Annie Forisha Thiel
Psychologist, PhD, MFT Verified
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Offers online therapy
I am a seasoned Clinical Psychologist with dual licenses: Psychologist & Marriage Family Therapist. I have been in practice 31 years in the Malibu, Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica and Marina del Rey areas. I am also the author of many children's books. My specialities are Reunification Therapy, working with families, couples, children and adolescents. I am warm and interactive in my approach. I have an extensive educational and training background. I also specialize in meaningful Marathon Family Therapy for couples and families teaching them to communicate effectively in their relationship system.
(424) 349-4160
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Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
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I am a seasoned Clinical Psychologist with dual licenses: Psychologist & Marriage Family Therapist. I have been in practice 31 years in the Malibu, Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica and Marina del Rey areas. I am also the author of many children's books. My specialities are Reunification Therapy, working with families, couples, children and adolescents. I am warm and interactive in my approach. I have an extensive educational and training background. I also specialize in meaningful Marathon Family Therapy for couples and families teaching them to communicate effectively in their relationship system.
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Dr John Drimmer
Psychologist, PsyD Verified
Office is near:
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Offers online therapy
I'm told I'm warm, smart, and that I have a good sense of humor. (Sometimes my dog likes to sit in on sessions.) I believe therapy has got to change lives -- and be enjoyable. Unlike some therapists, I believe in setting goals and tracking progress. Why go to therapy without results? What's my specialty? Helping people free themselves from what holds them back. My approach combines Positive Psychology and CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) with mindfulness and a creative mix of the best approaches known to modern psychology.
(424) 373-3205
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Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
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I'm told I'm warm, smart, and that I have a good sense of humor. (Sometimes my dog likes to sit in on sessions.) I believe therapy has got to change lives -- and be enjoyable. Unlike some therapists, I believe in setting goals and tracking progress. Why go to therapy without results? What's my specialty? Helping people free themselves from what holds them back. My approach combines Positive Psychology and CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) with mindfulness and a creative mix of the best approaches known to modern psychology.
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Jennifer Ollestad
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT Verified
Office is near:
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Offers online therapy
I am a licensed MFT with offices in Santa Monica and the Ojai/Ventura area. For the past fifteen + years I have been working as a therapist with adolescents, adults and families. I am also a clinical supervisor to interns in my private practice, and I provide psychotherapy for therapists in training. My work as a therapist focuses on relationships of all kinds. For my client, I hope to be an agent of positive change by working with him/her/them towards an understanding of the dynamics that keep him/her/them from moving forward and then by mentoring him/her/them to co-create a bigger life for him/her/them self.
(424) 570-3246
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Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
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I am a licensed MFT with offices in Santa Monica and the Ojai/Ventura area. For the past fifteen + years I have been working as a therapist with adolescents, adults and families. I am also a clinical supervisor to interns in my private practice, and I provide psychotherapy for therapists in training. My work as a therapist focuses on relationships of all kinds. For my client, I hope to be an agent of positive change by working with him/her/them towards an understanding of the dynamics that keep him/her/them from moving forward and then by mentoring him/her/them to co-create a bigger life for him/her/them self.
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Couples Counseling of Santa Monica/Dr John Drimmer
Psychologist, PsyD Verified
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Offers online therapy
I teach couples powerful tools and give homework. My background is in Positive Psychology. People describe me as warm, down-to-earth and they say I have a good sense of humor. I think couples therapy should be uplifting -- and show results. I help all kinds of couples: married and unmarried, straight, gay, and couples soon to marry. I'm dedicated to helping couples overcome their problems. I'm even-handed and I find solutions. (And on a personal note, I've been happily married for 30 years). I combine Positive Psychology, CBT, mindfulness, Gottman, and the best of contemporary psychology. I taught in the medical school at UCLA.
(424) 331-1436
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Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
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I teach couples powerful tools and give homework. My background is in Positive Psychology. People describe me as warm, down-to-earth and they say I have a good sense of humor. I think couples therapy should be uplifting -- and show results. I help all kinds of couples: married and unmarried, straight, gay, and couples soon to marry. I'm dedicated to helping couples overcome their problems. I'm even-handed and I find solutions. (And on a personal note, I've been happily married for 30 years). I combine Positive Psychology, CBT, mindfulness, Gottman, and the best of contemporary psychology. I taught in the medical school at UCLA.
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Ivy Love Margulies
Psychologist, PsyD Verified
Office is near:
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Offers online therapy
I am a specialist in grief, loss and trauma encompassing the entire spectrum of women's maternal mental health. I help women(and their partners) with healthy pregnancies, postpartum depression and anxiety, pregnancy loss, terminations and infertility - whether through stillbirth, miscarriage, late term loss, IVF/IUI failures, selective termination or pregnancy releases (aka abortion). Sadly, 1 in 4 pregnancies end in miscarriage and 1 in 8 will have trouble with conception. I blend psychology, ritual, spirituality, reiki, energy healing, guided meditations and more to help facilitate and support women, couples and families.
(424) 320-3249
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Office is near:
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
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I am a specialist in grief, loss and trauma encompassing the entire spectrum of women's maternal mental health. I help women(and their partners) with healthy pregnancies, postpartum depression and anxiety, pregnancy loss, terminations and infertility - whether through stillbirth, miscarriage, late term loss, IVF/IUI failures, selective termination or pregnancy releases (aka abortion). Sadly, 1 in 4 pregnancies end in miscarriage and 1 in 8 will have trouble with conception. I blend psychology, ritual, spirituality, reiki, energy healing, guided meditations and more to help facilitate and support women, couples and families.
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Alisa Ruby Bash
Marriage & Family Therapist, PsyD, LMFT Verified
Office is near:
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Offers online therapy
Are you going through a challenging period in your life? Do you feel stuck in a situation you would like to change? Covid has triggered so much trauma this year. You are not alone. Do you struggle with anxiety, relationship issues, addiction, blocks, or insecurities? Do you wonder if there is more to life and how to find lasting peace and happiness, or balance in your life? I work with clients through traditional therapy, & a mind, body, spirit approach, including kundalini yoga, sound healing, and meditation. My goal is to help my clients find peace & create lasting change in all areas of their lives in my oceanfront Malibu office.
(424) 570-1259
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Office is near:
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
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Are you going through a challenging period in your life? Do you feel stuck in a situation you would like to change? Covid has triggered so much trauma this year. You are not alone. Do you struggle with anxiety, relationship issues, addiction, blocks, or insecurities? Do you wonder if there is more to life and how to find lasting peace and happiness, or balance in your life? I work with clients through traditional therapy, & a mind, body, spirit approach, including kundalini yoga, sound healing, and meditation. My goal is to help my clients find peace & create lasting change in all areas of their lives in my oceanfront Malibu office.
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Andrew Robert Stephanopoulos, MA, LMFT
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT Verified
Office is near:
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Offers online therapy
Since 2004 I have been in private practice providing supportive counseling and life coaching for individuals. couples and families. A graduate of Antioch University with a Master of Arts in Psychology, I work with people who are experiencing depression, anxiety, relationship issues, self-esteem issues, existential anxiety, or other life stressors, as well as a focus in maternal mental health including postpartum mood and anxiety disorders. My therapeutic approach involves understanding, compassion, exploration and insight. I am psychodynamic and existential in my approach, and welcome clients from a variety of backgrounds, spiritual traditions, and sexual orientations.
(424) 324-3707
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Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
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Since 2004 I have been in private practice providing supportive counseling and life coaching for individuals. couples and families. A graduate of Antioch University with a Master of Arts in Psychology, I work with people who are experiencing depression, anxiety, relationship issues, self-esteem issues, existential anxiety, or other life stressors, as well as a focus in maternal mental health including postpartum mood and anxiety disorders. My therapeutic approach involves understanding, compassion, exploration and insight. I am psychodynamic and existential in my approach, and welcome clients from a variety of backgrounds, spiritual traditions, and sexual orientations.
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Margaret Dunham
Marriage & Family Therapist, PsyD, MFT Verified
Office is near:
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
CONNECT WITH YOURSELF TO CONNECT WITH THE WORLD AROUND YOU." I believe that therapy is a means to illuminate your internal world while helping you to connect with others. Through dialogue, our sessions will focus on clarifying your understanding of your own experiences. This can be the beginning of learning how to simply be with yourself and make meaning of yourself in the world.
(424) 265-4710
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Office is near:
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
CONNECT WITH YOURSELF TO CONNECT WITH THE WORLD AROUND YOU." I believe that therapy is a means to illuminate your internal world while helping you to connect with others. Through dialogue, our sessions will focus on clarifying your understanding of your own experiences. This can be the beginning of learning how to simply be with yourself and make meaning of yourself in the world.
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Julie Garcia, MA, LMFT, EMDR
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, EMDR Verified
Office is near:
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Offers online therapy
I provide counseling services for all ages in individual, couples, and family therapy. I have extensive experience working with a variety of concerns including depression, anxiety, couples/marital issues, family conflict, trauma abuse, relationship issues, parenting support, self-esteem, co-parenting, and life transitions. I believe that the quality of the therapeutic relationship provides an opportunity to help you understand yourself and others better, which can lead to more satisfying relationships and fulfillment in life. In therapy, I work alongside you, at your pace providing a warm, nurturing, and safe space where you can feel heard, understood, and supported in your growth.
(925) 231-9044
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Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
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I provide counseling services for all ages in individual, couples, and family therapy. I have extensive experience working with a variety of concerns including depression, anxiety, couples/marital issues, family conflict, trauma abuse, relationship issues, parenting support, self-esteem, co-parenting, and life transitions. I believe that the quality of the therapeutic relationship provides an opportunity to help you understand yourself and others better, which can lead to more satisfying relationships and fulfillment in life. In therapy, I work alongside you, at your pace providing a warm, nurturing, and safe space where you can feel heard, understood, and supported in your growth.
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Dr. Alan E Clark
Psychologist, PsyD Verified
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Offers online therapy
I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with over 25 years of private practice experience. I trained within APA accredited doctoral program and internship programs. I am licensed to practice psychology in both California and Colorado. I specialize in the treatment of couples and individual adults, presenting with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, grief and loss reactions, substance abuse and relational conflict and dissatisfaction. I am trained in psycho-dynamic psychotherapy, but apply cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness and interpersonal psychotherapy techniques to best address each individual and his or her issues and needs.
(310) 660-7462
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Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Offers online therapy
I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with over 25 years of private practice experience. I trained within APA accredited doctoral program and internship programs. I am licensed to practice psychology in both California and Colorado. I specialize in the treatment of couples and individual adults, presenting with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, grief and loss reactions, substance abuse and relational conflict and dissatisfaction. I am trained in psycho-dynamic psychotherapy, but apply cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness and interpersonal psychotherapy techniques to best address each individual and his or her issues and needs.
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Gretchen Mattox
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, CSAT, CMAT Verified
Office is near:
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Unhealthy sex is about shame and isolation. Ultimately, healthy sex is about connection with ourselves and others. As the poet Rumi said, "The wound is the place the Light enters you." Toxic stress, shame, and unfinished work from childhood can lead to tiresome, destructive relationship patterns, and sexual acting out. It is hard to change when living with secrets, pain and sexual compulsions. My office, whether virtual or face-to-face, is a shame free zone where we can unpack together a course best suited for your individual healing. I have successfully treated: erectile issues, infidelity, porn and sex addiction, and vaginismus.
(310) 773-4247
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Office is near:
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Unhealthy sex is about shame and isolation. Ultimately, healthy sex is about connection with ourselves and others. As the poet Rumi said, "The wound is the place the Light enters you." Toxic stress, shame, and unfinished work from childhood can lead to tiresome, destructive relationship patterns, and sexual acting out. It is hard to change when living with secrets, pain and sexual compulsions. My office, whether virtual or face-to-face, is a shame free zone where we can unpack together a course best suited for your individual healing. I have successfully treated: erectile issues, infidelity, porn and sex addiction, and vaginismus.
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Dr. Jeremy Fink
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, PsyD Verified
Office is near:
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Offers online therapy
Our lives have been turned upside down, as a nation and as human beings. It is not only the fear of contracting the COVID-19 virus, the fear that someone we care about may succumb to the virus, but also our financial stability and the upheaval to our lives, what we considered normal has been suddenly torn asunder. As a species, humans are highly adaptable. And, we will adapt to this too. Please reach out for help during these very trying times. It's better to act sooner than to wait if you feel your mental health is taking a toll.
(310) 906-2738
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Office is near:
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Offers online therapy
Our lives have been turned upside down, as a nation and as human beings. It is not only the fear of contracting the COVID-19 virus, the fear that someone we care about may succumb to the virus, but also our financial stability and the upheaval to our lives, what we considered normal has been suddenly torn asunder. As a species, humans are highly adaptable. And, we will adapt to this too. Please reach out for help during these very trying times. It's better to act sooner than to wait if you feel your mental health is taking a toll.
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Treza Mirakhor
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT Verified
Office is near:
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Offers online therapy
I really enjoy working with individuals and couples. I help clients become more aware of their body sensations and use that language to identify feelings and thoughts. This allows clients to connect with their full internal experience. Clients find this extremely helpful, especially those who have suffered traumatic incidents or long-term traumas. I am gentle and supportive in my work and use deep emotional exploration of past and present mixed with a body-based mindful approach to move clients toward healing. I am EFT informed when it comes to couples work. Couples find me grounding, fair, and supportive.
(833) 763-0018
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Office is near:
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
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I really enjoy working with individuals and couples. I help clients become more aware of their body sensations and use that language to identify feelings and thoughts. This allows clients to connect with their full internal experience. Clients find this extremely helpful, especially those who have suffered traumatic incidents or long-term traumas. I am gentle and supportive in my work and use deep emotional exploration of past and present mixed with a body-based mindful approach to move clients toward healing. I am EFT informed when it comes to couples work. Couples find me grounding, fair, and supportive.
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Jocelyn Pilling
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW Verified
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Psychotherapy is about freedom: freedom from suffering, freedom to change what is working poorly in one's life, and freedom to develop as an authentic human being. Jocelyn addresses patient's difficulties from a number of perspectives including psychodynamic, strength-based, soul centered and humanistic theories. An eclectic therapy approach allows Jocelyn to choose a treatment method that best fits each individual's needs.
(310) 879-5872
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Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Psychotherapy is about freedom: freedom from suffering, freedom to change what is working poorly in one's life, and freedom to develop as an authentic human being. Jocelyn addresses patient's difficulties from a number of perspectives including psychodynamic, strength-based, soul centered and humanistic theories. An eclectic therapy approach allows Jocelyn to choose a treatment method that best fits each individual's needs.
L.A. Teen Therapist & Parenting Teens Coach
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MS, MFT Verified
Office is near:
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Offers online therapy
Is Your Teen Struggling Socially or Emotionally? Let me put any challenges your teen or family may be facing into perspective, and offer you fresh solutions you may not have previously considered. As an experienced Teen Therapist, I can assist you in finding solutions to problems at home or at school, and teach your teen the skills they need to thrive. For adolescents with a history of anxiety, depression, substance-abuse, or ADD, the coping skills they may have developed could be hindering the attainment of their life goals. I help teens & young-adults reconcile their history and temperament -- with their future aspirations.
(310) 907-5105
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Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
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Is Your Teen Struggling Socially or Emotionally? Let me put any challenges your teen or family may be facing into perspective, and offer you fresh solutions you may not have previously considered. As an experienced Teen Therapist, I can assist you in finding solutions to problems at home or at school, and teach your teen the skills they need to thrive. For adolescents with a history of anxiety, depression, substance-abuse, or ADD, the coping skills they may have developed could be hindering the attainment of their life goals. I help teens & young-adults reconcile their history and temperament -- with their future aspirations.
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Jo Ann McKarus
Marriage & Family Therapist, PsyD, LMFT, FIPA Verified
Office is near:
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Offers online therapy
"Not until we are lost, do we begin to understand ourselves." -- Henry David Thoreau. I believe this statement is an essential truth about the human condition. Paradoxically, as other great intellects have attested to, it is precisely through self-understanding that one achieves emotional healing, wisdom and maturity. Through insight and self-awareness, one also gains an increased capacity for deep and meaningful relationships, a potent tonic for whatever ails, be it depression or anxiety, grief or trauma, aging or illness.... Resolving inner conflicts leads to healthier choices and the vanquishing of self-defeating patterns.
(424) 400-7784
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Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
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"Not until we are lost, do we begin to understand ourselves." -- Henry David Thoreau. I believe this statement is an essential truth about the human condition. Paradoxically, as other great intellects have attested to, it is precisely through self-understanding that one achieves emotional healing, wisdom and maturity. Through insight and self-awareness, one also gains an increased capacity for deep and meaningful relationships, a potent tonic for whatever ails, be it depression or anxiety, grief or trauma, aging or illness.... Resolving inner conflicts leads to healthier choices and the vanquishing of self-defeating patterns.
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Empowering Woman
CDA R/L, ADA , Mediate, OT UK Verified
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Offers online therapy
I guide individuals in building functional coping skills with challenges that interfere with effective functioning. Teaching therapy techniques for support, structure, feedback, and the development of skills to increase self-awareness, independence, improve concentration, time-management, planning and organization skills. We will process your experiences together, develop new coping strategies, and create plans for safety in trauma therapy. You will feel stronger knowing you have a support system and coping skills. Please send a private message
(424) 306-1546
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Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
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I guide individuals in building functional coping skills with challenges that interfere with effective functioning. Teaching therapy techniques for support, structure, feedback, and the development of skills to increase self-awareness, independence, improve concentration, time-management, planning and organization skills. We will process your experiences together, develop new coping strategies, and create plans for safety in trauma therapy. You will feel stronger knowing you have a support system and coping skills. Please send a private message
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Tanya Hope Peters
Psychologist, PhD Verified
Office is near:
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
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I appreciate your interest in psychotherapy and commend your effort in finding a therapist. It is an important step to take towards feeling better. I am a clinical psychologist with several years of experience working with adolescents, adults, and families. I have worked with people who have experienced trauma, depression, eating disorders, addiction, anxiety, loss, and life transitions. I work collaboratively with my clients, and am supportive and dedicated to their increased well being. My approach to therapy is to be genuine, open and honest, supportive, and curious.
(424) 396-2833
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Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
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I appreciate your interest in psychotherapy and commend your effort in finding a therapist. It is an important step to take towards feeling better. I am a clinical psychologist with several years of experience working with adolescents, adults, and families. I have worked with people who have experienced trauma, depression, eating disorders, addiction, anxiety, loss, and life transitions. I work collaboratively with my clients, and am supportive and dedicated to their increased well being. My approach to therapy is to be genuine, open and honest, supportive, and curious.
Charlene Mcpherson
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, BS, CADCIII, ICADC, SAP, YT200 Verified
Office is near:
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Offers online therapy
As an addiction counselor since 1991 I have had the opportunity to work with many clients helping them with, support to move forward in recovery, healing, healthy relationships, someone to listen, or getting their life balanced. We will work together taking steps that will guide you on your path of change and recovery. I believe everyone at some point in their life may need to seek out a counselor. Life is always changing. Situations come up in our life such as addiction, relapse, relationship issues, anxiety, depression, stress, grief and self-esteem issues. The situation can get you off balance in your life, I am here to help.
(424) 322-1082
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Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
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As an addiction counselor since 1991 I have had the opportunity to work with many clients helping them with, support to move forward in recovery, healing, healthy relationships, someone to listen, or getting their life balanced. We will work together taking steps that will guide you on your path of change and recovery. I believe everyone at some point in their life may need to seek out a counselor. Life is always changing. Situations come up in our life such as addiction, relapse, relationship issues, anxiety, depression, stress, grief and self-esteem issues. The situation can get you off balance in your life, I am here to help.
Jon Sorensen
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT Verified
Office is near:
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Offers online therapy
I work with clients struggling with severe trauma, addiction, depression, anxiety and a variety of life challenges. I have seen many learn to sleep deeply, break free of repetitive worrying thoughts, get excited about life and increase their health and energy. I feel honored that people share their stories with me and have found that no situation is ever without hope. Life can be so much better. If you choose to share with me, we will find a way together.
(310) 905-8859
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Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
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I work with clients struggling with severe trauma, addiction, depression, anxiety and a variety of life challenges. I have seen many learn to sleep deeply, break free of repetitive worrying thoughts, get excited about life and increase their health and energy. I feel honored that people share their stories with me and have found that no situation is ever without hope. Life can be so much better. If you choose to share with me, we will find a way together.

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Family / Marital Therapists
Therapists in Pacific Palisades using the techniques of 'family therapy' work with families or couples both together and individually to help them improve their communication skills, build on the positive aspects of their relationships, and repair harmful or negative dynamics.

As an approach to therapy, 'family therapy' (also referred to as family systems therapy, marital therapy, marriage therapy, marriage and family therapy, marital therapy and family counseling) views change in terms of the systems of interaction between family members or couples.

Family relationships often affect psychological well-being and, regardless of the origin of an issue, or whether it may be the "individual" or "family" who is presenting it, involving the family in the solution can be of great benefit. Families participate directly in sessions during which the family therapist helps conversations in a way that draws upon and builds the strengths, wisdom and support of the wider family unit.