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"I am a psychological trauma specialist who has spent over 25 years working with children, adolescents, and adults who have experienced child abuse, family violence, rape and assault, traumatic loss of loved ones, and the psychological effects of serious or severe medical problems or injuries. I offer individual, couples, and family therapy for these and other problems, including relationship issues and the problems associated with working in the entertainment industry. I work with clients who have experienced a single trauma as well as those who have experienced complex trauma. At this time, I am limiting my practice to traumatized adults."
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(213) 701-1149
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"I am a psychological trauma specialist who has spent over 25 years working with children, adolescents, and adults who have experienced child abuse, family violence, rape and assault, traumatic loss of loved ones, and the psychological effects of serious or severe medical problems or injuries. I offer individual, couples, and family therapy for these and other problems, including relationship issues and the problems associated with working in the entertainment industry. I work with clients who have experienced a single trauma as well as those who have experienced complex trauma. At this time, I am limiting my practice to traumatized adults."
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Santa Monica, California 90405
"You are who you are. Which parts are fundamental and fixed? Which parts are receptive to change, able to expand? It’s a relief to figure yourself out and work towards that acceptance. But it also may be a surprise how much you really can shift in your life. There are untapped tools and resources you may not be harnessing, which can bring freedom & direction. You can quiet the negative chatter in your head that does its best to undermine you. Rewarding relationships, fulfilling work, personal power, relief from symptoms, an expressive & meaningful life at home and in society - this is what we’re striving for. You can have all that!"
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"You are who you are. Which parts are fundamental and fixed? Which parts are receptive to change, able to expand? It’s a relief to figure yourself out and work towards that acceptance. But it also may be a surprise how much you really can shift in your life. There are untapped tools and resources you may not be harnessing, which can bring freedom & direction. You can quiet the negative chatter in your head that does its best to undermine you. Rewarding relationships, fulfilling work, personal power, relief from symptoms, an expressive & meaningful life at home and in society - this is what we’re striving for. You can have all that!"
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Santa Monica, California 90405
"Life is too complicated not to need some help and support from time to time. I believe it takes a certain amount of bravery to recognize when we need help, and even more to seek it out. In order to provide the best possible support specific to you and your situation, I am most interested in getting to know you, your goals, and your expectations for therapy. I have a relaxed approach and have created a warm environment in which you can feel comfortable right away."
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"Life is too complicated not to need some help and support from time to time. I believe it takes a certain amount of bravery to recognize when we need help, and even more to seek it out. In order to provide the best possible support specific to you and your situation, I am most interested in getting to know you, your goals, and your expectations for therapy. I have a relaxed approach and have created a warm environment in which you can feel comfortable right away."
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Santa Monica, California 90401
"Dianne Porchia is featured in HEAL Documentary film for her successful healing work with advance stage cancer client who remains cancer free over 5 years after diagnosis with stage IV colorectal cancer. Porchia's unique holistic approach to healing integrates the principles and practice of mind-body-heart-soul energy medicine, epigenetics, psychoneuroimmunology and heart-centered communication skills to reduce mental-emotional stress, support immune function and create and maintain successful and loving relationships through high stress life challenges such as divorce, death, loss of job, serious illness, disease and cancer. "
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(310) 627-2585
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"Dianne Porchia is featured in HEAL Documentary film for her successful healing work with advance stage cancer client who remains cancer free over 5 years after diagnosis with stage IV colorectal cancer. Porchia's unique holistic approach to healing integrates the principles and practice of mind-body-heart-soul energy medicine, epigenetics, psychoneuroimmunology and heart-centered communication skills to reduce mental-emotional stress, support immune function and create and maintain successful and loving relationships through high stress life challenges such as divorce, death, loss of job, serious illness, disease and cancer. "
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Santa Monica, California 90405
"I love helping people find out who they REALLY are, instead of living a life according to who they think they SHOULD be."
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(310) 697-8810
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"I love helping people find out who they REALLY are, instead of living a life according to who they think they SHOULD be."
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Santa Monica, California 90401
"I am looking to create solid therapeutic alliances to help my clients further their understanding of psychological patterns and unconscious motivations."
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(424) 581-1158
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Psychodynamic
"I am looking to create solid therapeutic alliances to help my clients further their understanding of psychological patterns and unconscious motivations."
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"People are defined by their strengths, not their difficulties. Each of us has the power to change. With my warm and interactive style, I offer a nonjudgmental and safe setting where you can feel comfortable sharing feelings and frustrations. I emphasize helping you make concrete, positive changes in your day to day life. This happens by gaining deeper self-knowledge and altering patterns of thoughts and behaviors that are preventing you from achieving greater personal fulfillment. At a pace that is comfortable for you, I will help you identify major issues that are holding you back, and make real, tangible progress."
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"People are defined by their strengths, not their difficulties. Each of us has the power to change. With my warm and interactive style, I offer a nonjudgmental and safe setting where you can feel comfortable sharing feelings and frustrations. I emphasize helping you make concrete, positive changes in your day to day life. This happens by gaining deeper self-knowledge and altering patterns of thoughts and behaviors that are preventing you from achieving greater personal fulfillment. At a pace that is comfortable for you, I will help you identify major issues that are holding you back, and make real, tangible progress."
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"How does "therapy" work? Psychotherapy works by helping you look at feelings, thoughts and behavior in situations which you find problematic. It helps you to learn more effective ways in dealing with those situations. Psychotherapy is a collaborative effort. You and I will identify your goals -- what you want to have happen, and agree on how you'll know when you're making progress. I will talk to you about the length of time it may take to help you see changes. Progress, and change, can happen."
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Psychodynamic
"How does "therapy" work? Psychotherapy works by helping you look at feelings, thoughts and behavior in situations which you find problematic. It helps you to learn more effective ways in dealing with those situations. Psychotherapy is a collaborative effort. You and I will identify your goals -- what you want to have happen, and agree on how you'll know when you're making progress. I will talk to you about the length of time it may take to help you see changes. Progress, and change, can happen."
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""In any given moment we have two options: to step forward into growth or to step back into safety." - Abraham Maslow. Deciding to make changes in one's life takes courage, and you have taken the first step! My goal is to empower you to find relief from distress and to help you grow in concert with your goals. I specialize in treating a variety of concerns, such as posttraumatic stress disorder, addiction (substance and behavioral), eating disorders, body image issues, bipolar disorder, depression, and anxiety, as well as difficulties with anger management, relationships, interpersonal communication, recovery and relapse prevention."
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""In any given moment we have two options: to step forward into growth or to step back into safety." - Abraham Maslow. Deciding to make changes in one's life takes courage, and you have taken the first step! My goal is to empower you to find relief from distress and to help you grow in concert with your goals. I specialize in treating a variety of concerns, such as posttraumatic stress disorder, addiction (substance and behavioral), eating disorders, body image issues, bipolar disorder, depression, and anxiety, as well as difficulties with anger management, relationships, interpersonal communication, recovery and relapse prevention."
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"I believe in the power of kindness, hope, and possibility; I believe with desire, courage, vulnerability, and determination a healthy and rewarding life is possible; I believe you matter. While I wish I could give you more of a sense of the healing process in this brief introduction, it can only truly begin when you reach out. Your call will activate healing. I look forward to taking your healing journey together. "
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"I believe in the power of kindness, hope, and possibility; I believe with desire, courage, vulnerability, and determination a healthy and rewarding life is possible; I believe you matter. While I wish I could give you more of a sense of the healing process in this brief introduction, it can only truly begin when you reach out. Your call will activate healing. I look forward to taking your healing journey together. "
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"You deserve to feel confident, connected, heard rather than alone and fearful in your life. Anxiety and depression do not have to rule your day-to-day world, or keep you from experiencing a bright future. Letting go of what no longer works is possible with a few simple practices: watching negative self-talk, stop comparing and living in the here and now. With compassion, wit and hope, I support women in identifying and expressing feelings, build healthy boundaries and finding their passions. Psychotherapy can be an exciting journey to greater awareness and joy. "
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(310) 922-3957
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"You deserve to feel confident, connected, heard rather than alone and fearful in your life. Anxiety and depression do not have to rule your day-to-day world, or keep you from experiencing a bright future. Letting go of what no longer works is possible with a few simple practices: watching negative self-talk, stop comparing and living in the here and now. With compassion, wit and hope, I support women in identifying and expressing feelings, build healthy boundaries and finding their passions. Psychotherapy can be an exciting journey to greater awareness and joy. "
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Santa Monica, California 90404
"As an Asian woman who has straddled two cultures for many years, I have a deep understanding of the struggles Asian women and men face in relationships, family life, and the workplace. I also know that our unique cultural history and cultural norms can present so many obstacles to healing emotional injuries and finding emotional health. If you are feeling lonely and isolated, anxious and guilty, inadequate, overwhelmed, conflicted, or depressed, I understand. And I have the experience to help you find concrete, practical solutions to these emotional challenges, yielding timely results. I am fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese and English."
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(310) 943-9008
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Psychodynamic
"As an Asian woman who has straddled two cultures for many years, I have a deep understanding of the struggles Asian women and men face in relationships, family life, and the workplace. I also know that our unique cultural history and cultural norms can present so many obstacles to healing emotional injuries and finding emotional health. If you are feeling lonely and isolated, anxious and guilty, inadequate, overwhelmed, conflicted, or depressed, I understand. And I have the experience to help you find concrete, practical solutions to these emotional challenges, yielding timely results. I am fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese and English."
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"Does fear or sadness hold you back from living your best life ? Are you in a mid-life or existential crisis and not sure how to make meaningful change ? Perhaps past relationships and traumas continue to sabotage you from your goals, or continue to limit you. You do not have to figure this out alone. Together we can work collaboratively to uncover patterns in thoughts and behaviors that do not serve you. Whether as an individual, or within a relationship, we will make meaningful change in your life."
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(310) 982-2203
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Psychodynamic
"Does fear or sadness hold you back from living your best life ? Are you in a mid-life or existential crisis and not sure how to make meaningful change ? Perhaps past relationships and traumas continue to sabotage you from your goals, or continue to limit you. You do not have to figure this out alone. Together we can work collaboratively to uncover patterns in thoughts and behaviors that do not serve you. Whether as an individual, or within a relationship, we will make meaningful change in your life."
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"I consider myself an insightful therapist who is empathic and non-judgmental. I have witnessed clients become more empathic towards themselves as well seeing their suffering decrease. Therapy can markedly improve the quality of clients' relationships, work, and play. An important aspect of therapy is looking at your feelings in the present moment or "here and now" with me. The therapeutic relationship itself helps heal and we will analyze it at times. I aim to create an environment where the client feels safe and free to express themselves to increase self awareness. My podcast is on apple iTunes: The Shrink in Beverly Hills. "
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(310) 910-9809
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"I consider myself an insightful therapist who is empathic and non-judgmental. I have witnessed clients become more empathic towards themselves as well seeing their suffering decrease. Therapy can markedly improve the quality of clients' relationships, work, and play. An important aspect of therapy is looking at your feelings in the present moment or "here and now" with me. The therapeutic relationship itself helps heal and we will analyze it at times. I aim to create an environment where the client feels safe and free to express themselves to increase self awareness. My podcast is on apple iTunes: The Shrink in Beverly Hills. "
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Santa Monica, California 90401
"Are you struggling with sexual trauma, childhood abuse, problems in your relationships, unusual or extreme trauma, or LGBTQI related issues? If so, I am here to help! Feminist Therapist, Board Certified Expert in Treatment of Trauma/PTSD. If life is throwing you a curve ball, let me see if either I, or one of the therapists who work with me, can help! Special focus in sexual trauma & victims of violent crimes. Help with gay/lesbian & transgendered issues. I have 4 therapists who work with me; you can meet with several of us at the same time to decide who is right for you! Call me, we can help!"
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(323) 739-4987
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Santa Monica, California 90401
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Psychodynamic
"Are you struggling with sexual trauma, childhood abuse, problems in your relationships, unusual or extreme trauma, or LGBTQI related issues? If so, I am here to help! Feminist Therapist, Board Certified Expert in Treatment of Trauma/PTSD. If life is throwing you a curve ball, let me see if either I, or one of the therapists who work with me, can help! Special focus in sexual trauma & victims of violent crimes. Help with gay/lesbian & transgendered issues. I have 4 therapists who work with me; you can meet with several of us at the same time to decide who is right for you! Call me, we can help!"
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Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
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Santa Monica, California 90404
"I work with individuals and couples on a variety of relationship and interpersonal issues. I believe that each of has the innate desire and ability to lead satisfying and fulfilling lives. We are often stuck in old patterns of behavior and relating. Working together we can explore those patterns and how to move beyond them. There are times in our lives when feelings of isolation, depression, loneliness pervade. It is helpful to have a trained professional to discuss these feelings with."
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(310) 452-2260
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Psychodynamic
"I work with individuals and couples on a variety of relationship and interpersonal issues. I believe that each of has the innate desire and ability to lead satisfying and fulfilling lives. We are often stuck in old patterns of behavior and relating. Working together we can explore those patterns and how to move beyond them. There are times in our lives when feelings of isolation, depression, loneliness pervade. It is helpful to have a trained professional to discuss these feelings with."
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"I am a seasoned clinical psychologist with a license to practice in both California and New York. I feel I can be most helpful to young adults and adults who struggle with Depression, Anxiety, Relationship Issues, and Trauma. My goals for my clients are to reduce emotional distress, strengthen insight and increase positive behavioral change. Within a safe and supportive atmosphere, these objectives can be met."
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(917) 791-3102
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"I am a seasoned clinical psychologist with a license to practice in both California and New York. I feel I can be most helpful to young adults and adults who struggle with Depression, Anxiety, Relationship Issues, and Trauma. My goals for my clients are to reduce emotional distress, strengthen insight and increase positive behavioral change. Within a safe and supportive atmosphere, these objectives can be met."
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"Therapy is a process and a relationship which is deeply personal. I create a safe, confidential, trusted, collaborative and creative space to move toward your own personal and relational goals and potential. I hope to help you feel 'met', and supported. I offer EMDR to address trauma, resiliency and attachment, and the latest neuroscience knowledge coupled with body and mindfulness practices. In session, we focus on your unique history, relationships, beliefs, strengths, goals, trauma, dreams and values, We uncover blocks to freedom, expression, and relationships to move toward the goals and vision you wish for yourself. "
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"Therapy is a process and a relationship which is deeply personal. I create a safe, confidential, trusted, collaborative and creative space to move toward your own personal and relational goals and potential. I hope to help you feel 'met', and supported. I offer EMDR to address trauma, resiliency and attachment, and the latest neuroscience knowledge coupled with body and mindfulness practices. In session, we focus on your unique history, relationships, beliefs, strengths, goals, trauma, dreams and values, We uncover blocks to freedom, expression, and relationships to move toward the goals and vision you wish for yourself. "
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Santa Monica, California 90403
"Your emotions are at the center of who you are as a person. If you feel your feelings as distinctive, you feel your individuality. If you feel without too much evasion, you feel genuine and alive as a person, and so on.. Equally central to your emotional life, and to your personhood, is human relationship. Your relationships with others have and continue to shape your experience of emotion, and your sense of self. When others see, value, and enjoy your feelings, you are seen, valued and enjoyed in the world. So, let's talk about feelings and relationships."
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(310) 484-5651
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Psychodynamic
"Your emotions are at the center of who you are as a person. If you feel your feelings as distinctive, you feel your individuality. If you feel without too much evasion, you feel genuine and alive as a person, and so on.. Equally central to your emotional life, and to your personhood, is human relationship. Your relationships with others have and continue to shape your experience of emotion, and your sense of self. When others see, value, and enjoy your feelings, you are seen, valued and enjoyed in the world. So, let's talk about feelings and relationships."
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"You want to live your best life and feel terrified by the thought of moving forward. On the outside you may look like you have it together. On the inside you’re caught in a spin cycle, trapped in the same destructive habits and repeating the same mistakes. Shame controls your thoughts and behaviors, preventing you from feeling any joy. You’ve gone to therapy and talked about your feelings. Yet your past memories and experiences still leave you feeling edgy, anxious, and disconnected. You feel stuck and don’t know why. You want relief and are looking for something different."
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"You want to live your best life and feel terrified by the thought of moving forward. On the outside you may look like you have it together. On the inside you’re caught in a spin cycle, trapped in the same destructive habits and repeating the same mistakes. Shame controls your thoughts and behaviors, preventing you from feeling any joy. You’ve gone to therapy and talked about your feelings. Yet your past memories and experiences still leave you feeling edgy, anxious, and disconnected. You feel stuck and don’t know why. You want relief and are looking for something different."

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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.

How can I tell if a therapist is right for me?
Therapists in Santa Monica are able to work with a wide range of issues.

For example, if you're seeking a marriage counselor in Santa Monica you'll find that most therapists are trained in marriage counseling or couples counseling in Santa Monica and couples therapy. And they welcome families for family counseling in Santa Monica or family therapy in Santa Monica.