Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapists in Santa Monica, CA

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Susan Zinn
Counselor, LPCC, LMHC, NCC
Verified
4 Endorsed
Verified
4 Endorsed
In addition to talk therapy, I am skilled in mind/body interventions including Internal Family Systems , EMDR, and various mindful practices to provide the most comprehensive care possible.
Psychotherapy is proven to be one of the most powerful tools to transform one's life, and deciding to seek support when you are struggling to resolve difficult issues on your own is brave. I specialize in working with teenagers, young adults, and families and the particular challenges that they face throughout the various transitions of their lives. I also have a special interest in supporting parents with struggling teens and young adults. My goal as a therapist is to provide a nurturing and caring environment for people seeking to make positive life changes through individual and family psychotherapy.
(424) 543-6324
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Santa Monica, CA 90401
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Elizabeth Lauber
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Verified
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with extensive training and experience in psychodynamic psychotherapy, mindfulness based stress reduction, IFS and EMDR.
Throughout life, we all must examine painful feelings that complicate our lives and prevent us from finding satisfaction and joy. Obstacles may stand in the way of our leading more meaningful lives. We may feel stuck or powerless to take vital steps, make decisions, work toward goals, and improve relationships.
(424) 419-2097
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Santa Monica, CA 90403
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Ali (Alexandria) Wolfe-Grady
Marriage & Family Therapist, MACP, LMFT, APCC
Verified
4 Endorsed
Verified
4 Endorsed
The therapeutic modalities I offer include a combination of cognitive behavioral, psychodynamic, interpersonal, strength based, humanistic, and family systems .
I find the best way for me to help people reach their goals is to work collaboratively and to build a therapeutic relationship based on trust, honesty, and openness. An individualized therapeutic approach is imperative for helping explore my clients’ unique life experiences. We work together utilizing an eclectic interactive approach that encourages feedback and collaboration to shape treatment to meet a client's individual needs. Together we formulate a plan to address achieving specific short-term goals aimed at improving daily life in addition to long term growth focusing on personal development.
(805) 608-3474
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Santa Monica, CA 90403
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Darcy Manav
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, CYT
Verified
4 Endorsed
Verified
4 Endorsed
I integrate EMDR, IFS , mind-body techniques, eastern practices, talk therapy and often humor.
My therapeutic intention is to cultivate a safe space for clients to foster personal growth, healing and self-awareness - while feeling supported each step of the way. Together, we will sort through troubling emotions, negative belief patterns, work stress, past trauma, relationship problems or any other issues keeping you feeling distressed, lost or stuck. We’ll explore tools to promote emotional balance and resilience, process unresolved trauma, install positive beliefs and create solutions that will empower you to move through life's challenges like a warrior.
(424) 365-8031
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Santa Monica, CA 90405
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Sam Miller
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified
3 Endorsed
Verified
3 Endorsed
I am EMDR trained, IFS -informed and have completed advanced trainings in gender dysphoria.
The relationship between client and therapist is essential for meaningful work to take place. To honor your process, I will approach our discussions with warmth, empathy, realness, with the intent to challenge you as we create the space to truly face your experience of the world. My therapeutic approach is integrative and relational, and rooted in the idea that our past experiences influence our reflexive responses the world around us as we continue to grow. In our work we will focus on the present and past to discover and adapt what hasn’t historically worked for you, as you navigate relationships, life stressors, and change.
(424) 310-1203
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Santa Monica, CA 90403
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Hannah Ayers
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, CCTP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I utilize a depth approach rooted in Internal Family Systems supported with mindfulness, self-compassion and accountability.
Do you feel like your past prevents you from enjoying your present and looking forward to your future? Do you find yourself repeating patterns of behavior that no longer serve you? Do you struggle to maintain meaningful and stable relationships? If yes, perhaps it’s time to take a deep breath and look inward. By exploring the wounds from your past, you can find empathy and understanding. You can be free. “Trauma is a fact of life. It does not, however, have to be a life sentence.” – Peter A. Levine
(818) 639-7313
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Santa Monica, CA 90405
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Steven Bradshaw
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, SEP, CGP, MA
Verified
10 Endorsed
Verified
10 Endorsed
I have trained personally with Peter Levine (SE), Thomas Hübl (Collective Trauma) and Richard Schwartz (Internal Family Systems ).
Do you feel burned out or stuck in a life that no longer works for you? Does your body feel pained, exhausted, or overly anxious? Do you feel like a phony or that the real you hasn't yet emerged. Well, you've only been this age once. Maybe it's time to give your life an overhaul. Somatic psychology is a cutting-edge approach that works to restore the nervous system to a state of healthy regulation, energy, flow and feeling at home in your body. This provides a foundation of authentic self-esteem that becomes the basis for a meaningful career and a network of healthy relationships—a life that feels great on the inside.
(424) 378-5336
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Santa Monica, CA 90405
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Sophie Levy
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
For many people life can go through periods of intense difficulty, pain and suffering, and it can feel overwhelming. My practice focuses on understanding these feelings with the hope of decreasing the distress. I work collaboratively with my clients believing they contain all the wisdom they need to heal and that together we will help you access it. I work and am trained in several models; psychodynamic, internal family systems , attachment theory and emotionally focused therapy.
(424) 543-6816
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Santa Monica, CA 90401
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Mary E Barbour
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, EMDR
Verified
4 Endorsed
Verified
4 Endorsed
I go beyond “talk therapy” and weave evidence-based therapies of IFS , EMDR, Somatic Therapy, and Ketamine-assisted psychotherapy to process and release negative thoughts, memories, and emotions that hold you back.
You want to live your best life and feel terrified by the thought of moving forward. On the outside, you may look like you have it together. On the inside, you’re caught in a spin cycle, trapped in the same destructive habits and repeating the same mistakes. Shame controls your thoughts and behaviors, preventing you from feeling any joy. You’ve gone to therapy and talked about your feelings. Yet your past memories and experiences still leave you feeling edgy, anxious, and disconnected. You feel stuck and don’t know why. You want relief and are looking for something different.
(323) 621-3389
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Santa Monica, CA 90405
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Jessica M Hicks
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Verified
I specialize in treating highly gifted & highly sensitive people, relationship issues, family systems , anxiety, depression, individuation, compulsion, trauma, and dream work. I have seen the depths of pain and shame in the therapy room. I have compassion for your struggle and am ready to be your ally on the path of healing. The process of psychotherapy is a deeply personal, introspective undertaking. Together we will recognize the wounds, trauma, and disappointments that have befallen you and begin the process of remedy, integration, and repair. In this emotionally safe harbor you can press up against your edges and find compassion.
(424) 353-2346
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Santa Monica, CA 90401
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Georgina Kim Smith
Psychologist, PhD
1 Endorsed
1 Endorsed
Dr. Smith's genuine, grounded and integrated therapeutic approach allows for a connection to her clients where through modalities such as EMDR, IFS (parts work), and attachment-based talk therapy, there is a focus on insight shifting to somatic integration and actionable change, discovering and healing the core self, learning to regulate emotion and express needs in healthy ways, adapting internal dialogue, core beliefs, and reinforcing coping resources. Dr. Smith believes in building an authentic therapeutic relationship based on respect, empathy, challenge and change while creating a renewed sense of self, empowerment and hope.
(424) 258-5793
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Santa Monica, CA 90403
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Colleen O'Brien
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I integrate Mindfulness, Internal Family Systems , Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, as well as many other modalities always with a foundation of Client Centered Therapy.
I am a licensed marriage and family therapist. My practice focuses on trauma, addiction & recovery, eating disorders, life transitions, and relationships. I work with women and men although primarily with women and mothers. In addition to traditional talk therapy, I have been practicing Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy for several years with an emphasis on treating depression, anxiety, PTSD, and trauma. I trained as a KAP therapist at the Ketamine Training Center in San Rafael, California with Phil Wolfson and his team. I also studied under the direction of Jeffrey Beck, MD.
(805) 608-5593
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Santa Monica, CA 90401
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Anna Haumeder
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MS, AMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
As a therapist, I draw from trauma-informed modalities such as EMDR, IFS parts work, somatic therapy, and relational talk therapy to create a safe space of warmth, curiosity, and humor to collaboratively explore and address the sources of your pain.
Do you find yourself feeling overwhelmed, stuck, or defeated? Has worry taken over your life? Or maybe past trauma is resurfacing and is now also impacting your relationships while leaving you confused and frightened. While we often rationally believe in our strengths and potential for growth, our gut tends to reliably remind us that we are to blame, not good enough, unsafe, or powerless - because it feels so true. My deepest hope for our work together is for you to not only know that you are worthy of love and a fulfilled life but that you can also feel it in your body and live accordingly.
(424) 401-7509
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Santa Monica, CA 90403
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Tara Vatankhah
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT, RYT
Verified
7 Endorsed
Verified
7 Endorsed
The natural ebb and flow of life can keep us flowing between a state of connection & disconnection to our authentic selves. Often times, the disconnection sparks the desire to seek therapy, subsequently leading to an inward journey back to the Self. I would feel honored to be part of your journey. The foundation of my therapeutic approach is based on the idea that wisdom lives within all of us. My hope is to help you tap into & live from that place of connection to your own unique inner compass. I utilize mindfulness, somatic, narrative, CBT & family systems theoretical frameworks to help you create & lead a more fulfilling life.
(213) 376-3065
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Santa Monica, CA 90403
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Resurface Group
MFT, ASW
Verified
Verified
Resurface itself is a family of licensed, certified, and highly skilled individuals with decades of experience treating addiction and mental illness. Our mission is to deliver alternative solutions to people battling addiction and mental illness—people who have lost their sense of hope or meaning. With innovative approaches and proven clinical techniques we inspire even the most complex individuals and family systems to create positive, healthy changes.
(562) 273-9158 x1
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Santa Monica, CA 90403
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Rae C Hipolito
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, MFT
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
Create joy and inner calm in your life. My role is to guide you in coming back to your wholeness. I am passionate about helping you heal your wounded parts. This wounding may show up as depression, anxiety, or PTSD in adulthood. My approach is heart-based; it is a fusion of experiential, somatic/body-oriented (releasing emotional pain which is stored in our bodies), gestalt, cognitive behavioral, EMDR, hypnosis, and internal family systems approaches. I don't focus on analyzing nor intellectualizing your past. We visit the past to let go of any pain or heal trauma.
(949) 537-2883
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Santa Monica, CA 90401
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Alexander Yoo
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MDiv, LMFT
Verified
Verified
Change-focused, trauma-informed, strength-based, existential, psychodynamic, intergenerational, family systems , and art/music modalities.
Regardless of politics, background, occupation, culture, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, relationships, worldview, we ALL need compassionate, focused empathy, supportive insight, and unconditional acceptance. I am uniquely equipped to help you find and express your best self.
(323) 997-8431
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Santa Monica, CA 90405
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Stephanie R Baron
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
If you have been in long term talk therapy and have not gotten the results you want, you've come to the right therapist! I specialize in EMDR and IFS therapy. This way of working gets to your issues on a deep level and clears out years of irrational beliefs that keep you from being who you want to be.
(310) 776-6424
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Santa Monica, CA 90401
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Monique M Hitzman
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Trained in family systems and psychodynamic theory, I will work with you to uncover the root causes of dysfunctional patterns and beliefs by exploring your past and connecting it to your current issues.
Do you feel stressed, anxious, depressed, or disconnected? Or lonely and unsupported? Do you need help navigating through life transitions, such as school, career, finding your purpose, divorce, spirituality or aging? I am here to help you manage your life, as well as, help you understand what is causing you to feel stuck. By helping you understand yourself better, your relationships will improve and you will feel empowered to make positive changes to live a more fulfilling life in a more authentic way.
(310) 905-8955
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Santa Monica, CA 90401
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Ellen Radha Katz
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Verified
I am trained in Internal Family Systems , Holographic Memory Resolution, Eriksonian Hypnotherapy, Somatic Experience, Reiki, Ayurveda and Yoga, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Buddhist Psychology, Meditation and traditional psychotherapeutic approaches.
Because I've been blessed with life-changing mentors in my life, I can pass the sum of their wisdom on to you, along with my own. Therapy is a healing process that happens through our shared connection and your expanding awareness. It requires a safe place, where truth is expressed and pain is transformed. Typically we meet suffering with distractions, intoxication or denial. When we find a way to experience emotional sobriety, our relationships with ourselves and others can heal. Loss, trauma, emotional intoxication and shame are common issues that breed secondary problems. We’ll approach them with skill, compassion and courage.
(424) 353-2867
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Santa Monica, CA 90403
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