My ideal client would be a woman who lives in the San Fernando Valley that is going through a major transition, like a divorce, career issues or recent losses. I have always been interested in women’s issues. I have done some exploration internationally regarding these issues. I find it fascinating to share with other cultures the different sociocultural influences that make us who we are.
Now accepting new clients! My name is Gayane and I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. I see clients virtually and in person from my office in Sherman Oaks, CA. I primarily work with women who are needing support with any life struggles. I’m also passionate about helping couples learn how to understand each other and find a way back to love.
Marriage & Family Therapist, PsyD, LMFT, FIPA, BCPsa
A person coming to me may be feeling despondent, depressed, over-anxious & needs a most personal kind of support. He/she may struggle with a life-circumstance change, loneliness, un-remitting sorrow or grief, or confusions of how to manage a change in life-circumstance. People seek me out for help with long-standing emotional problems that have in some way spoiled relationships, or progress in their careers. He/she needs experienced help in learning how to be a more confident and resourceful parent or partner in a relationship or marriage.
At Hillside Wellness Center we are dedicated to provide affordable inclusive mental health services to individuals, couples, and families who reside in Sherman Oaks and the surrounding areas. We offer Individual therapy ; Family Therapy; Couples therapy; and Groups.
To me, an ideal client is anyone who is willing to open themselves to change. I have a great deal of experience treating depression and anxiety in clients of all ages. I like to work with a variety of modalities in addition to talk therapy, like expressive arts and dream work.
Research shows that the most important factor in successful therapy is the positive relationship between a therapist and her clients. Here at Sorell Therapy, we utilize a healthy blend of compassion and confrontation techniques in a warm and supportive environment to help clients work through their personal challenges. Erica Sorell provides customized treatment programs to build a therapeutic rapport with her clients. As a trained specialist in grief recovery, she believes that grief is a hidden issue seldom addressed by today's society, causing many of today's diagnosed mental disorders and emotional trauma.
I provide a safe, judgment-free setting to help the client explore challenges and obstacles in their life. I help them begin the journey to a life of peace, balance, acceptance and change they desire and deserve. Together the client and will explore unhealthy patterns or stories and discover new strategies that work for them and allow them to move forward. I also believe that a little mindfulness and a lot of laughter can be healing as well. I enjoy working adolescents, millennials, parents and people struggling in life transitions.
Have you been traumatized as a child? Do those emotionally painful experiences affect you as an adult? Do you push intense feelings/memories away to avoid pain? Do you often find yourself in relationships where your deepest needs are not met? If these questions resonate with you, know that you’re not alone. I’m passionate about working with individuals who had difficult childhoods. I offer my warmth, curiosity, compassion and active presence in providing a safe space where we can access and explore deep-rooted hurtful experiences. This process can help you to heal from emotional pain, feel alive and have authentic relationships.
Seeking treatment is difficult as the complexities of our emotional turmoil often makes it challenging to reach out for help. As the founder of Open Expressions, I believe that any therapeutic process commences with a safe and welcoming environment to those who are ready to begin their journey towards self-fulfillment in both their personal and professional lives.
Do you ever notice your mood or daily experiences throwing your life out of whack? Eating, sleeping, relationships, work…. all of it can be negatively impacted when you’re not feeling your emotional best. Maybe you've got a memory or thought playing in your head like a broken record and you're struggling to give yourself fully to your experiences in the present.
You are big thinkers, dreamers, and decision-makers who sometimes find yourself held back by painful experiences of the past. You are struggling to feel connected in your relationships and or at peace in your daily lives. The past experiences had an influence on your present challenges, and you want to treat the old wounds and reframe the narrative of your life in a way that you feel safe, and heard, and increase your self-esteem and confidence.
I understand that you are one of a kind which is why I use a personalized approach to therapy that caters to your specific needs. My goal is to work together to reveal the best you that is already waiting to be discovered. Oftentimes the challenges of today’s world fill us with stress, anxiety and depression. These negative feelings are born from our thoughts and words which is why it is critical to think and speak joy, abundance, love, and success. For over twenty years, I have taught people how to plant these seeds of change.
Finding the right therapist can be challenging. If you are seeking a safe and nurturing environment where your desired goals and potential can be achieved, I can assist you. Helping my clients create a more fulfilling well balanced life is my role as a therapist. I am aware of how difficult it is to be honest about feelings, past trauma, fears and anxiety. As such, I am nonjudgmental, nurturing and provide unconditional support to everyone I work with.
Are you looking for a therapist because your relationships are out of sorts? Are you feeling stuck, depressed, anxious, isolated or afraid? Is this troubled relationship with yourself, your life partner, your children, your parents, your co-workers? Relationships affect all aspects of our lives. Communication, anger, substance abuse and life's traumas affect all of these relationships. I believe that trauma and other life disruptions are at the heart of what ails us emotionally. We don't have to live with the fall-out from negative life events forever; there are specific things we can do to heal.
Are you anxious, depressed, or going through a significant loss? I bring over 25 years of experience helping people with resolve past wounds that have kept them from functioning well in many areas of their lives. I will help you understand, manage, and cope better with your reactions to people and situations that are causing you stress. I am very compassionate and supportive and have created a warm environment for you to grow, heal, and thrive in.
Do you find yourself mixed with emotions? Are repeating a cycle in your life and feel stuck? Often times people find themselves lost in unpleasant thoughts and feelings and it can become overwhelming. Therapy can be a journey of self-discovery and awareness that can help people overcome the challenges they experience.
I work with my clients from a strength-based approach assisting them in finding their inner strengths, setting goals and working towards these goals in order to lived a more joyful and fulfilled life. Together we explore the obstacles that interfere with your ability to access your strength, authenticity and best self. We will work together to overcome these obstacles in a supportive environment. I also work with families struggling with the demands of raising children who can be disruptive, demanding and challenging. I work with these families on a strength based approach to bring fun, ease and joy back into the parent child relationship.
Do you want to turn your life around? Do you hope to find a way out and end the pain you may be feeling now ? Are you going thru life now and thinking "I have to turn my life around". In my twenty years of experience, I have come to understand that sticking to the process of therapy is a courageous first step. When you are in pain, it is very hard to find the hope and motivation to stay the course. I know participating in therapy can help. I can help you reap these benefits. It requires committing to this process. Commitment is the key and I believe that helping you gain insight will give you the power to find your way out.
So many things have happened: Those chronic terrible arguments with your parents that leave you feeling awful, depleted, disconnected. Feeling like you endlessly date but can’t find the right “person” or feeling like the person you’re with isn’t the right fit but not seeing a way out. Something just doesn't feel right anymore. You know its time to finally work through your past, stand up for yourself in your relationships, and unleash your inner bad-ass self. I’m a therapist who helps people become the hero of their own story.
My approach to therapy is grounded in Post Modern Narrative Theory, which emphasizes client strengths in the collaborative creation of a client's preferred life. I am passionate about creating hope and collaborating with clients to effectuate change. I work with individuals, couples and families.
What type of mental health professional is right for me?
Some of the most common types of mental health providers in Sherman Oaks are psychologists, licensed counselors, therapists, psychotherapists, and licensed clinical social workers, all of whom diagnose mental health conditions and provide individualized treatment.
Services offered, education and credentials vary by type of mental health professional. Each professional in Sherman Oaks then may specialize in certain areas, such as depression, marriage counseling, or anxiety. Although many mental health providers are not licensed to prescribe medication, they may coordinate with a provider who can.
Both in-person and online therapy sessions are available from most psychologists.
How to find a specialist?
You can refine your search using the filters on this page. There are several categories you can filter by to find mental health professionals with the experience you are looking for. You may want to filter for CBT Psychologists in Sherman Oaks, or Child Psychologists in Sherman Oaks.
Many find it useful to use filters to view only psychologists that have experience working with certain issues, like Sherman Oaks psychologists specializing in EMDR.
What method of therapy is right for me?
When it comes to treatment methods, there's no 'right way.’ Each method of therapy can be beneficial for a variety of issues. Psychologists in Sherman Oaks specialize in therapeutic approaches such as CBT, EMDR, and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), among others. Finding a psychologist or therapist who is a good fit for you is the most important step to discovering what type of therapy, or combination of therapeutic approaches, will meet your individual needs. Learn what to expect from different types of therapy and how they work.
How to use my insurance?
Many therapists accept health insurance. Check to see if your insurance is covered. Feel free to discuss this when you contact the therapist.