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Our Philosophy

In order to experience our deepest recesses of joy and peace, we must first have the courage to face our fears. That’s why our therapists use a wide range of research-proven therapy techniques to help transform anxiety, depression, and loneliness into joy, freedom, and connectedness.

So whatever your situation, our goal is to help you find clarity, purpose, and strength. Through the therapy process, we will help you cultivate an unshakeable resiliency that you carry into every challenge you face.

The purpose of our therapy practice is to help you become free from the grip of anxiety, depression, addiction, and hurtful relationships. As human beings, we all struggle. Healing is when these struggles no longer control you. To read testimonials of those who have worked with us, click here: Testimonials.

Every challenge is a disguised opportunity for salvation.

Eckhart Tolle

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Our Team

While each member of our Therapist Team has a great deal of training and experience, what makes us different is who we are. Authenticity, openness, and warmth are a central part of who we are and how we practice. We strive to be real and we don’t put on pretenses or hide behind the veil of professionalism. Because we have overcome struggles in our own lives, we feel uniquely qualified to help you with yours — not looking down from an ivory tower, but as people who have been in the trenches too. Remember this.  Whatever you are feeling, no matter how crazy or scary or different, you are not alone.

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Brooke Sprowl, LCSW

My desire for every person who comes into my office is to help you come to a point where guilt, shame, and anxiety are no longer controlling factors in your life and are replaced by courage, self-love, and trust. When you are rooted firmly in your love and compassion for yourself, you are capable of facing and achieving more than you can imagine. My hope is to give you an experience of yourself in our sessions that is different from your experience the rest of the time. Over time, you will internalize the experience of peace, safety, courage, and confidence so that you can carry it into your life outside of session.

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Dr. Kalina Klamann, PSYD, LMFT

With nearly 20 years of experience, I employ an integrative approach, tailored to suit each client’s individual needs. Rather than limit ourselves to one method, I prefer to take the best from various traditions. Relational Gestalt therapy, CBT, clinical hypnotherapy, harm reduction, and many other approaches and techniques can be utilized to work most effectively through the particular issues you are struggling with. I prefer to emphasize attainable goals and incremental progress, where every effort toward health and well-being is recognized and strengthened.

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Dr. Susan Pomeranz, Ph.D., LMFT

For the past 30 years, helping people create joyful and loving lives is truly my passion. I believe in the human spirit and in everyone’s natural ability to heal themselves. Drawing from a vast array of therapeutic techniques, I help guide you into a more integrated and grounded self. Some of the many therapy modalities I implore include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Neurobiology of Addiction, Gestalt Therapy, Movement Therapy, Art Therapy, Psychoneuroimmunology (the mind-body connection), Mindfulness as well as certifications in Yoga, Tai Chi, and Qigong.

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Soheila Hosseini, PhD

My aspiration has always been to understand the complexity of human behavior and through this lens, I have been able to support my clients to explore distinct ways to live more satisfying and fulfilling lives. As a licensed psychologist, I have provided psychotherapy for adults, children, couples, and groups within community mental health centers, private practices, and inpatient psychological facilities. I take pride in working with clients from various backgrounds as well as those with diverse mental health conditions. My goal is to provide you with a nurturing and therapeutic environment in which you can achieve your potential and live your dream lives. Supporting you to develop clear insight and powerful skills, we create astonishing results and help you to live a more fulfilling life.

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Kim Smith, Executive Chef

As a former executive chef, a certified nutritionist, and a professional beach volleyball player, I can’t help but spread the joy that a healthy and active lifestyle can bring to your life! My goal is to help you learn to make delicious meals that are easy to prepare and tailored for your unique nutritional needs, taking the science behind nutrition and pairing it with practical culinary advice, I will help you achieve your goals and make healthy eating a reality. I’m passionate about making nutritious cooking effortless and fun.

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Jessica Sykora, NASM Personal Trainer

As a National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Performance Enhancement Specialist and a professional beach volleyball player with the AVP Beach Volleyball Tour, I can’t help but share my passion for health and fitness with my clients. I offer in-home personal training sessions in Los Angeles including West LA, Santa Monica, Mid-City, Marina del Rey, and Southbay. I am committed to creating an individualized in-home personal training regimen, tailored to your personal fitness needs and goals.

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Specialties

Abuse & Trauma

When we experience trauma, sometimes we begin to feel like our pain is who we are. It can be difficult to see past the pain and sometimes it can even be difficult to see the possibility of healing. The focus in treatment is to help you uncover the patterns that keep you stuck and to promote change, self-awareness, and personal growth. Our goal is to create a nonjudgmental and validating environment that fosters self-worth and empowerment.

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Addiction & Recovery

Addiction and substance abuse can be ways to avoid facing the painful aspects of life, whether fears about oneself, past wounds, or present difficulties. With a decade of experience and special training in addiction, substance dependency, and recovery, I can help you face the pain you’ve been avoiding and break free from the chains of addiction.

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Aging Therapy

Aging is inevitable. It’s possible to age with grace (or not!). We can either buy into the fantasy, perpetuate the myth that we should look, and act like we’re twenty or we can organically evolve into something more experienced, spiritual, and masterful.

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Anger Management

Anger is a normal, healthy emotion. We have the power to understand it and manage it and it can be easy to manage with the right tools and insight. Anger becomes unhealthy when it reaches an extreme end such as rage; it becomes difficult to control and even destructive. Explosive anger can affect your relationships, work, and state of mind.

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Anxiety

In this group, we explore the underlying causes of anxiety and depression and begin to face our issues head on and practice another way of being. We will practice techniques to regulate anxiety as well as explore what we may be avoiding and channeling into anxiety and depression, which may cause problems in many areas of life.

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Autism

Autism is characterized by a wide range of conditions, including challenges in verbal and non-verbal communication, repetitive speech, social skills, as well as unique strengths such as attention to detail and excellent skill in a particular area. Research states it may be caused by environmental or genetic influences, with signs appearing as early as 18 months up to 2 or 3 years of age.

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Bipolar Disorder

We all have ups and downs, but if your highs and lows seem more extreme than most people, you may want to explore if there’s something underlying going on, especially if your sleep and appetite are affected. Many people don’t realize there are several types of bipolar disorders, some less severe than others.

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Borderline Personality Disorder

Living with Borderline Personality Disorder can often feel like a roller coaster in which the ups and downs seem endless. Borderline Personality Disorder creates instability in relationships, emotional regulation, and self-image, which can sometimes be terrifying and painful.

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Buddhism & Mindfulness Therapy

Buddhism and psychology share in their central tenet: much of human behavior is unconscious and the more conscious awareness we bring into our lives, the more present we can be. Using mindfulness and Buddhist principles incorporated with psychological interventions, we will strive to penetrate the conscious mind and unveil the deepest and most powerful force in our lives: the unconscious.

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Career Counseling

Choosing or having a career is an important milestone for some as it aligns with their values and goals they set when they were growing up. For others, there may be no motivation or hard circumstances. Whatever the situation, I can help you process your thoughts and ideas about a career – for choosing it to landing it!

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Caregiving

Sometimes life demands that we have to care for those we love on an extended basis. It can be very painful and trying and can lead to physical and mental exhaustion. Where does one find the strength to be both there for someone as well as there for oneself? Together, we will find the right balance so that you can be loved, nourished, and up for the demands of the task.

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Child Therapy

Children have unique needs when it comes to counseling. At different ages, we pass through distinct developmental phases with specific tasks, capabilities, and limitations. I have special training in developmental psychology and I always use therapeutic interventions that take a child’s developmental phase into account.

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Codependency & Relationships

Codependency and love addiction occur when we begin to use our relationships to avoid dealing with painful aspects of ourselves and our lives. Life can be difficult and it’s challenging to make our own way in the world. As a result, we often cling to relationships that are destructive in order to not have to do the hard work of facing our fears and growing.

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Couples Therapy

All relationships go through rough patches from time to time. But sometimes we lose sight of our love for one another because poor communication can create ever-deepening resentments and anger. In turn, the trust may be lost and the closeness that used to define a relationship can disappear. When that happens, it’s time to reach out to a counselor who can help.

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Dating Coaching

As a licensed therapist and relationship expert, I specialize in helping you to identify and overcome subconscious walls that are getting in the way of finding a relationship. As we bring awareness to those walls and begin to heal, you will begin to experience your dating life in a radically new way.

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Depression

Whether you are simply going through a rough time or are in the throes of severe depression, therapy can help to identify and change underlying patterns of thought and behavior that are contributing to these feelings and can provide strategies to decrease the pain and restore a sense of joy, peace, and competence.

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Divorce & Blended Families

Bringing two families together can seem nearly impossible. Blended families, or stepfamilies, are becoming increasingly common in the United States and at least half of the nation’s children live with a biological parent and the parent’s new partner. The joining of two parents and their respective children can create a great deal of challenges. But therapy for blended families can help ease the transition.

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Domestic Violence

Domestic violence and abusive relationships can happen to anyone; they don’t discriminate. If you feel like you have to walk on eggshells around your partner—constantly watching what you say and do in order to avoid a blow-up—you may be in an abusive relationship.

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Dual Diagnosis

At My LA Therapy, our co-occurring disorder specialists will help you attack your dual diagnoses on all fronts, breaking the vicious cycle that’s keeping you stuck and hopeless. We will help you learn practical strategies to overcome your addiction and mental health problems so you can break free and get your life back.

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Eating Disorder

An “Eating Disorder” is a part of you that is telling the rest of you that something’s very wrong. I’ve worked for 30 years in this field, been to hell and back myself and I know there’s a great freedom to be had. You are not your weight; you are not what you ate or didn’t eat today. You are very well and able and filled with wondrous things.

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Grief, Loss & Bereavement

One of the most common questions asked by bereaved clients is, “Am I doing this right?” In our experience, grief is not a linear process and there is no specific timeline – it’s different for everyone. For some, grief is a shorter process, like several months, and for others, grief can take years. Each relationship and each person is different.

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Hypochondria

You may find yourself continuously searching the Internet for information, demanding lab tests from irritated doctors, and talking relentlessly about your fears of being sick. Although people suffering from Hypochondria or Illness Anxiety Disorder may think that Internet research or lab tests will reassure them, it’s never enough. The key is to break the cycle of worrying and checking and to deal with the root causes of Hypochondria.

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LGBTQ+

Sexuality is a spectrum. Although our society likes to create labels, sexuality often doesn’t fall neatly into a category. At My LA Therapy, our perspective is that it is important to balance recognition that the issues faced by the gay community are no different than the issues of anyone else seeking therapy, while simultaneously never failing to appreciate the unique difficulties, conflicts, and struggles of being LGBTQ in a heterosexist world.

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Life Transitions

Life transitions are always stressful, but sometimes we feel so overwhelmed by the changes ahead that we find it difficult to know what to do or where to turn. Changes in our lives can reveal deep insecurities and unresolved issues that need to be faced in order for us to thrive in all of the aspects of our lives. If you’re feeling stuck, overwhelmed, or lost as you try to navigate transitions in your life, you’ve come to the right place for help.

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OCD

When you don’t feel in control of your own mind and behaviors, life can be terrifying at times. Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) can often trap people in an endless cycle of recurring distressing thoughts (obsessions) and repetitive behaviors/rituals (compulsions). Although rituals may temporarily alleviate anxiety, they must be performed again when the thoughts return, which creates a neverending loop that can begin to take over your life.

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Panic Disorder

If you’ve ever experienced a panic attack, you know how terrifying and debilitating they can be. The fear of having a panic attack can significantly affect your quality of life— and can trigger more panic attacks. Although panic attacks aren’t life-threatening, when they occur, you might think you’re losing control, having a heart attack, or even be dying. The good news is, therapy can help.

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Phobias

At My LA Therapy, our phobia specialist will help you get to the root of your phobia so you can finally release the grip of fear from your life. We will provide you with practical techniques as well as explore the deeper issues in order to attack your phobia from all sides. We will use evidence-based treatments to help you face and overcome your phobias so that you can feel free again.

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Premarital Therapy

Pre-marital therapy focuses on unveiling deep fears, hurts, and painful internalized messages, while also learning to communicate your needs to one another. Often we feel that we have tried to address a problem a hundred times to no avail. Couples therapy can help you to communicate in a way that the other person can hear and help identify where the relationship is stuck and how to change the dynamics.

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PTSD Therapy

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) develops after you have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event in which serious physical harm occurred or was threatened. PTSD is a lasting consequence of traumatic events that cause intense fear, helplessness, or horrors, such as a sexual or physical assault, the unexpected death of a loved one, an accident, war, or natural disaster.

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Rape & Sexual Assault

Recovery from rape or assault can seem like a never-ending battle. However painful and scary and challenging this process may be, I am here to help you heal. My main treatment goal is to help you begin to process your assault in a safe space so that you can begin to get your life back.

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Substance Abuse

Substance abuse can be a way of avoiding the painful aspects of life, whether fears about oneself, past wounds, or present difficulties. Whether your addiction is to substances, food, sex or relationships, exploring and facing the underlying issues through therapy can set you free from the compulsive need to engage in addictive behaviors that hurt you and those you love. Our team is trained in motivational interviewing, an intervention that has been empirically proven to decrease substance abuse and addictive behaviors.

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Teen Therapy

Teenagers have unique needs when it comes to counseling. At different ages, we pass through distinct developmental phases with specific tasks, capabilities, and limitations. A therapist must have special knowledge and training to provide therapeutic interventions that take a teen’s developmental phase into account.

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Therapy for Males

I have a heart for working with men and appreciate the unique challenges and pressures men face. Our culture often has rigid expectations of masculinity which may stifle us from understanding who we really are and get in the way of reaching our potential. As a result of powerful cultural ideas about what it means to be a male, our vision may become clouded and we may lose ourselves as we hide behind a mask that we put on to fit in.

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Transgender Therapy

Transgender people are a very diverse and unique community and are all around us, representing many racial, ethnic, religious backgrounds as well as varying ages;  they may be our own family members, coworkers, and neighbors. Striving for equality, transgendered people need support and advocacy for a chance to succeed and thrive. They need to be treated with the same dignity, respect, and rights as everyone else. Living without fear of discrimination and violence is essential to their wellbeing and is the goal of organizations and individuals who support them.

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BDSM & Kink Friendly Therapy

Many people hold stereotypes about the BDSM community and I have found that such stereotypes couldn’t be further from the truth. Those clients who self-identify as kinky are sometimes those one would least expect. I draw attention to this point to let you know that whatever you are dealing with and however stigmatized by society as a whole, you will be treated as an individual and seen as a whole person, not confined by any labels or preconceived notions.

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Young Adults Therapy

We live in a very different time than our parents did. Technology is changing our world so quickly that it can be hard to catch up. With the advent of social media, texting, and online dating, our social lives, jobs, and relationships are more complex and nuanced than ever. It can be difficult to silence the ringers of our various devices and listen to ourselves. If we didn’t already have insecurities, now they become magnified as we’re updated second-by-second about how awesome everybody else’s lives are. It’s harder than ever to find space to just be.

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Social Anxiety

For people with social anxiety disorder, something as simple as going out with friends can be terrifying. If you have a social anxiety disorder you may long for connection while at the same time feeling debilitated by social interactions. This causes you to feel isolated and alone.

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Stress Management

Stress is in our day-to-day life, from simple things such as paying a bill to major stressors such as changing jobs, moving, or going through a divorce. The key to stress management is control – over your life, thoughts, emotions, and problems. Until you accept responsibility for the role you play in creating or maintaining it, your stress level will remain outside your control.

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Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

It’s normal to feel anxious from time to time, especially when life is stressful. However, excessive, ongoing anxiety and worry that interferes with day-to-day activities may be a sign of Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD).

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Creative Blocks

Being an artist means that you express the deepest parts of yourself to the world. It takes great courage to be one. But sometimes in the course of life, roadblocks whether external or self-imposed may appear which will impede the creative process.

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Parenting

They say that it takes a village to raise a child, however in today’s society, villages are few and it is common to have to look after your child without the support of others. This is a core belief behind parenting therapy, as it acts as an objective support system that helps relieve some of the burden of taking care of your child alone, and it helps establish a healthy relationship and bond between you and your child/ children.

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Self-Harm & Self-Injury

Self-injury is scary. It occurs as a result of unprocessed trauma, deep inner conflicts, and anger at others that you may turn inward and experience as self-hatred. It can be confusing, heartbreaking, and scary. You may have marks on your body.  These marks tell a story. It’s usually a story of not having our needs met. Of and of being violated, abused, or neglected by the people who were supposed to care for and protect us. We want to know your story. We want to help you heal.

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Therapy for Women

There isn’t just one way to be a woman, and as a result, all therapy is unique. The sessions that you will have with us will be tailored specifically to the needs of the exceptional individual asking for a listening ear. Between work, family, children, relationships, and the inconsistent ups and downs of life, life is dynamic and, at times, challenging. The goal of therapy is to bring to light the enjoyable times in life that don’t always seem present or attainable.

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Our Locations

We have professional therapist located in several locations around Los Angeles and they specialize in a vast array of disorders.

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Methods

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Research has proven, time and again, that CBT is a lasting and effective treatment. CBT targets anxiety, depression, and self-esteem problems. Our beliefs about ourselves, others, and the world around us can dictate the way we feel, for better and worse.

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Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)

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Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a specific type of cognitive-behavioral approach that highlights the relational aspects of treatment.   I will teach you practical skills and provide coping mechanisms to help you with intense surges of emotion.

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EMDR

EMDR therapy utilizes principles of neuropsychology such as bilateral brain stimulation to treat trauma and PTSD. EMDR has been vastly studied and has been proven to be effective by extensive research. It is a highly systematic technique to help you get free from the painful traumatic experiences that have been preventing you from living the life you want to live. Read below to find out more about therapy EMDR sessions.

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Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT)

Many people express a sense of knowing what they want to do but not feeling capable of carrying it out. This is often a result of unconscious anxiety and defenses, which create a barrier between what we know intellectually and what we feel experiential. My primary theoretical orientation is a research-based, emotionally focused therapy with my primary area of study and practice being AEDP: Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy.

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Gestalt Therapy

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Group Therapy

Group therapy can be a powerful way to heal; in fact, research has demonstrated that group therapy is as effective as individual therapy. Through groups, we realize we are not alone in our struggles, that other people– wonderful, talented and strong people– struggle just like us. Through observing others, we begin to see that our pain is not unique and we are more normal than we think. We learn to accept and provide support.

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Hypnotherapy

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Mindfulness (MB-CBT)

Mindfulness and Buddhist principles have been passed down in Eastern traditions for centuries. Now contemporary research findings in Neuroscience and Psychology are proving empirically that these healing practices are effective in treating psychological problems. Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is a form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy that integrates mindfulness as a central part of its practice. Mindfulness, simply put, is non-judgmental awareness.

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Psychodynamic & Psychotherapy

In psychodynamic therapy, we examine anxiety and defenses as they arise within the session in real time. We explore the past through the lens of the present moment. I am trained to identify signs of unconscious anxiety and to help you address and overcome internal conflicts that may be responsible for many of the problems in your life: from depression and anxiety to work and relationship problems.

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Trauma-Focused (TF-CBT)

When we experience trauma, sometimes we begin to feel like our pain is who we are. It can be difficult to see past the pain and sometimes it can even be difficult to see the possibility of healing. However unthinkable what you have suffered is, I will help you discover that your pain is not who you are and does not define you. Using TF-CBT and moving at a pace that is comfortable for you, we will create a safe place for you to process your trauma so that it no longer rules your life.

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Family Therapy

When you’re so close to something it’s hard to see things clearly. Family therapy can help parents, children, and siblings learn to communicate and understand one another. A family therapist can help family members see how they influence one another’s behavior. Often we can’t see how our behavior and communication is actually creating the very behaviors of our family members that hurt us.

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