Male Therapists in Santa Monica, CA

Donald S Hiroto
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90402
I have been in clinical practice for over 35 years while also teaching and supervising future psychologists at UCLA. I believe that you deserve an experienced therapist with the knowledge and training to understand your problems and create a safe and trusting environment. Feeling understood with respect and dignity leads to a collaborative relationship in solving problems. My excellent experience and training in the most effective treatment approaches and ability to meet your unique needs helps empower you to make the personal changes in your relationships and emotional life that you want and deserve.
I have been in clinical practice for over 35 years while also teaching and supervising future psychologists at UCLA. I believe that you deserve an experienced therapist with the knowledge and training to understand your problems and create a safe and trusting environment. Feeling understood with respect and dignity leads to a collaborative relationship in solving problems. My excellent experience and training in the most effective treatment approaches and ability to meet your unique needs helps empower you to make the personal changes in your relationships and emotional life that you want and deserve.
(310) 692-9355 View (310) 692-9355
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Henry McCain
Psychologist, PhD, LP
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90405
You find yourself here because you’ve finally reached the point where you need support with your child. You’ve spent hours researching common signs and symptoms of what the issue might be. Childhood is brief, yet the most significant period of life. I’m here to help you seize this opportunity to ensure your child's lifelong mental and relational well-being. Our strength-based assessments will reveal your child's unique strengths and areas for growth in all domains (including academically, emotionally, and socially). This will help you understand them better and make it easier to access support in school.
You find yourself here because you’ve finally reached the point where you need support with your child. You’ve spent hours researching common signs and symptoms of what the issue might be. Childhood is brief, yet the most significant period of life. I’m here to help you seize this opportunity to ensure your child's lifelong mental and relational well-being. Our strength-based assessments will reveal your child's unique strengths and areas for growth in all domains (including academically, emotionally, and socially). This will help you understand them better and make it easier to access support in school.
(310) 919-0619 View (310) 919-0619
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Matthew Druyen
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Ultimately, you are here to ask a question: Do I have the courage to acknowledge who I want to become and live my life without limitations?  I specialize in helping individuals to experience an authentic sense of self that they have been missing throughout their lives. True self-awareness can expand one’s ability to knock down the barriers that prevent us from becoming who we’re meant to be.  Get more curious, step into fear with courage, identify and change the things that are not working, and adopt new behaviors that make life more fulfilling.
Ultimately, you are here to ask a question: Do I have the courage to acknowledge who I want to become and live my life without limitations?  I specialize in helping individuals to experience an authentic sense of self that they have been missing throughout their lives. True self-awareness can expand one’s ability to knock down the barriers that prevent us from becoming who we’re meant to be.  Get more curious, step into fear with courage, identify and change the things that are not working, and adopt new behaviors that make life more fulfilling.
(818) 798-9114 View (818) 798-9114
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Sankofa Holistic Counseling Services
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, SAP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Santa Monica, CA 90401  (Online Only)
Congratulations, you found a compassionate and affirming therapist. As you're reading this I understand it maybe with some degree of ambivalence. To that end, my immediate goal is to connect and reflect with you in ways that are safe, respectful and trusting. Only then can we have a meaningful, therapeutic-relationship that's open to collaboration, exploration, and revelation. This is where we "Make the road as we walk it", and I champion your journey, where ever it leads. I value the creative and growth potential of every human being. How can I best support you?
Congratulations, you found a compassionate and affirming therapist. As you're reading this I understand it maybe with some degree of ambivalence. To that end, my immediate goal is to connect and reflect with you in ways that are safe, respectful and trusting. Only then can we have a meaningful, therapeutic-relationship that's open to collaboration, exploration, and revelation. This is where we "Make the road as we walk it", and I champion your journey, where ever it leads. I value the creative and growth potential of every human being. How can I best support you?
(310) 361-2427 View (310) 361-2427
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Kevin Stolper
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Are you feeling stuck in life, wanting something different but unsure what it is or how to get there? Do you struggle with the pressure to be perfect or “good enough”, leaving you with feelings of anxiety, stress or depression? Left ignored, these emotions can negatively impact your relationships, work performance and physical wellbeing. Therapy provides a safe space to better understand what is keeping you stuck, discover your wants and needs, while developing the self-confidence to take action towards long term change. Now is the time to start living the life you want to live and becoming the person you want to be.
Are you feeling stuck in life, wanting something different but unsure what it is or how to get there? Do you struggle with the pressure to be perfect or “good enough”, leaving you with feelings of anxiety, stress or depression? Left ignored, these emotions can negatively impact your relationships, work performance and physical wellbeing. Therapy provides a safe space to better understand what is keeping you stuck, discover your wants and needs, while developing the self-confidence to take action towards long term change. Now is the time to start living the life you want to live and becoming the person you want to be.
(310) 340-2355 View (310) 340-2355
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Benjamin Nakanishi
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Not accepting new clients
Life is often challenging and can leave us feeling anxious, depressed, or emotionally overwhelmed. Therapy provides an opportunity to address and work through the difficulties we face so that we can lead a more satisfying and fulfilling life. A vital component of therapy is creating a safe and comfortable environment so that issues can be explored openly and honestly. I provide a collaborative and supportive environment through acceptance, compassion, and genuineness.
Life is often challenging and can leave us feeling anxious, depressed, or emotionally overwhelmed. Therapy provides an opportunity to address and work through the difficulties we face so that we can lead a more satisfying and fulfilling life. A vital component of therapy is creating a safe and comfortable environment so that issues can be explored openly and honestly. I provide a collaborative and supportive environment through acceptance, compassion, and genuineness.
(424) 365-9846 View (424) 365-9846
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Ira Israel, Licensed Counselor and Psychotherapist
Counselor, LPCC, LMFT
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Santa Monica, CA 90403
In-Person Only in beautiful Santa Monica office. Cigna, Optum, United Healthcare In-Network Provider of Buddhist, Spiritual, Existential, Narrative psychotherapy. I have 15 years of experience helping people find new solutions to old problems, surmount daily challenges, improve their relationships, express themselves creatively, and lead meaningful lives. Individuals report that I am exceptionally skillful at discerning core wounds and providing resources to help release traumas and treat the symptoms of depression and anxiety; couples report greater understanding, compassion, ease and intimacy.
In-Person Only in beautiful Santa Monica office. Cigna, Optum, United Healthcare In-Network Provider of Buddhist, Spiritual, Existential, Narrative psychotherapy. I have 15 years of experience helping people find new solutions to old problems, surmount daily challenges, improve their relationships, express themselves creatively, and lead meaningful lives. Individuals report that I am exceptionally skillful at discerning core wounds and providing resources to help release traumas and treat the symptoms of depression and anxiety; couples report greater understanding, compassion, ease and intimacy.
(310) 984-7268 View (310) 984-7268
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Darrell Walters
Psychologist, PhD, LMFT
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90403
I'm a clinical psychologist with specialized training in neuropsychology. I specialize in the assessment and treatment of neurodevelopmental disorders such as ADHD and ASD, learning disorders, motor coordination challenges, auditory processing deficits, behavioral and emotional difficulties, and the unique challenges associated with giftedness.
I'm a clinical psychologist with specialized training in neuropsychology. I specialize in the assessment and treatment of neurodevelopmental disorders such as ADHD and ASD, learning disorders, motor coordination challenges, auditory processing deficits, behavioral and emotional difficulties, and the unique challenges associated with giftedness.
(310) 773-4831 View (310) 773-4831
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Trevor Schraufnagel
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Balance CBT is the name of my private practice. I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist (PSY27841) and an expert in the assessment and treatment of anxiety disorders and related conditions. My primary focus is providing evidence-based or "known to work" treatments for anxiety-related problems. While I place very high value on research-driven treatments, I strongly believe that compassion, validation, and a powerful relationship are cornerstones to effective therapy. I am a member of the clinical faculty at UCLA and hold positions in the departments of psychiatry and psychology.
Balance CBT is the name of my private practice. I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist (PSY27841) and an expert in the assessment and treatment of anxiety disorders and related conditions. My primary focus is providing evidence-based or "known to work" treatments for anxiety-related problems. While I place very high value on research-driven treatments, I strongly believe that compassion, validation, and a powerful relationship are cornerstones to effective therapy. I am a member of the clinical faculty at UCLA and hold positions in the departments of psychiatry and psychology.
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Slobodan Nesovic
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Santa Monica, CA 90403  (Online Only)
You are successful in your career, but a feeling of unease, anxiety, or emotional numbness seems to always be with you. The stress of your work has gotten to be too much, and maybe your physical health, and well as your happiness, has begun to suffer. You desire a meaningful relationship, but your reluctance to vulnerability, likely a result of past traumas, is getting in the way. You find yourself often plagued with a sense of emptiness, or lack of purpose in your life, despite your financial and professional success. You hold yourself to a high standard, but your harsh inner critic has left you feeling like you aren’t good enough.
You are successful in your career, but a feeling of unease, anxiety, or emotional numbness seems to always be with you. The stress of your work has gotten to be too much, and maybe your physical health, and well as your happiness, has begun to suffer. You desire a meaningful relationship, but your reluctance to vulnerability, likely a result of past traumas, is getting in the way. You find yourself often plagued with a sense of emptiness, or lack of purpose in your life, despite your financial and professional success. You hold yourself to a high standard, but your harsh inner critic has left you feeling like you aren’t good enough.
(213) 205-2894 View (213) 205-2894
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Richard J Lautenbacher
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90405  (Online Only)
Therapeutic orientation in the integration of psychoanalytic, cognitive, and humanistic approaches exploring collaboratively with clients various issues, including anxiety, depression, relationships, trauma, etc. The approach is to build rapport and explore past experiences, current cognitions, and patterns of behavior with a focus on the client's unique needs. The therapeutic goal is to help gain insights and catharsis (“ah-ha” moments) with the client toward their psychological improvement and well-being.
Therapeutic orientation in the integration of psychoanalytic, cognitive, and humanistic approaches exploring collaboratively with clients various issues, including anxiety, depression, relationships, trauma, etc. The approach is to build rapport and explore past experiences, current cognitions, and patterns of behavior with a focus on the client's unique needs. The therapeutic goal is to help gain insights and catharsis (“ah-ha” moments) with the client toward their psychological improvement and well-being.
(310) 494-2945 View (310) 494-2945
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Dan Sussman
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Welcome! I know that life can sometimes get messy and stressful. Maybe you’re feeling anxious or depressed, struggling with relationships, work, parenting, aging, a fast-changing world, or just want to talk to someone who’ll listen and be there for you. Change can be hard and humbling before you get to where you want to go. If you’d like to become a happier, more fulfilled you, please schedule a free consultation by going to my website, www.dansussmanphd.com, send me an email, or give me a call. I'm here to help.
Welcome! I know that life can sometimes get messy and stressful. Maybe you’re feeling anxious or depressed, struggling with relationships, work, parenting, aging, a fast-changing world, or just want to talk to someone who’ll listen and be there for you. Change can be hard and humbling before you get to where you want to go. If you’d like to become a happier, more fulfilled you, please schedule a free consultation by going to my website, www.dansussmanphd.com, send me an email, or give me a call. I'm here to help.
(310) 905-8775 View (310) 905-8775
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Brandon Gross
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Santa Monica, CA 90405
“The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.” ― C.G. Jung. I specialize in helping creatives and high-performing individuals in their 20s and 30s navigate emotional challenges, major life changes, and live their most authentic lives. I address issues that include: Isolation and Loneliness, Grief and Loss, Existential Crises, Values Clarification (i.e. figuring out “what matters”), Navigating Life Transitions (e.g. College to Career, Parenting)l, Anxiety and Depression, Communication Breakdown, Creative Block, Career Gridlock and Relationship Challenges. I also specialize in Men's Issues.
“The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.” ― C.G. Jung. I specialize in helping creatives and high-performing individuals in their 20s and 30s navigate emotional challenges, major life changes, and live their most authentic lives. I address issues that include: Isolation and Loneliness, Grief and Loss, Existential Crises, Values Clarification (i.e. figuring out “what matters”), Navigating Life Transitions (e.g. College to Career, Parenting)l, Anxiety and Depression, Communication Breakdown, Creative Block, Career Gridlock and Relationship Challenges. I also specialize in Men's Issues.
(424) 373-4939 View (424) 373-4939
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Kyle Dow
Psychological Associate, MS, BCBA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Santa Monica, CA 90403
I specialize in working with individuals from toddlerhood through young adulthood. My areas of expertise include autism, executive functioning issues such as ADHD, anxiety and depression, mood disorders, oppositional concerns, and communicative disorders. Additionally, I specialize in supporting the LGBTQIA+ population, guiding individuals through identity formation, addressing identity issues, and helping them align with their personal values.
I specialize in working with individuals from toddlerhood through young adulthood. My areas of expertise include autism, executive functioning issues such as ADHD, anxiety and depression, mood disorders, oppositional concerns, and communicative disorders. Additionally, I specialize in supporting the LGBTQIA+ population, guiding individuals through identity formation, addressing identity issues, and helping them align with their personal values.
(310) 340-6491 View (310) 340-6491
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Christopher E Getto
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MA
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Welcome. Sometimes things are complicated. We keep feeling a certain way or doing something and don't understand why. Sometimes things are more simple. We understand what we want, maybe even how to get there but just need a little support along the way. I work with individuals, couples and families to help them achieve the changes they wish to see in their lives, big or small, complicated or not.
Welcome. Sometimes things are complicated. We keep feeling a certain way or doing something and don't understand why. Sometimes things are more simple. We understand what we want, maybe even how to get there but just need a little support along the way. I work with individuals, couples and families to help them achieve the changes they wish to see in their lives, big or small, complicated or not.
(323) 431-5155 View (323) 431-5155
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Michael Kaufman
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Santa Monica, CA 90403
My goal is to help you experience your life more fully. Sometimes it's by uncovering and changing old patterns of thinking; sometimes,it's by exploring old stories with unnamed parts, and learning to actually tolerate all of your feelings. It's hard to do that by yourself; we do that as a collaboration. By creating a safe and caring environment, I also help couples to become more comfortable talking to each other. I believe that a life together is a on-going process of listening and talking openly.
My goal is to help you experience your life more fully. Sometimes it's by uncovering and changing old patterns of thinking; sometimes,it's by exploring old stories with unnamed parts, and learning to actually tolerate all of your feelings. It's hard to do that by yourself; we do that as a collaboration. By creating a safe and caring environment, I also help couples to become more comfortable talking to each other. I believe that a life together is a on-going process of listening and talking openly.
(424) 835-7820 View (424) 835-7820
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Dr. Joseph Lancaster
Psychologist, PsyD, MFT
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90402
You are feeling like life is full of chaos and no matter what you do, you can’t seem to get a handle on what is happening. Your relationships are broken, or strained and not only is it affecting you, but others are pulling away. You feel lost as if you have no purpose in life. You are tired of the spinning wheel. Depression, anxiety, anger, relationship challenges and much more keep you stuck and unable to grow. ENOUGH! You're ready for answers to start a new Holistic, healthy journey and become that whole person you were meant to be - Mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually - whole!
You are feeling like life is full of chaos and no matter what you do, you can’t seem to get a handle on what is happening. Your relationships are broken, or strained and not only is it affecting you, but others are pulling away. You feel lost as if you have no purpose in life. You are tired of the spinning wheel. Depression, anxiety, anger, relationship challenges and much more keep you stuck and unable to grow. ENOUGH! You're ready for answers to start a new Holistic, healthy journey and become that whole person you were meant to be - Mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually - whole!
(818) 483-9968 View (818) 483-9968
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Andrew Susskind
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, SEP, CGP
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Santa Monica, CA 90405
As a result of working together, you'll learn to develop more satisfying relationships, navigate life transitions and clarify your wants and desires. By exploring what's most important in your life today, we will identify what you would like to see different in the future. By identifying themes and patterns of the past, you will feel more freedom and ease. Isn't it time to live your life to its fullest?
As a result of working together, you'll learn to develop more satisfying relationships, navigate life transitions and clarify your wants and desires. By exploring what's most important in your life today, we will identify what you would like to see different in the future. By identifying themes and patterns of the past, you will feel more freedom and ease. Isn't it time to live your life to its fullest?
(310) 281-8681 View (310) 281-8681
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Charles Scott Dewell
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Charles Dewell, M.A., LMFT I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who works with adult individuals and couples, helping them navigate their relationship, career and personal issues. My mission is to provide a safe refuge where my clients feel understood and encouraged to persevere through the ebb and flow of life's challenges.
Charles Dewell, M.A., LMFT I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who works with adult individuals and couples, helping them navigate their relationship, career and personal issues. My mission is to provide a safe refuge where my clients feel understood and encouraged to persevere through the ebb and flow of life's challenges.
(310) 773-3504 View (310) 773-3504
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Robert Grossbard
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Santa Monica, CA 90403
People who see me for the first time are often feeling overwhelmed, confused, depressed or anxious. Some people are unable to sleep, have distressing thoughts, or cannot control troublesome habits and behaviors. Others have have struggled with chronic pain due to injuries or illnesses. Many have endured the stigma of having a major mental illness which created difficulties in daily functioning, mood swings, or poor judgement and distorted thinking. And others have functioned well with significant achievements in their careers, family, and relationships but still feel empty inside, and cannot experience pleasure, meaning, or fulfillment from their lives.
People who see me for the first time are often feeling overwhelmed, confused, depressed or anxious. Some people are unable to sleep, have distressing thoughts, or cannot control troublesome habits and behaviors. Others have have struggled with chronic pain due to injuries or illnesses. Many have endured the stigma of having a major mental illness which created difficulties in daily functioning, mood swings, or poor judgement and distorted thinking. And others have functioned well with significant achievements in their careers, family, and relationships but still feel empty inside, and cannot experience pleasure, meaning, or fulfillment from their lives.
(424) 570-1193 View (424) 570-1193

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Male Therapists

As a man, why might I want to see a male therapist?

There are many reasons a man might wish to work with a male therapist, including a degree of shared identity, which may help client and therapist connect to each other and allow for a more free-flowing discussion of issues that can be deeply personal. Some men may feel more comfortable talking to a male therapist about relationship concerns, the pressures they feel around the roles society and family place on men, career or job challenges, self-esteem, or anger problems. For some men who have not had a male role models in their lives, a good male therapist may be especially helpful.

How can I find out about a therapist’s experience treating men?

Individuals looking for treatment should feel comfortable directly asking a therapist about their history treating men overall and the issues that arise in therapy with men. A good therapist will be happy to discuss such matters as well as their educational background, approach to treatment, and how they think they can aid a prospective client. Prospective clients should also ask what the expectation is for treatment, and what the fee structure is, and whether and which insurance plans are accepted.

Can clients benefit from having a therapist of the same gender?

Therapy is not gender-specific, but some men as well as women feel more comfortable opening up about their experiences and history with a male therapist. An individual may feel that they have to explain less background information and be on the same page more quickly, particularly when discussing gender-specific challenges, in the case of male clients. Some women have prior negative experiences with women that predispose them to prefer working with a male in therapy. That said, a good clinician can transcend most if not all gender concerns. Ultimately, the most important factor in therapy is the connection and trust the client is able to build with the practitioner.

Would a male therapist have specific training in treating men?

Generally, no. There are no certifications for treating men specifically, but there are continuing education classes that therapists may take that focus on treating men as a group. There are many therapists who focus on men and male issues in their treatment and therefore have experience and expertise in this domain.