Geraldine Flaxman, M.A., LMFT
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90405
CBT, meditation, and psychodynamic therapy are some of the approaches I take to help you realize your full potential in your relationship with yourself and ultimately with others.
Many clients, colleagues and friends have told me that with my innate intuitiveness, authenticity and openness it is very easy to talk with me about difficult and painful issues. The most important aspect of feeling comfortable and safe with a therapist is having a rapport as well as feeling understood. I have an eclectic approach to each unique person with whom I work. I think it is important to determine what your personal goals are, how can we best achieve them, while keeping in mind that the ultimate goal is for you to become your own best therapist.
(310) 872-1628
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Santa Monica, CA 90405
CBT, meditation, and psychodynamic therapy are some of the approaches I take to help you realize your full potential in your relationship with yourself and ultimately with others.
Many clients, colleagues and friends have told me that with my innate intuitiveness, authenticity and openness it is very easy to talk with me about difficult and painful issues. The most important aspect of feeling comfortable and safe with a therapist is having a rapport as well as feeling understood. I have an eclectic approach to each unique person with whom I work. I think it is important to determine what your personal goals are, how can we best achieve them, while keeping in mind that the ultimate goal is for you to become your own best therapist.
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Deirdre J. Newell
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Offers online therapy
Therapy can provide a safe space for individuals to explore vulnerable dimensions of oneself and explore meaning in life’s experiences. Therapy with me is rooted in relationship. I understand that value of a trusting, authentic relationship between therapist and client, and I offer insight, support, compassion, and curiosity in a nurturing way that allows clients to examine patterns that both aid or hinder individuals’ potential for wholeness. I work from a depth-oriented, psychodynamic framework, understanding that one’s self is a manifestation of one’s whole life experiences. I provide both short and long term therapy.
(716) 317-4625
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Santa Monica, CA 90403
Offers online therapy
Therapy can provide a safe space for individuals to explore vulnerable dimensions of oneself and explore meaning in life’s experiences. Therapy with me is rooted in relationship. I understand that value of a trusting, authentic relationship between therapist and client, and I offer insight, support, compassion, and curiosity in a nurturing way that allows clients to examine patterns that both aid or hinder individuals’ potential for wholeness. I work from a depth-oriented, psychodynamic framework, understanding that one’s self is a manifestation of one’s whole life experiences. I provide both short and long term therapy.
Eric L. Strang
Psychologist, PsyD Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Offers online therapy
I have an extensive background in child and family therapy and draw on a wide range of training and experience in the application of psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, existential-humanistic, and developmental approaches to treating adults as well as children.
I am a practical clinician who draws from an array of psychological approaches to assist my clients in achieving their goals. In addition to being practical, my therapeutic approach is aimed at understanding and integrating the dissonant thoughts and feelings at the core of most problems. I employ a focused and systematic method to identify the barriers to an individual's development and bring about change through an understanding and relinquishing of old models of coping. I am also able to utilize psychological measures of personality and aptitude to assist my clients in making decisions about their treatment and goals.
(424) 220-1239
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Santa Monica, CA 90403
Offers online therapy
I have an extensive background in child and family therapy and draw on a wide range of training and experience in the application of psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, existential-humanistic, and developmental approaches to treating adults as well as children.
I am a practical clinician who draws from an array of psychological approaches to assist my clients in achieving their goals. In addition to being practical, my therapeutic approach is aimed at understanding and integrating the dissonant thoughts and feelings at the core of most problems. I employ a focused and systematic method to identify the barriers to an individual's development and bring about change through an understanding and relinquishing of old models of coping. I am also able to utilize psychological measures of personality and aptitude to assist my clients in making decisions about their treatment and goals.
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Diane Boureston
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Offers online therapy
My training encompasses many modalities including psychodynamic psychotherapy, Integrative body psychotherapy, somatic experiencing, EMDR and Brainspotting.
I believe the purpose of therapy is to return to one's sense of well-being. Do you long for a personal sense of ease and comfort? Do fears and self-doubt lead to immobility and a sense of inadequacy? We can work together for the purpose of discovering, defining and creating goals to achieve what is meaningful to you.
(310) 928-9470
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Santa Monica, CA 90403
Offers online therapy
My training encompasses many modalities including psychodynamic psychotherapy, Integrative body psychotherapy, somatic experiencing, EMDR and Brainspotting.
I believe the purpose of therapy is to return to one's sense of well-being. Do you long for a personal sense of ease and comfort? Do fears and self-doubt lead to immobility and a sense of inadequacy? We can work together for the purpose of discovering, defining and creating goals to achieve what is meaningful to you.
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Rena Kleiman
Marriage & Family Therapist, PsyD, LMFT Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90403
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with extensive training and experience in psychodynamic psychotherapy.
There are times we all must examine painful feelings that complicate our lives and prevent us from finding satisfaction. Obstacles may stand in the way of our leading more meaningful lives. We may feel stuck or helpless to take important steps, make decisions, work toward goals and improve relationships.
(310) 707-1480
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Santa Monica, CA 90403
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with extensive training and experience in psychodynamic psychotherapy.
There are times we all must examine painful feelings that complicate our lives and prevent us from finding satisfaction. Obstacles may stand in the way of our leading more meaningful lives. We may feel stuck or helpless to take important steps, make decisions, work toward goals and improve relationships.
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Kristina Mazic
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Offers online therapy
I utilize an eclectic array of treatment styles from, client centered approach, strength based, psychodynamic, trauma informed, family systems, cognitive behavioral and various attachment styles.
Are you feeling overwhelmed by daily stressors; experiencing difficult family dynamics, challenging relationships, have experienced trauma, grief and loss, or in the midst of various life transitions? My clients appreciate the authentic trusting relationship we build together. I prioritize maintaining a safe and non judgmental space. In our safe space, we are able to traverse through many life challenges that presents itself. Building a better sense of hope, understanding, self reliance and resiliency.
(310) 905-5686
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Santa Monica, CA 90405
Offers online therapy
I utilize an eclectic array of treatment styles from, client centered approach, strength based, psychodynamic, trauma informed, family systems, cognitive behavioral and various attachment styles.
Are you feeling overwhelmed by daily stressors; experiencing difficult family dynamics, challenging relationships, have experienced trauma, grief and loss, or in the midst of various life transitions? My clients appreciate the authentic trusting relationship we build together. I prioritize maintaining a safe and non judgmental space. In our safe space, we are able to traverse through many life challenges that presents itself. Building a better sense of hope, understanding, self reliance and resiliency.
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Cheryl Rhoads
Marriage & Family Therapist, PsyD, MFT Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Offers online therapy
My style of therapy is interactive and supportive and draws from a range of therapeutic interventions including psychodynamic exploration, mindfulness, relaxation, art therapy, assertiveness training, dream analysis, and cognitive behavioral techniques.
I'm an experienced psychotherapist working with individuals and couples who wish to make their lives and relationships more satisfying and reflective of their deepest values and aspirations. I strive to help clients increase awareness, reduce suffering, gain insight into feelings, thoughts and behavior patterns that contribute to current concerns and unhappiness, and connect with the inner wisdom that leads the way to a more peaceful and satisfying way of being in the world. (Photo credit: Merrie Asimow www.asimowphotography.com)
(424) 789-8767
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Santa Monica, CA 90401
Offers online therapy
My style of therapy is interactive and supportive and draws from a range of therapeutic interventions including psychodynamic exploration, mindfulness, relaxation, art therapy, assertiveness training, dream analysis, and cognitive behavioral techniques.
I'm an experienced psychotherapist working with individuals and couples who wish to make their lives and relationships more satisfying and reflective of their deepest values and aspirations. I strive to help clients increase awareness, reduce suffering, gain insight into feelings, thoughts and behavior patterns that contribute to current concerns and unhappiness, and connect with the inner wisdom that leads the way to a more peaceful and satisfying way of being in the world. (Photo credit: Merrie Asimow www.asimowphotography.com)
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Donna McCann
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, PsyD, MA, RPA, DC Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Offers online therapy
Treatment is a step-by step- discovery. I work with a psychodynamic approach that encourages a more mindful understanding of how our past may influence our present. Our work together supports deeper personal growth and balance in mind body and spirit. I encourage conscious rather than automatic living by assisting clients to overcome past difficulties and traumas to grow to a new full potential of their choice. I have a unique ability to connect with clients that have multiple stressors and life changing events guiding them to embrace change and create a new view of life.
(310) 361-5311
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Santa Monica, CA 90401
Offers online therapy
Treatment is a step-by step- discovery. I work with a psychodynamic approach that encourages a more mindful understanding of how our past may influence our present. Our work together supports deeper personal growth and balance in mind body and spirit. I encourage conscious rather than automatic living by assisting clients to overcome past difficulties and traumas to grow to a new full potential of their choice. I have a unique ability to connect with clients that have multiple stressors and life changing events guiding them to embrace change and create a new view of life.
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Cari Ginger Smulyan
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Offers online therapy
“Sometimes the bravest and most important thing you can do is just show up.” Brene Brown -Putting yourself first can be scary. Showing up in life can be overwhelming but I believe showing up is half the battle and from there we can create a collaborative therapeutic relationship to help you on your path of healing and self-discovery. I integrate principles of psychodynamic, attachment, mindfulness and humanistic theoretical approaches into my work. I believe that by looking at events and relationships in our past can help us understand patterns in our present that no longer serve us or have made us feel stuck.
(424) 317-7709
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Santa Monica, CA 90403
Offers online therapy
“Sometimes the bravest and most important thing you can do is just show up.” Brene Brown -Putting yourself first can be scary. Showing up in life can be overwhelming but I believe showing up is half the battle and from there we can create a collaborative therapeutic relationship to help you on your path of healing and self-discovery. I integrate principles of psychodynamic, attachment, mindfulness and humanistic theoretical approaches into my work. I believe that by looking at events and relationships in our past can help us understand patterns in our present that no longer serve us or have made us feel stuck.
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Sophie Levy
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Offers online therapy
For many people life can go through periods of intense difficulty, pain and suffering, and it can feel overwhelming. My practice focuses on understanding these feelings with the hope of decreasing the distress. I work collaboratively with my clients believing they contain all the wisdom they need to heal and that together we will help you access it. I work and am trained in several models; psychodynamic, internal family systems, attachment theory and emotionally focused therapy.
(424) 543-6816
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Santa Monica, CA 90401
Offers online therapy
For many people life can go through periods of intense difficulty, pain and suffering, and it can feel overwhelming. My practice focuses on understanding these feelings with the hope of decreasing the distress. I work collaboratively with my clients believing they contain all the wisdom they need to heal and that together we will help you access it. I work and am trained in several models; psychodynamic, internal family systems, attachment theory and emotionally focused therapy.
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Katja D Pohl
Psychologist, PsyD Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Modalities include psychodynamic, CBT, trauma focused, interpersonal and mentalization based treatment therapy.
Life can be hard and at times we need help. Through mutual collaboration we will get to know you, where you get stuck, your relationships, and how to create lasting and meaningful change in your life. Positive change through therapy can provide you with more stability, greater self-confidence, more compassion for yourself and others, increased satisfaction with your life, improved relationships, a feeling of satisfaction and ease about daily life, and the ability to take risks and advance professionally.
(424) 230-8665
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Santa Monica, CA 90403
Modalities include psychodynamic, CBT, trauma focused, interpersonal and mentalization based treatment therapy.
Life can be hard and at times we need help. Through mutual collaboration we will get to know you, where you get stuck, your relationships, and how to create lasting and meaningful change in your life. Positive change through therapy can provide you with more stability, greater self-confidence, more compassion for yourself and others, increased satisfaction with your life, improved relationships, a feeling of satisfaction and ease about daily life, and the ability to take risks and advance professionally.
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Alexandra Duffy
Psychologist, PsyD Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Offers online therapy
I utilize an eclectic style with psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal and mindfulness-based interventions.
Hi there! I am Alexandra Duffy a clinical psychologist licensed in California. Thanks for taking a moment to learn how my counseling services can be a useful tool for yourself or someone you care about. Therapy is a way to invest in yourself, have support during difficult times and deal with past issues that impact your current life and relationships. Together, we discover healthy ways to help cope with the unknown & things outside of your control. I specialize in treating depression, anxiety, panic disorder, ADHD, eating disorder /body image issues & Bipolar Disorder. I also offer in-office testing dependent on Covid-19 laws.
(424) 300-8047
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Santa Monica, CA 90403
Offers online therapy
I utilize an eclectic style with psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal and mindfulness-based interventions.
Hi there! I am Alexandra Duffy a clinical psychologist licensed in California. Thanks for taking a moment to learn how my counseling services can be a useful tool for yourself or someone you care about. Therapy is a way to invest in yourself, have support during difficult times and deal with past issues that impact your current life and relationships. Together, we discover healthy ways to help cope with the unknown & things outside of your control. I specialize in treating depression, anxiety, panic disorder, ADHD, eating disorder /body image issues & Bipolar Disorder. I also offer in-office testing dependent on Covid-19 laws.
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Adam Whitlatch
Associate Clinical Social Worker, ASW Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Offers online therapy
My approach is eclectic; I generally use a relational and psychodynamic approach in therapy, but I include other modalities when beneficial.
Accepting new clients! Although people seek therapy for a variety of reasons, we all strive to create a sense of self-worth, develop healthy relationships, achieve our goals, and lead a fulfilling life. My aim is to develop a trusting and genuine therapeutic relationship, impart practical tools to work through current problems, and work together to explore and heal the underlying causes of those problems. I have experience working with adults dealing with anxiety, depression, stress, relationship difficulties, trauma, spiritual issues, and grief and loss.
(424) 380-7378
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Santa Monica, CA 90405
Offers online therapy
My approach is eclectic; I generally use a relational and psychodynamic approach in therapy, but I include other modalities when beneficial.
Accepting new clients! Although people seek therapy for a variety of reasons, we all strive to create a sense of self-worth, develop healthy relationships, achieve our goals, and lead a fulfilling life. My aim is to develop a trusting and genuine therapeutic relationship, impart practical tools to work through current problems, and work together to explore and heal the underlying causes of those problems. I have experience working with adults dealing with anxiety, depression, stress, relationship difficulties, trauma, spiritual issues, and grief and loss.
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Suzanne C Hebert
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, DM Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Offers online therapy
My therapy integrates narrative and cognitive-behavioral approaches with reflective psychodynamic elements.
Stress has increased while social distancing, I can help. My approach to therapy is warm and collaborative and I specialize in helping you with trauma recovery, depression, adolescence, gender issues, and coping with significant life changes. I will work with you to decrease suffering and increase the quality of your relationships at home, work, and goals affecting overall life satisfaction. In the process, I will help you determine what matters most in your life and assist in moving beyond obstacles and engaging in activities you value. I strongly believe that everyone can make positive and lasting changes.
(774) 220-3205
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Santa Monica, CA 90401
Offers online therapy
My therapy integrates narrative and cognitive-behavioral approaches with reflective psychodynamic elements.
Stress has increased while social distancing, I can help. My approach to therapy is warm and collaborative and I specialize in helping you with trauma recovery, depression, adolescence, gender issues, and coping with significant life changes. I will work with you to decrease suffering and increase the quality of your relationships at home, work, and goals affecting overall life satisfaction. In the process, I will help you determine what matters most in your life and assist in moving beyond obstacles and engaging in activities you value. I strongly believe that everyone can make positive and lasting changes.
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Kim Spano
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, CPsych, LMFT Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Offers online therapy
Rooted in psychodynamic depth psychology, incorporating other mind body and solution focused techniques and strategies, I work with individuals and couples contending with personal, emotional, relational, parental challenges, life transitions, anxiety, stress, demoralization, trauma. My approach is integrative, drawing on evidence based psychological methodologies and treatment modalities which acknowledge the whole person.
(831) 241-5805
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Santa Monica, CA 90403
Offers online therapy
Rooted in psychodynamic depth psychology, incorporating other mind body and solution focused techniques and strategies, I work with individuals and couples contending with personal, emotional, relational, parental challenges, life transitions, anxiety, stress, demoralization, trauma. My approach is integrative, drawing on evidence based psychological methodologies and treatment modalities which acknowledge the whole person.
Laura Katz
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Offers online therapy
I use an integration of modalities including Psychodynamic therapy, Attachment work and Brainspotting, a brain/body-based therapy that addresses trauma.
CURRENTLY ACCEPTING NEW TELEHEALTH CLIENTS. IMMEDIATE AVAILABILITY. In the years that I have practiced therapy, what my clients want, above all else, is to feel relief - relief from anxiety, emptiness, or feelings of worthlessness. They want to break free from the endless cycles of pain in relationships, or from the debilitating fear of rejection amongst family and friends. My goal is to not only help you find that relief but also support you in discovering greater purpose and fulfillment.
(424) 581-1980
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Santa Monica, CA 90403
Offers online therapy
I use an integration of modalities including Psychodynamic therapy, Attachment work and Brainspotting, a brain/body-based therapy that addresses trauma.
CURRENTLY ACCEPTING NEW TELEHEALTH CLIENTS. IMMEDIATE AVAILABILITY. In the years that I have practiced therapy, what my clients want, above all else, is to feel relief - relief from anxiety, emptiness, or feelings of worthlessness. They want to break free from the endless cycles of pain in relationships, or from the debilitating fear of rejection amongst family and friends. My goal is to not only help you find that relief but also support you in discovering greater purpose and fulfillment.
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Daniel L Stewart
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, ERYT Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Offers online therapy
I have an MA in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in depth psychology, a psychodynamic process which engages the natural healing power of the psyche through symbolic experience, fantasy and dream work. My tool box includes Depth Psychotherapy, Soul work, Positive Self Psychology, Mind Body integration and awareness through Somatic Experiencing. I incorporate Yoga Psychology and philosophy, Buddhist perspective & mindfulness meditation, foundation work in trauma and addiction, as well as neurobiology and brain plasticity. I'm particularly interested in the overlap between eastern thought, spirituality and western psychology in the search for individual meaning and purpose.
(310) 736-4597
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Santa Monica, CA 90403
Offers online therapy
I have an MA in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in depth psychology, a psychodynamic process which engages the natural healing power of the psyche through symbolic experience, fantasy and dream work. My tool box includes Depth Psychotherapy, Soul work, Positive Self Psychology, Mind Body integration and awareness through Somatic Experiencing. I incorporate Yoga Psychology and philosophy, Buddhist perspective & mindfulness meditation, foundation work in trauma and addiction, as well as neurobiology and brain plasticity. I'm particularly interested in the overlap between eastern thought, spirituality and western psychology in the search for individual meaning and purpose.
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Mark B. Copeland
Psychologist, PhD Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90403
I have broad knowledge of various psychological theories and methodologies, but my work with adults and couples is predominantly psychodynamic.
At various times in their lives people need help in recognizing what they want and are not getting. In an atmosphere of safety and support, we will look at patterns and beliefs that prevent each person from feeling cohesive and understood. We will also look at patterns that trigger feelings of depression, anger and anxiety, as well as longings that may be shameful and out of awareness. With support and understanding shame can be dealt with and reduced leading to a life that is less isolated and anxiety ridden.
(424) 294-8921
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Santa Monica, CA 90403
I have broad knowledge of various psychological theories and methodologies, but my work with adults and couples is predominantly psychodynamic.
At various times in their lives people need help in recognizing what they want and are not getting. In an atmosphere of safety and support, we will look at patterns and beliefs that prevent each person from feeling cohesive and understood. We will also look at patterns that trigger feelings of depression, anger and anxiety, as well as longings that may be shameful and out of awareness. With support and understanding shame can be dealt with and reduced leading to a life that is less isolated and anxiety ridden.
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Niaz Khani
Psychologist, PsyD Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90403
I work from a Relational /Psychodynamic framework and often use the relationship between my clients and I to help them understand their interpersonal dynamics and develop more adaptive relationship patterns.
I understand that seeking therapy may be a very difficult process, however what you can gain from the process is limitless. If you are feeling stuck and interested in making some changes in your life or just need some support right now, this may be a good time to give therapy a try. It's very important to feel safe and connected to your therapist and I encourage you to shop around for the "best-fit." I welcome you to contact me in order to determine whether we would be a good match.
(323) 617-4383
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Santa Monica, CA 90403
I work from a Relational /Psychodynamic framework and often use the relationship between my clients and I to help them understand their interpersonal dynamics and develop more adaptive relationship patterns.
I understand that seeking therapy may be a very difficult process, however what you can gain from the process is limitless. If you are feeling stuck and interested in making some changes in your life or just need some support right now, this may be a good time to give therapy a try. It's very important to feel safe and connected to your therapist and I encourage you to shop around for the "best-fit." I welcome you to contact me in order to determine whether we would be a good match.
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Christine Mckenna
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, LPCC Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90405
I also use psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, family systems and mindfulness interventions to meet the treatment goals.
I treat children, adolescents and their families in my practice. Examples of issues I address include depression, anxiety, learning and behavioral challenges, bullying and conflict with peers, divorce, step-families, death of a parent or sibling, sexual, emotional or physical abuse, school refusal, school phobia, self-harming behaviors, and identity issues.
(424) 304-0124
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Santa Monica, CA 90405
I also use psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, family systems and mindfulness interventions to meet the treatment goals.
I treat children, adolescents and their families in my practice. Examples of issues I address include depression, anxiety, learning and behavioral challenges, bullying and conflict with peers, divorce, step-families, death of a parent or sibling, sexual, emotional or physical abuse, school refusal, school phobia, self-harming behaviors, and identity issues.

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Psychodynamic Therapists
Psychodynamic therapy in Santa Monica, 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.