LGBTQ+ Affirming Therapists in Playa Vista, CA

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Amber Lopez Molnar
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified Verified
Playa Vista, CA 90094
Starting a family is one of the most incredible yet nerve racking transitions one can go through. I specialize in Infertility, Maternal Mental Health as well as overall life transitions. The process of infertility treatments alone can leave a person feeling vulnerable, heartbroken and unsure about the future. Some of the core issues that I treat include; Postpartum Depression/Anxiety/OCD, Grief, and the transition of your new identify as a mother. In addition I enjoy working with the LGBTQ community as well as adoption and families of multiples.
Starting a family is one of the most incredible yet nerve racking transitions one can go through. I specialize in Infertility, Maternal Mental Health as well as overall life transitions. The process of infertility treatments alone can leave a person feeling vulnerable, heartbroken and unsure about the future. Some of the core issues that I treat include; Postpartum Depression/Anxiety/OCD, Grief, and the transition of your new identify as a mother. In addition I enjoy working with the LGBTQ community as well as adoption and families of multiples.
(310) 340-1927 View (310) 340-1927
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Viviana McKenney
Psychological Associate, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Playa Vista, CA 90094  (Online Only)
Do you struggle with balancing work, family, and society's demands? Do you have issues feeling connected to yourself, others, or your children? Do you struggle with anxiety that affects your daily life, relationships, or ability to function? You deserve to feel happier. Now more than ever, people are feeling anxious, overwhelmed, and uncertain about how they're supposed to manage their lives and feel connected. Putting your needs on the back-burner and not taking care of yourself can lead to long-term issues for your mind and body. You shouldn’t have to try so hard to feel better.
Do you struggle with balancing work, family, and society's demands? Do you have issues feeling connected to yourself, others, or your children? Do you struggle with anxiety that affects your daily life, relationships, or ability to function? You deserve to feel happier. Now more than ever, people are feeling anxious, overwhelmed, and uncertain about how they're supposed to manage their lives and feel connected. Putting your needs on the back-burner and not taking care of yourself can lead to long-term issues for your mind and body. You shouldn’t have to try so hard to feel better.
(424) 622-3195 View (424) 622-3195
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Katrina Dela Cruz - Expansive Therapy
Pre-Licensed Professional, LCSW
Verified Verified
Playa Vista, CA 90094  (Online Only)
My practice is informed by the interconnectedness of all things, especially the relationship between mind, body, and spirit (or soul), and the interrelationships between beings. I am influenced by Western psychological theories, as well as holistic, ancestral, and indigenous wellness rituals from around the world.
My practice is informed by the interconnectedness of all things, especially the relationship between mind, body, and spirit (or soul), and the interrelationships between beings. I am influenced by Western psychological theories, as well as holistic, ancestral, and indigenous wellness rituals from around the world.
(929) 521-6312 View (929) 521-6312
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Rachel Thomasian
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Playa Vista, CA 90094
You're ready to start your journey to a better you. Whether you wish for less anxiety, more joy, relationship satisfaction or finding inner peace, I'm here to work towards it with you. You want something different, and you deserve to give yourself the gift of living a more fulfilling life.
You're ready to start your journey to a better you. Whether you wish for less anxiety, more joy, relationship satisfaction or finding inner peace, I'm here to work towards it with you. You want something different, and you deserve to give yourself the gift of living a more fulfilling life.
(818) 396-8465 View (818) 396-8465
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Sara Mehrabani
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Playa Vista, CA 90094
I believe the most important factors in the therapeutic relationship are compassion, acceptance, and collaboration. Through this type of relationship, I will create an environment where you feel safe and understood, and therefore ready to make effective change. My approach to therapy is strength- based and I will combine psychotherapy interventions with practical and personalized approaches to help you meet your unique needs. My therapy practice is based in the strongest research as well as specialized training in evidence based treatments.
I believe the most important factors in the therapeutic relationship are compassion, acceptance, and collaboration. Through this type of relationship, I will create an environment where you feel safe and understood, and therefore ready to make effective change. My approach to therapy is strength- based and I will combine psychotherapy interventions with practical and personalized approaches to help you meet your unique needs. My therapy practice is based in the strongest research as well as specialized training in evidence based treatments.
(323) 271-4437 View (323) 271-4437
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Becky White
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Playa Vista, CA 90094
I am the Founder and Director of Root to Rise Therapy, a boutique psychotherapy practice that provides couples therapy and individual counseling in a warm, accepting space. As a highly trained psychotherapist and relationship counselor located in the heart of Culver City, California, my passion is helping individuals, couples, and families to create relationships and lives that they love. I believe that healthy relationships start with you and that in order to serve the people that we love most, we first have to learn to take care of ourselves!
I am the Founder and Director of Root to Rise Therapy, a boutique psychotherapy practice that provides couples therapy and individual counseling in a warm, accepting space. As a highly trained psychotherapist and relationship counselor located in the heart of Culver City, California, my passion is helping individuals, couples, and families to create relationships and lives that they love. I believe that healthy relationships start with you and that in order to serve the people that we love most, we first have to learn to take care of ourselves!
(310) 627-2660 View (310) 627-2660
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Erin Bishop JD MFT
Marriage & Family Therapist, JD, MFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Playa Vista, CA 90094
IT TAKES COURAGE to reach out for support and guidance when we feel lost, distressed, confused or uncertain. My goal is to meet you - in whatever emotional state you find yourself - with empathy and acceptance, and provide a safe, caring and consistent therapeutic relationship in which we collaborate on identifying and moving toward the CHANGES AND GROWTH OPPORTUNITIES that matter most to you. I have worked with clients since 2010, tailoring the counseling experience to each individual or couple's unique strengths and needs and drawing from a wide range of psychological theories and healing modalities. My approach is also informed by my PERSONAL EXPERIENCE being treated for major depression and anxiety. NO EMOTIONAL CHALLENGE IS TOO BIG TO WORK ON, and it would be my privilege to accompany you on your journey toward a healthier, more satisfying life.
IT TAKES COURAGE to reach out for support and guidance when we feel lost, distressed, confused or uncertain. My goal is to meet you - in whatever emotional state you find yourself - with empathy and acceptance, and provide a safe, caring and consistent therapeutic relationship in which we collaborate on identifying and moving toward the CHANGES AND GROWTH OPPORTUNITIES that matter most to you. I have worked with clients since 2010, tailoring the counseling experience to each individual or couple's unique strengths and needs and drawing from a wide range of psychological theories and healing modalities. My approach is also informed by my PERSONAL EXPERIENCE being treated for major depression and anxiety. NO EMOTIONAL CHALLENGE IS TOO BIG TO WORK ON, and it would be my privilege to accompany you on your journey toward a healthier, more satisfying life.
(424) 361-0216 View (424) 361-0216
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Leigh Hall
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Playa Vista, CA 90094  (Online Only)
Anxiety, sadness, and stress can be immobilizing, and current world events seem overwhelming for many of us, leading to feelings of helplessness and despair. These emotions are normal reactions to abnormal times, but just knowing that isn't always enough. Most of us could use some extra support right now. Whether you need a nonjudgmental listener who can help you make sense of your feelings; someone to assist you in adding to your repertoire of effective coping mechanisms; or a coach who can illuminate, and gently push you to change, thought and behavior patterns that may be contributing to keeping you "stuck," therapy can help.
Anxiety, sadness, and stress can be immobilizing, and current world events seem overwhelming for many of us, leading to feelings of helplessness and despair. These emotions are normal reactions to abnormal times, but just knowing that isn't always enough. Most of us could use some extra support right now. Whether you need a nonjudgmental listener who can help you make sense of your feelings; someone to assist you in adding to your repertoire of effective coping mechanisms; or a coach who can illuminate, and gently push you to change, thought and behavior patterns that may be contributing to keeping you "stuck," therapy can help.
(424) 334-2430 View (424) 334-2430
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Ragon Duffy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Playa Vista, CA 90094
I believe therapy is about connection. Therapy is based on the connection with your therapist to create a meaningful, supportive space to explore your most vulnerable emotions. Therapy can help you strengthen your connection with the people in your life in a positive and hopeful way. And most of all, therapy can grow your connection to your most authentic self. Therapy can help guide and support you through times of stress, build communication and interpersonal skills, and develop a deep understanding of who you are and what you want out of life.
I believe therapy is about connection. Therapy is based on the connection with your therapist to create a meaningful, supportive space to explore your most vulnerable emotions. Therapy can help you strengthen your connection with the people in your life in a positive and hopeful way. And most of all, therapy can grow your connection to your most authentic self. Therapy can help guide and support you through times of stress, build communication and interpersonal skills, and develop a deep understanding of who you are and what you want out of life.
(424) 347-1704 View (424) 347-1704
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Marcela Rondani
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, CEDS, PsyD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Playa Vista, CA 90094
I believe that psychotherapy can be a tool to help someone to increase their self-awareness and promote healing and reparation to the life's pain and struggles. If you would like someone on your side to the new journey of rediscovering who you are and who you want to be, that is my goal. To provide support through this new path with the objective that life will unfold with more joy and happiness.
I believe that psychotherapy can be a tool to help someone to increase their self-awareness and promote healing and reparation to the life's pain and struggles. If you would like someone on your side to the new journey of rediscovering who you are and who you want to be, that is my goal. To provide support through this new path with the objective that life will unfold with more joy and happiness.
(310) 933-3406 View (310) 933-3406
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Richard Vishnevsky
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Playa Vista, CA 90094  (Online Only)
My main goal is for individuals to leave sessions feeling heard and capable of using their newly developed tools to make change. Whether you are coming in to address current stressors, past problems that seem to have a lasting impact, or worries about the future, I am here to help you meet your treatment goals. I work with children, adolescents, adults, families, and couples to help manage a wide range of presenting issues. Each individual comes into therapy with their own personal intentions. I hope to provide a space to address your unique needs and aspirations.
My main goal is for individuals to leave sessions feeling heard and capable of using their newly developed tools to make change. Whether you are coming in to address current stressors, past problems that seem to have a lasting impact, or worries about the future, I am here to help you meet your treatment goals. I work with children, adolescents, adults, families, and couples to help manage a wide range of presenting issues. Each individual comes into therapy with their own personal intentions. I hope to provide a space to address your unique needs and aspirations.
(310) 683-0925 View (310) 683-0925
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Leanne R. Miller
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT
Verified Verified
Playa Vista, CA 90094
Do you find yourself struggling to make decisions? Perhaps you feel like you keep repeating the same mistakes, or you may just desire some form of relief from your thoughts and/or feelings? Life can be complicated and sometimes working with a therapist can help. Hi! My name is Dr. Leanne Miller and I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in both California and New York. I specialize in working with teens, young adults, adults, and couples. My goal is to meet the client where they are at emotionally in order to build a strong, trusting relationship in a safe and judgment free environment.
Do you find yourself struggling to make decisions? Perhaps you feel like you keep repeating the same mistakes, or you may just desire some form of relief from your thoughts and/or feelings? Life can be complicated and sometimes working with a therapist can help. Hi! My name is Dr. Leanne Miller and I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in both California and New York. I specialize in working with teens, young adults, adults, and couples. My goal is to meet the client where they are at emotionally in order to build a strong, trusting relationship in a safe and judgment free environment.
(424) 264-2203 View (424) 264-2203
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Gayla Terzian
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Playa Vista, CA 90094
Deciding to seek therapy takes courage and is not always an easy thing to do, but sometimes we all need a little help and objective guidance with what life is handing us. Whether it's depression, anxiety, relationship issues, a life transition, coping skills, addiction, grief and loss, personal exploration or something else, I possess a wide range of professional and personal experience. If you think you may be ready to address what's bothering you more directly, with some professional and compassionate assistance, please contact me for a free 30-minute phone consultation to see if we're a good fit.
Deciding to seek therapy takes courage and is not always an easy thing to do, but sometimes we all need a little help and objective guidance with what life is handing us. Whether it's depression, anxiety, relationship issues, a life transition, coping skills, addiction, grief and loss, personal exploration or something else, I possess a wide range of professional and personal experience. If you think you may be ready to address what's bothering you more directly, with some professional and compassionate assistance, please contact me for a free 30-minute phone consultation to see if we're a good fit.
(424) 384-1764 View (424) 384-1764
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Silvia D Valdez-Mistry
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Playa Vista, CA 90094  (Online Only)
Offering online therapy for prenatal and postpartum women in CA. You thought being a mother would be the happiest time of your life, but you are having some difficulty adjusting to your new role. Trying to conceive, being an expectant mother, or recently giving birth has left you struggling with worries, doubts, sadness, and even guilt. Finding a balance between motherhood, your relationships, and your professional life seems impossible as you’re constantly adjusting to change. You may be finding that problems or issues you’ve faced before are re-surfacing during this life transition. This is common but seldom talked about.
Offering online therapy for prenatal and postpartum women in CA. You thought being a mother would be the happiest time of your life, but you are having some difficulty adjusting to your new role. Trying to conceive, being an expectant mother, or recently giving birth has left you struggling with worries, doubts, sadness, and even guilt. Finding a balance between motherhood, your relationships, and your professional life seems impossible as you’re constantly adjusting to change. You may be finding that problems or issues you’ve faced before are re-surfacing during this life transition. This is common but seldom talked about.
(310) 800-2144 View (310) 800-2144
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Cari Coulam
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Playa Vista, CA 90094
Our ideal client is someone who wants to learn how to manage their mental health, gain self-confidence, find direction, increase independence, and ultimately re-engage in meaningful pursuits. It is someone who wants to become successful in their living, working, learning and social environments. We believe everyone can learn to live well!
Our ideal client is someone who wants to learn how to manage their mental health, gain self-confidence, find direction, increase independence, and ultimately re-engage in meaningful pursuits. It is someone who wants to become successful in their living, working, learning and social environments. We believe everyone can learn to live well!
(424) 532-7734 View (424) 532-7734
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Samantha Lin Lewis
Counselor, MA, LPCC
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Playa Vista, CA 90094
Waitlist for new clients
My approach is grounded in the belief that each person has the innate capacity to heal, grow, and access inner resources to change. My role as your therapist is to create a safe space for your healing and change to unfold, and to help you address barriers that prevent you from living life fully. I have witnessed that when we experience growth and healing, we are able to engage in life more authentically, experiencing more joy and less suffering.
My approach is grounded in the belief that each person has the innate capacity to heal, grow, and access inner resources to change. My role as your therapist is to create a safe space for your healing and change to unfold, and to help you address barriers that prevent you from living life fully. I have witnessed that when we experience growth and healing, we are able to engage in life more authentically, experiencing more joy and less suffering.
(424) 532-8743 View (424) 532-8743
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Dr. Jordyn Trockman
Psychologist, MA, PsyD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Playa Vista, CA 90094  (Online Only)
I help clients come to terms with their past, heal, grow, get unstuck, and move forward. You may be feeling stressed, overwhelmed, lonely, hopeless, lost, or just "stuck." Still, I know that you can overcome your struggles and begin to live your best life. I help women of all ages and life stages rise up to meet life's many challenges. I help clients overcome their struggles with anxiety, depression, chronic stress, feelings of overwhelm, relationship issues, work challenges, and difficulties staying focused and making important decisions. I'm an active, engaging therapist with a supportive and collaborative approach.
I help clients come to terms with their past, heal, grow, get unstuck, and move forward. You may be feeling stressed, overwhelmed, lonely, hopeless, lost, or just "stuck." Still, I know that you can overcome your struggles and begin to live your best life. I help women of all ages and life stages rise up to meet life's many challenges. I help clients overcome their struggles with anxiety, depression, chronic stress, feelings of overwhelm, relationship issues, work challenges, and difficulties staying focused and making important decisions. I'm an active, engaging therapist with a supportive and collaborative approach.
(424) 341-5210 View (424) 341-5210
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Rob Whalen
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Playa Vista, CA 90094
It's not always easy for us to admit that we want help. As much as we like to think that we can do it all ourselves, everyone needs and deserves to have someone in their corner. No matter the disappointment or the distress, the grief or the frustration, the longing for stability and solace is an innate drive that has lead you to seek support.
It's not always easy for us to admit that we want help. As much as we like to think that we can do it all ourselves, everyone needs and deserves to have someone in their corner. No matter the disappointment or the distress, the grief or the frustration, the longing for stability and solace is an innate drive that has lead you to seek support.
(424) 385-0564 View (424) 385-0564
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Shaghayeani Shani Habibi
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Playa Vista, CA 90094  (Online Only)
I received my degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Multicultural Communications from Alliant International University. For the last 10 years, I have been a licensed Clinical Psychologist, trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Systemic Therapy. I have treated clients in various clinical settings, including community mental health clinics and inpatient psychiatric hospitals. In addition, I am a full Professor of Psychology and previously served as the Director of the MFT program at MSMU, where I teach a variety of courses. My specialties in therapy include bisexuality, nonmonogamous relationships, and relationshi
I received my degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Multicultural Communications from Alliant International University. For the last 10 years, I have been a licensed Clinical Psychologist, trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Systemic Therapy. I have treated clients in various clinical settings, including community mental health clinics and inpatient psychiatric hospitals. In addition, I am a full Professor of Psychology and previously served as the Director of the MFT program at MSMU, where I teach a variety of courses. My specialties in therapy include bisexuality, nonmonogamous relationships, and relationshi
(818) 536-7650 View (818) 536-7650
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Yael Sherne
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Playa Vista, CA 90094
You were so excited when you started ttc, but things aren't going they way you expected. Maybe you're experiencing infertility or pregnancy loss. Maybe you're pregnant or postpartum, but aren't feeling the joy you thought you would. You've become weighed down by the stress, struggling to manage the anxiety and uncertainty. The What-Ifs running on a loop in your mind. If your path towards becoming a parent isn't what you imagined, therapy with me can help. Together, I'll help you gain insight into your patterns, improve how you handle stress and setbacks, and strengthen your relationship - even amidst the challenges this time brings.
You were so excited when you started ttc, but things aren't going they way you expected. Maybe you're experiencing infertility or pregnancy loss. Maybe you're pregnant or postpartum, but aren't feeling the joy you thought you would. You've become weighed down by the stress, struggling to manage the anxiety and uncertainty. The What-Ifs running on a loop in your mind. If your path towards becoming a parent isn't what you imagined, therapy with me can help. Together, I'll help you gain insight into your patterns, improve how you handle stress and setbacks, and strengthen your relationship - even amidst the challenges this time brings.
(424) 622-1063 View (424) 622-1063

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LGBTQ+ Therapists

Do LGBTQ-affirmative therapists receive special training?

Yes. Many therapists who practice LGBTQ-affirmative therapy have completed specialized training, either during their degree program or as continuing education, to learn the core principles of affirmative therapy and how to best support their LGBTQ clients; some have received certifications in LGBTQ-affirmative therapy. Prospective clients should inquire as to a clinician’s background and training to ensure a good fit.

Why might I want to see an LGBTQ-affirming or LGBTQ-friendly therapist?

Queer and gender-non-conforming individuals frequently experience bias and marginalization in day-to-day life. Working with a therapist who understands these unique challenges, as well as accepts and affirms their identity, can help LGBTQ clients feel safe and supported during therapy—allowing them to better navigate their relationships, mental health, and anything else that they wish to explore during therapy. It is important to note that many therapists can be effective in their work with LGBTQ+ individuals, even in the absence of specific training or background knowledge. The most important component in therapy is the alliance between therapist and client, and this alliance can exist between individuals with very different backgrounds.

How can I find an LGBTQ-friendly therapist?

You may wish to inquire about a therapist’s expertise with your specific challenges or concerns—depression, for example, or relationship strife—as well as their past experiences treating LGBTQ+ clients. Prospective clients may also ask whether a therapist has obtained additional training and/or certification in LGBTQ-affirmative techniques.

How can I inquire about a therapist’s experience with LGBTQ issues?

Prospective clients should feel empowered to directly ask therapists whether they have received training or been certified in LGBTQ-affirming therapy; competent therapists will be happy to explain their educational background and preferred approach(es) to help a client find the best match for them. Clients may also wish to ask how a therapist has treated clients with their particular challenges in the past and what they expect treatment to look like.

Are all the therapists listed in the LGBTQ directory themselves members of the LGBTQ community?

While therapists may choose to disclose their sexual orientation or gender identity in their profiles, the LGBTQ directory features not only those who have shared this information but also those who assert specialized training or experience in providing support to queer individuals, couples or families.