling with distractions, which might look like addictive tendencies such as workaholism, entering into unhealthy relationships, and overuse of drugs and alcohol.
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Highland Park
Los Angeles, CA 90042
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Jorgie Wu
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MS
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
You feel stuck, lonely, or burnt out. You find yourself feeling overwhelmed by life's demands and others' expectations. You imagine, what if you had options, an opportunity for relief, and permission to show up differently. People describe you as someone who's giving and thoughtful, so you're really good at putting the needs of others above your own. Many of my clients describe themselves as people pleasing, high achieving, and overthinking. Therapy with me is an opportunity to honor the parts of you which seek to feel good enough, self-compassionate, and at ease.
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Highland Park
Los Angeles, CA 90042
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Nina Gonzaga
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
Verified
I hold the sacredness of authenticity, humaning alongside other humans. I focus on working with women, particularly women of color, to show up to the brutal, sweaty, and liberating work of tending to your life while challenging oppressive systems that want humans to stay small. Together, we examine trauma and pain with self-compassion, address avoidance, build vocabulary around emotions to expand your knowing, and work together to enrich relational bonds. I would love to hold space for you!
(323) 366-3723
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Highland Park
Los Angeles, CA 90042
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Charlotte Kay
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified
21 Endorsed
Verified
21 Endorsed
The clients that I work with come from all walks of life with at least 3 common goals: learn how to manage personal difficulties, increase moments of joy, & feel more empowered. I can assist you in reaching your goals with compassion, sensitivity, & levity. I like to provide space to support my clients and teach them how to tap into their inner strengths. I don't just listen, I interact and ask questions that facilitate the kind of treatment that is worth your time and money.
(323) 686-6750
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WellBeings Therapy
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, LCSW, EMDR
Verified
9 Endorsed
Verified
9 Endorsed
Money, vacations and good food can make us happy, but how long does this feeling last? Sustainable happiness comes from within, unobstructed by past injuries and external influences. When we operate disconnected from our inner wellbeing, we feel lost, unsatisfied, depressed, anxious...the list goes on. As your therapist, our purpose is to nurture and witness your journey back to your true essence and to facilitate a process that will lead you to a life of wellness and authenticity.
(626) 593-4843
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Highland Park
Los Angeles, CA 90042
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Lisa Gallegos
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
If difficult life experiences have left you feeling stuck, worried, hopeless, angry or overwhelmed, we can work together to bring change to your life. My first priority is building a trusting, safe relationship with you. I will utilize my expertise in interpersonal neurobiology, attachment theory, mindfulness, and trauma-informed care to create a safe, non-judgmental environment, informed by a framework founded on the connections between mind, body, and emotion. I will use cutting edge science about the brain that empowers you with information to understand your relationship patterns and why you think, feel, and behave the way you do.
(213) 810-5534
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Highland Park
Los Angeles, CA 90042
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Christopher Monroy
Associate Clinical Social Worker, ACSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I am an associate clinical social worker, with 10+ years of experience within the mental health services industry. My clinical experience has focused primarily on helping individuals in the adolescent to young adult age, with more recent work being conducted in middle aged adults. I have a strong trauma-informed approach when working with my clients. As a therapist, it is my goal to help validate, create a safe environment, and help understand aspects of lived experiences. My extensive clinical training includes working with children, teenagers, and adults, with an array of mental health challenges.
(805) 273-8147
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Highland Park
Los Angeles, CA 90042
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Danielle Syslo
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
4 Endorsed
Verified
4 Endorsed
Clients who come to me often struggle with perfectionism, anxiety and relationship challenges. Often accomplished, these clients may have difficulty not focusing on the negatives, over-analyzing decisions to the point of overwhelm, or avoid doing things where they fear they may “fail”. They may also catch themselves compromising their boundaries, or overstretching their limits in relationships or at work. There is often a felt, general pressure to present themselves a certain way to others - a way that may be masking their authentic feelings and desires... But what if it doesn’t have to be this way?
(213) 785-7846
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Highland Park
Los Angeles, CA 90042
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Monique Kennedy
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I am currently accepting new clients. Are you ready to navigate what's keeping you blocked, robbing you of fulfillment and peace? Perhaps you're confused and unsure about therapy yet curious, feeling an innate desire for change. I am glad you landed on my profile, and if you would like to take a courageous step toward healing, I would feel honored to assist you on your journey. I foster space for clients that feels anchored, contained, and warm. My unique style as a healer is integrative and empathic, yet will challenge you. I am trained in EMDR and have helped clients successfully clear their traumas.
(424) 301-7902
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Highland Park
Los Angeles, CA 90042
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Liana Kostandyan
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
Have you ever asked yourself if a positive change can happen when you can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel? I will say, “Yes, it can!” I am a psychotherapist specializing in treatment for depressive disorders, PTSD, anxiety, impulse control, grief, trauma, and substance use disorders in adolescents and adults. My practice focuses on targeting ineffective behaviors, habits, and beliefs that affect activities of daily functioning. I meet my clients where they are and help them learn how to cope effectively with life stressors to building healthier relationships with themselves and their loved ones.
(650) 297-0589
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Highland Park
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Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapists

What is Internal Family Systems therapy?

Internal Family Systems (IFS) is a type of talk therapy that focuses on sub-personalities, or “families,” within a person, which may be made up of wounded parts and unpleasant emotions like anger and shame. These sub-personalities can come into conflict with each other and with an individual’s core Self, leaving the person feeling detached from positive traits such as the “8 C’s” of confidence, calmness, creativity, clarity, curiosity, courage, compassion, and connectedness. By healing a patient’s wounded parts, a therapist aims to restore balance and bring on positive change.

How does Internal Family Systems therapy work?

An IFS therapist will work with a patient to identify their particular sub-personalities, recognize the emotions powering them, and release them. By doing so, the patient should become more able to address any underlying problems their sub-personalities may have been trying to protect them from. Ultimately, a patient discovers ways to manage internal and external conflicts on their own, through techniques such as relaxation exercises, journaling, and making charts depicting the relationships between their core Self and their distinct parts.

Does Internal Family Systems therapy work?

IFS therapy has been shown to help people address conditions such as depression, anxiety, panic, fears and phobias, trauma, and substance use disorders. Some research has also found that it can help individuals deal with symptoms of physical health conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, such as pain, everyday functioning, depressive feelings, and low self-compassion. There are some conditions for which IFS treatment, specifically discussions of one’s “parts,” may be less appropriate, such as schizophrenia or other states that involve psychosis or paranoia.

How long does Internal Family Systems therapy take?

As with most forms of talk therapy, there is no set duration or end point for IFS therapy. After becoming comfortable with a therapist and the core concepts of IFS, some patients quickly make progress. While experiences vary, most will find that it is a relatively longer-term therapy, involving months and sometimes years of sessions.