Benjamin Nakanishi
Psychologist, PsyD Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90401
I draw from a wide range of therapeutic orientations and techniques but specialize in psychodynamic and psychoanalytic approaches.
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
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Santa Monica, CA 90401
I draw from a wide range of therapeutic orientations and techniques but specialize in psychodynamic and psychoanalytic approaches.
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.
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Mary Starks
Counselor, MA, LPCC Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Offers online therapy
I am a psychotherapist, licensed therapist in California and Arizona I have 15 years of experience in research, hospital, community agency and private practice settings. I specialize in trauma and helping people navigate difficult relationships. My approach is psychoanalytic and collaborative in nature and I have an enduring interest in psychological crises and struggles within relationships. I'm interested in how our attachment histories can contribute to our current states and how they've shaped who we are.
(310) 388-6796
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Santa Monica, CA 90403
Offers online therapy
I am a psychotherapist, licensed therapist in California and Arizona I have 15 years of experience in research, hospital, community agency and private practice settings. I specialize in trauma and helping people navigate difficult relationships. My approach is psychoanalytic and collaborative in nature and I have an enduring interest in psychological crises and struggles within relationships. I'm interested in how our attachment histories can contribute to our current states and how they've shaped who we are.
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Lauren Moses
Psychologist, PsyD Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Offers online therapy
Waitlist for new clients
My two-year postdoctoral fellowship was completed at Wright Institute Los Angeles where I received extensive training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy.
I believe that connection is fundamental to healing and that the relationship between client and therapist is very important. I treat each of my clients with compassion and respect and strive to create a space that allows for curiosity and exploration. Therapy often involves identifying and expressing emotions, developing insight into patterns or addictions, deepening connection to self and others, and building on strengths. My approach to therapy will vary depending on your unique history and goals.
(424) 251-5216
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Santa Monica, CA 90403
Offers online therapy
Waitlist for new clients
My two-year postdoctoral fellowship was completed at Wright Institute Los Angeles where I received extensive training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy.
I believe that connection is fundamental to healing and that the relationship between client and therapist is very important. I treat each of my clients with compassion and respect and strive to create a space that allows for curiosity and exploration. Therapy often involves identifying and expressing emotions, developing insight into patterns or addictions, deepening connection to self and others, and building on strengths. My approach to therapy will vary depending on your unique history and goals.
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Men's Issues - Dr. Dean
Psychologist, PsyD, QME, Author Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Offers online therapy
Welcome to my practice. I have about 15 years of clinical experience and have been featured on NBC/KCAL/HLN as an expert psychologist. I work primarily with men who have hit “rock bottom” and would like help getting up. These men are often in crisis when we first meet. The issues I address are typically related to unhealthy sexual behaviors, infidelity, financial recklessness, gambling, drugs/alcohol, dishonesty/lying, and relational conflicts. My therapy approach is a combination of psychoanalytic, cognitive-behavioral, and the 12-Step recovery model. I also share insight from my own painful but redemptive recovery journey.
(310) 929-9852
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Santa Monica, CA 90401
Offers online therapy
Welcome to my practice. I have about 15 years of clinical experience and have been featured on NBC/KCAL/HLN as an expert psychologist. I work primarily with men who have hit “rock bottom” and would like help getting up. These men are often in crisis when we first meet. The issues I address are typically related to unhealthy sexual behaviors, infidelity, financial recklessness, gambling, drugs/alcohol, dishonesty/lying, and relational conflicts. My therapy approach is a combination of psychoanalytic, cognitive-behavioral, and the 12-Step recovery model. I also share insight from my own painful but redemptive recovery journey.
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Joe Davis
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, PsyD, MFT Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90403
As a senior candidate at an analytic institute, I offer a reduced fee for a 4x per week psychoanalytic treatment.
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
As a senior candidate at an analytic institute, I offer a reduced fee for a 4x per week psychoanalytic treatment.
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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Natalia Boucher
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Offers online therapy
I work from a psychodynamic/psychoanalytic perspective but I offer a personalized approach tailored to each client's needs.
Welcome! The challenges of everyday living can seem overwhelming. Life at times presents us with struggles and setbacks, but sometimes the same problems will keep on recurring unless you make a change. Therapy can help you find the underlying causes of why you feel the way you do and finally move towards relief. I would be honored to work together with you on your journey of self-discovery, healing, and growth. My therapy style offers a safe, warm and compassionate environment while encouraging my clients to recognize their strengths and weaknesses within themselves.
(310) 775-2655
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Santa Monica, CA 90404
Offers online therapy
I work from a psychodynamic/psychoanalytic perspective but I offer a personalized approach tailored to each client's needs.
Welcome! The challenges of everyday living can seem overwhelming. Life at times presents us with struggles and setbacks, but sometimes the same problems will keep on recurring unless you make a change. Therapy can help you find the underlying causes of why you feel the way you do and finally move towards relief. I would be honored to work together with you on your journey of self-discovery, healing, and growth. My therapy style offers a safe, warm and compassionate environment while encouraging my clients to recognize their strengths and weaknesses within themselves.
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Marilyn McCabe Seeman
Psychologist, PhD Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Offers online therapy
I am a licensed psychologist and health service provider in private practice and work with individuals, couples, groups, and families. I specialize in grief, traumatic experience, anxiety, depression, interpersonal problems, and also enjoy working with issues of creativity and optimal self development over the lifespan. I practice from an integrative perspective that includes psychoanalytic, humanistic, and experiential approaches. My book, The Paradox of Loss: Toward a Relational Theory of Grief, describes my nonlinear, non-pathologizing, and relational understanding of grief. I am offering four groups this coming year: Recent Bereavement; Longer-Term Grief; Creative Writing and Loss; and Enhancing Communication and Connection for Improved Functioning.
(424) 320-5916
Verified

Santa Monica, CA 90405
Offers online therapy
I am a licensed psychologist and health service provider in private practice and work with individuals, couples, groups, and families. I specialize in grief, traumatic experience, anxiety, depression, interpersonal problems, and also enjoy working with issues of creativity and optimal self development over the lifespan. I practice from an integrative perspective that includes psychoanalytic, humanistic, and experiential approaches. My book, The Paradox of Loss: Toward a Relational Theory of Grief, describes my nonlinear, non-pathologizing, and relational understanding of grief. I am offering four groups this coming year: Recent Bereavement; Longer-Term Grief; Creative Writing and Loss; and Enhancing Communication and Connection for Improved Functioning.
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Kerri D Johnson
Psychologist, PsyD Verified
Office is near:
Santa Monica, CA 90401
I work from a psychoanalytic psychotherapy perspective.
Feeling depressed, anxious, uncertain of what path to take next? Feeling lost, alone, or unsure of yourself? These are all common concerns that my clients face daily, and have come to understand their source by working in a safe collaborative space in therapy. Many of my clients are at a cross roads whether it be leaving their parents home, trying to launch from college, deciding whether or not to get married, have a baby, or change careers or retire. Therapy can help with any transition. In a supportive, collaborative environment we will discover what blocks you from growing and thriving.
(424) 254-1729
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Office is near:
Santa Monica, CA 90401
I work from a psychoanalytic psychotherapy perspective.
Feeling depressed, anxious, uncertain of what path to take next? Feeling lost, alone, or unsure of yourself? These are all common concerns that my clients face daily, and have come to understand their source by working in a safe collaborative space in therapy. Many of my clients are at a cross roads whether it be leaving their parents home, trying to launch from college, deciding whether or not to get married, have a baby, or change careers or retire. Therapy can help with any transition. In a supportive, collaborative environment we will discover what blocks you from growing and thriving.
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Alison Roven
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT Verified
Office is near:
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Offers online therapy
I hold a degree in psychoanalytic psychotherapy.
Are you feeling stuck, or not quite sure how to move things forward? This feeling can apply to relationship, career, or just a general life experience. Are you struggling with a loss or a meaningful life transition? The decision to begin treatment is a gesture of courage and hope. Together, we will explore your concerns, and look for ways to navigate any obstacles or self-defeating patterns getting in the way of reaching life fulfillment and fuller potential. We work toward a more open, creative and authentic self experience-- self with self, self in relationship, self in the community/world.
(310) 845-6957
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Office is near:
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Offers online therapy
I hold a degree in psychoanalytic psychotherapy.
Are you feeling stuck, or not quite sure how to move things forward? This feeling can apply to relationship, career, or just a general life experience. Are you struggling with a loss or a meaningful life transition? The decision to begin treatment is a gesture of courage and hope. Together, we will explore your concerns, and look for ways to navigate any obstacles or self-defeating patterns getting in the way of reaching life fulfillment and fuller potential. We work toward a more open, creative and authentic self experience-- self with self, self in relationship, self in the community/world.
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Sandra J. Landen
Psychologist, PhD Verified
Office is near:
Santa Monica, CA 90405
I am a graduate psychoanalyst of the New Center for Psychoanalysis where I teach in the Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program.
Looking for a Psychologist can be an overwhelming task. I work in a collaborative way respecting each person's unique history, personality, cultural context, strengths, weaknesses and goals. I offer a warm, respectful and compassionate environment that promotes growth. I have extensive experience and expertise working with adults in psychotherapy struggling with depression, grief, anxiety, fears, trauma, relationship issues, life transitions and creative blocks that interfere with daily living in terms of creating and maintaining meaningful relationships or realizing fulfilling career goals.
(310) 479-0051
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Office is near:
Santa Monica, CA 90405
I am a graduate psychoanalyst of the New Center for Psychoanalysis where I teach in the Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program.
Looking for a Psychologist can be an overwhelming task. I work in a collaborative way respecting each person's unique history, personality, cultural context, strengths, weaknesses and goals. I offer a warm, respectful and compassionate environment that promotes growth. I have extensive experience and expertise working with adults in psychotherapy struggling with depression, grief, anxiety, fears, trauma, relationship issues, life transitions and creative blocks that interfere with daily living in terms of creating and maintaining meaningful relationships or realizing fulfilling career goals.
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Desy Safán-Gerard
Licensed Psychoanalyst, PhD Verified
Office is near:
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Offers online therapy
Always accepting new patients. I have over 40 years of experience treating individuals, couples & groups. As a painter and psychoanalyst, I am especially interested in helping people deal with difficulties in their creative work and in their relationships. I have written, presented, and published psychoanalytic papers on relationships and the creative process. My latest paper, "Victims of Envy," was published in the Psychoanalytic Review in June 2019 and my book on creativity, Chaos & Control, was published by Routledge in 2018.
(310) 945-2685
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Office is near:
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Offers online therapy
Always accepting new patients. I have over 40 years of experience treating individuals, couples & groups. As a painter and psychoanalyst, I am especially interested in helping people deal with difficulties in their creative work and in their relationships. I have written, presented, and published psychoanalytic papers on relationships and the creative process. My latest paper, "Victims of Envy," was published in the Psychoanalytic Review in June 2019 and my book on creativity, Chaos & Control, was published by Routledge in 2018.
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Deborah Willson Bilder
Psychologist, PhD, PsyD Verified
Office is near:
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Offers online therapy
I have found over many years, having trained in a variety of approaches to therapy, that psychoanalytic therapy and psychoanalysis offer the most benefit and real change for persistent emotional, relational, and behavioral problems through opportunity for deep understanding and emotional growth.
I am a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst, with extensive experience helping people with a variety of life challenges. I specialize in the treatment of eating disorders, relationship problems, and self-destructive and/or self-defeating attitudes or behaviors. I approach each individual as a unique person and strive to work together to reach understanding and avenues for change.
(424) 294-8940
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Office is near:
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Offers online therapy
I have found over many years, having trained in a variety of approaches to therapy, that psychoanalytic therapy and psychoanalysis offer the most benefit and real change for persistent emotional, relational, and behavioral problems through opportunity for deep understanding and emotional growth.
I am a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst, with extensive experience helping people with a variety of life challenges. I specialize in the treatment of eating disorders, relationship problems, and self-destructive and/or self-defeating attitudes or behaviors. I approach each individual as a unique person and strive to work together to reach understanding and avenues for change.
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Erin G Amini
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT Verified
Office is near:
Santa Monica, CA 90404
My training is in psychoanalytic psychotherapy.
We often feel lost when solutions cannot be found for the challenges we face. It's at this point that our challenges become obstacles that block us from fully living our lives. Unfortunately, time doesn't heal all pain and our anxiety, anger, depression, and fear don't always go away on their own. As a therapist, my goal is to help you better understand yourself, find purpose in your pain, alleviate your stress, and make more space for creativity, love, and happiness in your life.
(310) 776-6045
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Office is near:
Santa Monica, CA 90404
My training is in psychoanalytic psychotherapy.
We often feel lost when solutions cannot be found for the challenges we face. It's at this point that our challenges become obstacles that block us from fully living our lives. Unfortunately, time doesn't heal all pain and our anxiety, anger, depression, and fear don't always go away on their own. As a therapist, my goal is to help you better understand yourself, find purpose in your pain, alleviate your stress, and make more space for creativity, love, and happiness in your life.
Carl H. Shubs
Psychologist, PhD Verified
Office is near:
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Offers online therapy
trauma, via Psychoanalytic Psychology.
YOUR LIFE'S NOT WORKING THE WAY YOU'D LIKE? Find out why, and we can change it together. Want to be heard and understood? Struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, gay/lesbian/bisexual issues, addictions (substances or behaviors including sex addiction), or infidelities? Want to stay together, but your marriage is rocky? Communication problems or behavior problems disrupting your relationship? DON'T LET OLD PATTERNS GET IN YOUR WAY. Visit my website for more information: http://www.DrCarlShubs.com. NEW BOOK: Traumatic Experiences of Normal Development, available on Amazon.
(323) 433-6731
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Office is near:
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Offers online therapy
trauma, via Psychoanalytic Psychology.
YOUR LIFE'S NOT WORKING THE WAY YOU'D LIKE? Find out why, and we can change it together. Want to be heard and understood? Struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, gay/lesbian/bisexual issues, addictions (substances or behaviors including sex addiction), or infidelities? Want to stay together, but your marriage is rocky? Communication problems or behavior problems disrupting your relationship? DON'T LET OLD PATTERNS GET IN YOUR WAY. Visit my website for more information: http://www.DrCarlShubs.com. NEW BOOK: Traumatic Experiences of Normal Development, available on Amazon.
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Mary Starks
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, LPCC Verified
Office is near:
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Offers online therapy
I have a psychoanalytic approach that is collaborative in nature and built on empathy and trust.
I am a psychotherapist licensed in California and Arizona and I have 15 years of experience in research, hospital agency, home visiting and private practice settings. I specialize in working with individual adults with childhood trauma and I like to help others navigate difficult relationships and work through distressing and overwhelming life experiences. I have a Certificate in Infant and Family Clinical Practice and an enduring interest in psychological crisis and how our early relational worlds shape who we are. I also specialize in play therapy for children 6-10 and child custody evaluations.
(310) 746-8235
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Office is near:
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Offers online therapy
I have a psychoanalytic approach that is collaborative in nature and built on empathy and trust.
I am a psychotherapist licensed in California and Arizona and I have 15 years of experience in research, hospital agency, home visiting and private practice settings. I specialize in working with individual adults with childhood trauma and I like to help others navigate difficult relationships and work through distressing and overwhelming life experiences. I have a Certificate in Infant and Family Clinical Practice and an enduring interest in psychological crisis and how our early relational worlds shape who we are. I also specialize in play therapy for children 6-10 and child custody evaluations.
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Julie Michaelson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, PsyD Verified
Office is near:
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Offers online therapy
My psychotherapy approach is informed from a relational, intersubjective, and contemporary psychoanalytic frame of reference.
Patients who come to seek treatment from me are often looking for help with depression, anxiety, self esteem and relationship struggles that have been either life long or situational. I work with patients who are interested in the safety and trust of a therapy relationship that offers in-depth exploration of emotional and relational issues, gaining insight into the underlying causes of symptoms and patterns, developing a better relationship to self and others, ultimately establishing greater satisfaction and peace in going through the world.
(323) 810-2402
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Office is near:
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Offers online therapy
My psychotherapy approach is informed from a relational, intersubjective, and contemporary psychoanalytic frame of reference.
Patients who come to seek treatment from me are often looking for help with depression, anxiety, self esteem and relationship struggles that have been either life long or situational. I work with patients who are interested in the safety and trust of a therapy relationship that offers in-depth exploration of emotional and relational issues, gaining insight into the underlying causes of symptoms and patterns, developing a better relationship to self and others, ultimately establishing greater satisfaction and peace in going through the world.
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Sule Ozler
Licensed Psychoanalyst, PhD, PsyD Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Offers online therapy
Many of us face challenges in our lives, whether in our personal relationships, in our work, or at school. Most of us experience deep loneliness, anxiety, depression, or grief from losses, or maybe, past traumas still affect us. We do the best we can and carry on, not thinking of seeking a therapist with whom we can collaborate in a safe, non-judgmental setting, someone who is trained to guide us to understand and overcome our pressing emotional challenges that interfere with our general happiness, productivity, and creativity. If we work together, my goal will be to help you reach an emotional state so that you can be happier.
(424) 344-4964
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Santa Monica, CA 90403
Offers online therapy
Many of us face challenges in our lives, whether in our personal relationships, in our work, or at school. Most of us experience deep loneliness, anxiety, depression, or grief from losses, or maybe, past traumas still affect us. We do the best we can and carry on, not thinking of seeking a therapist with whom we can collaborate in a safe, non-judgmental setting, someone who is trained to guide us to understand and overcome our pressing emotional challenges that interfere with our general happiness, productivity, and creativity. If we work together, my goal will be to help you reach an emotional state so that you can be happier.
Kristina E Fyrwald
Associate Clinical Social Worker, ACSW Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Not accepting new clients
My passion is to help clients challenge negative/limiting beliefs holding them back from the life they want. Have you felt held back from fully enjoying your life due to anxiety, uncomfortable feelings, and dysfunctional patterns of behavior? Clients experiencing these challenges find our work together to be very productive. I enjoy working with adolescents, adults and families, including those who have a loved one experiencing an eating disorder or substance use addiction. I have worked with clients experiencing anxiety, depression, eating disorders, addiction, self-esteem, relationship, familial and work issues.
(310) 620-9736
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Santa Monica, CA 90405
Not accepting new clients
My passion is to help clients challenge negative/limiting beliefs holding them back from the life they want. Have you felt held back from fully enjoying your life due to anxiety, uncomfortable feelings, and dysfunctional patterns of behavior? Clients experiencing these challenges find our work together to be very productive. I enjoy working with adolescents, adults and families, including those who have a loved one experiencing an eating disorder or substance use addiction. I have worked with clients experiencing anxiety, depression, eating disorders, addiction, self-esteem, relationship, familial and work issues.
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Kathy Palma
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90405
In Network with OPTUM, Oscar, CIGNA, United Behavioral Health. ~ When someone is in conflict, some common false beliefs that may be getting in the way is the belief that my feelings, my worth, and my value come from outside of me, therefore someone else should take care of me. As a result are power struggles in which each person tries to control the other. The way out is to change the system by changing those beliefs. It is only when love becomes appreciation instead of dependence on the other person that this will happen.
(818) 389-7151
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Santa Monica, CA 90405
In Network with OPTUM, Oscar, CIGNA, United Behavioral Health. ~ When someone is in conflict, some common false beliefs that may be getting in the way is the belief that my feelings, my worth, and my value come from outside of me, therefore someone else should take care of me. As a result are power struggles in which each person tries to control the other. The way out is to change the system by changing those beliefs. It is only when love becomes appreciation instead of dependence on the other person that this will happen.
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Sara Barthol
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CST Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Offers online therapy
Are you having concerns related to anxiety, depression or sexuality, either individually or as a couple? Are you a parent or teen who is having challenges at home/school? Are you an intern looking for supervision for Licensure? If any of this applies to you, I would be happy to discuss if I could be of any help to you. Please feel free to email or call me with questions.
(310) 341-0586
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Santa Monica, CA 90405
Offers online therapy
Are you having concerns related to anxiety, depression or sexuality, either individually or as a couple? Are you a parent or teen who is having challenges at home/school? Are you an intern looking for supervision for Licensure? If any of this applies to you, I would be happy to discuss if I could be of any help to you. Please feel free to email or call me with questions.

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