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.
Every challenge is a disguised opportunity for salvation.
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.
Brooke Sprowl, LCSW
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. 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.
Alison Christiansen, LCSW
Helping others create change in their lives is something I am deeply passionate about. For the past decade, I have been invested in helping others to heal, grow and live in their full potential, and have worked with a variety of populations in an array of settings. I recognize that asking for help is often no simple task. I believe therapy is an invitation to delve deeper into your truth so that you can live an authentic, full life. It’s a vulnerable process and a unique experience for every being, though can be transformational.
Gina Myers, LPCC
I see counseling as a collaborative relationship that moves individuals along the path to empowerment and self-awareness. I am deeply committed to helping clients focus on their goals and build on existing strengths to cope with life’s challenges in a safe, open, and non-judgmental environment. I consider myself to be an eclectic and integrative therapist and tailor my style to the needs of each client, focusing on meeting each individual on where they are in their journey.
Paula Jones, LCSW
My personal and career focus is to help others by providing tools to create the life they desire, empowering and inspiring people to reach their dreams and to develop the confidence to achieve their goals. I have done this in the role of therapist, special needs teacher and international humanitarian. I see the strengths in everyone I encounter, and will help you develop your own inner strength to cope more effectively with your challenges, whether they are due to mental health or substance abuse, relationship and career choices, or finding meaning and purpose in life.
Sean McDonald, LPCC
I am a licensed psychoanalytic psychotherapist, mental health therapist and drug and alcohol counselor. Through over a decade of working with people who are suffering from various issues, anxiety, depression, addiction, personality disorders and psychosis, I have developed an approach to the work that attempts to enable my patients to recognize, understand and, through the act of speech, bring to light the ways that self-limiting beliefs have shaped the way they interact in and with the world around them. This work goes on outside of the therapy session and will inform how you feel and see the changes occurring in their everyday life.
Katie Pasternack, LCSW
I believe that we all benefit from having someone in our corner, to listen, motivate, challenge without judgment and support through life’s unpredictable changes and challenges. Whether you’re feeling depressed, anxious, overwhelmed, or simply not yourself, know that whatever you’re going through, change is possible, and you don’t have to figure it all out on your own.
Samantha Chaikin, AMFT
Since 2016, my clinical work has focused on a variety of presenting concerns including depression, anxiety, trauma, substance use, PTSD, childhood abuse, grief/loss and personality disorders. I have worked with a variety of chronic pain and illness conditions including PCOS, mast cell disorders, MS, cancer, Parkinson’s disease, fibromyalgia, arthritis, immune deficiencies and many more. I believe that psychotherapy can be a way to gain a better understanding of oneself and provide an individual with insight into their own life. Having awareness surrounding one’s thoughts and feelings can lead to a more fulfilling and mindful existence. I believe that the therapeutic relationship formed with my clients can be in and of itself a healing experience and really a branching off point towards the road of self-discovery. The therapy room is truly a safe space to explore who you are and who you want to become.
Talya Winston, LMFT
As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I work with individuals, couples and families in order to help relieve symptoms of anxiety and depression, gain confidence and self-esteem, navigate life transitions, and more. My qualifications include two master’s degrees, as well as professional training in psychodynamic therapy. I specialize in working with creatives, and am especially considerate of cultural concerns.
Jessica Sykora, Personal Trainer
As a National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) 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. I believe in a holistic approach to training. Through our training sessions, we will not only focus on the body we will use fitness to improve your self-esteem and quality of life. I’ll help you break through your barriers to fitness and get the body, strength, power, agility, and sports performance you’ve always dreamed of.
Grawben Corona, C.Ht.
As a certified hypnotherapist, my goal is to guide you to learn how to access the most powerful part of your mind, the subconscious. Everything starts in the mind first. I will teach you how to gain better control over it. I offer hope, health, excitement, and freedom. My focus is to find out where you are at now, and where you want to be. I am passionate about teaching you how to release old patterns that are no longer serving you. We can all be successful at reaching goals. What may be getting in the way is the pattern of how you have learned to do things. I will teach you techniques and anchors so you can be guided to find your own answers within. I love teaching people something about themselves that they didn’t already know. Your problems may seem strange to you, not me. The key when working with a hypnotherapist for change is belief. When you learn to change your thoughts it helps to change your beliefs, and when you change your beliefs it is reflected in your behaviors.
Sky Mansel, Life Coach
My mission is to help you build a strong foundation within both your mind and body so you can live the life you deserve with confidence. Working through limiting beliefs of worthiness, self love, trust and security creates space for empowerment, happiness and clarity. The more you can see yourself, the more you can be yourself. I understand the power of the mind and the vulnerability it takes each day to process your internal and external influences. I honor this process. I work with individuals who are trying to find connection to themselves, want to work through past trauma and limiting beliefs, struggle with anxiety, depression, self confidence and want to deepen the connection to their purpose. I specialize in working with business professionals and entrepreneurs who need support in creating a healthy work life balance and maintaining self care. I am passionate working with young adults and women.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cognitive Behavioral (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.
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.
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.
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.