L.A. Teen Therapist & Parenting Teens Coach
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MS, MFT Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90401
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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Santa Monica, CA 90401
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.
Dr. Judi Bloom
Marriage & Family Therapist, PsyD, MFT Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Offers online therapy
I am an expert in relationship issues of all kinds: heterosexual and homosexual, couples,family dynamics,work related issues,problems or conflicts with sexuality,parenting issues, and creating the romantic relationship you want.
I help individuals and couples change their habits, patterns, and perspective in order to lead a more satisfying life. In addition to treating depression, anxiety, and addiction, I specialize in working with people facing midlife transitions--divorce, parenting challenges, career change, empty nest, grief. I don't just sit and listen; I actively engage you in the therapeutic process to make the concrete changes you desire in your life.I tailor therapy to the individual rather than "one size fits all", and also offer hypnotherapy. I can also help with issues around sexual harassment or abuse.
(310) 919-7834
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Santa Monica, CA 90403
Offers online therapy
I am an expert in relationship issues of all kinds: heterosexual and homosexual, couples,family dynamics,work related issues,problems or conflicts with sexuality,parenting issues, and creating the romantic relationship you want.
I help individuals and couples change their habits, patterns, and perspective in order to lead a more satisfying life. In addition to treating depression, anxiety, and addiction, I specialize in working with people facing midlife transitions--divorce, parenting challenges, career change, empty nest, grief. I don't just sit and listen; I actively engage you in the therapeutic process to make the concrete changes you desire in your life.I tailor therapy to the individual rather than "one size fits all", and also offer hypnotherapy. I can also help with issues around sexual harassment or abuse.
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Holly Hardgrove
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PsyD, LCSW Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Offers online therapy
Throughout the many years I have been practicing, the greatest reward has been to help clients better understand themselves and find their own voice. We work together to examine the role their family of origin plays in their current choices and relationships. I have a particular expertise in working with individuals, couples, and families who are dealing with anxiety, depression, or trauma. By providing a safe space to explore relationship issues and limiting thought patterns, I am able to assist clients to better understand and accept themselves, and reduce critical self beliefs.
(424) 404-6721
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Santa Monica, CA 90403
Offers online therapy
Throughout the many years I have been practicing, the greatest reward has been to help clients better understand themselves and find their own voice. We work together to examine the role their family of origin plays in their current choices and relationships. I have a particular expertise in working with individuals, couples, and families who are dealing with anxiety, depression, or trauma. By providing a safe space to explore relationship issues and limiting thought patterns, I am able to assist clients to better understand and accept themselves, and reduce critical self beliefs.
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Aviv M. Linden
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Offers online therapy
Professionally I provide individual, couples, and family therapy while having a particular focus on anxiety, depression, general mood disorders, PTSD and early onset trauma, LGBTQ, bereavement and life transitions.
Life these days can be quite high paced and complex, and navigating through it can be a very strenuous experience for many of us. I see clients from all walks of life- for numerous and various reasons, and I make it a point to never define a certain standard of norm- as one simply does not exist. My job is not that of leading you to a certain destination- as your journey is always your own. Rather, as you chart your new path- I merely have the clinical privilege of joining in on a small portion of that experience, while providing you with a safe and nurturing haven in which you may rest, reflect, and with time- flourish and grow.
(628) 200-2396
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Santa Monica, CA 90403
Offers online therapy
Professionally I provide individual, couples, and family therapy while having a particular focus on anxiety, depression, general mood disorders, PTSD and early onset trauma, LGBTQ, bereavement and life transitions.
Life these days can be quite high paced and complex, and navigating through it can be a very strenuous experience for many of us. I see clients from all walks of life- for numerous and various reasons, and I make it a point to never define a certain standard of norm- as one simply does not exist. My job is not that of leading you to a certain destination- as your journey is always your own. Rather, as you chart your new path- I merely have the clinical privilege of joining in on a small portion of that experience, while providing you with a safe and nurturing haven in which you may rest, reflect, and with time- flourish and grow.
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Rebekah Tayebi
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90403
If you are struggling alone, in relationships, or in family life, it can feel isolating and overwhelming.
I work with motivated, loving clients. I work with clients who are ready to heal from childhood wounding. My clients engage in self-study, discovering who they are and how to love and parent themselves. I work with a motivated client who wants to learn to become more skillful. I work with teens, young adults, and families. I offer parent coaching to parents who want to learn how to effectively communicate and intervene with their children. You will learn skills that are accessible yet powerful. Let's do this!
(657) 306-5712
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Santa Monica, CA 90403
If you are struggling alone, in relationships, or in family life, it can feel isolating and overwhelming.
I work with motivated, loving clients. I work with clients who are ready to heal from childhood wounding. My clients engage in self-study, discovering who they are and how to love and parent themselves. I work with a motivated client who wants to learn to become more skillful. I work with teens, young adults, and families. I offer parent coaching to parents who want to learn how to effectively communicate and intervene with their children. You will learn skills that are accessible yet powerful. Let's do this!
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OCD & Anxiety Program of Southern California
Psychologist, PhD Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Offers online therapy
We work with you, and when needed, your family, in a supportive and collaborative manner to provide a set of skills that help you toward your goal of making meaningful, lasting change.
I am a clinical psychologist and Co-Director of the OCD & Anxiety Program of Southern California. We are a group of compassionate clinicians who understand how difficult it can be to live with OCD and anxiety disorders. We specialize in providing effective treatment for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, OC Spectrum Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, and depression. We utilize Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), particularly Exposure and Response Prevention (E/RP), which is considered to be the gold standard for the treatment of anxiety disorders. We also utilize other effective interventions, such as mindfulness and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
(310) 773-3881
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Santa Monica, CA 90405
Offers online therapy
We work with you, and when needed, your family, in a supportive and collaborative manner to provide a set of skills that help you toward your goal of making meaningful, lasting change.
I am a clinical psychologist and Co-Director of the OCD & Anxiety Program of Southern California. We are a group of compassionate clinicians who understand how difficult it can be to live with OCD and anxiety disorders. We specialize in providing effective treatment for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, OC Spectrum Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, and depression. We utilize Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), particularly Exposure and Response Prevention (E/RP), which is considered to be the gold standard for the treatment of anxiety disorders. We also utilize other effective interventions, such as mindfulness and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
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Tracy R Zemansky
Psychologist, PhD, CSAT-S, MFT Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90405
In addition to individual, family, and group therapy, I am one of the few Los Angeles-based psychologists doing Collaborative/Therapeutic Assessment, which uses psychological testing as a brief, dynamic intervention, to help clients, their referring therapists, and other professionals address diagnostic challenges and entrenched patterns.
I am a licensed Clinical Psychologist, Clinical Sex Addiction Therapist - Supervisor, and licensed MFT with a private practice in Santa Monica, California since 1994. I offer interpersonal psychotherapy with individuals, families, and groups as well as psychological testing and assessment. My areas of expertise include: substance and process addictions, trauma/abuse, positive psychology, impaired professionals and first-responders, as well as grief/loss, disfigurement, and cross-cultural issues. I provide traditional, forensic, and pre-employment psychological assessment as well as Collaborative/Therapeutic evaluations.
(424) 396-0349
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Santa Monica, CA 90405
In addition to individual, family, and group therapy, I am one of the few Los Angeles-based psychologists doing Collaborative/Therapeutic Assessment, which uses psychological testing as a brief, dynamic intervention, to help clients, their referring therapists, and other professionals address diagnostic challenges and entrenched patterns.
I am a licensed Clinical Psychologist, Clinical Sex Addiction Therapist - Supervisor, and licensed MFT with a private practice in Santa Monica, California since 1994. I offer interpersonal psychotherapy with individuals, families, and groups as well as psychological testing and assessment. My areas of expertise include: substance and process addictions, trauma/abuse, positive psychology, impaired professionals and first-responders, as well as grief/loss, disfigurement, and cross-cultural issues. I provide traditional, forensic, and pre-employment psychological assessment as well as Collaborative/Therapeutic evaluations.
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The Saturday Center for Psychotherapy
Psychologist, PhD, PsyD, MA Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Offers online therapy
"Being listened to." That is the experience of being at the Saturday Center: intensely, deeply, actively, empathically listened to; seen, heard and understood. For over 30 years we have provided this type of counseling and psychotherapy to individuals, couples, and families. TSC is committed to dynamic psychotherapy and to providing treatment based on need rather than economics. The Center is staffed by advanced psychological interns, psychological assistants and marriage & family therapist interns who are supervised by a group of experienced, licensed private practitioners dedicated to the practice and teaching of psychotherapy.
(310) 879-5804
Verified

Santa Monica, CA 90403
Offers online therapy
"Being listened to." That is the experience of being at the Saturday Center: intensely, deeply, actively, empathically listened to; seen, heard and understood. For over 30 years we have provided this type of counseling and psychotherapy to individuals, couples, and families. TSC is committed to dynamic psychotherapy and to providing treatment based on need rather than economics. The Center is staffed by advanced psychological interns, psychological assistants and marriage & family therapist interns who are supervised by a group of experienced, licensed private practitioners dedicated to the practice and teaching of psychotherapy.
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Darcy Lubbers
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, MFT, ATR-BC Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Offers online therapy
My work as a marriage and family therapist, clinical art therapist and somatic psychotherapist is integrative, interactive, and holistic. Drawing from over 30 years of experience in private practice, residential and outpatient treatment, I offer pathways to healing and well-being within the context of a safe and supportive environment. In my work with individuals, couples and families, treatment specialties include the healing of communication and relationship issues, depression, anxiety, trauma, family and personal illness, grief and loss.
(310) 896-8889
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Santa Monica, CA 90405
Offers online therapy
My work as a marriage and family therapist, clinical art therapist and somatic psychotherapist is integrative, interactive, and holistic. Drawing from over 30 years of experience in private practice, residential and outpatient treatment, I offer pathways to healing and well-being within the context of a safe and supportive environment. In my work with individuals, couples and families, treatment specialties include the healing of communication and relationship issues, depression, anxiety, trauma, family and personal illness, grief and loss.
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Seth Schulweis
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, MFT Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90403
I am a licensed Marriage and Family therapist with over 32 years experience helping clients through life transitions. I bring good judgment and experience to the challenges that accompany such transitions and personal crises. I am a problem-solver and specialize in periods of change so that you are at your best as you work to achieve your goals. If you are seeking supportive, safe and productive therapy for yourself or someone in your family, I am ready to meet, talk and help. My practice focuses on transitions facing adults, adolescents, and children, as well as working with families and teams.
(424) 256-0986
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Santa Monica, CA 90403
I am a licensed Marriage and Family therapist with over 32 years experience helping clients through life transitions. I bring good judgment and experience to the challenges that accompany such transitions and personal crises. I am a problem-solver and specialize in periods of change so that you are at your best as you work to achieve your goals. If you are seeking supportive, safe and productive therapy for yourself or someone in your family, I am ready to meet, talk and help. My practice focuses on transitions facing adults, adolescents, and children, as well as working with families and teams.
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Alexandra Tappan
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90403
If you are feeling stuck or confused, I can help you. If you find yourself unable to refrain from repeating unhelpful patterns & need compassion and support, I can help you. I provide a nonjudgemental space for us to navigate and make sense of the past, integrate uncomfortable emotions, and allow you to develop a better understanding of yourself so that change is effective and long-lasting. My approach is warm, collaborative, and genuine. I am deeply committed to the work I do and to your care. Currently practicing under Kylie Kolb, LMFT 104699, as a registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist.
(310) 905-5596
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Santa Monica, CA 90403
If you are feeling stuck or confused, I can help you. If you find yourself unable to refrain from repeating unhelpful patterns & need compassion and support, I can help you. I provide a nonjudgemental space for us to navigate and make sense of the past, integrate uncomfortable emotions, and allow you to develop a better understanding of yourself so that change is effective and long-lasting. My approach is warm, collaborative, and genuine. I am deeply committed to the work I do and to your care. Currently practicing under Kylie Kolb, LMFT 104699, as a registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist.
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Joe Davis
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, PsyD, MFT Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Whether you are seeking individual, couple, adolescent, or family therapy, you can expect to find a safe, non-judgmental environment where we can work together to understand your difficulties and help you achieve emotional well being.
We try to make sense of our lives through telling our stories, but when we are unable to find the words, we express ourselves in other ways, such as in symptoms, dreams, and behaviors that we don't understand. My previous training in fine arts and filmmaking (MFA, USC School of Cinema) make an excellent fit with the type of in-depth therapy I provide. I have a wide range of professional experiences from my private practice, in residential and outpatient clinics, as an adjunct professor of psychology at Antioch University, and as a supervisor training other therapists.
(310) 879-5964
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Santa Monica, CA 90403
Whether you are seeking individual, couple, adolescent, or family therapy, you can expect to find a safe, non-judgmental environment where we can work together to understand your difficulties and help you achieve emotional well being.
We try to make sense of our lives through telling our stories, but when we are unable to find the words, we express ourselves in other ways, such as in symptoms, dreams, and behaviors that we don't understand. My previous training in fine arts and filmmaking (MFA, USC School of Cinema) make an excellent fit with the type of in-depth therapy I provide. I have a wide range of professional experiences from my private practice, in residential and outpatient clinics, as an adjunct professor of psychology at Antioch University, and as a supervisor training other therapists.
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La Shaun N Lawson
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Offers online therapy
Have you been having difficulties engaging in things you previously enjoyed? Are you isolating and finding it harder to talk to family and friends? If you are looking for a safe empowering space where you can heal, learn to love and accept yourself while reconnecting with your authentic self, you have already made the first step in improving your situation by visiting my profile.
(424) 322-6528
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Santa Monica, CA 90401
Offers online therapy
Have you been having difficulties engaging in things you previously enjoyed? Are you isolating and finding it harder to talk to family and friends? If you are looking for a safe empowering space where you can heal, learn to love and accept yourself while reconnecting with your authentic self, you have already made the first step in improving your situation by visiting my profile.
Amber Keating
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Offers online therapy
What would you give to feel excited about your career, family, friends, or hobbies again? I enjoy blending mind & body healing modalities to help clients achieve wellness at all levels.
Have you attained success in your life, only to find that you feel resentful and burnt out? As a high achiever, it’s confusing to suddenly feel disconnected from the passion that has always driven you. Maybe this dissatisfaction has been slowly growing over the years & you’ve been able to manage it. But now you’re finding it harder to feel interested in your work or relationships. You may also be feeling exhausted & curious why your skills simply aren't working anymore. The habitual stress associated with being a powerful go-getter can also lead to a variety of health problems that medical doctors aren’t skilled at addressing.
(310) 407-7458
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Santa Monica, CA 90405
Offers online therapy
What would you give to feel excited about your career, family, friends, or hobbies again? I enjoy blending mind & body healing modalities to help clients achieve wellness at all levels.
Have you attained success in your life, only to find that you feel resentful and burnt out? As a high achiever, it’s confusing to suddenly feel disconnected from the passion that has always driven you. Maybe this dissatisfaction has been slowly growing over the years & you’ve been able to manage it. But now you’re finding it harder to feel interested in your work or relationships. You may also be feeling exhausted & curious why your skills simply aren't working anymore. The habitual stress associated with being a powerful go-getter can also lead to a variety of health problems that medical doctors aren’t skilled at addressing.
Jon Sorensen
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Offers online therapy
As a teacher, author, education researcher, and therapist I have seen how small changes in family dynamics, a marriage or a single person's sense of well-being can make a huge difference.
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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Santa Monica, CA 90401
Offers online therapy
As a teacher, author, education researcher, and therapist I have seen how small changes in family dynamics, a marriage or a single person's sense of well-being can make a huge difference.
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.
Karen Clay Beck
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Offers online therapy
As a registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, I embrace success in working with clients by utilizing integrative forms of psychotherapy that harmonize well to their specific needs, motivation, and treatment goals. My active engagement encompasses Emotion Regulation Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, mindfulness and meditation interventions.
(310) 807-1866
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Santa Monica, CA 90405
Offers online therapy
As a registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, I embrace success in working with clients by utilizing integrative forms of psychotherapy that harmonize well to their specific needs, motivation, and treatment goals. My active engagement encompasses Emotion Regulation Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, mindfulness and meditation interventions.
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Jane Alt
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Offers online therapy
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.
I specialize in the treatment of trauma, addiction, eating disorders, mental health and relational issues. I provide a safe space for individuals to experience corrective experiences through a CBT approach. My goal is to help clients feel empowered through deep, challenging work. I am also extremely passionate about and experienced with family and couples therapy. I believe that therapy does not define an individual’s life, only alters it. I integrate complementary methodologies to offer a highly personalized approach uniquely tailored to each individual.
(310) 307-3454
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Santa Monica, CA 90401
Offers online therapy
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.
I specialize in the treatment of trauma, addiction, eating disorders, mental health and relational issues. I provide a safe space for individuals to experience corrective experiences through a CBT approach. My goal is to help clients feel empowered through deep, challenging work. I am also extremely passionate about and experienced with family and couples therapy. I believe that therapy does not define an individual’s life, only alters it. I integrate complementary methodologies to offer a highly personalized approach uniquely tailored to each individual.
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Lydia Kosinar
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Offers online therapy
As a marriage and family therapist, I believe that with a strong therapeutic relationship and using the treatment modalities that best fit your needs you can overcome your struggles and live life to its fullest potential. I am experienced in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy as well as Psychodynamic, Mindfulness and Client-Oriented therapeutic techniques to assist individuals, children, couples, or families to improve their ability to manage stress, depressive symptoms and anxiety, cope with emotional difficulties, relapse prevention issues, develop insight and improve their communications.
(323) 379-1328
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Santa Monica, CA 90403
Offers online therapy
As a marriage and family therapist, I believe that with a strong therapeutic relationship and using the treatment modalities that best fit your needs you can overcome your struggles and live life to its fullest potential. I am experienced in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy as well as Psychodynamic, Mindfulness and Client-Oriented therapeutic techniques to assist individuals, children, couples, or families to improve their ability to manage stress, depressive symptoms and anxiety, cope with emotional difficulties, relapse prevention issues, develop insight and improve their communications.
Elena Gonzalez
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Offers online therapy
I believe in giving it to you straight wrapped with warmth and love. I believe we all have the power to make change but sometimes need a little help along the way. I provide individual, couples and family therapy to children, adolescents and adults. I have an array of experience from working to outpatient mental health clinics where I supervised psychology and social work interns to consulting at local schools to coordinating clinical programs. In addition I also enjoy weaving eastern and western philosophies into my practice.
(424) 570-1067
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Santa Monica, CA 90405
Offers online therapy
I believe in giving it to you straight wrapped with warmth and love. I believe we all have the power to make change but sometimes need a little help along the way. I provide individual, couples and family therapy to children, adolescents and adults. I have an array of experience from working to outpatient mental health clinics where I supervised psychology and social work interns to consulting at local schools to coordinating clinical programs. In addition I also enjoy weaving eastern and western philosophies into my practice.
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Amada Battista
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Not accepting new clients
As a Marriage and Family Therapist, I will collaborate with you in developing problem-solving skills to enhance the coping strategies that will help you deal with depression, anxiety, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, grief, stress management, body image issues and other anxiety-producing experiences. I focus on understanding your symptoms within the context of your interpersonal relationships.
(424) 383-7690
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Santa Monica, CA 90401
Not accepting new clients
As a Marriage and Family Therapist, I will collaborate with you in developing problem-solving skills to enhance the coping strategies that will help you deal with depression, anxiety, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, grief, stress management, body image issues and other anxiety-producing experiences. I focus on understanding your symptoms within the context of your interpersonal relationships.

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Family Therapy
If you're looking for family therapy in Santa Monica or for a Santa Monica family therapist these professionals provide family therapy services and structural family therapy services. They include family therapists and marriage family therapists. Therapists in Santa Monica using the techniques of 'family therapy' (also referred to as marriage and family therapy and family counseling) view change in terms of the systems of interaction between family members.

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.