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.
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 clinical 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 cultural backgrounds, the LGBTQ community, as well as those with diverse mental health conditions, such as: bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD and phobia. I specialize in treating eating disorders, addiction and personality disorders such as borderline personality disorder. Additionally, I specialize in treating couples and families.
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, narrative therapy, harm reduction, and many other approaches and techniques can be utilized to work most effectively through the particular issues you are struggling with.
Dr. Susan Pomeranz, Ph.D., LMFT
I have been a Marriage and Family Therapist for over 30 years and, as corny as this may sound, 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. Much like the process of Tai Chi or Acupuncture, which are brilliantly created to open up the life force within, I will guide and help you unblock those patterns of behaviors and thoughts that hold you back from living the life you were truly meant to live. I fuse eastern practices with western healing modalities designed to balance energy, enhance expression, creativity, and deepen our relationships – not just to ourselves, but also to all of life.
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.
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, combining culinary training and nutrition education with encouragement and emotional support.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.