Suicidal Ideation Therapists in Los Angeles, CA

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Boston Child Study Center - California (LA & SF)
Psychologist, MD, PhD, MA, LCSW, LMHC
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90064
We are a comprehensively trained multidisciplinary team of clinicians, psychologists, and psychiatrists who provide evidence-based treatment to children, adolescents, young adults & families. Starting with the science and research, we deliver evidence-based treatment tailored to your family's individual needs. Our early and middle childhood team specializes in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Trauma-Focused CBT, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Children (DBT-C) to treat anxiety, OCD, ADHD, autism, disruptive behaviors, selective mutism, trauma and depression. Our adolescent and young adult programs specialize in providing DBT and DBT-Prolonged Exposure (DBT-PE), ACT and Exposure Therapy (ExRP) to treat anxiety, OCD, depression, gender dysphoria, suicidal behaviors, non-suicidal self-injury (self-harm), substance use, disordered eating, dissociative disorders, somatic disorders, autism spectrum disorder, non-verbal learning disability, as well as PTSD and Complex-PTSD. Additionally, we offer parent coaching, family therapy, and couples therapy.
We are a comprehensively trained multidisciplinary team of clinicians, psychologists, and psychiatrists who provide evidence-based treatment to children, adolescents, young adults & families. Starting with the science and research, we deliver evidence-based treatment tailored to your family's individual needs. Our early and middle childhood team specializes in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Trauma-Focused CBT, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Children (DBT-C) to treat anxiety, OCD, ADHD, autism, disruptive behaviors, selective mutism, trauma and depression. Our adolescent and young adult programs specialize in providing DBT and DBT-Prolonged Exposure (DBT-PE), ACT and Exposure Therapy (ExRP) to treat anxiety, OCD, depression, gender dysphoria, suicidal behaviors, non-suicidal self-injury (self-harm), substance use, disordered eating, dissociative disorders, somatic disorders, autism spectrum disorder, non-verbal learning disability, as well as PTSD and Complex-PTSD. Additionally, we offer parent coaching, family therapy, and couples therapy.
(818) 210-4739 View (818) 210-4739
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Julia Xiao-Rodriguez
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Julia Xiao-Rodriguez provides supervised evidence-based cognitive behavioral therapies (CBTs) for children, adolescents, and young adults with complex diagnostic presentations, including co-occurring anxiety, mood, personality, substance use and eating disorders. She specializes in delivering Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for high-risk, suicidal, and self-harming youth and their families. She is especially interested in walking alongside parents as they navigate parenting challenges and collaboration with providers. Julia is committed to providing identity-informed, culturally responsive and values-based interventions.
Julia Xiao-Rodriguez provides supervised evidence-based cognitive behavioral therapies (CBTs) for children, adolescents, and young adults with complex diagnostic presentations, including co-occurring anxiety, mood, personality, substance use and eating disorders. She specializes in delivering Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for high-risk, suicidal, and self-harming youth and their families. She is especially interested in walking alongside parents as they navigate parenting challenges and collaboration with providers. Julia is committed to providing identity-informed, culturally responsive and values-based interventions.
(424) 401-5795 View (424) 401-5795
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Lauren Kerwin
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90049  (Online Only)
I am a licensed psychologist primarily serving adults and adolescents who struggle with depression and anxiety; borderline personality disorder; substance and alcohol use; relationship distress; emptiness; intolerable emotions; impulsive behaviors including suicidal and self-injurious behavior; eating concerns; and histories of trauma. My therapeutic approach centers on utilizing Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). DBT was initially developed to treat borderline personality disorder but is now used to effectively treat a broad spectrum of psychological problems by focusing on enhancing the skills necessary to not only cope but thrive in a world full of obstacles.
I am a licensed psychologist primarily serving adults and adolescents who struggle with depression and anxiety; borderline personality disorder; substance and alcohol use; relationship distress; emptiness; intolerable emotions; impulsive behaviors including suicidal and self-injurious behavior; eating concerns; and histories of trauma. My therapeutic approach centers on utilizing Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). DBT was initially developed to treat borderline personality disorder but is now used to effectively treat a broad spectrum of psychological problems by focusing on enhancing the skills necessary to not only cope but thrive in a world full of obstacles.
(424) 488-0922 View (424) 488-0922
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Kristin L Walker
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90024
At PEAKPsychLA, I specialize in suicide prevention, mood disorders, and personality disorders (including Borderline PD and Narcissistic PD).
Hello! I am a Licensed Psychologist and the founder of PEAKPsychLA - a private psychotherapy practice in Westwood near UCLA. I work with teenagers, adolescents, and adults who are experiencing depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, intense or overwhelming emotions, and alcohol/drug misuse. I also work with people living with major mood disorders and personality disorders. If you are struggling with any of these experiences, want to feel better, and are looking for someone you can trust to help, I provide individual therapy, couples, and/or family therapy, in person and via remote telehealth services.
At PEAKPsychLA, I specialize in suicide prevention, mood disorders, and personality disorders (including Borderline PD and Narcissistic PD).
Hello! I am a Licensed Psychologist and the founder of PEAKPsychLA - a private psychotherapy practice in Westwood near UCLA. I work with teenagers, adolescents, and adults who are experiencing depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, intense or overwhelming emotions, and alcohol/drug misuse. I also work with people living with major mood disorders and personality disorders. If you are struggling with any of these experiences, want to feel better, and are looking for someone you can trust to help, I provide individual therapy, couples, and/or family therapy, in person and via remote telehealth services.
(310) 340-0360 View (310) 340-0360
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Dr. Joshua Morrison
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90026  (Online Only)
Finding and embracing an authentic sense of self is one of the core missions of adult life. What too often corrupts this search, though, is the phenomenon of shame - a destructive force if there ever was one. Shame can contribute to substance use, depression, anxiety, interpersonal struggles, poor health outcomes, maladaptive trauma responses, and, at extremes, psychosis and suicidal ideation. Such maladies, when approached in the context of a compassionate and trusting therapeutic relationship, can be transformed into signs pointing the way toward a more meaningful and fulfilling sense of self.
Finding and embracing an authentic sense of self is one of the core missions of adult life. What too often corrupts this search, though, is the phenomenon of shame - a destructive force if there ever was one. Shame can contribute to substance use, depression, anxiety, interpersonal struggles, poor health outcomes, maladaptive trauma responses, and, at extremes, psychosis and suicidal ideation. Such maladies, when approached in the context of a compassionate and trusting therapeutic relationship, can be transformed into signs pointing the way toward a more meaningful and fulfilling sense of self.
(619) 815-4658 View (619) 815-4658
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Nicole Pope
Associate Clinical Social Worker, ASW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90010  (Online Only)
At the beginning of my career, I worked solely with teens (ages 13-17) struggling with a wide variety of issues including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, suicidal ideation, self-harm, eating disorders, PTSD, trauma, substance use, and psychosis. During my masters program, I started working solely with adults and now take clients ages 13 and up. I’ve obtained training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Crisis intervention, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and more!
At the beginning of my career, I worked solely with teens (ages 13-17) struggling with a wide variety of issues including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, suicidal ideation, self-harm, eating disorders, PTSD, trauma, substance use, and psychosis. During my masters program, I started working solely with adults and now take clients ages 13 and up. I’ve obtained training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Crisis intervention, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and more!
(310) 564-7369 View (310) 564-7369
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Kristen Smith
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MS
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90025
I provide therapy for adolescents and adults seeking help with issues including parenting, divorce, stress, anxiety, depression, relationships, communication, suicidal thoughts, self-harm, grief, life-changing events, and others. My approach to therapy is to provide a safe, non-judgmental space where you can identify and explore the underlying beliefs driving your behaviors, shaping your habits, and impacting your relationships. Working together using therapeutic approaches such as mindfulness, CBT, narrative therapy, DBT, etc., you will learn to better manage emotions and behaviors, allowing you to meet your own personal goals.
I provide therapy for adolescents and adults seeking help with issues including parenting, divorce, stress, anxiety, depression, relationships, communication, suicidal thoughts, self-harm, grief, life-changing events, and others. My approach to therapy is to provide a safe, non-judgmental space where you can identify and explore the underlying beliefs driving your behaviors, shaping your habits, and impacting your relationships. Working together using therapeutic approaches such as mindfulness, CBT, narrative therapy, DBT, etc., you will learn to better manage emotions and behaviors, allowing you to meet your own personal goals.
(747) 236-6609 View (747) 236-6609
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Sylvanna M. Vargas
Psychologist, PhD, MPH
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Dr. Vargas is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist specializing in the treatment of adolescent and adult depression, trauma, emotional dysregulation, and anxiety. She has expertise working with youths and adults struggling with suicidal and self-harming thoughts and behaviors, with the goal of identifying and aligning with a life worth living. Dr. Vargas works with people experiencing the consequences of minoritization, including racial trauma and minority stress. She is an LGBTQ affirming provider and provides gender affirming therapy.
Dr. Vargas is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist specializing in the treatment of adolescent and adult depression, trauma, emotional dysregulation, and anxiety. She has expertise working with youths and adults struggling with suicidal and self-harming thoughts and behaviors, with the goal of identifying and aligning with a life worth living. Dr. Vargas works with people experiencing the consequences of minoritization, including racial trauma and minority stress. She is an LGBTQ affirming provider and provides gender affirming therapy.
(424) 352-8896 View (424) 352-8896
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Rahel Schmid-Price
Psychologist, LCP
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Hi, I am Dr. Rahel Price, a licensed clinical psychologist with over 20 years of experience providing mental health services to diverse populations in a variety of community and forensic settings. The main focus areas of my current practice include trauma, stress, PTSD, depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, and self-harm. I work collaboratively with my clients to help them identify the goals they want to work towards in therapy. These goals can shift and be built on throughout the therapy process.
Hi, I am Dr. Rahel Price, a licensed clinical psychologist with over 20 years of experience providing mental health services to diverse populations in a variety of community and forensic settings. The main focus areas of my current practice include trauma, stress, PTSD, depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, and self-harm. I work collaboratively with my clients to help them identify the goals they want to work towards in therapy. These goals can shift and be built on throughout the therapy process.
(323) 593-4830 View (323) 593-4830
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Susan Fox Horn
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PsyD, LCSW
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90066
I have worked with people suffering depression, suicidal ideation, anxiety, pain from a past or recent trauma, loss and grief, those who are divorced or divorcing and single parents.
You may be feeling sad, anxious, overwhelmed, or confused. You may be experiencing a difficult life transition or feel that something is missing in your life. It is important to find a therapist with whom you have a good fit, a feeling that your therapist "gets" you in order to develop the trust necessary in a therapeutic relationship. I have over 35 years of experience helping people in a safe, non-judgmental environment. It is through feeling understood that we come to understand ourselves better.
I have worked with people suffering depression, suicidal ideation, anxiety, pain from a past or recent trauma, loss and grief, those who are divorced or divorcing and single parents.
You may be feeling sad, anxious, overwhelmed, or confused. You may be experiencing a difficult life transition or feel that something is missing in your life. It is important to find a therapist with whom you have a good fit, a feeling that your therapist "gets" you in order to develop the trust necessary in a therapeutic relationship. I have over 35 years of experience helping people in a safe, non-judgmental environment. It is through feeling understood that we come to understand ourselves better.
(310) 856-9428 View (310) 856-9428
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Grace Davis
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90071  (Online Only)
As a former member of the Trauma team at Stanford Hospital, I have extensive experience working with people who have experienced violent accidents or attempted suicide.
Are you seeking a therapist who prioritizes trust and genuine connection? Someone who not only listens but actively participates in your personal growth journey, sharing in your accomplishments with enthusiasm? Do you desire a professional unafraid to explore the challenging questions that others may avoid? You can count on me. I am here to provide unwavering support and expert guidance as you embark on this courageous path to enhance your mental well-being. My name is Grace Davis. I'm a Licensed Clinical Social worker and I've been working in the field of social work for over 15 years.
As a former member of the Trauma team at Stanford Hospital, I have extensive experience working with people who have experienced violent accidents or attempted suicide.
Are you seeking a therapist who prioritizes trust and genuine connection? Someone who not only listens but actively participates in your personal growth journey, sharing in your accomplishments with enthusiasm? Do you desire a professional unafraid to explore the challenging questions that others may avoid? You can count on me. I am here to provide unwavering support and expert guidance as you embark on this courageous path to enhance your mental well-being. My name is Grace Davis. I'm a Licensed Clinical Social worker and I've been working in the field of social work for over 15 years.
(562) 554-7386 View (562) 554-7386
CBT California
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90048
DBT targets the issues that cause distress and teaches clients new skills to deal with these problems in a new way; without self-harm or thinking of suicide.
CBT California is Southern California’s leading center for cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), founded by award-winning clinicians and scholars dedicated to bringing you state of the art, scientifically sound treatments. We used evidence-based treatment to treat people with depression, anxiety, OCD, eating disorders, substance abuse, and other conditions. If you have problems with emotional regulation, self harm, or intense, unsatisfying relationships, CBT or Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) can help. We are home to DBT California, the leading high-fidelity, comprehensive Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) program in Southern California.
DBT targets the issues that cause distress and teaches clients new skills to deal with these problems in a new way; without self-harm or thinking of suicide.
CBT California is Southern California’s leading center for cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), founded by award-winning clinicians and scholars dedicated to bringing you state of the art, scientifically sound treatments. We used evidence-based treatment to treat people with depression, anxiety, OCD, eating disorders, substance abuse, and other conditions. If you have problems with emotional regulation, self harm, or intense, unsatisfying relationships, CBT or Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) can help. We are home to DBT California, the leading high-fidelity, comprehensive Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) program in Southern California.
(424) 766-1399 View (424) 766-1399
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Trennell Palacio
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, PPSC, LPCC
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90045  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Is your child seeking a safe space for them to process their thoughts and emotions? I specialize with working with young children (6-12), children with disabilities who have behavioral, social emotional difficulties, and adolescents (13-17) who struggle with trauma related issues like anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, stress, and suicidal tendencies. This period of your child's life has the potential to be filled with the best memories of youth and freedom but are often weighed down by anxiety and feelings of sadness.
Is your child seeking a safe space for them to process their thoughts and emotions? I specialize with working with young children (6-12), children with disabilities who have behavioral, social emotional difficulties, and adolescents (13-17) who struggle with trauma related issues like anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, stress, and suicidal tendencies. This period of your child's life has the potential to be filled with the best memories of youth and freedom but are often weighed down by anxiety and feelings of sadness.
(310) 905-5601 View (310) 905-5601
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Nicholas Davis
Counselor, LPCC
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90071  (Online Only)
My name is Nick Davis a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC), based in San Diego, California working with clients throughout California via telehealth. I work primarily with adolescents and adults and specialize in a variety of areas including but not limited to depression, anxiety, trauma, impulsivity, and suicidal ideation.
My name is Nick Davis a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC), based in San Diego, California working with clients throughout California via telehealth. I work primarily with adolescents and adults and specialize in a variety of areas including but not limited to depression, anxiety, trauma, impulsivity, and suicidal ideation.
(562) 620-5640 View (562) 620-5640
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Sean Mintz
Psychologist, LCP
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90037
I have experience working in both inpatient and outpatient settings and currently serve as a suicide prevention specialist for the CDCR.
I graduated from Monmouth University in 2002 with a MA in Psychological Counseling and from Alliant International University in 2008 with a Doctorate in Forensic Psychology. I have worked as a psychologist for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) since 2008, as an Adjunct Faculty member for Antelope Valley College since 2009, and have provided therapy, consulting, and supervision services for various agencies along the way.
I have experience working in both inpatient and outpatient settings and currently serve as a suicide prevention specialist for the CDCR.
I graduated from Monmouth University in 2002 with a MA in Psychological Counseling and from Alliant International University in 2008 with a Doctorate in Forensic Psychology. I have worked as a psychologist for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) since 2008, as an Adjunct Faculty member for Antelope Valley College since 2009, and have provided therapy, consulting, and supervision services for various agencies along the way.
(213) 642-2005 View (213) 642-2005
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Marianne Albina
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified Verified
9 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90036  (Online Only)
I am well-suited to support you if circumstances have left you feeling powerless and trapped, or if self-doubt and low self-confidence have intruded upon your life. My experience extends to aiding clients grappling with trauma, anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, and negative thoughts, as well as those navigating the impact of ADHD or feeling the burdens of perfectionism and people-pleasing.
I am well-suited to support you if circumstances have left you feeling powerless and trapped, or if self-doubt and low self-confidence have intruded upon your life. My experience extends to aiding clients grappling with trauma, anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, and negative thoughts, as well as those navigating the impact of ADHD or feeling the burdens of perfectionism and people-pleasing.
(323) 433-5629 View (323) 433-5629
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Louise Dixon De Silva
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90035  (Online Only)
Dr. Dixon De Silva is an expert in helping her clients manage and overcome a wide range of mental health problems including anxiety and depression, emotion deregulation problems, suicide and self-harm thoughts, and trauma. She is also a specialist in reproductive mental health treatment for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, infertility, PMS and PMDD, sexual dysfunction, and sexual trauma.
Dr. Dixon De Silva is an expert in helping her clients manage and overcome a wide range of mental health problems including anxiety and depression, emotion deregulation problems, suicide and self-harm thoughts, and trauma. She is also a specialist in reproductive mental health treatment for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, infertility, PMS and PMDD, sexual dysfunction, and sexual trauma.
(424) 788-5356 View (424) 788-5356
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Angela An
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90004
I have training in addiction, anger management, highly sensitive persons, mindfulness, suicide ideation, psychedelic integration, and truama.
Does anxiety, depression, stress, grief and/or addiction get in your way of living a full life? Is it affecting your health, family, work, school or relationships? When you are faced with such challenges, you may feel stuck, isolated, overwhelmed, hopeless or lost. You are not alone. We all feel like that sometimes. You can have your life back but it can be hard to do it alone. I'm here for you to provide a safe space and support you need. I will be the guiding light to help you move towards the positive changes. Together, we can find ways to reclaim your life.
I have training in addiction, anger management, highly sensitive persons, mindfulness, suicide ideation, psychedelic integration, and truama.
Does anxiety, depression, stress, grief and/or addiction get in your way of living a full life? Is it affecting your health, family, work, school or relationships? When you are faced with such challenges, you may feel stuck, isolated, overwhelmed, hopeless or lost. You are not alone. We all feel like that sometimes. You can have your life back but it can be hard to do it alone. I'm here for you to provide a safe space and support you need. I will be the guiding light to help you move towards the positive changes. Together, we can find ways to reclaim your life.
(323) 476-0901 View (323) 476-0901
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Allyson Byers
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90036  (Online Only)
I specialize in chronic illness and chronic pain, grief and loss, trauma and PTSD, depression, and suicidal ideation.
Are you experiencing grief and loss? Are you navigating health challenges or chronic illness? Do you have parts of yourself that are difficult to share with others? Have you experienced medical or relational/attachment trauma? You've come to the right place. As a queer therapist with chronic illness, I draw from both professional and lived experiences. I believe that therapy can be a reparative experience and that the relationship between a therapist and client can foster immense change and growth. I see clients both via telehealth or outdoors at a local park.
I specialize in chronic illness and chronic pain, grief and loss, trauma and PTSD, depression, and suicidal ideation.
Are you experiencing grief and loss? Are you navigating health challenges or chronic illness? Do you have parts of yourself that are difficult to share with others? Have you experienced medical or relational/attachment trauma? You've come to the right place. As a queer therapist with chronic illness, I draw from both professional and lived experiences. I believe that therapy can be a reparative experience and that the relationship between a therapist and client can foster immense change and growth. I see clients both via telehealth or outdoors at a local park.
(323) 643-6104 View (323) 643-6104
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Marney E Stofflet
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, ACSW
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90029
I have been in private practice as a psychotherapist foreclose to 40 years and have had the good fortune of working with individuals, couples and families dealing with a variety of life's challenges. I work with issues of sexuality,life needs, anxiety, adolescent and family problems,depression,abuse, addictions, special needs children and interpersonal relationships.I also do extensive work with people confronting the hard work of grief and loss and with individuals who have lost someone to suicide. My goals as a clinician are to guide individuals toward healing and self-understanding in an atmosphere of trust and self-respect.
I have been in private practice as a psychotherapist foreclose to 40 years and have had the good fortune of working with individuals, couples and families dealing with a variety of life's challenges. I work with issues of sexuality,life needs, anxiety, adolescent and family problems,depression,abuse, addictions, special needs children and interpersonal relationships.I also do extensive work with people confronting the hard work of grief and loss and with individuals who have lost someone to suicide. My goals as a clinician are to guide individuals toward healing and self-understanding in an atmosphere of trust and self-respect.
(323) 454-2122 View (323) 454-2122


Suicidal Ideation Therapists

How does therapy for suicidal ideation work?

Stress, depression, anxiety, or upsetting circumstances can give rise to suicidal thinking. Therapy can address the events at the core of an individual’s suffering. Understanding why a person may be suicidal can help the therapist and the patient discover alternative methods of coping. A person with suicidal ideation may be mired in catastrophic thinking, and treatment like cognitive behavioral therapy is a good choice for breaking such patterns. In addition, treatment such as acceptance and commitment therapy can help a person manage their distress through better emotion regulation.

Which therapies are best for suicidal ideation?

Specific approaches used by professionals include cognitive behavioral, dialectical behavior, psychodynamic, acceptance and commitment therapies, among others. Cognitive behavioral and dialectical behavior therapies are two widely used therapies that can help individuals with painful thoughts and past traumas. These therapies help an individual tolerate distress, regulate emotions, and not act on dangerous urges.

Are there specific medications to be combined with therapy?

The use of medication for suicidal thoughts must be aligned with the underlying cause; conditions such as depression, anxiety, and psychosis may be at the root of suicidal ideation. A psychiatrist may prescribe medications for symptoms, which may include antipsychotics such as aripiprazole or antidepressants such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors.

How often and how long are therapy sessions for suicidal ideation?

As with any type of therapy, sessions depend on the individual. Patients may see improvement within 15 to 20 sessions, at an average of 50 minutes per session, while others may opt for 20 to 30 sessions over, perhaps, a six-month period. Still other patients, especially those with co-occurring conditions like major depression and anxiety, may need to continue sessions for up to 12 to 18 months. In some cases, residential treatment may be recommended for an individual who is judged to be at high risk of self-harm.