Annie Forisha Thiel
Psychologist, PhD, MFT Verified
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Offers online therapy
My orientation is primarily psychodynamic and family systems 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
Offers online therapy
My orientation is primarily psychodynamic and family systems 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.
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Stephen J Kenneally
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MBA, LMFT Verified
Office is near:
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Offers online therapy
Everyone's lives have been deeply impacted by the current Covid-19 outbreak. The sudden loss of income and the mandatory quarantine have left many people feeling overwhelmed and isolated. Although times of crisis are extremely challenging, they also provide us with opportunities to witness the profound resiliency of the human spirit and the extraordinary power of simple, genuine human kindness. If you are experiencing overwhelming anxiety or feelings of hopelessness, please remember that you are not alone. We have all been impacted by this crisis, and together we will find ways to help each other through this difficult time.
(310) 896-4942
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Office is near:
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Offers online therapy
Everyone's lives have been deeply impacted by the current Covid-19 outbreak. The sudden loss of income and the mandatory quarantine have left many people feeling overwhelmed and isolated. Although times of crisis are extremely challenging, they also provide us with opportunities to witness the profound resiliency of the human spirit and the extraordinary power of simple, genuine human kindness. If you are experiencing overwhelming anxiety or feelings of hopelessness, please remember that you are not alone. We have all been impacted by this crisis, and together we will find ways to help each other through this difficult time.
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Renee Schwartz
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD, LCSW, MSW Verified
Office is near:
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Offers online therapy
In my 30+ years of experience, I have tried to create a non-judgmental environment of openness and collaboration with my clients. I have found that most people are looking for understanding, clarification and a path to hope and healing.
(424) 387-3831
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Office is near:
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
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In my 30+ years of experience, I have tried to create a non-judgmental environment of openness and collaboration with my clients. I have found that most people are looking for understanding, clarification and a path to hope and healing.
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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
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.
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Bonnie Zucker
Psychologist, PhD Verified
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Offers online therapy
I view therapy as a collaborative process, and I take an active role in working with my clients to meet their goals. Regardless of your reasons for coming to therapy, each person is unique, and I believe therapy should be tailored for each individual. I have a specialization in treating anxiety disorders, and I also enjoy working with people on a variety of other issues, such as relationship and family concerns, depression, grief, life transitions, infertility, work and academic concerns, and self-esteem issues.
(424) 348-7548
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Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Offers online therapy
I view therapy as a collaborative process, and I take an active role in working with my clients to meet their goals. Regardless of your reasons for coming to therapy, each person is unique, and I believe therapy should be tailored for each individual. I have a specialization in treating anxiety disorders, and I also enjoy working with people on a variety of other issues, such as relationship and family concerns, depression, grief, life transitions, infertility, work and academic concerns, and self-esteem issues.
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Kevin Stolper
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT Verified
Office is near:
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Offers online therapy
Do you feel stuck in life, wanting something different but not sure what it is or how to get there? Perhaps you find yourself overwhelmed with the pressure to be perfect in relationships or work, resulting in the feeling of never being good enough. You’ve most likely scoured the internet or read self-help books before reaching out to a therapist. I get it. You just want to feel better and ultimately, be happy again. I can help you identify what you are wanting and needing, what is keeping you stuck and develop self-compassion and self-confidence to be able to see the possibilities instead of limitations in living the life you want.
(310) 340-2355
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Office is near:
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Offers online therapy
Do you feel stuck in life, wanting something different but not sure what it is or how to get there? Perhaps you find yourself overwhelmed with the pressure to be perfect in relationships or work, resulting in the feeling of never being good enough. You’ve most likely scoured the internet or read self-help books before reaching out to a therapist. I get it. You just want to feel better and ultimately, be happy again. I can help you identify what you are wanting and needing, what is keeping you stuck and develop self-compassion and self-confidence to be able to see the possibilities instead of limitations in living the life you want.
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Dr. Suzanne Pelka
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, CSAT, PhD Verified
Office is near:
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Offers online therapy
In need of sex therapy? Lack of desire? A sex-starved marriage? Sex/porn addiction? Just not on the same page as your partner? As a Sexuality Specialist and CSAT, I have successfully treated clients struggling with many different sexual problems (Men: erectile dysfunction, rapid/premature/delayed ejaculation. Women: low desire, painful intercourse, vaginismus/vulvadynia. Either: sexual inexperience, sexual anorexia, childhood sexual traumas including incest). I often use EMDR to resolve underlying traumas. I have researched and taught at UCLA, SMC, The University of Chicago, DePaul and have been a sexuality expert on NBC, ABC and KCAL 9 news.
(310) 601-6882
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Office is near:
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Offers online therapy
In need of sex therapy? Lack of desire? A sex-starved marriage? Sex/porn addiction? Just not on the same page as your partner? As a Sexuality Specialist and CSAT, I have successfully treated clients struggling with many different sexual problems (Men: erectile dysfunction, rapid/premature/delayed ejaculation. Women: low desire, painful intercourse, vaginismus/vulvadynia. Either: sexual inexperience, sexual anorexia, childhood sexual traumas including incest). I often use EMDR to resolve underlying traumas. I have researched and taught at UCLA, SMC, The University of Chicago, DePaul and have been a sexuality expert on NBC, ABC and KCAL 9 news.
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Michael Levittan
Marriage & Family Therapist Verified
Office is near:
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
I am passionate about helping people to overcome obstacles in their lives. The focus of treatment is on facilitating the discovery and empowerment of each individual's strengths, talents, skills, and gifts within. The overall purpose of treatment is to help people attain authentic, enriched lives and have fulfilling, harmonious relationships.
(310) 820-4111
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Office is near:
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
I am passionate about helping people to overcome obstacles in their lives. The focus of treatment is on facilitating the discovery and empowerment of each individual's strengths, talents, skills, and gifts within. The overall purpose of treatment is to help people attain authentic, enriched lives and have fulfilling, harmonious relationships.
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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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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.
Jeffrey Nord
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT Verified
Office is near:
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Every couple is different, every couple is complicated, and every couple has trouble talking about one or more key issues. In your first session I will quickly assess what isn't working in your relationship and build a plan to eliminate the problem. I will help facilitate effective communication, make sure the sessions are emotionally safe, and teach practical methods for getting your thoughts and feelings across. My job is not to figure out who is right and who is wrong, my job is to help. ​I tend to work with couples each week for 8-12 weeks.
(424) 373-6636
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Office is near:
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Every couple is different, every couple is complicated, and every couple has trouble talking about one or more key issues. In your first session I will quickly assess what isn't working in your relationship and build a plan to eliminate the problem. I will help facilitate effective communication, make sure the sessions are emotionally safe, and teach practical methods for getting your thoughts and feelings across. My job is not to figure out who is right and who is wrong, my job is to help. ​I tend to work with couples each week for 8-12 weeks.
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Kriss Smylie
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MA, LMFT, LPCC Verified
Office is near:
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Offers online therapy
During these Covid times, depression, anxiety, mood swings and relationship issues are playing a prominent part in our lives. I specialize in a personal approach that address who you are, what you’re experiencing, and where you’re trying to be. My orientation is Jungian, which involves compassion, dream work, the unconscious and insight. That which we can understand is more bearable and easier to shift. It results in a sense of richness and meaningfulness. I am also pragmatic in my use of cognitive behavioral tools, which support the process. Ignoring nagging issues rarely results in them going away. It can get be better.
(424) 256-0992
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Office is near:
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Offers online therapy
During these Covid times, depression, anxiety, mood swings and relationship issues are playing a prominent part in our lives. I specialize in a personal approach that address who you are, what you’re experiencing, and where you’re trying to be. My orientation is Jungian, which involves compassion, dream work, the unconscious and insight. That which we can understand is more bearable and easier to shift. It results in a sense of richness and meaningfulness. I am also pragmatic in my use of cognitive behavioral tools, which support the process. Ignoring nagging issues rarely results in them going away. It can get be better.
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Gary Brown
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT, FAPA Verified
Office is near:
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Offers online therapy
You may be struggling in a situation that, for whatever reasons, is not improving as you had hoped it would. And now you might be experiencing unwanted emotions related to COVID-19; relationship struggles; parenting; marital difficulties; family conflict; a recent trauma; or something else that is painfully impacting you and one or more of your relationships. Are you losing sleep, feeling sad, anxious, depressed, confused, or feeling helpless right now? Feeling stuck? If so and you're here, you're probably tired of trying to figure all of this out by yourself. The good news is you don't have to be alone with all of this anymore.
(310) 208-3105
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Office is near:
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Offers online therapy
You may be struggling in a situation that, for whatever reasons, is not improving as you had hoped it would. And now you might be experiencing unwanted emotions related to COVID-19; relationship struggles; parenting; marital difficulties; family conflict; a recent trauma; or something else that is painfully impacting you and one or more of your relationships. Are you losing sleep, feeling sad, anxious, depressed, confused, or feeling helpless right now? Feeling stuck? If so and you're here, you're probably tired of trying to figure all of this out by yourself. The good news is you don't have to be alone with all of this anymore.
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Kathryn Sparks
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT Verified
Office is near:
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Offers online therapy
With a background in the entertainment business, I have always been fascinated with other people and their stories. I see therapy as a creative, collaborative process in which I work closely with individuals, couples and families to find new ways of understanding their unique narrative. I believe I can help clients find acceptance, empowerment and purpose.
(424) 543-1164
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Office is near:
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Offers online therapy
With a background in the entertainment business, I have always been fascinated with other people and their stories. I see therapy as a creative, collaborative process in which I work closely with individuals, couples and families to find new ways of understanding their unique narrative. I believe I can help clients find acceptance, empowerment and purpose.
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Holly Hardgrove
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PsyD, LCSW Verified
Office is near:
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
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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Office is near:
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
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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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Andrea Von Troschke
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT, ATR, BCPC Verified
Office is near:
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Offers online therapy
Tired of stress and worrying? Perhaps even panic? Body tension? A foggy mind? Are relationships affected? Can you imagine how freeing it would feel to be more in control of these intense thoughts/emotions? Be more at peace? These are realistic goals, which many of my clients achieve. Instead of avoiding people and situations, which limits them, they gradually start standing up for themselves. The more positive experiences they have, the more self-empowered they feel, daring to say or do things they really want to, be themselves and feel authentic. I can help you to achieve these goals in individual and/or couple sessions.
(424) 331-1084
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Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
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Tired of stress and worrying? Perhaps even panic? Body tension? A foggy mind? Are relationships affected? Can you imagine how freeing it would feel to be more in control of these intense thoughts/emotions? Be more at peace? These are realistic goals, which many of my clients achieve. Instead of avoiding people and situations, which limits them, they gradually start standing up for themselves. The more positive experiences they have, the more self-empowered they feel, daring to say or do things they really want to, be themselves and feel authentic. I can help you to achieve these goals in individual and/or couple sessions.
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Ashley Karubian
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, EFT-E Verified
Office is near:
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Offers online therapy
Therapy is a place to deepen your connection to your internal voice and make sense of your world. Maybe you can’t seem to break free of frustrating patterns, or you are weathering one of life’s inevitable challenges and desire support. Or you simply want to understand yourself better and need a warm, nonjudgmental environment to explore and question and grow. Whatever your reasons, investing in yourself via therapy is a brave and rewarding decision. In therapy, you can create deeper self-awareness and move forward in your life with greater intention.
(415) 968-2612
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Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
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Therapy is a place to deepen your connection to your internal voice and make sense of your world. Maybe you can’t seem to break free of frustrating patterns, or you are weathering one of life’s inevitable challenges and desire support. Or you simply want to understand yourself better and need a warm, nonjudgmental environment to explore and question and grow. Whatever your reasons, investing in yourself via therapy is a brave and rewarding decision. In therapy, you can create deeper self-awareness and move forward in your life with greater intention.
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Jackson Varady
Psychologist, PsyD Verified
Office is near:
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Building Emotional Resilience is key towards achieving a balanced life. You may be a parent dealing with the challenge of a defiant child, or a spouse suffering with a critical or distant partner. Perhaps you're a high-powered professional grappling with the demands of career and family, or a sensitive teenager navigating the precarious path towards young adulthood. In either case, whether it's relationship issues, difficult feelings, worrying thoughts, unwanted behaviors, or even just searching for answers to some of life's biggest questions, I can provide guidance, support, and wisdom towards realizing obtainable solutions.
(424) 365-1106
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Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Building Emotional Resilience is key towards achieving a balanced life. You may be a parent dealing with the challenge of a defiant child, or a spouse suffering with a critical or distant partner. Perhaps you're a high-powered professional grappling with the demands of career and family, or a sensitive teenager navigating the precarious path towards young adulthood. In either case, whether it's relationship issues, difficult feelings, worrying thoughts, unwanted behaviors, or even just searching for answers to some of life's biggest questions, I can provide guidance, support, and wisdom towards realizing obtainable solutions.
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Tracie Tyler
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT Verified
Office is near:
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Offers online therapy
Tracie received her clinical training at the prestigious Maple Counseling Center in Beverly Hills, California, allowing her to become adept at working with a very diverse and challenging population. Her current clientele is comprised of adults and adolescents, high school and college students, entertainment industry professionals, former executives, professors, athletes, stay at-home moms (and dads) and seniors. She utilizes individual, couples and family therapy, as well as modalities including dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and psychodynamic therapy.
(310) 905-8287
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Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
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Tracie received her clinical training at the prestigious Maple Counseling Center in Beverly Hills, California, allowing her to become adept at working with a very diverse and challenging population. Her current clientele is comprised of adults and adolescents, high school and college students, entertainment industry professionals, former executives, professors, athletes, stay at-home moms (and dads) and seniors. She utilizes individual, couples and family therapy, as well as modalities including dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and psychodynamic therapy.
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Charlene Underhill Miller
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, MFT Verified
Office is near:
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
I see individuals, couples and children and treat a wide range of issues such as relational problems, self-sabotage, pregnancy and post-partum difficulties, and parenting challenges. I use a psychodynamic perspective, working with my clients in a collaborative and insightful process. Problems are understood within a context of past interpersonal experiences which often help provide understanding to the client's current situation. I am also well prepared to help clients of faith effectively integrate spiritual convictions and concerns with psychological understandings and emotional health.
(424) 286-2734
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Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
I see individuals, couples and children and treat a wide range of issues such as relational problems, self-sabotage, pregnancy and post-partum difficulties, and parenting challenges. I use a psychodynamic perspective, working with my clients in a collaborative and insightful process. Problems are understood within a context of past interpersonal experiences which often help provide understanding to the client's current situation. I am also well prepared to help clients of faith effectively integrate spiritual convictions and concerns with psychological understandings and emotional health.
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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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Psychodynamic Therapists
Psychodynamic therapy in Pacific Palisades, also known as insight-oriented therapy, evolved from Freudian psychoanalysis. Like adherents of psychoanalysis, psychodynamic therapists believe that bringing the unconscious into conscious awareness promotes insight and resolves conflict. But psychodynamic therapy is briefer and less intensive than psychoanalysis and also focuses on the relationship between the therapist and the client, as a way to learn about how the client relates to everyone in their life.