Things aren't right. You feel like something is off, but you can't put your finger on it. Maybe your friends and family don't understand, maybe you're so isolated that you feel like you don't have friends or family anymore. You can't concentrate because something- sadness, anxiety, a relationship, loss, a substance - keeps intruding into your thinking. And you may have tried everything you can think of, but this...mood, this feeling, this thing you do that no one can know about, you just can't get over it. You want to feel better, but nothing works. You're not alone. There is help for you.
Do you struggle with depression, anxiety, and trauma? Do you experience difficulties managing family and relationship issues? I believe that healing happens when we pay attention to all the parts that make us whole—our mind, body, and soul. The subconscious mind controls most of our reality and choices, so building awareness and active presence can improve the quality of daily living and assist in not only surviving but thriving through life. As an intuitive & holistic therapist, I will assist you in strengthening your inner psyche and developing new tools to manage negative feelings and thoughts.
Throughout our lives, we all have experienced feelings of depression, anxiety, and anger. These emotions leave you feeling insecure, shameful, lonely, unworthy and stuck in unhealthy patterns of behavior. Trauma can have negative emotional and physical effects and can lead to family/relationship issues. I specialize in solution-focused brief therapy, motivational interviewing, mindfulness and CBT. These approaches allow me to work with the client to decrease symptoms of anxiety and depression and other health/behavioral issues.
Mental health challenges are due to the aftereffects of traumatic experiences. Trauma can place a strain on your family, work, relationships, and even cause issues with self-worth. I specialize in trauma therapy along with treating personality disorders, depression, mood disorders, anxiety, and addiction. All these disorders can look different from person to person, and that is where our therapeutic journey of empowerment and self-exploration begins. I concentrate on creating a safe space of growth and self-discovery through unconditional positive regard, emotional regulation, and guided activities.
Reaching out to a therapist can be a difficult step to take. I know the profound pain that can come with dealing with mental health challenges, including addiction...yours, or as a family member affected by another person's addictive behaviors. I understand how traumatic growing up with an alcoholic/addicted or a dysfunctional parent can be, or being involved in an unhealthy relationship. These experiences can lead to devastating feelings - shame, abandonment, depression, anxiety, isolation, anger, and much more. I invite you to share your feelings in a safe and nonjudgmental space where you can feel understood & heard.
The courageous step of embarking on an experience of bettering one’s life is not easily done. I truly am honored to be a part of that process. In a collaborative approach I help guide Clients to work through the many reasons they arrive to therapy. Clients seem to have a very clear goal of bettering their lives, and I strive to make this happen by helping clients free themselves to use tools learned years into the future. I work with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families with varying presenting issues, including anxiety, depression, family of origin issues, marginalized oppression, relationship issues and addiction.
My therapeutic approach mainly focuses on helping my clients identify their strengths to help alleviate anxiety, depression, and trauma. I am a firm believer that our childhood experiences contribute to our beliefs, behavioral patterns, and selecting a romantic partner. Therapy is a process! To allow ourselves to be intimate and vulnerable with someone about our experiences and trauma can be daunting. As a therapist, it is my goal to help validate, create a safe environment and help understand aspects of lived experiences.
Sometimes life gets complicated. We all want a life of joy and abundance, free from worry, depression and anxiety, without a need to escape reality or avoid parts of our life. Let's talk about how we can together find the answers you seek and help to move you to the next phase of your life! I strongly believe that deep and lasting change is possible through therapy.
You are here–seeking answers, hoping to find a safe place where you feel truly heard and guided within a professional setting. A place where the client can explore unresolved conflicts, past traumas, fears and frustrations. Gaining a sense of relief, through a better understanding of the issues they face . In time, and with your permission, we will do the collaborative work to improve our quality of life and strengthen our relationships with others and ourselves.
Are you having the same arguments, constant barriers, or moods that keep you from functioning at your best. Have you have tried many ways to overcome and resolve them and they still exist and return. I help individuals and couples face, and work through difficult issues. I can offer practical solutions, ways to create secure loving relationships, and guide you in effective directions.
My office is professional yet relaxed and casual. Come in and experience my straight forward, mindful, and authentic approach.
Life can feel impossible to avoid struggling and we often don't feel we have the skills to cope successfully through. Unfortunately, sometimes we don't have all the resources we need for a given situation. Parts of us take on desperate roles trying to help us to survive. This might look like anxiety, depression, PTSD, addiction, and relationship/family issues. I aim to help you process unresolved issues and feelings and find solutions.
My focus is to help individuals and families heal from anxiety, depression, trauma, and relationship/family issues. As the therapeutic area of concern is introduced, we can begin to work together in developing empowerment of self as we set up together healthy and achievable goals. I aim to establish include compassion, good communication and trust. In our relationship then I will work alongside you to develop your own coping tools. My approach is a person-centered (positive type) direction to further your strengths and resilience which is tailored towards your specific goals and needs.
Dr. Kanaventi is passionate about helping families and individuals develop effective strategies to improve connection and increase resilience. She uses a creative, compassionate, curious, and collaborative approach to helping families and individuals. She demonstrates high ethical standards and a commitment to helping families and all individuals struggling. Dr. Kanaventi is unique in her approach to therapy in that her primary focus is on the current state of the family system or the individual and develop a positive connection and relationship with the person.
The client I like most to work with are those who because of developmental woundedness are not reaching the goals they have set for themselves both personally and professionally. They may be experiencing symptoms such as depression, anxiety, or guilt related to where they are at in life. These symptoms may be more current because of present situations that exacerbate issues of the unresolved conflict of chronic parental disregard, traumatic experience, and, or, the result of stifling defensive measures they have used to stay safe and get what they can from new relationships and experiences,
In your journey to empowerment and better mental health I work to provide a safe environment, unconditional positive regard, and help cultivate the change you wish to achieve. We are all struggling to find balance and a new way of living with the current global pandemic. Many have experienced strong emotions, loneliness, and being burnt out. Therapy can be an outlet in which you talk about what you want to, express true feelings about something no one saw happening, and the impact it has had on not only your everyday life but also your mental health. I am here to be part of a support system for you during this time.
Being a teenager in this day and age can be brutal. The truth is, life can be tough for everyone. Now add in forming your identity while being pressured from all directions? It's not exactly the recipe for success. The challenges that teen's face do not happen in a vacuum, which is why I believe in supporting the family as a whole during the healing process. I work with teens and their families to create a more supportive, loving, and connected family system.
I believe in quality culturally sensitive mental health treatment, from assessment to termination, for everyone. I have experience working with young children, adolescents, and adults dealing with anxiety and depression-related symptoms and behaviors. I utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy (SFT), and Mindfulness.
When a therapist is welcoming and non-judgmental, It is much easier to seek help. I am passionate about working with clients to find more effective communication strategies. There are ways to regulate anger and anxiety and I can help. I can also show you the path toward healing unresolved grief and loss as well as trauma. These issues can keep you from living a healthy life without shame and sadness. You will find my office to be a safe and comfortable setting.
I have been working within treatment centers as an individual and family therapist after gaining my early experience serving homeless veterans within a non-profit org. I have experience working with adults experiencing persistent and severe mental health disorders and substance use disorders. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, bipolar, schizophrenia, paranoia, relationship issues, couples issues, communication issues, trauma, OCD, grief and loss, substance use, and personality disorders. I have also helped clients who have experienced physical, emotional, verbal, and sexual abuse.
Do you find yourself having a difficult time coping with anxiety, depression, and trauma? Do you have a hard time communicating and setting boundaries with others? Life is full of obstacles and hardships that may be difficult to overcome without the right tools, resources, and, guidance leading to the manifestation of these symptoms. I specialize in working with adults, couples, and adolescents using a Psychodynamic approach to explore unconscious thoughts and behaviors. In doing this, we are able to collaboratively recognize old ineffective patterns and process unresolved feelings and trauma.
What type of mental health professional is right for me?
Some of the most common types of mental health providers in Van Nuys 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 Van Nuys 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 Van Nuys, or Child Psychologists in Van Nuys.
Many find it useful to use filters to view only psychologists that have experience working with certain issues, like Van Nuys 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 Van Nuys 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.