I strive to provide comprehensive assessments for any educationally related concern. My mission is to provide parents and/or young adults with the answers they seek about their child's or their own strengths and weaknesses while maintaining a positive perspective. I also provide mindfulness-based therapy to those experiencing overwhelming stress and/or anxiety. As an Educational Psychologist, I understand very well the effects of stress on our ability to learn and think. My goal is to provide clients with tools to cope with the every day stressors of life and lead happier and more peaceful lives.
Everyone goes through difficult times in life. Struggling alone with worries, sadness, life transitions, or relationship difficulties can be overwhelming. Having a therapist to talk to can make burdens feel lighter, provide new ways of responding, and allow for opportunities for growth. A path to greater wholeness and increased feelings of well-being is possible.
If you are a person of color (POC), in the LGBTQ community, and/or are non-monogamous/poly, you’ve come to the right place. I’ve had the privilege of working with diverse populations for over 15 years. In working with a culturally competent therapist like me, you can focus on what brought you to therapy in the first place and not on explaining or “teaching” the nuances of your culture and sexuality. My expertise is in helping those who are struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, and relationship difficulties. I’m trained in EMDR, an evidence-based therapy that treats trauma and other difficulties.
I work to empower my clients when they having difficulty so they can move on to achieve their goals. From the safe and confidential setting of my office, I work in a positive and supportive way with each client to assist him/her in gaining insights into challenging issues. In addition to helping clients decrease depression, anxiety, and stress, I enjoy helping couples with relationship issues, providing mindfulness skills, enhancing creativity, and assisting clients in coping with trauma/PTSD. I have experience with clients with bipolar issues, addictions, and abuse.
My therapy style is warm, intuitive, and direct. I am known for a more holistic, integrative approach that considers mind, body, heart, and spirit. Western research-based interventions often create a foundation for treatment, which is then blended with Eastern traditions such as yoga, mindfulness, and philosophy. My experiences as a yogi, dancer, world traveler, artist, and poet lend creativity and range to my extensive clinical expertise. I emphasize authenticity, vulnerability, responsibility, and self-compassion.
Do you find that old coping skills have become inadequate as time goes on and life's challenges change? Are you wrestling with emotional clarity or the resolution of past experiences or circumstances. For many, a collaboration with a therapist can provide a safe space to explore areas of dissatisfaction or conflict with oneself and others. Finding a good therapist is a matter of finding someone who listens, empathizes, is responsive, and can empower you with hope and bravery to do the difficult work involved in change. I can provide that individualized approach for you.
I have practiced as a therapist for 27 years with an MA in Clinical Psychology from JFK University. I have taught psychology and trained therapists at the University of Santa Monica for many years. I have extensive training in trauma therapies, Including Brainspotting, EMDR and many other treatment modalities. I have been able to help many traumatized individuals suffering from crippling fear, anxiety, hopelessness, depression, and low self-esteem find hope and joy and move forward with their lives.
Do you sometimes feel like a tourist in your own life? Has your career reached a dead-end but you don't know how to make a change? Has your marriage or relationship grown stale or become a fight that never ends? Do thoughts of a better life whisper to you in the midst of depression, anxiety or deep fear? Conflict and getting stuck can be part of living, and sometimes our problems seem like they are updated versions of what plagued us as children and teenagers. What would your life feel and look like if these weren't there?
I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Board Certified in Police and Public Safety Psychology. I have extensive experience treating trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. I am a contracted provider to over 60 police and public safety departments, and provide psychological services to combat veterans, EMTs, Fire Fighters, Coroners, Police Officers, and other first responders.
I take great care of my clients; I practice in a trauma-informed, culturally-responsive and gender-responsive manner. I have experience helping others work through adjustment periods and struggles. Often, these can overwhelm, and at times, debilitate, create stress, anxiety, depression and strain your interpersonal relationships. As your therapist, you honor me by sharing your story. I incorporate various evidence-based approaches and recognize that everyone's situation is unique. Together we will develop a highly personalized treatment plan that maximizes your chances of success.
We are all human and experience the struggles of life, but having a support person and therapist in your life to be by your side during these times can make it a lot easier. I genuinely enjoy getting to know people and cherish this time with my clients. I feel energized and motivated by my conversations with clients, the emotional exchanges that take place, and learning about each other’s backgrounds. Many therapists get into this field because they can relate to a client’s experiences, and I am one of those therapists.
It seems like nothing you say gets through to them anymore. When the one you care most about doesn't seem to listen, it's frightening and isolating. Sometimes just talking to an objective person helps you find a way to live a better life, resolve problems, and make better decisions. Suffering originates from not knowing what to do with life’s challenges. Every person needs guidance to leave behind the confusion of the current situation to breakthrough to a future clarity. It's not too late to learn the skills that can get you off to a fresh start. It's time to break those unproductive patterns and replace them with healthier ones.
My goal in therapy is to walk alongside you on this journey, to be a guide and helper. I believe that every person is an expert in their own life. I see therapy as a space to redefine one’s core beliefs – I am unlovable, I am unworthy – and create positive change. I utilize a person-centered therapeutic approach while incorporating components of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Prolonged Exposure, Narrative Exposure, Trauma-Informed Therapies & Mindfulness-Based techniques. I specialize in working with folks who have experienced complex trauma.
Depression, anxiety, and difficulty with intimate relationships seem epidemic in modern society. Or perhaps you have suffered a painful loss, personal setback or just feel stuck..Psychotherapy is an effective way to explore and work through these issues in an atmosphere of acceptance, empathy and trust. I did my clinical training at the UCLA Neuropsych Institute and have extensive experience with a wide range of therapeutic modalities My approach to each client is individually tailored to his or her unique history, current challenges and personal goals..Call now for a free consultation either by phone or in my office.
My practice welcomes adults and adolescents facing concerns such as managing stress, dealing with loss, improving relationships, loneliness, eating and body-image issues, self-esteem, anxiety, sadness and depression. My approach to therapy emphasizes the development of a mutually respectful helping bond and integrates psychodynamic, insight-oriented, and cognitive-behavioral perspectives. I will work to help you more effectively manage distress and maximize growth and joy.
I view therapy as a collaboration between client and therapist. I like to co-create an individualized treatment plan to help you reach your goals, whatever they may be. Typically, I draw from a variety of approaches, including Motivational Interviewing (MI), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT).
Dr. Amita Fakhimi is a clinical psychologist with over 10 years of experience working with individuals, couples and families. She has an immense, genuine passion for therapy and her patients. Her devotion is evidenced by her extensive academic and professional work history. She is dually licensed as a Clinical Psychologist and Marriage & Family Therapist, a rarity in the field. Dr. Fakhimi is committed to providing a safe and supportive environment and hopes to be a vessel for change for her patients, so they can live a happier and healthier lifestyle.
Do you sometimes feel out of balance? Do you struggle to lead a happier and more fulfilling life? Are you stressed and anxious? Therapy is a place to explore internal processes, relationships and connections with oneself and others. It also helps to stimulate a heightened self-awareness. Finding the right thearpist with whom one can trust is vital. I can help you work through painful emotions. My goal is to help others better understand their needs and how the patterns of their own dance, affect their lives.
What type of mental health professional is right for me?
Some of the most common types of mental health providers in Westwood, Los Angeles are psychologists, licensed counselors, therapists, psychotherapists, and licensed clinical social workers, all of whom diagnose mental health conditions and provide individualized treatment.
Services offered, education and credentials vary by type of mental health professional. Each professional in Westwood, Los Angeles then may specialize in certain areas, such as depression, marriage counseling, or anxiety. Although many mental health providers are not licensed to prescribe medication, they may coordinate with a provider who can.
Both in-person and online therapy sessions are available from most psychologists.
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What method of therapy is right for me?
When it comes to treatment methods, there's no 'right way.’ Each method of therapy can be beneficial for a variety of issues. Psychologists in Westwood, Los Angeles specialize in therapeutic approaches such as CBT, EMDR, and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), among others. Finding a psychologist or therapist who is a good fit for you is the most important step to discovering what type of therapy, or combination of therapeutic approaches, will meet your individual needs. Learn what to expect from different types of therapy and how they work.
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Many therapists accept health insurance. Check to see if your insurance is covered. Feel free to discuss this when you contact the therapist.