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."
Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)
(323) 747-1809
Verified
Santa Monica, California 90405
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Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)
"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.) "
Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)
(747) 207-3306
Verified
Santa Monica, California 90405
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Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)
"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.) "
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!"
Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)
(424) 653-6737
Verified
Office is near:
Santa Monica, California 90401
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Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)
"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!"
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."
Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)
Verified
Office is near:
Santa Monica, California 90403
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Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)
"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."
Mari Rae Conti, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
Office is near:
Santa Monica, California 90404
"I have over 15 years of experience specializing in child and adolescent behavioral issues such as divorce, grief and loss, depression, low self esteem and oppositional behaviors. I assist children and/or families with the tools needed to achieve positive outcomes. I use a strength based approach to therapy combined with compassion and insight. I also enjoy working with adults on life transitions such as career transition, divorce and relationship issues, new locations adjustments, etc."
Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)
(310) 879-5423
Verified
Office is near:
Santa Monica, California 90404
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Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)
"I have over 15 years of experience specializing in child and adolescent behavioral issues such as divorce, grief and loss, depression, low self esteem and oppositional behaviors. I assist children and/or families with the tools needed to achieve positive outcomes. I use a strength based approach to therapy combined with compassion and insight. I also enjoy working with adults on life transitions such as career transition, divorce and relationship issues, new locations adjustments, etc."
Evo Health and Wellness, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
Office is near:
Santa Monica, California 90405
"Located in Venice, Evo is an outpatient addiction treatment program that focuses on the root causes of addiction-rather than just the substance use. Most treatment programs offer a one-size-fits-all approach to recovery, with abstinence as the sole goal of treatment. While this works for some people, it does not work for everyone. Instead, Evo is an alternative to traditional addiction treatment programs.Our goal is your lasting health and wellness, working with your needs as a whole, complex person. You work with professionals to determine outcomes that work for you, based on what's best for your life."
Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)
(310) 455-8799
Verified
Office is near:
Santa Monica, California 90405
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Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)
"Located in Venice, Evo is an outpatient addiction treatment program that focuses on the root causes of addiction-rather than just the substance use. Most treatment programs offer a one-size-fits-all approach to recovery, with abstinence as the sole goal of treatment. While this works for some people, it does not work for everyone. Instead, Evo is an alternative to traditional addiction treatment programs.Our goal is your lasting health and wellness, working with your needs as a whole, complex person. You work with professionals to determine outcomes that work for you, based on what's best for your life."
John Muntner, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
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."
Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)
(323) 825-0478
Verified
Santa Monica, California 90405
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Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)
"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."
William Bumiller, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
Office is near:
Santa Monica, California 90403
"My expertise lies in working with men transitioning into, or out of, relationships. Moving from single life into relationship with another is a daunting task. How do I maintain my own identity, my own authenticity, and still keep my partner happy? What are good boundaries? How, and when, do I say no? Equally difficult is the shift from partnership into single life. Who am I now? How do I keep a friendship with my ex (or not!) while moving into the dating scene? I've had great success helping my clients succeed and thrive during either of these challenging times."
Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)
(323) 680-5978
Verified
Office is near:
Santa Monica, California 90403
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Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)
"My expertise lies in working with men transitioning into, or out of, relationships. Moving from single life into relationship with another is a daunting task. How do I maintain my own identity, my own authenticity, and still keep my partner happy? What are good boundaries? How, and when, do I say no? Equally difficult is the shift from partnership into single life. Who am I now? How do I keep a friendship with my ex (or not!) while moving into the dating scene? I've had great success helping my clients succeed and thrive during either of these challenging times."
Rachel Fintzy Woods, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
Santa Monica, California 90403
"Do you struggle with perfectionism, your weight, food, or relationships? Do you feel uncomfortable in your own skin - not "good enough"? Have you lost touch (or feel you've never found) your inner wisdom? Has this "soul sickness" led to depression, anxiety, unhealthy relationships, compulsive overeating, or even physical illness? If so, there is hope. Together we can bolster your resilience, courage, and the ability to make desired changes in your life. As a relationship specialist, I also focus on strengthening your communication skills and relationship dynamics, to help you connect better with other people - and yourself."
Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)
(310) 365-1632
Verified
Santa Monica, California 90403
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Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)
"Do you struggle with perfectionism, your weight, food, or relationships? Do you feel uncomfortable in your own skin - not "good enough"? Have you lost touch (or feel you've never found) your inner wisdom? Has this "soul sickness" led to depression, anxiety, unhealthy relationships, compulsive overeating, or even physical illness? If so, there is hope. Together we can bolster your resilience, courage, and the ability to make desired changes in your life. As a relationship specialist, I also focus on strengthening your communication skills and relationship dynamics, to help you connect better with other people - and yourself."
Wendy S. Schmelzer, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
Office is near:
Santa Monica, California 90404
"Late life is often a dynamic time and one of transition. For many older adults, it is fraught with illness, loss and emotional and physical challenge. But it can also be a time of enormous potential. With fewer obligations, long time personal goals can finally be realized and difficult family relationships repaired and healed. Evidence suggests that it's possible to make change at any stage of life. Together through the collaborative process of psychotherapy, we will work towards your goals using an integrated approach that includes psychodynamic, cognitive, behavioral, and solution focused strategies."
Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)
(310) 945-2905
Verified
Office is near:
Santa Monica, California 90404
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Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)
"Late life is often a dynamic time and one of transition. For many older adults, it is fraught with illness, loss and emotional and physical challenge. But it can also be a time of enormous potential. With fewer obligations, long time personal goals can finally be realized and difficult family relationships repaired and healed. Evidence suggests that it's possible to make change at any stage of life. Together through the collaborative process of psychotherapy, we will work towards your goals using an integrated approach that includes psychodynamic, cognitive, behavioral, and solution focused strategies."
Tracy Kovacs Bevington, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
Santa Monica, California 90405
"I work to help you be the best person possible. I empower clients to recognize their choices in life and take advantage of them. I enjoy working with adults, families, and couples, but especially love working with teens/adolescents and parents. I've had success with anxiety, stress, depression, family problems, relationship problems, and work and school issues. I have an eclectic style where I utilize methods that best suit my client's needs. I treat my clients with the utmost respect to create and environment of safety and comfort. My clients grow through the partnership we create together."
Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)
(310) 226-2826
Verified
Santa Monica, California 90405
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Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)
"I work to help you be the best person possible. I empower clients to recognize their choices in life and take advantage of them. I enjoy working with adults, families, and couples, but especially love working with teens/adolescents and parents. I've had success with anxiety, stress, depression, family problems, relationship problems, and work and school issues. I have an eclectic style where I utilize methods that best suit my client's needs. I treat my clients with the utmost respect to create and environment of safety and comfort. My clients grow through the partnership we create together."
Joanna Burke Therapy, Counselor
Counselor, MS, RN, MBACP, LPCC, EMDR
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
Santa Monica, California 90401
"(Due to a full practice I am not currently accepting new patients at this time). An Intuitive Therapist and CIinical Nurse, I work with capable women of all ages dealing with low self-esteem and relationship problems. I'll help you identify how to free yourself from the cycle of negative choices and poor self worth, to discover how your past holds you back from creating the life you really want. Start this journey with an open mind and heart and you'll be propelled into a new life, where you feel valued, happy and where your relationships add nothing but joy and love to your life! Connect at www.joannasmiththerapy.com"
Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)
(213) 335-2111
Verified
Santa Monica, California 90401
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Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)
"(Due to a full practice I am not currently accepting new patients at this time). An Intuitive Therapist and CIinical Nurse, I work with capable women of all ages dealing with low self-esteem and relationship problems. I'll help you identify how to free yourself from the cycle of negative choices and poor self worth, to discover how your past holds you back from creating the life you really want. Start this journey with an open mind and heart and you'll be propelled into a new life, where you feel valued, happy and where your relationships add nothing but joy and love to your life! Connect at www.joannasmiththerapy.com"
Nazila Amighi, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
Office is near:
Santa Monica, California 90401
"Do you feel stuck? Are you experiencing difficulty in your relationships? Are you challenged by life transitions or stressed at work? What if there were a way to become unstuck...to be free to move towards the life you want and desire, to be able to truly enjoy each day, and have happier and healthier relationships with your partner or loved ones. I am committed to working with individuals, couples and families, helping them discover their inner abilities and strengths, making things better in order to lead a more joyous life. It's time to discover a life with different possibilities."
Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)
(818) 794-7914
Verified
Office is near:
Santa Monica, California 90401
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Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)
"Do you feel stuck? Are you experiencing difficulty in your relationships? Are you challenged by life transitions or stressed at work? What if there were a way to become unstuck...to be free to move towards the life you want and desire, to be able to truly enjoy each day, and have happier and healthier relationships with your partner or loved ones. I am committed to working with individuals, couples and families, helping them discover their inner abilities and strengths, making things better in order to lead a more joyous life. It's time to discover a life with different possibilities."
Leslie Kolb, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
Office is near:
Santa Monica, California 90405
"Are you having a difficult time navigating changes in life that others seem to take in stride? Do you feel stuck in the same patterns that are no longer serving you? Are you struggling to maintain personal or professional relationships? You don't have to figure this out alone! I provide a safe, nonjudgmental environment in which to set goals, identify and process emotions, increase healthy communication skills, deepen insight, expand your sense of self, and affect positive change in your life. Together we will tailor your therapy sessions to fit your individual needs."
Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)
(424) 353-3572
Verified
Office is near:
Santa Monica, California 90405
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Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)
"Are you having a difficult time navigating changes in life that others seem to take in stride? Do you feel stuck in the same patterns that are no longer serving you? Are you struggling to maintain personal or professional relationships? You don't have to figure this out alone! I provide a safe, nonjudgmental environment in which to set goals, identify and process emotions, increase healthy communication skills, deepen insight, expand your sense of self, and affect positive change in your life. Together we will tailor your therapy sessions to fit your individual needs."
Samira Hosseini, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
Office is near:
Santa Monica, California 90401
"Healing occurs when we get below the surface of the issue and connect back to our truth and authenticity. I am particularly good at helping you get to the root of your problems and dig deep. I help you identify the connection between your past experiences and how they have influenced who you are today and the actions you take in your life. Are you feeling lost or disconnected? Fearful of putting yourself out there, or questioning your path? Maybe you are navigating pivotal life and relationship changes and struggling with the grief and uncertainty of it all. "
Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)
(401) 237-6421
Verified
Office is near:
Santa Monica, California 90401
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Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)
"Healing occurs when we get below the surface of the issue and connect back to our truth and authenticity. I am particularly good at helping you get to the root of your problems and dig deep. I help you identify the connection between your past experiences and how they have influenced who you are today and the actions you take in your life. Are you feeling lost or disconnected? Fearful of putting yourself out there, or questioning your path? Maybe you are navigating pivotal life and relationship changes and struggling with the grief and uncertainty of it all. "
Jennifer Musselman, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
Office is near:
Santa Monica, California 90404
"LIFE CAN BE TOUGH. Who has your back? Are you bored in your life or career? Do you feel alone and lonely, despite that you love your partner and your two adorable kids? Are you the last single one left in your group and are questioning if you will ever meet the love of your life? Do you feel misunderstood, not good enough, scared? Are you escaping your feelings with drugs and alcohol, elaborate vacations, shopping, work? What plays out in your personal life plays out in your work life, causing stress, depression and anxiety."
Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)
(310) 421-2985
Verified
Office is near:
Santa Monica, California 90404
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Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)
"LIFE CAN BE TOUGH. Who has your back? Are you bored in your life or career? Do you feel alone and lonely, despite that you love your partner and your two adorable kids? Are you the last single one left in your group and are questioning if you will ever meet the love of your life? Do you feel misunderstood, not good enough, scared? Are you escaping your feelings with drugs and alcohol, elaborate vacations, shopping, work? What plays out in your personal life plays out in your work life, causing stress, depression and anxiety."
Orlando Zuniga, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
Office is near:
Santa Monica, California 90401
"Coming from a family of creatives myself, I personally understand the challenges that the identity of an artist personality may experience. Challenges of creating or identifying as an artist may include: Lack of Motivation, Creative Blocks, Low Self-Worth, Procrastination, Identity Crisis, Judgements, Depression, Anxiety, Pessimism, Frustration, Avoidance, Rejection, Doubtful, Criticism, and Fearful​. To eliminate these creative blocks, I provide a service that is part psychotherapy (counseling) and part coaching. We identify and heal psychological traumas that exist and utilize coaching to support development of creative talents."
Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)
(323) 675-2042
Verified
Office is near:
Santa Monica, California 90401
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Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)
"Coming from a family of creatives myself, I personally understand the challenges that the identity of an artist personality may experience. Challenges of creating or identifying as an artist may include: Lack of Motivation, Creative Blocks, Low Self-Worth, Procrastination, Identity Crisis, Judgements, Depression, Anxiety, Pessimism, Frustration, Avoidance, Rejection, Doubtful, Criticism, and Fearful​. To eliminate these creative blocks, I provide a service that is part psychotherapy (counseling) and part coaching. We identify and heal psychological traumas that exist and utilize coaching to support development of creative talents."
Denise Middleton, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
Office is near:
Santa Monica, California 90401
"Sometimes we need someone to listen...to hear our story...to allow us to address our thoughts and feelings. While we are not capable of changing our past, we can try to understand how it effects our present. Personally, I feel that therapy is a learning process. No one teaches us about ourselves. The goal is to help you find out why you do what you do. Allow me to accompany you on the road of self-discovery. Together we will create the tools to help you overcome the challenges you may face. Take that first step...make the call."
Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)
(747) 239-4696
Verified
Office is near:
Santa Monica, California 90401
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Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)
"Sometimes we need someone to listen...to hear our story...to allow us to address our thoughts and feelings. While we are not capable of changing our past, we can try to understand how it effects our present. Personally, I feel that therapy is a learning process. No one teaches us about ourselves. The goal is to help you find out why you do what you do. Allow me to accompany you on the road of self-discovery. Together we will create the tools to help you overcome the challenges you may face. Take that first step...make the call."
Alexis Damon Ribaut, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
Office is near:
Santa Monica, California 90402
"I hold a supportive presence for individuals, young adults/adults ages 18-50 years, dealing with issues related to Stress, Infertility, anxiety, relationships, and self-esteem, in these challenging and transitional times. I believe in helping the client understand where they are in the moment and creating an environment that will enable them to discover the answers; answers that they hold within themselves, answers that will support their ability to self-heal.There are times in our lives when a supportive and empathetic presence can be what is needed in order to see what is within."
Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)
(424) 329-5764
Verified
Office is near:
Santa Monica, California 90402
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Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)
"I hold a supportive presence for individuals, young adults/adults ages 18-50 years, dealing with issues related to Stress, Infertility, anxiety, relationships, and self-esteem, in these challenging and transitional times. I believe in helping the client understand where they are in the moment and creating an environment that will enable them to discover the answers; answers that they hold within themselves, answers that will support their ability to self-heal.There are times in our lives when a supportive and empathetic presence can be what is needed in order to see what is within."
Colette Ann Glosman, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
Office is near:
Santa Monica, California 90405
"In my approach, I provide a calm, empathic and attuned presence and work together with you to identity goals for treatment. I truly believe that therapy is one best ways to improve the relationship you have with yourself and the rest of the world. Need tools for stress management? My approach combines CBT & DBT which teaches you how to live in the moment, change negative thinking patterns into positive behavioral changes, cope healthily with stress, regulate emotions and improve relationships. Learn to conquer negative thinking, depression and anxiety! WEEKEND and EVENING SESSIONS available."
Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)
(424) 203-4757
Verified
Office is near:
Santa Monica, California 90405
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Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)
"In my approach, I provide a calm, empathic and attuned presence and work together with you to identity goals for treatment. I truly believe that therapy is one best ways to improve the relationship you have with yourself and the rest of the world. Need tools for stress management? My approach combines CBT & DBT which teaches you how to live in the moment, change negative thinking patterns into positive behavioral changes, cope healthily with stress, regulate emotions and improve relationships. Learn to conquer negative thinking, depression and anxiety! WEEKEND and EVENING SESSIONS available."

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Solution Focused Brief (SFBT) Therapists
Solution-focused therapy in Santa Monica, sometimes called "brief therapy," focuses on what clients would like to achieve through therapy rather than on their troubles or mental health issues. The therapist will help the client envision a desirable future, and then map out the small and large changes necessary for the client to undergo to realize their vision. The therapist will seize on any successes the client experiences, to encourage them to build on their strengths rather than dwell on their problems or limitations.

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.