Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, CSAC
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
Santa Monica, California 90405
"Beginning therapy can be scary and intimidating, but also hopeful. Discussing your wishes and uncertainties in session can promote clarity and lead to positive changes in thinking and behavior that are necessary to improve circumstances and relationships. Action is required for positive life changes to occur. It isn't always easy figuring out what action to take or what changes to make. Therapy is a safe place to explore these thoughts and feelings. Small shifts can lead to large improvements in mood and relationships. Please reach out with questions or to schedule an initial consultation."
Psychodynamic
(323) 747-1809
Verified
Santa Monica, California 90405
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Psychodynamic
"Beginning therapy can be scary and intimidating, but also hopeful. Discussing your wishes and uncertainties in session can promote clarity and lead to positive changes in thinking and behavior that are necessary to improve circumstances and relationships. Action is required for positive life changes to occur. It isn't always easy figuring out what action to take or what changes to make. Therapy is a safe place to explore these thoughts and feelings. Small shifts can lead to large improvements in mood and relationships. Please reach out with questions or to schedule an initial consultation."
Kathy Palma, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
Santa Monica, California 90405
"I will work with you to quickly identify what is holding you back, why you feel stuck and are having conflict in your relationships with others. (In addition to regular hours, I am also available on Sunday, or early morning or late evenings during the week.) "
Psychodynamic
(747) 207-3306
Verified
Santa Monica, California 90405
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Psychodynamic
"I will work with you to quickly identify what is holding you back, why you feel stuck and are having conflict in your relationships with others. (In addition to regular hours, I am also available on Sunday, or early morning or late evenings during the week.) "
Iris Nathaniel, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
Santa Monica, California 90401
"I'm a holistic psychotherapist , with training in mind body modalities. I practice a unique blend of psychodynamic therapy combined with somatic modalities such as sensorymotor psychotherapy and EMDR. Sessions are individually crafted to fit each individual's needs at the moment of seeking help while relaying not only on cognitive restructuring and and uncovering unconscious emotions but also draws from the natural intelligence of the body and the most recent neuroscience, in order to heal past traumas , undo maladaptive patterns and create an empowered and fulfilling life. I am engaged and active during sessions and a partner on your road towards health and vitality."
Psychodynamic
(424) 346-6216
Verified
Santa Monica, California 90401
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Psychodynamic
"I'm a holistic psychotherapist , with training in mind body modalities. I practice a unique blend of psychodynamic therapy combined with somatic modalities such as sensorymotor psychotherapy and EMDR. Sessions are individually crafted to fit each individual's needs at the moment of seeking help while relaying not only on cognitive restructuring and and uncovering unconscious emotions but also draws from the natural intelligence of the body and the most recent neuroscience, in order to heal past traumas , undo maladaptive patterns and create an empowered and fulfilling life. I am engaged and active during sessions and a partner on your road towards health and vitality."
Jillian Ziesmer, Marriage & Family Therapist Associate
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT, APCC
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
Office is near:
Santa Monica, California 90405
"I am here to help you find a deeper understanding of yourself, cultivate personal growth, and improve your relationships. In a collaborative relationship with the client, I explore family dynamics, relationship patterns, and underlying feelings and unconscious drives that impede a sense of well being. Some of the issues I treat include depression, anxiety, substance abuse, recovery, trauma (emotional, physical, sexual), suicidal ideation, grief/loss, cancer survivors, LGBTQ, and pre-marital counseling/relationship/marital issues. I help clients explore their feelings, past experiences, present situations, and hopes for the future. "
Psychodynamic
(323) 736-3464
Verified
Office is near:
Santa Monica, California 90405
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Psychodynamic
"I am here to help you find a deeper understanding of yourself, cultivate personal growth, and improve your relationships. In a collaborative relationship with the client, I explore family dynamics, relationship patterns, and underlying feelings and unconscious drives that impede a sense of well being. Some of the issues I treat include depression, anxiety, substance abuse, recovery, trauma (emotional, physical, sexual), suicidal ideation, grief/loss, cancer survivors, LGBTQ, and pre-marital counseling/relationship/marital issues. I help clients explore their feelings, past experiences, present situations, and hopes for the future. "
Susan C. Shell, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
Office is near:
Santa Monica, California 90402
"My education, training, and experience --both in life and as a therapist -- have given me the tools to successfully assist clients with their problems and personal growth. I deal with a wide range of issues, working with individual adolescents and adults,couples,families. I believe the primary goal of most clients is to develop a strong sense of self in order to better handle life's struggles -- I help clients to strengthen their selves by understanding their issues more fully, changing their problematical behaviors, learning coping tools, and setting limits to protect themselves, thereby living more satisfying and productive lives."
Psychodynamic
(310) 395-6639
Verified
Office is near:
Santa Monica, California 90402
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Psychodynamic
"My education, training, and experience --both in life and as a therapist -- have given me the tools to successfully assist clients with their problems and personal growth. I deal with a wide range of issues, working with individual adolescents and adults,couples,families. I believe the primary goal of most clients is to develop a strong sense of self in order to better handle life's struggles -- I help clients to strengthen their selves by understanding their issues more fully, changing their problematical behaviors, learning coping tools, and setting limits to protect themselves, thereby living more satisfying and productive lives."
Marilyn Rosen, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, BCD
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
Office is near:
Santa Monica, California 90401
"My goal is to listen well and provide the treatment that best meets your specific needs, to help you to identify your strengths and manage your vulnerabilities. In my work with families I encourage each person to express his/her individuality, and to cope with differences -striving for mutuality, fairness and harmony. My chief concern is with maximizing your capacities and potential, and helping you improve your relationship to yourself and to others. Together we may engage with imagery, sensory experiencing, movement, art, poetry and music to deepen self awareness and understanding (and relief from discomfort)"
Psychodynamic
(310) 331-8391
Verified
Office is near:
Santa Monica, California 90401
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Psychodynamic
"My goal is to listen well and provide the treatment that best meets your specific needs, to help you to identify your strengths and manage your vulnerabilities. In my work with families I encourage each person to express his/her individuality, and to cope with differences -striving for mutuality, fairness and harmony. My chief concern is with maximizing your capacities and potential, and helping you improve your relationship to yourself and to others. Together we may engage with imagery, sensory experiencing, movement, art, poetry and music to deepen self awareness and understanding (and relief from discomfort)"
Lynn Valverde Marriage & Family Therapy Prof Corp, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT, CH
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
Office is near:
Santa Monica, California 90401
"The truth is life can be difficult! We all experience loss, disappointment, anxiety, and self-doubt. Peace, clarity, and wellbeing are your natural state. Depression, anxiety and relationship problems cause anguish and pain - getting by day to day can be challenging. We often struggle alone hoping things will get better. I care and I am here to support you in connecting with your innate wisdom allowing you to find solutions and make the changes that are most meaningful to you. Be more productive, have higher quality connections, and success. Experience more joy, love, laughter, and self-confidence. I'd love to hear from you!"
Psychodynamic
(424) 653-6737
Verified
Office is near:
Santa Monica, California 90401
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Psychodynamic
"The truth is life can be difficult! We all experience loss, disappointment, anxiety, and self-doubt. Peace, clarity, and wellbeing are your natural state. Depression, anxiety and relationship problems cause anguish and pain - getting by day to day can be challenging. We often struggle alone hoping things will get better. I care and I am here to support you in connecting with your innate wisdom allowing you to find solutions and make the changes that are most meaningful to you. Be more productive, have higher quality connections, and success. Experience more joy, love, laughter, and self-confidence. I'd love to hear from you!"
Ronna Hoffman, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
Office is near:
Santa Monica, California 90405
"I work in many ways depending on the unique situation of my clients. I find that working on both a conscious and subconscious level to be extremely precise and powerful in getting to the root of a problem, changing patterns and programming, letting go, facilitating a natural healing process, and replacing unhealthy with healthy ways of fulfilling certain needs, and achieving certain goals."
Psychodynamic
(424) 224-9982
Verified
Office is near:
Santa Monica, California 90405
Psychodynamic
"I work in many ways depending on the unique situation of my clients. I find that working on both a conscious and subconscious level to be extremely precise and powerful in getting to the root of a problem, changing patterns and programming, letting go, facilitating a natural healing process, and replacing unhealthy with healthy ways of fulfilling certain needs, and achieving certain goals."
Brie Ciraulo Rosenfield, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
Office is near:
Santa Monica, California 90404
"The parts of us that require healing are often sites of trauma, fear or shame; my therapeutic approach creates a safe space for exploring this often painful territory, with emphasis on providing you with tools and techniques to maintain that sense of safety in both other therapeutic settings and in day-to-day life. My clinical work, is based in expertise and a passion for empowering you to meet and overcome what is holding you back."
Psychodynamic
(424) 610-8112
Verified
Office is near:
Santa Monica, California 90404
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Psychodynamic
"The parts of us that require healing are often sites of trauma, fear or shame; my therapeutic approach creates a safe space for exploring this often painful territory, with emphasis on providing you with tools and techniques to maintain that sense of safety in both other therapeutic settings and in day-to-day life. My clinical work, is based in expertise and a passion for empowering you to meet and overcome what is holding you back."
Dennis Laurents, Psychologist
Psychologist, PhD
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
Office is near:
Santa Monica, California 90401
"I am grateful to have the opportunity to be of service, using my education, training, and experience to partner with you on your journey. Together we will identify your present needs and wants as well as your overall life, dreams, and hopes. We will establish a workable plan, including immediate and long term goals and strategies to assist you in fulfilling your life's ambition."
Psychodynamic
(626) 542-1409
Verified
Office is near:
Santa Monica, California 90401
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Psychodynamic
"I am grateful to have the opportunity to be of service, using my education, training, and experience to partner with you on your journey. Together we will identify your present needs and wants as well as your overall life, dreams, and hopes. We will establish a workable plan, including immediate and long term goals and strategies to assist you in fulfilling your life's ambition."
Kimberly Low, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
Office is near:
Santa Monica, California 90405
"Are you overwhelmed by a crisis that appears unsolvable? Do you fear your life is spinning out of control? Life is challenging and we can feel overwhelmed. With support and guidance, a solution is possible. I am passionate about helping Individuals and families create change in their lives by feeling safe enough to face their fears by building strength and confidence in the therapy space where ultimately they gain the tools to solve their own problems."
Psychodynamic
(415) 727-7993
Verified
Office is near:
Santa Monica, California 90405
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Psychodynamic
"Are you overwhelmed by a crisis that appears unsolvable? Do you fear your life is spinning out of control? Life is challenging and we can feel overwhelmed. With support and guidance, a solution is possible. I am passionate about helping Individuals and families create change in their lives by feeling safe enough to face their fears by building strength and confidence in the therapy space where ultimately they gain the tools to solve their own problems."
Carol McCallister, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
Santa Monica, California 90403
"Whether you are struggling with anxiety or depression, a relationship issue, or just feel "stuck," I applaud you for reaching out to find help and solutions. Life circumstances do not have to define who you are; on the contrary, as you grow and learn, you can emerge a more resilient and healthy you! I am passionate about providing help and insight within a safe and supportive environment. As an avid listener with a deeply compassionate heart, it is my sincere hope that you will feel understood and known as you embark on a journey of your own self discovery."
Psychodynamic
(424) 704-5660
Verified
Santa Monica, California 90403
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Psychodynamic
"Whether you are struggling with anxiety or depression, a relationship issue, or just feel "stuck," I applaud you for reaching out to find help and solutions. Life circumstances do not have to define who you are; on the contrary, as you grow and learn, you can emerge a more resilient and healthy you! I am passionate about providing help and insight within a safe and supportive environment. As an avid listener with a deeply compassionate heart, it is my sincere hope that you will feel understood and known as you embark on a journey of your own self discovery."
Sara D Klausner, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, PsyD, LMFT
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
Office is near:
Santa Monica, California 90401
"We all need support and connection. Perhaps you are struggling with a life transition, relationship issues, or would simply like to feel even better than you do now. In a compassionate environment, I can help you explore current and past challenges interfering with your goals and relationships. My integrative approach allows me to provide practical strategies to enhance coping with the stress of everyday life, as well as empower you to explore unresolved problems that might be getting you stuck."
Psychodynamic
(747) 233-4733
Verified
Office is near:
Santa Monica, California 90401
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Psychodynamic
"We all need support and connection. Perhaps you are struggling with a life transition, relationship issues, or would simply like to feel even better than you do now. In a compassionate environment, I can help you explore current and past challenges interfering with your goals and relationships. My integrative approach allows me to provide practical strategies to enhance coping with the stress of everyday life, as well as empower you to explore unresolved problems that might be getting you stuck."
Corbett Miller, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, SEP
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
Office is near:
Santa Monica, California 90401
"I have found that disruptions in our lives carry on in our nervous systems, sometimes arising at inopportune times. Often, it is in these times we seek support; whether dealing with the loss of a loved one, a sudden traumatic event, the onset of anxiety or a reliance on alcohol or medications. I will create an environment that encourages reflection, honesty, and compassion to help you find growth, self-reliance and an eventual return to health. I will work with you to get through the most challenging times with courage and boundless growth."
Psychodynamic
(213) 542-0913
Verified
Office is near:
Santa Monica, California 90401
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Psychodynamic
"I have found that disruptions in our lives carry on in our nervous systems, sometimes arising at inopportune times. Often, it is in these times we seek support; whether dealing with the loss of a loved one, a sudden traumatic event, the onset of anxiety or a reliance on alcohol or medications. I will create an environment that encourages reflection, honesty, and compassion to help you find growth, self-reliance and an eventual return to health. I will work with you to get through the most challenging times with courage and boundless growth."
Drew Mottinger, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
Office is near:
Santa Monica, California 90403
"Drew specializes in solution focused and cognitive behavioral therapy for the treatment of Substance Abuse Disorders and other co-occurring disorders including Generalized Anxiety, Major Depression, Trauma and process addiction. Drew has extensive experience working with artists who are struggling with addiction. He obtained a Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University and a BA in Music Industry from USC. His therapeutic approach is geared towards meeting the unique needs of his clients while empowering them to transform their lives and improve their relationships."
Psychodynamic
Verified
Office is near:
Santa Monica, California 90403
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Psychodynamic
"Drew specializes in solution focused and cognitive behavioral therapy for the treatment of Substance Abuse Disorders and other co-occurring disorders including Generalized Anxiety, Major Depression, Trauma and process addiction. Drew has extensive experience working with artists who are struggling with addiction. He obtained a Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University and a BA in Music Industry from USC. His therapeutic approach is geared towards meeting the unique needs of his clients while empowering them to transform their lives and improve their relationships."
Tanya Hope Peters, Psychologist
Psychologist, PhD
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
Santa Monica, California 90403
"I appreciate your interest in psychotherapy and commend your effort in finding a therapist. It is an important step to take towards feeling better. I am a clinical psychologist with several years of experience working with adolescents, adults, and families. I have worked with people who have experienced trauma, depression, eating disorders, addiction, anxiety, loss, and life transitions. I work collaboratively with my clients, and am supportive and dedicated to their increased well being. My approach to therapy is to be genuine, open and honest, supportive, and curious."
Psychodynamic
(310) 461-4425
Verified
Santa Monica, California 90403
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Psychodynamic
"I appreciate your interest in psychotherapy and commend your effort in finding a therapist. It is an important step to take towards feeling better. I am a clinical psychologist with several years of experience working with adolescents, adults, and families. I have worked with people who have experienced trauma, depression, eating disorders, addiction, anxiety, loss, and life transitions. I work collaboratively with my clients, and am supportive and dedicated to their increased well being. My approach to therapy is to be genuine, open and honest, supportive, and curious."
Zoe Cohen, Associate Clinical Social Worker
Associate Clinical Social Worker, ACSW, LMSW
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
Office is near:
Santa Monica, California 90403
"With caring, compassion, and good humor, I can help you increase clarity into your personal values and goals, identify and change patterns that are holding you back, and make meaning from your experiences. I collaborate with you to ensure that we are effectively making strides to restoring sense of balance. I provide Individual Therapy for Adolescents and Adults to treat Mood and Anxiety Disorders, Relationship Issues, Life and Career Transition, Addiction, and Emotion Dysregulation. I have advanced training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and have practiced in residential, intensive outpatient, and outpatient clinic settings."
Psychodynamic
(424) 532-1930
Verified
Office is near:
Santa Monica, California 90403
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Psychodynamic
"With caring, compassion, and good humor, I can help you increase clarity into your personal values and goals, identify and change patterns that are holding you back, and make meaning from your experiences. I collaborate with you to ensure that we are effectively making strides to restoring sense of balance. I provide Individual Therapy for Adolescents and Adults to treat Mood and Anxiety Disorders, Relationship Issues, Life and Career Transition, Addiction, and Emotion Dysregulation. I have advanced training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and have practiced in residential, intensive outpatient, and outpatient clinic settings."
Ivy Love Margulies, Psychologist
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
Santa Monica, California 90403
"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."
Psychodynamic
(424) 320-3249
Verified
Santa Monica, California 90403
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Psychodynamic
"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."
Gabriela Pastor, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
Office is near:
Santa Monica, California 90407
"Thank you for visiting my page. I work with individuals, couples and groups. I use a psychodynamic frame, however, I will meet the client with the therapeutic tool most needed. My goal is to provide a supportive and safe space which enables a transformational and healing experience that promotes self-understanding, self-compassion, differentiation, individuation and congruency. I work with clients who present with trauma, depression, anxiety, relational issues, anger issues, existential issues and I specialize in clients who have eating disorders/disordered eating. I conduct therapy in English, Spanish and Portuguese."
Psychodynamic
(832) 730-4199
Verified
Office is near:
Santa Monica, California 90407
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Psychodynamic
"Thank you for visiting my page. I work with individuals, couples and groups. I use a psychodynamic frame, however, I will meet the client with the therapeutic tool most needed. My goal is to provide a supportive and safe space which enables a transformational and healing experience that promotes self-understanding, self-compassion, differentiation, individuation and congruency. I work with clients who present with trauma, depression, anxiety, relational issues, anger issues, existential issues and I specialize in clients who have eating disorders/disordered eating. I conduct therapy in English, Spanish and Portuguese."
Carla Litto, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
Office is near:
Santa Monica, California 90402
"I help people build healthy relationships, work through painful break-ups, improve their social interactions and reduce their anxiety. If you are looking for clarity on your situation, struggling in a difficult relationship, worrying a great deal about upsetting others, feeling confused or overwhelmed, I can help. In particular, if you or your partner / family member identifies with traits of Borderline Personality or Narcissistic Personality, I can help you cope, whether it's you or your loved one suffering from these symptoms. "
Psychodynamic
(424) 329-5553
Verified
Office is near:
Santa Monica, California 90402
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Psychodynamic
"I help people build healthy relationships, work through painful break-ups, improve their social interactions and reduce their anxiety. If you are looking for clarity on your situation, struggling in a difficult relationship, worrying a great deal about upsetting others, feeling confused or overwhelmed, I can help. In particular, if you or your partner / family member identifies with traits of Borderline Personality or Narcissistic Personality, I can help you cope, whether it's you or your loved one suffering from these symptoms. "

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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.