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ADDICTION TREATMENT CENTERS IN LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA

The city of Los Angeles in California is one of the main drug smuggling destinations in the country. Drugs go through the city to get to various other locations all throughout the United States or other countries. In an effort to try to help those who have fallen prey to the easily available drugs, there are quite a few drug rehab facilities available around Los Angeles. One such facility is CAST Recovery. This facility prides itself on creating individual programs to suit each client that comes through the door. The employees of CAST created individually tailored programs that coincide with various aspects of the client's life, for instance the physical, familial, cultural, emotional, psychological and social factors that make up every person's life. The drug rehab facility has programs that fit with every person and in all stages of recovery.

If you are looking for more information on this drug rehab facility, than you have come to the right place. In fact, if you are looking for information on any drug rehab facility, you have come to the right place. Our website has a large directory of all the facilities that you can find in Los Angeles, and in the state of California. So, what are you waiting for? The first step on your road to recovery is just a click away.
WHAT THERAPISTS IN LOS ANGELES HAVE TO SAY
April Wright
April Wright
Los Angeles, CA 90034

What types of services do you offer?

I enjoy helping people learn how to strengthen their relationships by knowing themselves better, understanding their developmental years and how it has affected their personal and professional goals and relationships. I provide therapy services for individuals, couples, adolescents, college students, and parents.

Individual Counseling

I provide a private, one-on-one time to focus and explore challenging topics. I guide clients in addressing the core issues of life-limiting conditions and provide a foundation for the greatest potential for self awareness and authenticity.

Relationship Counseling

I provide relationship counseling for singles or couples who are living together, engaged, married, or considering separation. I help resolve matters that affect your relationship with yourself and with others that include depression, anxiety, addictions, grief and loss, complex trauma, PTSD, spirituality, communication and attachment.

Couples Counseling

Focus is placed on understanding the issues that are causing distress in your relationship. When a bond is broken, each partner may not be aware of all the reasons for the conflict. Couples tend to continue to defend their individual positions, misunderstand each other and escalate the negative feelings. At this point the conflict becomes destructive and professional help is necessary. I help build skills to improve communication, focus on strengths, increase intimacy, and resolve resentments to bring back that initial spark, unification and love. By identifying and challenging negative cycles, couples develop a compassionate, respectful, and loving relationship.

Counseling for Teens

Adolescents share many challenges in their formative years and I strive to ensure teens feel safe, heard, understood, and respected in a non-judging and confidential environment. Teens experience many complications growing-up including hormonal changes and neurobiological fluctuations. The unpredictable neurotransmitter inconsistencies make for various tribulations with peers and authority figures. I provide support for adolescents who may be struggling at school, feeling anxious, experiencing depression, unclear about their sexual identity, and adapting to a new school or environment. I also maintain a neutral place for teens whose parents are separating to talk about their concerns, fears, and loss of what they once knew. I help parents learn effective parenting and communication skills to ensure the best interest and care for their child/ children and family.

Counseling for College Students

College is a time for students to develop their sense of self, interests, and relationships as they are away from home and direct influences from their parents. This time can lead to increased anxiety, depression, loss, and addictions. I collaborate with students to challenge obstacles and work toward achieving their academic, professional, and personal aspirations.

Counseling for Parents

Parent's parent the way they were parented unless they seek help to unlock their unconscious behavior, their own past and compassionately learn and understand how their childhood influences the way they interact with their children. I help caretakers become well-equipped with the fundamental tools to attune to their children, repair any ruptures, and raise emotionally healthy children.

Spiritual Counseling

I collaborate and focus on determining and removing blocks in client’s spiritual pathway and awaken individual spiritual potential. My goal is help clients live a life within their personal values, meaning and purpose.

Private Consultation

Coaching is a co-creative relationship with active listening, powerful questioning, and direct communication creating awareness, designing actions, planning, goal setting, and managing progress and accountability. Consultations are focused on improved communication, professional achievement, and financial success. I offer private consultation by phone or Skype.

What issues do you specify treatment for?

I specialize in improving relationships, stress and anger management, trauma and PTSD, mindfulness and meditation, grief and loss, and have a passion for helping those affected by substance, alcohol or behavioral addictions.

I work to mend and build relationships skills whether you are single, cohabitating, married, have a family, or thinking of separating. I focus on small changes to bring more closeness, overcome fears of intimacy, and identify and challenge sabotaging thoughts and behaviors. I help expand individuals and couples to have more compassion, respect, and love for themselves and for their partner.

I teach healthy coping skills to lower stress, manage anxiety, and develop more self-awareness and emotional maturity.

I facilitate groups and individuals in a safe, nurturing, and non-judging environment where clients can uncover and heal underlying pain and hurt.

I assist groups and individuals who have experienced a loss or sudden change to heal and gain hope again through bereavement. Bereavement is commonly identified with the death of a loved one, but it can arise from many life events including: ending a relationship, losing or changing a job, losing a pet, moving, dropping out of school, sobriety, or illness. If not processed, grief and loss can contribute to existing depression and anxiety. Moving through the emotional fluctuations of grief and loss requires support from loved ones. I and members from the group provide that extra support during difficult times.

I believe alcoholism and substance abuse is a family disorder. Family members become codependent and act as reactors rather than actors. It is my goal to unleash the roles played and learn to detach with love. I offer solutions and skills to build healthy family relations.

What therapy modalities do you use in your practice?

I approach mental health from a holistic viewpoint. I work with the whole person, focusing on biology, physiology, psychology, environment, and spiritual components. I believe life is not just about feeling good, it is about the quality of our relationships, harmony and balance physically, mentally and spiritually.

Each individual is unique and it is my goal to sincerely get to know clients by listening with my undivided attention, respect, support and understanding. I integrate various therapeutic modalities to ensure I meet the person where they are in their stage of change. I strive to form a safe place where trust is built and a working alliance is formed that empowers them to live a fulfilling, purposeful and balanced life. I approach psychotherapy using a customized and integrative experience using principles from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness and Meditation, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic and Insight-based Therapy, and Spiritual Principles.

When should one seek treatment?

People seek therapy for many reasons. Most people want relief from their symptoms, have experienced a sudden change or loss or pain has moved beyond their threshold. Speaking to a professional who sincerely cares, listens, supports, and understands provides a safe place to heal, transform, and live authentically.

Just as cars need maintenance for oil changes, new tires, or transmissions, individuals benefit from mental or spiritual tune-ups. Evidence supports therapy with a successful collaboration and an empathic therapist who truly understands lays a rich opportunity for in-depth and healing conversations and personal development.

Why should someone choose to come to your practice?

For the past fifteen years, I have been in the health industry. My education, experience, and background has allotted me the right formula of competence and perseverance in a field where there are many therapists to choose from. I work to collaborate and form a therapeutic alliance, providing warm acceptance without conditions, empathy, genuine and consistent feedback, an agreed upon set of goals, and accept responsibility when things do not go as planned. Having this philosophy, evidence supports when someone truly feels heard, understood, and respected, change manifests. I strive to meet clients where they are at without pressing an agenda and that unconditional meeting of minds creates a safe place for clients to reveal their true self and let go of their pain.

What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone suffering with either and/or both?

Mental health and substance abuse are intertwined where one can affect the onsite of the other or vice versa. Substance abuse directly affects mental health by causing neurobiological and emotional changes in the body and brain. The changes create a dependency on the substance to cope with daily stress and generalized fears. Substance abuse indirectly affects mental health in the people who are surrounded by the substance abuse user. Their lives are complicated with the focus placed on the substance and not on the core issues involved within the family system and workplace.

I assist individuals and those affected by substance abuse in achieving, supporting, and maintaining sobriety while providing the skills to assimilate them back into everyday living. I encourage seizing substance use so that we can address the core issues of abuse and trauma that contributed to the self-destructive behavior. I promote a strong foundation towards a healthy and productive lifestyle by focusing on self-awareness, emotional intelligence, management of emotions, development of strengths and coping skills, and releasing embodied trauma and pain. I address food and physical activity to promote wellness, mindfulness and meditation for inner attunement, and everyday living skills for a prolific existence.

April is a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern with a practice in Los Angeles, California. For more information on her services please contact her at (310) 502-4944. 

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April Wright

Los Angeles, CA 90034
Beatrix Wagner
Beatrix Wagner
Los Angeles, CA

Beatrix Wagner is a clinical hypnotherapist and life coach in Beverly Hills, CA. She has built her practice on a foundation of trust and acceptance and has created a non-judgmental, safe environment where her caring professionalism and natural warmth allow clients of all walks of life to feel cared for and understood.

What is hypnotherapy and coaching?

 
Therapy focuses on understanding the past and how it influences the individual in his or her life; it is about healing emotional wounds. Coaching focuses on taking action in the present and moving people forward towards their goals. 
 
Hypnosis is a natural, heightened state of awareness that allows the subconscious mind to become more receptive to positive suggestions, thoughts or ideas and the body to relax. 
Deconstructing and rebuilding our habits and patterns is a process of exploration, learning, and the integration of how to take better care of ourselves, make new choices and live more productive and meaningful lives.
 

What types of services do you offer?

 
Areas of Hypnotherapy and Life Coaching include: 
  • Addictions 
  • Coping with Loss 
  • Creating Success 
  • Emotional Balancing & Improved Relationships 
  • Fears & Phobias 
  • Self-Confidence 
  • Insomnia 
  • Pain Control & Surgical Recovery 
  • Past Life Regression 
  • Public Speaking 
  • Sexual Dysfunction 
  • Smoking Cessation 
  • Weight Management
  • Sports & Performance  
  • Stress, Anxiety & Panic Attacks

What do you think about addictions?

 
As human beings, we all yearn for happiness. Often times a deficit in a persons's life (lack of love, companionship, confidence), or pain (emotional or physical), past or present enables one to abuse and/or obsess over food, alcohol, sex, shopping or different substances, ultimately trying to numb themselves down. 
Addiction is both physical and mental, so we must change not only the physical reaction but also the mental attitude. Change begins with awareness and acceptance, being open and willing. 
Understanding those parts of ourselves that got repressed or denied, building a strong support system - professional and personal, gaining clarity of direction, believing that help is available and that we can get through this, are some of the most important steps toward recovery. 
 
Getting the family members or loved ones involved is also important, by helping them understand the addict, cope better with the situation, release anxiety and be more supportive in the recovery process, as addiction affects the whole family, not only the abuser. 
 

What therapy modalities do you use in your practice?

 
The treatment modality is different for every individual but some of my approaches are - desensitization, visualization, guided imagery, neuro-linguistic programming, self discovery, careful discussion and analysis, spirituality, meditation, exercise incorporated with nutrition, trust building, goal setting and achievement. 

For more information about Beatrix's services, please call (310) 994-9532 or visit www.hypnosis-la.com and create a brighter future for you or your loved ones.

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Beatrix Wagner
Beverly Hills
Los Angeles, CA
Charlotte Kay
Charlotte Kay
Los Angeles , CA 90039

1. What therapy approach(es) do you utilize? What issues do you specify treatment for?

Approaches:

I am a mind-body therapist and I value and use many psychological theories in my practice, including Attachment, Developmental, Depth, Family Systems, Jungian, Mindfulness, Positive Psychology, Psychodynamic, Relational, and Somatic.

Issues: 

o   Accountability

o    Addiction

o    Anger management

o    Anxiety

o    Artist's Life

o    Authenticity

o    Co-dependence

o    Compulsivity

o    Coping

o    Creativity

o    Dating

o    Death

o    Depression

o    Divorce

o    Domestic violence

o    Dreams

o    Dual diagnosis

o    Eating disorders

o    Emotions

o    Empowerment

o    Family

o    Gender

o    Grief & Loss

o    Health

o    Identity

o    Integrity

o    Life purpose

o    Lifestyle

o    Non-conformity

o    Meditation

o    Mood disorders

o    Parenting

o    Personality 

o    Procrastination

o    Relationship Issues

o    Safety in the body

o    Self-Esteem/Self-worth

o    Sexuality

o    Spirituality

o    Stress

o    Trauma

o    Vulnerability

 

2. How does one know if therapy is right for them?

Therapy is right for anyone that wants deeper self-awareness. Heightened self-awareness can be the foundation of greater overall well-being as one begins to get a clearer picture of how well they function and what needs to change in order for them to function even better. Therapy can be life changing for those that experience difficulties within themselves (e.g. depression, anxiety, addiction, low self-esteem, etc.) and difficulties with others (e.g. familial, spousal, & work relationships).

 

3. What can one expect to gain from therapy?

A practice, similar to going to the gym or eating healthily, that explores the depths of one’s experience with the assistance and support of a therapist who has your safety and best interest in mind.

 

4. What is unique about you as a therapist?

I walk the talk. I have spent a great deal of my time and energy trying to ‘figure myself out’ in order to be as happy as possible and to flourish in relationships. I have enjoyed my journey and feel that I can provide the sort of therapeutic relationship with my clients that will allow them to flourish as well. I am grounded, warm, empathic, and humorous. I genuinely love the work I do and know what it takes to provide safety and comfort to those I treat.

 

5. What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse?

Substance abuse is complex. Not only does it often coexist with other mental conditions (e.g. anxiety, depression), it in itself has a strong mental component. Addiction can be insidious and the effects of it can seep into every single aspect of one’s life. This can be daunting, not to mention how addiction is perceived in the world. Those that struggle with addiction are not weak-willed, amoral, or stupid. On the contrary, they are debilitated by a condition that is treated through a variety of resources such as inpatient hospitalization, group therapy, family therapy, individual therapy, occupational therapy, and a 12-step program.

 

Charlotte is a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern with a private practice in Los Angeles, CA. If you are interested in her services, please contact her at (323) 825-1585

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Charlotte Kay
3171 Los Feliz Blvd. #307
Los Angeles , CA 90039
Danielle Servedio
Danielle Servedio
Los Angeles, CA 90039

What types of services do you offer? What issues do you specify treatment for?

I offer therapy for individuals, families, couples, teens and children.  This includes traditional talk therapy as well as art therapy. My areas of interest include addiction, chronic and terminal illness.

What therapy modalities do you use in your practice?

I utilize traditional talk therapy as well as art therapy. I treat clients holistically. I feel that it is important to focus on a person's unique qualities and not to pathologize or judge a person for the challenges that they are facing. I take a collaborative approach to help my clients explore their own individual path. I work from an eclectic theoretical orientation utilizing mindfulness based cognitive therapy and solution focused approaches.

When should one seek treatment?

I feel that clients should seek treatment when they notice something is wrong, whether its a big or small issue, talking to someone can help. When symptoms begin to impact personal relationships, work and other aspects of their lives it is time to take action!

What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone suffering with either and/or both?

Mental health and substance abuse are linked in that often times there is an underlying mental health issue that has not been treated and clients turn to substances as a means to cope. As a therapist I want to assure that the client first is able to maintain their sobriety. Then we are able to deal with the issues that caused a client to use in the first place and develop healthy coping skills for a healthy life. To do this I take a collaborative approach, providing clients with resources to support groups, family sessions and medical doctors in addition to individual therapy.

Danielle Servedio is a Marriage & Family Therapist Intern in Los Angeles, California. For more information regarding Danielle’s services, please call (323) 380-0846.

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Danielle Servedio
3171 Los Feliz Blvd. Suite 303-D
Los Angeles, CA 90039
Darren Haber
Darren Haber
Los Angeles, CA 90025

What types of services do you offer?

I am an MFT (marriage and family therapist) offering psychotherapy. I focus on psychotherapy only.

What issues do you specify treatment for?

Mostly addiction and addiction-related issues – for instance I treat both addictions to substances and behaviorally-based addictions like compulsive use of pornography, serial affairs and other harmful romantic or sexual compulsivity. I also treat partners, parents and children of those with addiction. That’s about two- thirds of my practice. The other third consists of people suffering from some kind of childhood trauma or abuse. Of course early trauma overlaps with addiction quite often, is often the progenitor of such maladies.

What therapy modalities do you use in your practice?

It depends on the patient. I do employ some cognitive-behavioral tools (such as journaling, reframing problems in less black-and-white terms, and so forth) but mostly I work in a psychodynamic mode. I’m also in psychoanalytic training in a PsyD program at the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis (ICP) in Los Angeles. I see myself as a kind of companion and guide in helping patients locate and slowly move through the painful psychic conflicts and injuries that are paralyzing them in moving towards happier life, and/or keeping them stuck in repetitive patterns that are causing suffering and misery.

When should one seek treatment?

At some point, some of us reach a point where we say “enough” and try to do something different. That something different, if the problem appears to be psychological and emotional, might include psychotherapy. Usually people come to me as a last resort, because they’ve tried everything else – so often there’s frustration or shame over not being able to fix it themselves. We’re such an overly individualized culture: needing help (unless it’s some consumer-based remedy) is often embarrassing. But we are wired for connection, and interdependent on others whether we realize it or not. Most of us fall victim to what Robert Stolorow, one of the founders of ICP and intersubjective-systems theory, calls “the myth of the isolated mind.” Loneliness and psychological disorder (or trauma) seem to go hand in hand.

Why should someone choose to come to your practice?

So I can help them discover what the problem is and find a way out. Often the presenting problem is but a symptom of a deeper issue, relating to some early trauma involving caregiver failure to provide. The heart seeks love and deep companionship, but is terrified of the risk,because of the letdown or injury early on. So a self-ideal is created where “I must and can figure this out myself.” In fact, sometimes depression or anxiety is related to the failure of fixing the problem on one’s own. The bind is, some folks have been taught to never trust others, though we need others to thrive and survive. What happened to create these perceptions and beliefs? What keeps them going? Are there alternatives? I try to move beyond “blame” since we can love our caretakers but hate some of their decisions or behaviors, and attempt a practical look at what happened, what effect that may have had (often unintended) and how one’s injuries and perspective can be healed and changed into something more fulfilling and present-oriented. For instance, there may have been neglect, which left scars, though that neglect was due to a single parent trying to make a living to feed the kids. Holding complex and contrasting views – honoring one’s own painful experiences, without slipping into rigid anger, self-loathing or isolation over what might have caused that pain – is usually one of the goals of therapy.

What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone suffering with either and/or both?

Well I believe substance abuse IS a mental illness, no two ways about it. It’s been recognized as a disease by the AMA for 50+ years, so even physicians agree on this point. Most people are pretty smart, and wouldn’t hurt themselves intentionally; thus the vexing behavior of self-destructing via drugs or alcohol appears counterintuitive to our natural instincts for self-preservation. That tells you an illness is in place: when we continue to do something harmful and shameful which goes against our basically loving, creative human nature. I do believe we come into the world wanting to love, be loved and play (create). You look at a baby in his mom or dad’s arms, or a child playing happily, you don’t see a being who thinks “gee I’m a piece of crap” or “life stinks”. Children look to their parents and peers with such longing and joyous curiosity. Negative fixations are learned, not congenital. (There are some exceptions with some illnesses of course.) Overall, though, I think we all want love and soulful expansion and playfulness in some way. It’s our birthright.

Darren is a Marriage and Family Therapist in Los Angeles, California. For more information on  his services, please contact him at (323) 578-7287. 

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Darren Haber
2001 S. Barrington Ave. Suite 307
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Dina Bernat-Kunin
Dina Bernat-Kunin
Los Angeles, CA 90035

What types of services do you offer? What issues do you specify treatment for?

Going beyond traditional psychotherapy invites a deeper healing to occur. Body T'Shuvah is an integration of psychotherapy,  intuitive healing, and deep body listening and body dialogue. Through this approach you give your body a voice as well as your mind. Healing comes from this vital partnership. This unique work addresses both emotional and physical challenges. It is particularly effective for trauma, anxiety, depression, issues related to grief and loss, insomnia, struggles with relationships, cancer support, chronic pain,addiction recovery support, and infertility. Body T'Shuvah is the process of coming back into alignment with ourselves. Through guided exercises, we can repair the emotional wear and tear deep inside our bodies. Carefully, we re-form a healthy connection with each body part and each voice within by bringing special attention to the parts of us which need it the most.

The intention of this work is to recognize how our bodies communicate with us. We do this in order to access our unacknowledged emotions so we do not live with invisible burdens. How can we learn to listen to our bodies? The idea of listening to our body is frequently expressed on a physical level. When recovering from an illness we often hear, "Engage in activity as tolerated. Listen to your body." Listening in this sense means monitoring. Yet, pain is an opportunity and an invitation from our body to hear a deeper story. Give your body a voice. Hear what it has to teach, feel what it is holding, and discover the buried texts of your life experience. Hidden beneath the aches and pains, beneath the stories and feelings, is the place where we connect to our essence. This is a clearer, freer, and more joyful self that can emerge and be revealed. It is from this place that we can choose to live our life.

What therapy modalities do you use in your practices?

As an Intuitive Healer, a Certified Energetic Practitioner and Licensed Clinical Social Worker, I use empathy, caring and an open hearted non-judgmental approach to create a nurturing and safe space for healing.

Psychotherapy is a powerful verbal process which enables us to develop insight into our behaviors, and awareness of unconscious thoughts and feelings.

Intuitive Energy Healing enhances this work by expanding the depth of exploration to reach the body level where our life experiences and traumas are stored. I help my clients identify and release heavy memories, thereby lightening the weight of their unseen burdens. It is through this integrated approach that I work with my clients building a bridge between the mind and body. In this way we achieve clearer self-understanding, deeper personal connections, stronger feelings of being alive, and successfully navigate life's challenges.

By honoring and trusting in the wisdom of the body, I weave together my extensive therapeutic skills, my energy healing expertise, and my intuitive gifts. I integrate these modalities in my Therapy Healing Practice offering my clients the opportunity for deep repair, transformation and greater joy.

When should one seek treatment?

One should seek treatment when struggling with either emotional or physical pain or both. This therapy-healing work addresses the deep emotional components of life transitions, challenges, and illness. It  works in partnership and collaboration with medical treatment and other healing modalities.

What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone suffering with either and/or both?

Going beyond traditional psychotherapy invites a deeper healing to occur. T’Shuva means to return, to grow, to transform. Body T'Shuvah is a process of repairing the places in our lives and in our body which are broken. By bringing special attention to where our bodies need it the most, we re-form a healthy connection with each body part and each voice within. Substance abuse issues are a manifestation of the challenging and difficult experiences which often appear in our lives in hidden ways. We are direct inheritors of unfulfilled expectations, betrayals, shame, disappointments and emotional and physical pain. When there is no outlet for these emotions, the energy connected to them gets fused into the cells of the body. This forms physical and energetic blocks which get passed down through generations. These are our invisible burdens. Awaiting us is the privilege of recognizing our gifts and passing them on. This is the intended inheritance from our lineage, rather than the invisible burdens. To be freed of the invisible burden is what our lineage longs for, so that our gifts can be revealed and can be seen shining in our lives, and in the world. It is time to lighten your load and live a more productive, more pain free, and more joyful life.

Dina Bernat-Kunin is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Energy Practioner Intuitive Healer in Los Angeles, California. For more information regarding Dina’s services, please call (323) 303-1084 or visit dinabernatkunin.com/.

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Dina Bernat-Kunin
1166 S. La Jolla Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90035
Dr. Bill Cloke
Dr. Bill Cloke
Los Angeles, CA 90025

What types of services do you offer? What issues do you specify treatment for?

I offer individual and couples therapy. I work in a variety of modalities including psychodynamic, cognitive, EMDR and Trauma Resiliency model therapy. I treat for anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorders, personality disorders, self esteem issues and spiritual growth work.

What therapy modalities do you use in your practice?

Therapy models are face to face psychotherapy, supportive and deep core work. I like to work collaboratively and develop a style that works with each individual.

When should one seek treatment?

The best reason to seek psychotherapy is to get to know yourself better. That is not usually what brings people to psychotherapy. It is usually because people are in pain or suffering from some form of emotional malnutrition. If people find themselves in the same cycle again and again then they will need help to bring them to a greater understanding and will need to learn skills to be able to self sooth and to heal their personal wounds.

What relationships exist between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone suffering with either and/or both?

Substance abuse is the symptom, mental health issues are the cause. Usually high degrees of stress, anxiety, depression and self esteem problems are the cause. The services I provide would initially involve getting the person clean, that may mean a treatment facility to begin with. Psychotherapy does not begin until someone is clean.

Dr. Bill Cloke is a Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, California. For more information regarding Dr. Cloke’s services, please call (310) 277-4042 or (877) 384-4985.

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Dr. Bill Cloke
10350 Santa Monica Boulevard, Ste 300
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Dr. Gretchen Kubacky
Dr. Gretchen Kubacky
Los Angeles, CA 90025

What types of services do you offer? What issues do you specify treatment for?

I'm a health and medical psychologist and Certified Bereavement Facilitator.  I treat people for chronic and "invisible" illnesses, and the related losses.  I work with depression, anxiety, anticipatory grief, and trauma.  I help people figure out how to go from surviving to thriving, even while living with a chronic illness.  I'm a specialist in endocrine disorders, including PCOS, infertility, diabetes, and thyroid issues.

What therapy modalities do you use in your practice?

I see people in individual, couples, and family/group sessions.  I utilize talk therapy, grief therapy, homework, and sometimes art therapy to craft a customized approach for each client.

When should one seek treatment?

You should consider seeking treatment when your symptoms are interfering with joyfully and completely living your life, meeting your goals, and engaging in rich, healthy relationships.  

What relationships exist between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone suffering with either and/or both?

Most substance abuse is triggered by underlying mental health issues, such as anxiety or depression.  Trauma is also a factor in substance abuse.  People often try to self-medicate with drugs or alcohol when they can't regulate their emotions, either due to mental illness, elevated stress, or trauma.  I utilize a multidisciplinary approach to treating addiction:  12-step programs, talk therapy, and self-care education, along with referrals to medical providers and, if needed, inpatient or intensive outpatient programs.  I utilize a strength-based, non-judgmental approach to getting back on track from substance abuse.

Dr. Gretchen Kubacky is a Psychologist in Los Angeles, California. For more information regarding Dr. Kubacky’s services, please call (310) 625-6083.

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Dr. Gretchen Kubacky
2001 S. Barrington Ave, Suite 121
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Dr. Lesley Stahl
Dr. Lesley Stahl
Los Angeles, CA 90025

What types of services do you offer? What issues do you specify treatment for?

Individual, couples, and family therapy. Issues treated include: anxiety disorders, Obsessive-Compulsive disorder, Tic disorders, ADHD, depression, phobias, relationship issues. 

What therapy modalities do you use in your practice?

Cognitive-Behavioral therapy, Exposure and Response Prevention therapy, Habit reversal therapy, Parenting therapy.

When should one seek treatment?

When there appears to be interference in social, academic, and daily life functioning.

What relationships exist between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone suffering with either and/or both?

Many patients use substances to self-medicate for anxiety and mood disorders. My emphasis in treatment is to address the underlying mental health issues that are causing chronic substance abuse. I work in collaboration with treatment providers who specialize in substance abuse.

Dr. Lesley Stahl is a Psychologist in Los Angeles, California. For more information regarding Dr. Stahl’s services, please call (310) 740-6710.

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Dr. Lesley Stahl
12301 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Dr. Mark McDonald
Dr. Mark McDonald
Los Angeles, CA 90064

What types of services do you offer? What issues do you specify treatment for?

I provide therapy and medication treatment to patients of all ages in a private, convenient office located in West Los Angeles. Most common patient problems are depression, anxiety, and ADHD; I also treat bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

What therapy modalities do you use in your practice?

I am board certified in child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry, as well as a candidate in adult psychoanalysis. My therapy orientation is psychoanalytic.

When should one seek treatment?

Patients seeking treatment have often tried other forms of therapy, unsuccessfully, to resolve long-standing conflicts and difficulties with self-identity, forming and maintaining close relationships, and achieving satisfaction and meaning in life.

What relationships exist between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone suffering with either and/or both?

Substance abuse is a self-destructive path of avoidance toward real treatment of mental illness. I do not offer treatment for active, severe substance abuse and will only see patients with substance abuse issues who are already working in a structured and supportive treatment program tailored specifically to address substance abuse.

Dr. Mark McDonald is a Psychiatrist in Los Angeles, California. For more information regarding Dr. McDonald’s services, please call (310) 954-9565.

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Dr. Mark McDonald
11500 Olympic Blvd, Suite 426
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Dr. Renaldo Strayhorn
Dr. Renaldo Strayhorn
Los Angeles, CA 90010

What types of services do you offer? What issues do you specify treatment for?

I am a psychodynamic practitioner.  However, based on my life experience and community service I am a pluralist. Meaning I work systemic, and strategically for families if need by, cbt for teen.  I have a state certificate for gambling an addiction so I understand harm risk reduction.  I definitely work as a community and environmental based clinician.  Thus, the services provided are individual, family, couples and I have done group therapy in the past.  The issues that I now focus on are couples dynamics and communication.  I also am knowledgeable about post incarceration transitioning.  

When should one seek treatment?

Ideally? In a perfect world?  One should seek treatment when things are going well!  And when not only going well but financially stable.  When in a good relationship and needing to go to the next step one should seek treatment.  Before any marriage there should be a mandate that all couples attend therapy.  

Realistically, however, one should seek treatment when things seem off balance.  When things start to turn in a direction other than a positive then it might be a good time. Individuals challenged with addictions, dependency, or abuse should attend some support services. If not therapy then AA.

What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone suffering with either and/or both?

Wow, that is almost as though I read this question before I answered the previous one. In the future substance abuse will be recognized as a mental illness.  They are co-occurring most often but there is more awareness now that 30 years ago.  So, briefly, there relationship between mental health and substance abuse/dependency is very strong.  I have worked with substance abuse clients with agencies and not in my private practice.  I can work with addictions and understand the mental illness associated with substance abuse.

Dr. Renaldo Strayhorn, Ph.D. is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (#45042) in Los Angeles, CA. For more information, please call (818) 753-6606.

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Dr. Renaldo Strayhorn
3660 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 907
Los Angeles, CA 90010
Dr. Robert Chang of Insight Choices Mental Wellness
Dr. Robert Chang of Insight Choices Mental Wellness
Los Angeles, CA 90046

What types of services do you offer? What issues do you specify treatment for?

We are a group practice of psychiatrists, physician assistants, and therapists.  We offer psychotherapy, couples' counseling, group therapy, and psychiatric services.  We help people with issues ranging from relationship issues to depression or anxiety to substance dependency

issues such as opioid dependence.   

What therapy modalities do you use in your practices?

We provide interpersonal psychotherapy and also cognitive behavioral psychotherapy.  If medication is needed, we also provide medication management.

When should one seek treatment?

When a person finds himself in a situation in which he is not able to perform optimally on the job or in his relationship, then he may want to explore the possibility of contacting a professional to help him to sort out his issues.

What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone suffering with either and/or both?

Most people with substance abuse issues will have co-occurring mental health issues such as clinically significant depression or anxiety.  Some people with mental health issues may also develop some forms of substance abuse.  We are on the lookout for co-occurring disorders when we evaluate and treat patients for either condition.  We have group therapy, individual therapy, couples therapy, and medication management for clients with either or both conditions.

Dr. Robert Chang is a Psychiatrist at Insight Choices Mental Wellness in Los Angeles, California. For more information, please call (323) 375-0950.

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Dr. Robert Chang of Insight Choices Mental Wellness
8265 Sunset Blvd, Suite 204
Los Angeles, CA 90046
Dr. Terry Binkovitz
Dr. Terry Binkovitz
Los Angeles, CA 90045

What types of services do you offer? What issues do you specify treatment for?

I offer individual, couples and a group therapy.  I specialize in personal growth, major life transitions or adjustment issues such as divorce, premarital counseling,  job transitions, birth or completion of school.  I also offer grief or loss support. I have worked with relationship challenges which can include romantic, marital, family, parenting, coworkers and friends.  For many years, I did groups and individual therapy for those with chronic illnesses.

What therapy modalities do you use in your practice?

I have been trained in an unique approach called Process Work, developed by Arnold Mindell.  Process Work is is a dynamic and transformative approach which uses Jungian Psychology, Taoism and Physics.

When should one seek treatment?

Most people seek therapy when there is anxiety and pain in their lives.  I believe that a good time to begin therapy is in your early twenties when you are in the process of becoming an adult.  

What relationships exist between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone suffering with either and/or both?

Many clients that I have seen in their early twenties have experimented with substances that have led to abuse.  My objective in working with clients with addictions is to understand the states that they are needing to experiences more in their lives.  These can often be spiritual states, states of belonging or needing more connection or just altering from their daily routines.

Dr. Terry Binkovitz is a Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, California. For more information regarding Dr. Binkovitz's services, please call (310) 826-9100.

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Dr. Terry Binkovitz

Los Angeles, CA 90045
Ellie Zarrabian
Ellie Zarrabian
Los Angeles, CA 90024

What types of services do you offer? What issues do you specify treatment for?

 

I generally work with women (fewer men) b/w ages 24 and 50 who are going through major life transitions such as career change, divorce, wanting to get married, death, loss, etc. while dealing with existential issues such as "what is the purpose of my life? why am I here? why do I suffer? and is this all there is?" generally this is referred to as going through a spiritual awakening or in some cases spiritual emergency. These individuals are looking for something greater, deeper than what their day to day mundane life offers. Often this is the beginning of the search for what we may refer to as "the call to one's higher calling and purpose in life."

 

What therapy modalities do you use in your practices?

 

I am trained in Transpersonal counseling and healing practices. Part of what I do is talk therapy but also incorporate other modalities into the sessions such as mindfulness meditation, shamanic healing, Therapeutic Touch and guided imagery and visualization.

 

When should one seek treatment?

 

If you find yourself struggling with life issues, i.e. depression, anxiety, lack of meaning, purpose, lack of inner guidance, alone and isolated, but wanting a better life and you have been in psychotherapy but feel that you want to explore a more spiritual approach to healing and wellness this could be the right direction for you. Also, if you tend to be a more sensitive individual, highly creative and have an interest in mind/body/ spirit healing, this could be the right path.

 

Why should someone choose to come to your practice?

 

Finding the right therapist/ therapy is almost like finding the right life partner. There has to be a connection b/w the client and the therapist. When people contact me I often ask them what drew them to me or my work, and they often talk about being interested in spirituality and wanting to work with a spiritually oriented healer.

 

What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone suffering with either and/or both?

 

Addiction is an attempt to fill the "void" we feel within. We live in a culture of addictions. It's very hard to find meaning in life when there is so much emptiness around us. Spiritual counseling can help individuals fill the "void" by finding and connecting to a deeper source from within the self as opposed to trying to find it outside of oneself.

Ellie is a third generation Shamanic Healer with a doctorate degree in Psychology. For more information on her services, please visit http://www.centeronpeace.com/ or contact her at (310) 498-3573. 

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Los Angeles, CA 90024
Erika Bischoff of Westwood Family Counseling
Erika Bischoff of Westwood Family Counseling
Los Angeles, CA 90049

1. What therapy approach(es) do you utilize? What issues do you specify treatment for?

Primarily Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solution-Focused therapy but I also use other approaches depending on the need of the client. I primarily treat issues of depression, anxiety, mood disorders, psychosis, grief/loss, trauma. 

 

2. How does one know if therapy is right for them?

If someone is looking for a change but they are not sure how to start or have not yet been successful in making changes; when someone recognizes that they are struggling in their daily lives or with relationships.

 

3. What can one expect to gain from therapy?

Tools and skills to use in managing moods, self-acceptance, self-efficacy, improved relationships.

 

4. What is unique about you as a therapist?

I have experience in working with a diverse population and issues. I am CBT therapist and emphasize the benefits of clients using interventions between sessions to help the treatment process. 

 

5. What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse?

Often substance abuse can be a way that one is self-medicating for an untreated mental health issue; often the substance abuse can create or exacerbate a mental health issue. 

 
 
Erika is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at Westwood Family Counseling in Los Angeles, CA. If you are interested in her services or those of Westwood Family Counseling, please contact (310) 471-2500 or visit westwoodfamilycounseling.com/
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Erika Bischoff of Westwood Family Counseling
520 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Suite 308
Los Angeles, CA 90049
J. Edward Goldman
J. Edward Goldman
Los Angeles, CA 900025

What types of services do you offer?

I offer individual psychotherapy, addiction/recovery counseling, couple therapy, family therapy, life coaching, life transitions counseling and career counseling.

What issues do you specify treatment for?

The main issues I specialize in and see time and again here in Los Angeles are moderate-to-severe depression and anxiety, addiction to every substance to you can imagine (e.g., alcohol, cocaine, marijuana, pills, etc.) and process addictions (eating disorders, compulsive shopping, sex addiction, pornography addiction, internet addiction, etc.), major loss/trauma/abuse issues from one's family of origin as well relationship history and current relationships, narcissistic/borderline/obsessive compulsive personality disorder and personality disorder traits, workaholism and perfectionism/procrastination, creative blocks and life/career/relationship transitions. I specialize in specific anxiety disorders such as Panic Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. I have also become quite effective in treating and assisting clients with managing more severe disorders such as Bipolar Spectrum Disorders and Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders (e.g., Schizoaffective d/o, Schizotypal Personality d/o, etc.).

What therapy modalities do you use in your practice?

My training and my foundational therapeutic modality is Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, but not in the sense that most mental health professionals use the term. Although the term is generally used as the most effective and time-efficient modality for achieving symptom reduction, improving mood level and increasing a client's functioning, I understand and implement CBT with a full grasp and appreciation of it philosophical and cultural roots, as well as an acceptance of its limitations for certain clients and for certain therapeutic needs. This is precisely why my overall therapeutic approach—which I call 'Power Therapy'—is holistic and integrative in nature, incorporating elements of CBT, humanistic, existential, multicultural, psychodynamic, solution-focused, family systems and narrative therapy in a systematic fashion. I generally utilize Eastern concepts such as mindfulness and Western ideas such as attachment theory in my practice as well, demonstrating their interconnectedness. Having studied psychology, psychotherapy and philosophy my entire entire adult life from both an academic/scientific and experiential/practical perspective, I am able to offer a unique, powerful, integrative approach to helping clients solve life problems much more than your average practitioner. With several years of experience working in varied clinical settings throughout California and a cutting-edge private practice two years and running, I am well-versed in promoting client change and empowering human beings as fully as possible.

When should one seek treatment?

My clients often come to treatment when they have repeated tried different approaches (or perhaps much of the same behaviors, again and again) to either decrease their distress or to improve their life satisfaction. They reach a point where they are absolutely stuck and completely uncertain as to how they can move forward in life without help. There may be observable outward signs such as problems on the job, relationship conflict, social isolation, destructive behaviors. Or the change that enables clients to seek therapy may be internal, silence, invisible. Some simply want more out of life—they know they have greater potential for happiness, power and fulfillment than they are currently realizing or able to achieve entirely on their own, or with the help of family/friends. And many get tired of bad advice from everyone around them! So they seek out therapy as a way of transcending the limitations of others and self, which are often unquestionably accepted and internalized, until you just find the strength, initiative, and you've had enough. So you make the call. Or send the email. And the door to your new life begins to open up a little.

Why should someone choose to come to your practice?

I think it's a false alternative to say that someone 'should' or 'shouldn't' come to therapy in general, 'needs' it or 'doesn't need' it, or certainly should choose to come to my practice. It is not my place to dictate the life or choices of clients or potential clients as a psychotherapist. What I can tell you, however, is that, if you do choose to work with me, you will receive psychotherapy that is extremely honest, affordable, real, effective, timely, utilizing all the best cross-disciplinary information about human beings that we have out there and that, above all else, is concrete and practical (while at the same time aiming for the highest within you). What you will not get from my practice are false promises, glossy/shiny exteriors, expensive fantasies/luxuries and wastes of time, or anything as inauthentic as we often find ourselves paying for here in Los Angeles. You will get the real deal: a likable, professional helper that does his best to allow you to feel comfortable/safe at first, but does not stop there, but encourages you to open up and embrace the risk, uncertainty, and imperfect beauty of life change and the human question for empowerment/ transcendence of those cards that have been dealt to us, quite beyond our control. It's time to take control. If you're ready. If it's the right choice for you.

What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone suffering with either and/or both?

Mental health and substance abuse/addiction are inextricable connected. Even if a client is suffering only from a substance use disorder, it can only really be understood in terms of all that we know about mental health, all that we know about mental disorders, and all that we know about human beings in general. There are often many issues underlying excessive and problematic substance use that need to be addressed in order to treat the addiction itself. In addition, these mental health issues may actually constitute a separate mental disorder, such as a mood disorder or personality disorder, which must be treated in conjunction with the substance disorder in order to achieve real life change. In other words, a client may be suffering from a dual or even triple diagnosis, all of which are interacting and bouncing off of each other in a causal matrix, wreaking havoc on the client's life and his/her loved ones. Having worked for years in both upscale and nonprofit dual-diagnosis treatment centers w/ both celebrities and the homeless, I can provide exceptionally effective psychotherapy, addiction/recovery counseling and relapse prevention to the most challenging of clients, from all walks of life. I have become particularly skilled at assisting entertainment and creative professionals here in Los Angeles in conquering their addictions through intensive, structured psychotherapy and often in conjunction with other professionals (psychiatrists, counselors) and helpful support groups. The research does not show that inpatient rehab treatment is more effective than psychotherapy + social support, especially considering the incredible cost of such treatment and the gigantic, false promises made by these luxury facilities and sleek professionals. If you choose to work on your substance use or process addictions (particularly sex addictions) with me, I will do my best to provide you with all the knowledge, tools and therapeutic sensitivity/acumen that you would honestly be lucky to receive from most of the facilities located throughout Los Angeles at a much higher cost. I know because I've worked in facilities like those before and learned great lessons. I've seen some succeed and many fail, repeatedly, in their recovery, because they just didn't receive the right help. And because their treatment just wasn't addressing all the complex components of addiction, and of course the deeper existential, spiritual, and human growth/potential issues. You needn't remain powerless. Or blindly seeking after false power through fleeting fixes. There is real power through therapy. You choose!

 
J. Edward Goldman is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Psychotherapist and Founder of Power Therapy in Los Angeles, California. For more information on his services, please contact him at (213) 915-4064. 
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2001 S. Barrington Ave., Suite #216
Los Angeles, CA 900025
James Luzano
James Luzano
Los Angeles , CA 90024

1) What types of services do you offer? What issues do you specify treatment for?

I am a psychiatrist who specializes in addiction. I can provide services in diagnosis, treatment, and management of various psychiatric disorders and substance use problems. I provide diagnostic clarification, medication management, psychotherapy, and consultation for treatment of depressive, anxiety, psychotic, and mood disorders. I can work with patients for treatment of various substance as well as behavioral addictions.
 

2) What therapy modalities do you use in your practices?

I am psychodynamically trained. I also have extensive experience with cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal, and supportive psychotherapies. In our clinic, there will also be other therapy staff who specialize in various therapy modalities.
 

3) When should one seek treatment?

The answer to this is dependent on the individual and his or her specific situations and needs. I typically focus on the idea of "functioning" and how this applies to work, relationships, stress management, and other aspects of daily living. When individuals find themselves struggling in these areas of their life and discover that it may relate to their mental health or substance use, it may be a good time to seek treatment. Often, people can rely on those closest to them to give them an idea of how they may be doing. There is also the concept of "the things that used to work don't anymore" and that can apply to various aspects of life which when identified could also be a good indicator that help is needed.
 

4) Why should someone choose to come to your practice?

Dealing with mental illness and addiction can be extremely difficult and painful. I understand that not everyone is the same and that a comprehensive diagnosis and flexible treatment plan are important to successful recovery. You will receive my care and compassion in a non-judgmental environment to help you and your loved ones heal.
 

5) What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone suffering with either and/or both?

In almost all situations, mental health and substance abuse are intertwined and feed off of each other, all while the individual suffers. There are many ways to address and treat mental illness and addiction. Together we can find the right approach that works for you.
 
 
James is a Board-Certified Psychiatrist with a private practice in Los Angeles, CA. If interested in his services please contact him at (310) 713-4246. 
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James Luzano
10921 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 1011
Los Angeles , CA 90024
Jeffrey Bornstein
Jeffrey Bornstein
Los Angeles, CA 90039

What therapy approach(es) do you utilize? What issues do you specify treatment for?

I use a mindfulness based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) approach.  I specialize in treating anxiety disorders, panic attacks, and substance abuse.

How does one know if therapy is right for them?

I believe that therapy is right for any individual who is experiencing emotional pain and / or is having trouble functioning at home, work/school, or in their relationships.

What can one expect to gain from therapy?

In my view, therapy is beneficial in three areas:

  1. It can help reduce your emotional distress.

  2. It can improve how you function at home, at work, and in your relationships.

  3. It can facilitate personal growth and development.

What is unique about you as a therapist?

I am very interactive in my therapeutic approach.  I believe that therapy is a collaboration between the client and the therapist working towards a common goal.  I am also very present-focused in my approach.  I believe that the past and the future are only important inasmuch as it informs what is happening in the present.  Finally, I am a career changer. I used to be an accountant and then a management consultant.  This career path helps me see every issue and every person from multiple perspectives.  It also supports my belief that people can change at any point in their life.

What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse?

I believe that substance abuse is a mental health issue.  Typically, the substance abuse is masking some other emotional distress or it is an attempt to self-medicate to alleviate symptoms from another mental health issue.  The first step is to deal with the substance abuse.  In this way, it is possible to see what issues are caused by the substance abuse and what issues remain after the substance abuse is managed.  The second step is to deal with these remaining issues.

Jeffrey Bornstein, MS, LPCC, NCC is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (#423) in Los Angeles, California. For more information, please call (323) 362-6555.

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Jeffrey Bornstein
3171 Los Feliz Boulevard, Suite 307
Los Angeles, CA 90039
Julia Chapman
Julia Chapman
Los Angeles, CA 90026

What types of services do you offer? What issues do you specify treatment for?

I offer psychotherapy for adult individuals and couples dealing with a variety of different issues. My areas of focus are trauma, codependency, couples and family of origin conflict.

What therapy modalities do you use in your practices?

I use cognitive behavioral therapy to help people change unhelpful ways of thinking, psychodynamic interventions to address how past experiences influence current behavior, narrative therapy to empower clients and decrease shame, and mindfulness work to increase mind/body awareness.

When should one seek treatment?

I find that therapy is most helpful for people who enter treatment when they are ready. Therapy can be incredibly rewarding, but often things can get harder before they get better. It is important for clients to seek therapy when they want to make changes, even though the process of changing may be difficult.  

What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone suffering with either and/or both?

Substance abuse can lead to declines in mental health for both the person suffering with abuse and for their friends and family. In my therapy practice I work with people who are active in recovery programs for substance abuse or have some sobriety. I have a special interest in working with partners or family members of people with substance abuse who are struggling with codependency. I also help couples deal with addiction, recovery and codependency-related issues in their relationships. 

Julia Chapman, MA, MFT Intern is a Marriage and Family Therapist registered intern in Los Angeles, California. For more information, please call (323) 509-4972.

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Julia Chapman
1741 Silver Lake Blvd, Suite 2B
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Kelly Young
Kelly Young
Los Angeles, CA 90004

1) What types of services do you offer?

I am a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern working in private practice at The Larchmont Associates under Andrea Zuckerman (MFT 46089). I provide counseling services for individuals, couples, and families. I have also worked extensively with children who have parents in recovery programs.    

 

2) What issues do you specify treatment for?

I treat addiction, substance abuse, trauma, mood disorders, ADHD, infertility, relationship issues, anxiety & depression. I also provide career counseling and support services for individuals going through periods of change or adjustment.  

 

3) What therapy modalities do you use in your practices?

I work from a strengths-based, client-centered approach which specifically caters to the needs of each individual client. I draw from treatment modalities such as humanistic, relational, and narrative therapies, as well as using my cognitive behavioral background as a toolkit for reducing pain during tough times.    

 

4) When should one seek treatment?

I believe it is up to each individual client to decide when it is time to seek treatment. I think we all have deep-gut wisdom that tells us when it is time to change paths or seek additional support on our journey.  

 

5) Why should someone choose to come to your practice?

I might be a good match for someone who wants a positive, collaborative therapist that is interested in mining from existing strengths and looking for unique alternatives to existing problems.  

 

6) What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone suffering with either and/or both?

Mental health and substance abuse are very interconnected. I believe most substance abuse and dependence stems from a desire to soothe anxiety, body-dysregulation, or painful memories and feelings. Sometimes this self-soothing goes too far and begins to negatively impact one's life. As a therapist, I try to help people look for new ways to cope with stress and difficult feelings, which might include mindfulness practices, 12-step programs, cognitive re-framing, or body regulation techniques. I also hope to help my clients process and come to understand any trauma they might have experienced, so there is less drive for substances.  

 

 

Kelly is a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern working in a private practice at The Larchmont Associates in Los Angeles, CA. If you are interested in her services, please contact her at (323) 413-7773. 

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Kelly Young
143 N. Larchmont Blvd., 2nd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90004
Maria Gray
Maria Gray
Los Angeles, CA 90064

What type of services do you offer?

I am an MFT Registered intern (#70802) working under the supervision of Andrew Susskind, LCSW LCS 17309. I specialize in working with trauma and addiction. I work with couples, individuals and young adults.

I have a specific focus and passion for working with addictions and am particularly interested in how our society uses "busy"-sometimes in the form of overuse and over scheduling or technology/internet addiction. I enjoy working with corporate professionals (especially technology professionals) who want to find more balance. My own experience in the corporate world has influenced my work in this area as I encourage clients to create space in their lives to recover their authentic selves while pursuing their hopes and dreams.

What therapy modalities do you use?

In my work with individuals, couples and groups, I combine a relational style with mindfulness and cognitive-behavioral techniques, and my personal meditation and yoga practice informs my work. I have advanced training in a somatically based therapy approach called NARM (the NeuroAffective Relational Model) which helps client integrate the body and mind. I have studied Positive Psychology which is a strength based approach.

When should one seek treatment?

Whenever one’s intuitive voice can be heard asking for help

What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone suffering with either or both?

Substance abuse and early trauma are deeply interrelated. The therapeutic environment provides an environment where clients can begin to explore and heal their attachment wounds. I am a big believer in 12 Step groups as an adjunct to individual therapy. With newly sober and/ or dual diagnosis clients, a team approach works best; I work closely with a psychiatrist who specializes in addiction.

Maria is a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern (#70802) in West Los Angeles, California. For more information on her services, please contact her at (310) 319-6500. 

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Maria Gray
2550 Overland Avenue, Suite 100
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Maria Pappajohn
Maria Pappajohn
Los Angeles, CA 90025

What types of services do you offer?

My practice is a holistic psychotherapy practice which explores the mind, body, and spirit as a unified whole. The main reason we lose our sense of wholeness is that there is an imbalance with our mind/body/spirit connection. And the imbalance arises because we usually have difficulty knowing how to listen to ourselves properly. My services are aimed to empower the client to learn to listen to themselves compassionately and non-judgmentally. Our mind, body, and spirit synchronize with this kind of listening, and spontaneous insights and healing happen. Even deep levels of trauma and pain can be resolved by such deep attention. The client can begin to experience freedom, spaciousness, and courage as a part of everyday existence.

What issues do you specify treatment for?

The people that tend to find me are anxiety- ridden, depressed, have substance abuse issues, have been traumatized, are having difficulty with relationships and may have chronic illness. They may also question their relationship to their spirituality, or would like to bring their existing spirituality more fully into their everyday lives.

What therapy modalities do you use in your practice?

The modality tends to arise organically from the content of the session, and is a result of the collaboration between therapist and client. My modalities include psychotherapy, somatic or body-based therapies, mindfulness, and meditation. I also utilize spiritual foundations from different spiritual traditions (depending on the client’s inclination).

When should one seek treatment?

I trust that people generally seek treatment when the time is right for them – there is usually this internal push that says it is time for a different frame of reference, or what they have been doing isn’t working anymore, or the level of pain has reached a point where it has to be addressed. Why should someone choose to come to your practice Those who decide to come to me come because the fit, the philosophy, and that unspoken gut feeling says the connection is right for them.

What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone suffering with either and/or both?

I have worked with substance abuse as long as I have been licensed – which is fourteen years now. Rarely does substance abuse occur without some underlying mental health issue – on some level addiction is often a way the addict tries to resolve the underlying mental health issue. I have worked with grown men with undiagnosed ADHD use alcohol or marijuana to try to ameliorate their own brain chemistry. I have also seen clients who have used addiction to relieve the pain of abuse, trauma or neglect. So my role is two-fold: while the client and I may work on the underlying issues, they often need extra support to maintain their sobriety. I work collaboratively with holistic and traditional psychiatrists, naturopaths, outpatient programs, 12-step programs and sponsors. Addiction is a serious disease and clients deserve to have the most support and best chance of recovery.

Maria is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a practice in Los Angeles, California. For more information on her services please contact her at (310) 903-1283. 

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Maria Pappajohn
2001 Barrington Avenue, Suite 203
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Maureen Donley
Maureen Donley
Los Angeles, CA 90025

What types of services do you offer?

Individual and Family therapy for adults, adolescents and children

What issues do you specify treatment for?

Adoption, Creative Professionals, Trauma, Addiction, Attachment and Mood Disorders

What therapy modalities do you use in your practice?

EMDR, TRM, mindfulness, gestalt, attachment repair, family systems, depth psychology, humanism (Satir, Rogers)

When should one seek treatment?

Treatment can be especially effective at the threshold moments in our lives that signal a new chapter is beginning and an old one is ending – navigating these periods in a self-enhancing way can be challenging; births, deaths, marriage, divorce, graduations, job change/loss, acknowledgement of a problem one feels at last ready to approach – these are times when the support of an attuned therapist can make all the difference in facilitating a purposeful life.

Why should someone choose to come to your practice?

Early trauma and attachment issues are often implicated in addiction and substance abuse issues down the line; I believe a comprehensive approach that addresses the mind, body, brain and heart can create a solid foundation for healing.

What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone suffering with either and/or both?

Psychotherapy can be very helpful in discovering the underlying drivers of addictive behaviors. Insight along with the somatic work of EMDR and TRM (which calms our fight/flight/freeze response) can pave the way to self-acceptance and health.

Maureen is a Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in Adoption Issues, Creative Professionals and Trauma. For more information about her and her services please visit www.maureendonley.com or contact her at (310) 359-9445.

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Maureen Donley
2001 Barrington Avenue, Suite 301
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Maureen Healy
Maureen Healy
Los Angeles, CA 90401

1. What therapy approach(es) do you utilize? What issues do you specify treatment for?

Some of the therapeutic approaches I use are: Cognitive Behavioral Training, Rational Emotive Therapy, Spiritual Counseling, Play & Art Therapy with Children and Energy Healing

 

2. How does one know if therapy is right for them?

Being able to get guidance from someone is helpful at different points in your life or if you are challenged with a particular issue (i.e. depression, anxiety, sleep problems, loss/grief and more) that keeps returning. My focus is counseling children from 3 to 12 or their parents regarding them. My biggest recommendation is to find someone you feel has insight regarding the particular issues you or your children are facing. 

 

3. What can one expect to gain from therapy?

Counseling or therapy can help you (or your children) see a situation differently, gain coping skills and grow from your experiences. Since I work with children I am always giving them both new ideas and practical tools to help them experience more good things in life.

 

4. What is unique about you as a therapist?

Unique about me is that I bring an in-depth background in child development, global work with children (US, Europe, Asia) and also an equally in-depth background in mindfulness as well as philosophies on how to cause happiness in children --- no matter what. One of my specialties is highly sensitive children and how to help them thrive in today's not-so sensitive world.

 

5. What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse?

Substance abuse is really individuals with chemical imbalances in their brain seeking to balance them in an unhealthy way. When those folks get assistance from a skilled professional those issues can be mitigated and eventually eliminated to live sober, healthy and happy lives.

 

 

Maureen is an author, speaker and healer working directly with parents and children. She specializes in helping highly sensitive and intutive kids thrive and has a private practice in Los Angeles, CA. If you are interested in her services, please contact her at (310) 351-4011 or visit www.growinghappykids.com/

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Los Angeles, CA 90401
Michael Liberatore
Michael Liberatore
Los Angeles, CA 90048

What types of services do you offer? What issues do you specify treatment for?

I work with couples, families and individuals from a systemic viewpoint. We do not exists on our own, and therefore our feeling and behaviors need to be examined through a relational lens.

Aside from treating anxiety and depression issues, I have certification to specialize in anger management, domestic violence, and communication issues. I am also certified in LGBT issues. Through my work at The Institute for Sexual Health in Beverly Hills, I have begun to treat sexual addiction and recovery, as well as work with sexually marginalized populations.

What therapy modalities do you use in your practices?

I'm a post-modern therapist, using mostly Narrative Therapy techniques. That said, I tend to incorporate some Cognitive-Behavioral Theory and Attachment Theory in my work.

When should one seek treatment?

I firmly believe the individual is the best judge of that; we know ourselves better than anyone else. When the level of psychic discomfort becomes too intense to fully appreciate our lives, we must trust our inner voices and seek help. We know, if we trust our instincts, when we can't work through our issues alone.

What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone suffering with either and/or both?

We're a culture that has learned to self-medicate to avoid facing trauma, disappointment, or low self-esteem. If we rely on numbing out--through substances, sex, eating, shopping...whatever, we are not facing our demons and we're keeping ourselves caught in self-destructive cycles. I start at square one--the basic belief that no one person is "the" problem; we are all flawed individuals who have "a" problem, which can be externalized, examined, and worked through.

Michael G. Liberatore is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, California. For more information about Michael’s services, please call (310) 497-7682.

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Michael Liberatore
6404 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 520
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Michael Roback
Michael Roback
Los Angeles, CA 90024

What types of services do you offer? What issues do you specify treatment for?

I provide a full range of  mental health services. For a full description of my background and services, please visit my website:  http://www.michaelroback.com

What therapy modalities do you use in your practices?

I utilize psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, and solution focused modalities.

When should one seek treatment?

This is a bigger question than it seems! The simple answer is when they feel motivated and are ready to address concerns in their life.

What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone suffering with either and/or both?

The relationship between mental health and substance abuse is often reciprocal, linear, causative and contributory. Substance abuse is often an attempt to self-medicate an underlying mental health issue. Though often addictive and initiated recreationally,  the process of the addiction contributes to mental health symptomatology that needs attention. Ones reaction to the addiction itself, when it is identified as a problem is contributory to one's sense of self. I provide a range of services to those needing attention for chemical dependency and substance abuser, including individual and family treatment, as well as collateral services with significant others involved when indicated. Furthermore, I very often refer to various levels of intervention including detox, rehab, sober living as well as ongoing aftercare support groups such as AA and Smart Recovery.

Michael Roback is a Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Los Angeles, California. For more information regarding Michael’s services, please call (310) 472-3385.

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Michael Roback
921 Westwood Blvd, Suite 217
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Mona El Yousef
Mona El Yousef
Los Angeles, CA 90039

What types of services do you offer?

I provide holistic psychotherapy with adults, adolescents, and couples.

What issues do you specify treatment for?

I work with clients coping with past and present trauma, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and addiction.

What therapy modalities do you use in your practice?

In my work with clients, I am continually drawing from psychodynamic and attachment theories, neurobiology, Buddhist psychology, abstinence and harm reduction models, and cognitive behavioral therapy.

When should one seek treatment?

Clients are permitted to seek treatment at any stage in their recovery process and following whatever life impetus encourages them to admit that they need more assistance.

Why should someone choose to come to your practice?

I believe that a client must feel supported, encouraged and accepted during each and every stage of his or her recovery. My therapeutic style is genuine, authentic, encouraging and gently challenging, and I believe that my energy and guidance contributes to fostering clients’ beliefs in their capacity for change and recovery.

What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone suffering with either and/or both?

I believe the relationship between mental health and substance abuse is often so delicately intertwined that it is often difficult to extrapolate one from another. Therefore, in my approach, I address and treat mental health and substance abuse simultaneously. I work with clients individually to determine their willingness to address these issues and determine goals and objectives to guide our treatment. This concurrent mental health and substance abuse work can function to enlighten clients’ underlying needs, highlight their unique reasons for pursuing drugs and alcohol as an original means of survival, and over time, can help clients relinquish their reliance on drugs and alcohol while drawing them closer to their authentic selves.

Mona is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a practice in Los Angeles, California. For more information on her services please contact her at (323) 942-9520. 

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Mona El Yousef
3171 Los Feliz Blvd., Suite 307
Los Angeles, CA 90039
Nadine Winocur
Nadine Winocur
Los Angeles, CA 90232

1) What types of services do you offer? What issues do you specify treatment for?

I offer psychotherapy to individual adults in a private practice setting. Some of the issues I treat include relationship challenges, separation/ abandonment fears, anxiety, panic, self-criticism, depression, low self-esteem, addictions, compulsions, unwanted behaviors, undesirable parenting styles, eating disorders, traumas, molestation, sexual issues, and chronic pain or health issues.  

 

2) What therapy modalities do you use in your practice?

My goal is to tailor an approach to your likes and needs and construct a collaborative process that may entail a variety of effective modalities including empathic listening, insight-building, cognitive reframing, mind-body awareness, nurturing of the inner child, guided imagery, and communication skills-building. I specialize in recently developed mind-body approaches that effect greater change than talk therapy. These include EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), which helps to heal traumas and desensitize cravings for addictive substances/behaviors, and the DNMS (Developmental Needs-Meeting Strategy), which creates deep transformative changes in ego strength, sense of self, behavior patterns and personality. 

 

3) When should one seek treatment?

Any time you are considering therapy is probably the right time to pursue it. Therapy can provide emotional support, perspective, insight, and tools for stress reduction and emotional re-balancing. These tools can help you to manage the things that are problematic for you. Some of the newer therapies can also dissolve your old, unwanted reactions and tendencies.  Whether you feel ready jump in or are conflicted about entering therapy, an effective therapeutic process will help you resolve your concerns and safely assist you to create a fulfilling personal path.

 

4) Why should someone choose to come to your practice?

I am inspired by the possibility of helping people develop beyond their present state of affairs. I value our mutual learning and growth, and every client has personal value to me. In my view, the soul leads us to rise from the ashes of our life. Should you feel called to connect with me, I will do my best to create a non-judgmental and welcoming space where you may work to reach your full potential. I offer a free phone consultation to answer your initial questions and see if we might be a good fit to work together. 
 

 

5) What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone suffering with either and/or both?

Untreated mental/emotional/physical imbalances underlie both mental disorders and substance abuse. This is why it is common to find depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, ADHD or other emotional imbalances along with substance abuse. When one is unable to rely on a combination of “internal chemistry” and personal skills to soothe, ease, distract, enliven, or otherwise balance the nervous system, external substances can be sought to temporarily fill that gap. Even after a physical dependency is overcome, a psychological vulnerability to substance abuse remains. Depending on a client’s individual need, my work with a substance abusing client might include an application of EMDR to stop the cravings, various tools for releasing, calming, and boosting emotions, tools to replace negative with positive thoughts, and a process of healing (typically, early) childhood wounds underlying the old patterns of emotional reactivity and maladaptive behavior. This may include wounds that compel behaviors such as codependency, impulsivity, and other related issues. I do not provide detoxification or intensive rehabilitation but work with clients once intensive treatment is no longer required. 

 
 
Nadine Winocur, PsyD is a Licensed Psychologist in Culver City, Los Angeles County, California. For more information on her services, please contact her at (424) 603-4410.
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Los Angeles, CA 90232
Naomi Baker
Naomi Baker
Los Angeles, CA 90025

What types of services do you offer?

Psychotherapy, Hypnotherapy

What issues do you specify treatment for?

I treat people with issues such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, addictions, substance abuse, grief, family conflict, relationship issues, trauma, PTSD, and self-harming behaviors.

What therapy modalities do you use in your practice?

Psychodynamic, Jungian, CBT, Motivational Interviewing, Voice Dialogue, Gestalt

When should one seek treatment?

It is best to seek treatment when you notice a repeating pattern that feels harmful, or you feel worried about your habits, thoughts and/or behaviors. I believe these negative patterns are trying to tell us something about ourselves, and our situations, and I work to help people find a way to “hear” the message that is trying to come through. It is beneficial to seek treatment before things become unmanageable, but sometimes there are reasons that people delay asking for help. I am there to support you at any step of the way.

Why should someone choose to come to your practice?

I strive to create a safe place where we can explore your inner dynamics. As we progress, this space, or as C.G. Jung called it, this temenos, will allow us to safely access parts of yourself that might be hidden, forgotten, or misunderstood. We will work together to explore your psyche using methods such as dialoging, active imagination, working with dreams, art, and journaling. This will allow us deeper access to your inner life, which in turn will help transform your outer life. Together we will begin a journey toward healing and self-exploration. I also offer hypnotherapy services to address issues such as stress management, overcoming fears, phobias, self-confidence, motivation, smoking cessation, anxiety, addiction, creative blocks, and more. Hypnotherapy creates unconscious change in the form of new responses, thoughts, attitudes, behaviors and/or feelings.

What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone suffering with either and/or both?

If you are suffering from both substance abuse and mental health issues, I use Motivational Interviewing techniques to help you find their own reasons for change and recovery. Becoming stuck in a repeating pattern of substance abuse can happen for any number of reasons that are unique to each person’s situation. It is difficult to change these patterns, but in the process of recovery, one can learn deep and meaningful personal truths. Psychotherapy can help you explore the reasons why you began to use substances, and the trauma that might have happened during your time using. It can help you understand yourself, and in turn, begin a healing process.

Naomi is a Marriage and Family Intern in Los Angeles, California. For more information on her services please contact her at (310) 712-5443. 

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Naomi Baker
1531 Purdue Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Patricia Wilson
Patricia Wilson
Los Angeles, CA 90025

What types of services do you offer?

Individual, couples, child/adolescent, and family psychotherapy.

What issues do you specify treatment for?

Mood disorders, depression/anxiety, addiction, ADHD, oppositional behavior/minors, conflict resolution, personality disorders.

What therapy modalities do you use in your practice?

Psychodynamic psychotherapy, systems, and cognitive behavior therapy.

When should one seek treatment?

When issues are interfering with a satisfying and productive lifestyle…most individuals seek therapy following a trigger or a precipitating event.

Why should someone choose to come to your practice?

I will focus on client strength, identify the elements that are preventing personal growth and a desired lifestyle and work toward resolution, will adjust my rates to accommodate financial ability, will do phone sessions, field visits if needed, and I am always available by phone or email. 

What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone suffering with either and/or both?

Substance abuse is multi- faceted. Some persons benefit from an anonymous program and others do not except for the fellowship it provides. Some persons are not committed to recovery, so the goal then becomes a management issue. Some persons treat mental health disorders with substance use for relief, and often these individuals go undiagnosed…there is also genetic predisposition and learned behavior. In my experience, younger substance abusers can feel invulnerable and feel they have plenty of time to change…late life users have difficulty committing to recovery and can relapse frequently…many substance dependent persons do not wish to take prescribed medication for a bonafide mental health disorder i.e. depression, bipolar disorder…in conclusion, mental health issues can result in substance use and substance use can change one’s brain chemistry resulting in mental health disorders…treatment is always individual…recovery often involves lifestyle changes, renewed goals, and purposeful endeavors.

Patricia is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a private practice in Los Angeles, California. For more information on her services, please contact her at (310) 740-4305. 

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Patricia Wilson
10350 Santa Monica Blvd. Suite 300
Los Angeles, CA 90025
PCH Treatment Center
PCH Treatment Center
Los Angeles, CA

What types of services do you offer? What issues do you specify treatment for?

PCH Treatment Center is a unique psychological treatment facility in Los Angeles, California providing a caring, safe and therapeutically intensive destination for healing. We treat depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, psychological trauma including PTSD, self-injury, personality disorders, emotional dysregulation and dual-diagnosis, offering day treatment and live-in immersive programs. We also feature a family therapy program, a separate OCD program,  and a comprehensive psychological assessment clinic. We represent a new paradigm in intensive psychological care featuring a psychological rather than a medical model.

What therapy modalities do you use in your practice?

PCH Treatment Center offers individual psychotherapy five times per week, group therapies including DBT, neurofeedback and holistic activities such as meditation, yoga, intensive exercise and an experiential arts program.

When should one seek treatment?

When a person with a psychological problem is having severe symptoms and difficulties, or serious problems that are negatively impacting their daily school or work life and personal and family relationships, an intensive treatment program is an appropriate option.Oftentimes, once per week psychotherapy or medication is ineffective at managing serious psychological symptoms. PCH Treatment Center is a more comprehensive option than simple outpatient therapy, offering a safe, caring and containing environment.

What relationships exist between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone suffering with either and/or both?

Persons struggling with chemical dependency, alcoholism or prescription drug abuse often have underlying psychological issues. PCH Treatment Center receives many clients struggling with addiction, who have completed treatment at a drug or alcohol program and now need to address their psychological problems.  PCH Treatment Center has two psychiatrists and several doctoral level therapists with extensive experience in treating addiction, including medication management, detoxification and maintenance therapy.  It should be noted that our philosophy is to get people off of addictive medications using psychotherapy and adjunctive treatments to comfort and contain our clients.  Approximately thirty percent of our clients can be considered as having a dual diagnosis.

PCH Psychological Care & Healing Treatment Center is located in Los Angeles, California. For more information regarding PCH Treatment Center, please call (888) 724-0040.

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PCH Treatment Center
11965 Venice Blvd. Suite 202
Los Angeles, CA
Renewed Freedom Center
Renewed Freedom Center
Los Angeles, CA 90025

1. What therapy approach(es) do you utilize?

CBT-Cognitive Behavioral Treatment

 

2. What issues do you specify treatment for?

OCD and Anxiety Disorders

 

3. How does one know if therapy is right for them?

Knowing if treatment is working for an individual is based on their personal preference and if it is meeting their individual goals.

 

4. What can one expect to gain from therapy?

Tools to handle their presenting symptoms along with insight into their disease.  

 

5. What is unique about you as a therapist?

Dr. Yip has triumphed over her own battle with OCD which she has dealt with since adolescence. Through her personal struggles, she has been able to creatively tailor treatment specific to each patient’s individual needs.

 

6. What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse?  

If a persona has mental health issues along with substance abuse, this is call Co-occuring disorder. The two may interact with each other making it difficult for one to be able to handle the opposing symptoms. Many think that alcohol or drugs will aid them with handling or masking their mental health issues when in actuality it increases the symptoms. We require that prior to receiving treatment for the mental health ailment that the patient first receive help for their substance abuse so that they are receiving treatment with a clear mind.

 

Renewed Freedom Center specializes in anxiety disorders and is located in Los Angeles, CA. If you are interested in the services of Renewed Freedom Center or that of it's practioners, please contact (310) 268-1888 or visit www.renewedfreedomcenter.com

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Renewed Freedom Center
1849 Sawtelle Blvd, Suite 543
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Ryan M Pool
Ryan M Pool
Los Angeles, CA 90004

What therapy approach(es) do you utilize?

I position myself as a strength based therapist utilizing the ideas of Solution Focused and Narrative Therapy. This allows me to place the problems outside of the individual, while creating discussions that allow for goaling and stepping into preferred ways of begin. While I believe the past is important, I prefer to look at it in the context of the effects it has on the present. By exploring effects, I can begin to assist client's in recognizing the role the problem plays in the individuals life, which allows client's to position themselves in opposition to the problem.

What issues do you specify treatment for?

Because I work collaboratively with my client's, I don't often "specify" treatment. I am frank and open with my client's about what I might see as having a negative or detrimental impact on their life, and with this honesty, work to collaborate with my client's on how they can best "treat" their problems.

How does one know if therapy is right for them?

I really like this question and think it can be one of the most difficult challenges a new client can face. This is why I encourage clients to interview a number of therapists before starting. The worst thing that can happen is for someone to contemplate getting help and then having a terrible experience their first time in a therapist's office. This is one reason that I offer a free consult in my first meeting. I want clients to know that they are entering this relationship equally and that their opinion of me and how I work is important to a successful relationship. After this consult they can decide if I am right, but if I am not or someone else for that matter, in no way should they give up on getting help. I truly believe that admitting you have a problem and seeking help is the first step and it's important when making those first steps to find the right helper.

What can one expect to gain from therapy?

Sometimes therapy can have profound impacts and at others it can make just a small difference. The thing is, that a number of small differences can add up to a significant impact. In my practice someone can expect attempts at building a series of small changes up to this larger impact. Now how long this takes often depends on how quickly someone can make changes in their life. This last statement is in no way a judgement on peoples ability to change.  I personally am not the fastest person to change, so I might take longer than some in therapy myself. However, in sticking with therapy and working on change, I always see positive outcomes.

What is unique about you as a therapist?

I am pretty much an amalgamation of Michael White and a number of supervisor's I have worked with that have been very influential in my work. What allows me to be a bit different is my own experience of being in a biracial/multicultural relationship. This experience has opened me up to seeing the world from many different angles. I also believe that having spent two thirds of my life in Oklahoma before moving to Los Angeles has allowed me to be exposed to the different "American Cultures", if you will. These cultural experiences definitely influence how I work and the perspectives I bring to the table.

What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse?

Having spent a portion of my career in Community Mental Health, I have all too often seen devastating links between mental health and substance abuse. I prefer to avoid the chicken or the egg argument and treat people where they are when I see them. However, I can't ignore the strong correlation between substance use and increases in psychotic disorders and often permanent decreases in cognitive functioning. My basic philosophy with substances, and this includes prescription medication, is that any substance we place in our body is going to have an effect. Now sorting through the positive and negative effects can begin the process of dialogue about choices around the substances we chose to place in our body.

Ryan M Pool is a Marriage & Family Therapist Intern at Larchmont Associates in Los Angeles, California. For more information, please call (323) 440-0711.

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Ryan M Pool
252 N. Larchmont Boulevard, Suite 202
Los Angeles, CA 90004
Shari D. Lee
Shari D. Lee
Los Angeles, CA

What therapy approach(es) do you utilize? What issues do you specify treatment for?

I have special training in Jungian psychology, and a somatic, body-centered talk therapy called Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. Both approaches offer insight into your whole being; including the ways conscious as well as unconscious thoughts, feelings, and behaviors interact and affect our choices, habits, and relationships with others and the world. I specialize in Relationship Issues, Anxiety, Substance Abuse/Recovery, Trauma, and Grief/Loss. I worked for over a year in a clinical setting working specifically with addicts and am familiar with 12-step recovery work, which Carl Jung helped develop with Bill W.

How does one know if therapy is right for them?

When old fears, unresolved experiences and relationships, and a lack of support or belief in your ability to change arise, your choices can feel limited and your sense of self can feel diminished. From this restricted inner vision, limiting and often destructive habits can develop. It is difficult to make constructive changes without new insights and objective support. Therefore it is imperative that you feel like you and your therapist are a “good fit” in order to get the most out of your therapy.

What can one expect to gain from therapy?

We are all influenced by images, ideas, and impressions of ourselves based on memories, past relationships, unique life experiences, cultural and spiritual influences or unresolved family and childhood issues, that can profoundly, and often unconsciously, impact or undermine how we respond to present circumstances.

Developing a new relationship with these stories, images, behaviors and feelings can:

  • Strengthen your ability to make more authentic choices.

  • Liberate your potential for increased intimacy and clarity in relationships.

  • Allow you to reconcile difficult feelings, behavior patterns, and negative self-perceptions with an enhanced Self image of who you want to be.

What is unique about you as a therapist?

Einstein said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” We often “know” what we need to change, but can’t “imagine” how to do it. I believe the relationship to your authentic self can be restored and deepened through cultivating and enhancing the relationship with your imagination: how you perceive yourself, others, and your environment, which will allow you to make meaningful change. I work creatively and collaboratively with each client to facilitate the expansion of their relationship with their imagination.

Some clients like to use image, and expressive arts such as collage or dream exploration in our work when they can’t express feelings in words. I also encourage (but don’t require) mindfulness practice, and body centered talk therapy (which does not involve touch) as potent tools for identifying unconscious thoughts and feelings. I always strive to work collaboratively and creatively to identify what will best serve each client.

What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse?

Substance abuse is a learned behavior that arises out of a desire to manage and/or escape unmanageable feelings, thoughts, and experiences and is directly linked to symptoms like anxiety, depression and trauma. Talking oneself better is not enough. I believe a holistic approach to recovery is necessary to reunite you with your potential. This includes an interactive, step-by-step approach to engaging and rebuilding the relationship with your self, through communicating and sharing your vulnerabilities with others, learning to identify needs and boundaries, and developing new tools like mindfulness meditation, thought stopping techniques, and self care.

Shari D. Lee, MFT provides Indiviidual and Relationship Psychotherapy in Los Angeles, CA. For more information, please call (323) 682-4177.

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Shari D. Lee
626 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 910
Los Angeles, CA
Spencer Presler
Spencer Presler
Los Angeles, CA

 

1. What therapy approach(es) do you utilize? What issues do you specify treatment for?           

I primarily tend to utilize a quasi-cognitive behavioral approach, where I point out detrimental thought-processes and actions and teach alternate ways to view and therefore react to a situation.  Some clients require a more in-depth analysis of their history to help them try to connect their past to their present &/or if there is unresolved grief holding them back (and then perhaps they can benefit from a cognitive approach), others just need a safe place to vent, and still others just need some coaching and to be given some coping skills and tools to help them navigate the rough terrain of life.

The primary issues with which I have a lot of experience include grief/bereavement (grief for a death of a loved one, or grief for some other loss in life, such as loss of independence after an accident or illness) and adjustment issues (life has just thrown a major curve ball, sending a person’s life in a totally unexpected direction… that person may need some help and support adjusting to their “new normal.” Examples include a debilitating accident or illness, divorce, sudden job-loss, etc…). It could even be an expected but nonetheless difficult change, such as retirement.

 

2. How does one know if therapy is right for them?

First off, someone with an actual mental illness should seek treatment immediately. If you are experiencing hallucinations, suicidal or homicidal ideation and/or desire, periods of unusually extreme highs and lows (with the periods lasting at least a week or weeks, not hours or days), psychosis, or any other very unusual symptoms, you may require therapy (likely even more intense than a once-a-week sort of thing) in addition to medication which should be obtained by a Psychiatrist (not a general practitioner). Fortunately, true mental illness isn’t the reason most of us may benefit from therapy.

Contrary to popular notion, therapy is NOT just for those with a mental illness. Just like it’s recommended to brush your teeth daily & see a dentist at least twice a year in order to maintain good dental health and prevent dental illness, it’s likewise important to maintain good mental health to help prevent mental illness. This includes proper self-care such as good diet, exercise, and adequate sleep. At times, this may include therapy.  The reality is, life can be very challenging and there are times when each of us need a little extra support to get us through those rough patches. If you’re struggling with a lot of weight on your shoulders (and heart &/or soul) and you’re hesitant to call on/lean-on your friends/loved ones for whatever reason(s) (eg- don’t want to appear weak, don’t want to be a burden, don’t want to bring anyone else down, etc…), then perhaps speaking to a therapist for a short while may help. The reasons include: A) therapists are professionally trained people who can help normalize what you’re experiencing (meaning, if applicable, a therapist can let you know that what you’re experiencing & feeling isn’t abnormal or “crazy”) as well as provide tips & tools to help you cope with life’s challenges. Therapy also provides a safe outlet for you to process the thoughts and feelings swirling around inside you and help you get rid of all the negative thoughts & emotions that fill you up.

 

3. What can one expect to gain from therapy?

Ideally, therapy can provide a safe release of the negative thoughts and feelings bottled up inside you. Therapy can also help guide you, via appropriate questions, to your own answers (you are your own best expert). Therapy can help you see connections between events and aspects of your life, your communication styles, your thought processes and self-talk, etc… to help you better interact with the world around you as well as help you better interact with yourself (how you treat yourself, what you tell yourself/your self-talk, etc…). And most of all, therapy can help teach you tools and coping skills to help you better cope & deal with all the challenges and struggles life throws at all of us.

 

4. What is unique about you as a therapist?

I like to think of myself as the anti-therapist in the sense that, many of the pet peeves that people have about therapists (strict clock-watchers who kick patients out after exactly 50 minutes, unavailability after hours &/or by phone, being forced to talk face-to-face at some stranger in a sweatervest while sitting in a stuffy office surrounded by diplomas and psychology books, etc…) are things you won’t have to deal with when working with me. My sessions tend to run about 50% longer than most (instead of the industry standard “50-minute hour”, my sessions usually last 60-90 minutes); I offer each client 1 free emergency phone session and unlimited free 15-minute booster phone sessions; and most significantly, I do most sessions outdoors while walking, hiking, shooting hoops, playing catch, etc… so there’s no stuffy office and you don’t have to stare at me in the face while we talk (of course an enclosed, private office is available upon request with at least 24-48 hours notice).

 

5. What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse?

There is a very strong relationship between mental health and substance abuse. For one thing, they are frequently found as a dual diagnosis (meaning that an individual has both a substance abuse issue AND a mental health issue), and it can be tough to distinguish which came first or which is responsible for whatever symptoms are presenting themselves. Second, many people with mental health struggles self-medicate with substances which can easily and frequently lead to abuse of the substance(s).  Those struggling with mental health issues try to mask/cover-up their symptoms with substances, preferring the numbness that comes with heavy intoxication to the pain of reality.  It’s a temporary escape that is very effective in the short-term but will NEVER help improve the situation because nothing is actually being addressed & dealt with. In other words, a person filled with negativity (anger, depression, loneliness, etc…) needs to get that negativity out, but substances only hide the negativity for a short time… once the buzz wears off, all the same negativity (plus additional negativity in the form of shame, embarrassment, etc…) remains.

 

 

Spencer is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at "Without Walls Therapy" in Los Angeles, CA. If you are interested in his services, please contact (951) 468-5279

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Los Angeles, CA
Taryn Feuerberg
Taryn Feuerberg
Los Angeles, CA 92606

What types of services do you offer?

I offer individual, family, and group therapy for adults.

What issues do you specify treatment for?

Substance abuse, anxiety, depression, life transitions, family conflict, mental health issues, eating disorders, trauma, PTSD, suicidal thoughts, self-harm, effective living, marital issues, LGBT-specific issues, anger management

What therapy modalities do you use in your practice?

I utilize a number of treatment modalities from the MFT models: Strategic, CBT, eclectic, Structural, Humanistic-Experiential

When should one seek treatment?

I believe that people should seek treatment when they are having a difficult time coping with something in their lives. This might be a mental health issue like anxiety or depression or PTSD, but it also might be when an individual has lost something important to them like a special person or a job or an opportunity. My job as a therapist is to help people interact with their world in a more effective manner, and support them as they attempt to accomplish their goals.

Why should someone choose to come to your practice?

Above all things, I believe that people deserve to experience honesty, integrity, and respect in a therapeutic relationship. I come from the principle that there is nothing fundamentally wrong with any individual; we may just need to adjust how the individual interacts with his or her world. I believe in the human experience and the validity of each person's reality. Every person has the right to happiness and personal success, however they define it. I believe that all people have the strength and answers inside them to elicit change in their own lives. My goal as a therapist is to help my clients manage their stress, process and reframe difficult events and situations, and access new solutions to their problems.

What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse?

Mental health and substance abuse is often a chicken/egg discussion: Did substance abuse develop as a coping mechanism for a mental health issue, or did the substance abuse and related experiences cause the mental health issue? In my opinion substance abuse occurs most often because of how a number of situational and genetic factors as well as personal experiences affected an individual. An example I often give to my clients is that of my own family's history of anxiety and depression. My grandmother has had severe clinical anxiety and major depressive disorder for about 60 years. Of her 8 children, 5 have clinical anxiety and/or depression. Of her 27 grandchildren, 18 have clinical diagnoses. Like substance abuse behaviors that can observed in family patterns, reactions to personal anxiety and feelings of depression can also be a learned behavior about how to deal with life stresses.

What services do you provide for someone suffering with either and/or both?

I am currently providing free counseling services at APAIT through a SAMHSA, federally-funded program for women of color who have problems with substance abuse (0-6 months of sobriety) and have also experienced trauma or PTSD. For this program, I utilize Seeking Safety, which is an evidence-based psychotherapy group designed to address co-occurring trauma and addiction. Group members are offered incentives, raffle prizes, bus tokens, and free childcare referrals. I also provide free personal therapy and/or family therapy to our group members as well. We have a Seeking Safety group specifically for transwomen too!

Taryn is a Registered Marital and Family Therapy Intern at APAIT Health Center in Los Angeles, California. For more information on her services, please contact her at (949) 478-0163. 

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Taryn Feuerberg

Los Angeles, CA 92606
Tina Besimanto
Tina Besimanto
Los Angeles , CA 90025

1. What therapy approach(es) do you utilize? What issues do you specify treatment for?

The therapy approaches that I utilize include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family Systems, and Humanistic Therapy. I specialize in treating phase of life issues, anxiety, depression, and trauma recovery.

 

2. How does one know if therapy is right for them?

If one is struggling in life, or finds a behavioral pattern in which does not produce the consequences they want , or simply feels stuck, therapy may be right for them. Therapy is a tool that the majority of people can utilize in their lifetime at certain points of distress, trauma, depression, or difficulty.

 

3. What can one expect to gain from therapy?

I can tell you what one should not expect to gain: a magical solution to their problem or a magical cure for their pain. Therapy is a process in which one can work on shifting standstills in their lives through a journey with their psychotherapist.

 

4. What is unique about you as a therapist?

As a therapist, I feel I have a natural connection with clients and offer a non-judgmental environment for my clients which allows them to comfortably open up.

 

5. What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse?

When a person is diagnosed with both a mental health issue and substance abuse, both have their own unique symptoms that may get in the way of their ability to function, handle life’s difficulties, and relate to others. This is often called a co-occurring disorder and can affect each other and interact. For example, if the mental health problem goes untreated, the substance abuse problem may get worse and vise versa.

 
 
 
Tina is a Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern supervised by Jacqueline Bloom MFT with a private practice in Los Angeles, CA. If you are interested in her services, please contact her at (818) 335-5200 or visit www.tinabesimanto.com/
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Tina Besimanto
11040 Santa Monica Blvd. #209
Los Angeles , CA 90025
Todd Deutsch
Todd Deutsch
Los Angeles, CA 90025

1. What therapy approach(es) do you utilize? What issues do you specify treatment for? 

My therapeutic modality/style stems from numerous approaches across the therapy schools of thought. Much of my treatment approach focus is dependent on the client and where they are in their life. I have found that individuals who are looking at getting a deep insight into their life will benefit from a more psychodynamic approach with humanistic traits. In addition, I work with clients with more brief work which I utilize a more CBT based orientation focused on overcoming a specific issues in life with direct therapy input with personal goal setting and development plans. Over the years, many of my clients who I work with struggle with relational and intimacy issues stemming from poor self esteem, depression, and/or anxiety. That has translated into working with a majority of men.

 

2. How does one know if therapy is right for them?

The key for success in therapy is the relationship with the therapist. It is essential that a client can feel safe and vulnerable in a supportive environment. I encourage potential therapeutic clients to seek therapists who they connect with in a non-judging atmosphere. I think the first session is a great indication for the potential relationship that can be created in the therapy. 

 

3. What can one expect to gain from therapy?

When I first meet a client I like to acknowledge that walking into my office was courageous and the first step in finding solace and fulfillment in their life. After learning about the clients goals for therapy, I like to discuss what our discussions/therapy would look like. For some it involves having a coach in their corner or parent reflecting unconditionally. I explain to my new clients that therapy isn't a quick fix and requires the clients to work on themselves as I don't fix people yet support them in their pursuit to create more stability and happiness in their life. In addition, I will explain to clients that sometimes clients might experience more intense negative emotions before things start to become more stable and clearer. The ultimate goal is to find fulfillment in life.

 

4. What is unique about you as a therapist?

I am client centered therapist and base my approach based on the needs of my clients. I see myself as being very down to earth and quite flexible. I am a supportive individual who knows that when a client walks into my office that they are brave individuals looking to make change in their life. We all have a story that needs to be heard, understood, and appreciated.

 

5. What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse? 

I believe that mental health and substance abuse go hand and hand. Most addicts or substance abusers have underlying issues stemming from early poor relational attachments with parental figures which manifest into shame, depression, and/or anxiety. As theses emotions become to overwhelming individuals mask the pain with emotion blockers/avoidance found in most negative substances. If the abuse becomes habitual it can alter the brains chemistry and eventually alter rational decision making and life perception. Ultimately, the course of treatment is abstinence with intense psychotherapy to explore the underlining feelings of shame developed by the reactive attachments developed in the early years of development.

 

Todd is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Life Consultant with a private practice called "Complete Game Plan" in Los Angeles, CA. If you are interested in his services, please contact him at (800) 969-6791. 

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Todd Deutsch
10350 Santa Monica Blvd, Suite 300
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Andra Brosh
Andra Brosh
Los Angeles , CA 90013

1) What types of services do you offer? What issues do you specify treatment for?

I work with relational trauma, divorce, life transitions, anxiety and depression.

 

2) What therapy modalities do you use in your practices?

I use psychodynamic therapy, mindfulness, interpersonal neurobiology and spiritual psychology.

 

3) When should one seek treatment?

Most people seek treatment in crisis or when things are really bad. It's ideal to get treatment when you first notice that you or your life feels off track, or if you have moderate to severe symptoms of depression or anxiety.

 

4) Why should someone choose to come to your practice?

I'm a very directive therapist and give a lot of feedback and direction. I don't just listen and empathize I take a much more active approach to generate change and improvement.

 

5) What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone suffering with either and/or both?

Substance abuse can be a hereditary issue or it can be circumstantial. Many people use substances to avoid feelings or to numb themselves to pain. Getting to the underlying issues can often help with the abuse. I work with emotional regulation and helping people learn to tolerate their painful feelings and experiences so they don't have to run from them.

 

Andra is a licensed clinical psychologist with a private practice in Los Angeles, CA. If you are interested in her services, please contact her at (310) 720-4373. 
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Andra Brosh
453 South Spring St. Suite 523
Los Angeles , CA 90013
Andrew Sears
Andrew Sears
Los Angeles, CA 90039

What types of services do you offer?

Individual and couples therapy. Talk therapy, CBT, EMDR.

What issues do you specify treatment for?

Trauma, neglect, addiction, abuse, attachment and mood disorders.

What therapy modalities do you use in your practice?

CBT, EMDR, object relations, psychodynamic and transference surrounding attachment.

When should one seek treatment?

I believe that treatment can help others at any phase of life or during crisis. With addiction, it is more helpful if the client is ready to admit he or she have a problem, but that is not required.

Why should someone choose to come to your practice?

I feel that attachment and trauma are interconnected and that he relationship I seek to build with my clients helps to create an attachment that will potentially alleviate the need for the addiction relationship.

Andrew is a Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in psychotherapy and counseling in Los Angeles, California. For more information on his services, please visit www.atsearstherapy.com or contact him at (213) 545-1675. 

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Andrew Sears
3171 Los Feliz Boulevard, Suite 307
Los Angeles, CA 90039
Ari Labowitz
Ari Labowitz
Los Angeles, CA 91423

What types of services do you offer?

Individual, couple, and family therapy

What issues do you specify treatment for?

Adolescents, adhd, substance abuse

What therapy modalities do you use in your practice?

Cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused therapy, family systems, humanistic

When should one seek treatment?

Therapy is designed to help clients of all ages understand how their feelings and thoughts affect the ways they act, react, and relate to others. Whether or not therapy works depends a great deal on the client’s willingness and ability to experience all relationships deeply, especially the therapeutic relationship. Clients have a unique opportunity to view themselves more accurately and to make connections between past and current conflicts that illuminate the way one relates to oneself and to others. When an individual is having a difficult time in their day to day activities, relationships, or just needs someone to talk to, one should seek treatment.

Why should someone choose to come to your practice?

I have an extensive background working with children and adolescents from coaching athletic teams to counseling. I treat each individual as an individual, assessing his or her difficulties, and focusing on his or her positives. I have a special understanding of ADD/ADHD, and bring my knowledge to the room. I also have personal experience with the world of entertainment. I am a former musician and producer, and have unique insight into the various demands and pressures of the entertainment industry. As most musicians, actors, producers, and others in the entertainment field know, mental toughness is half the battle, and I like to consider myself somewhat of an expert on the psychological side. My clients who devote their lives to the industry find therapy to be an invaluable tool for keeping them focused and energetic.

What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone suffering with either and/or both?

Substance use can often play a large role in an individual’s mental and physical health. Substance use can trigger certain mental health disorders. The ability to recognize the dual relationship can allow for an individual to grow. I offer confidential psychotherapy for individuals, couples and families. My experience has given me particular expertise in working with children, adolescents, and adults dealing with issues ranging from depression, substance use, ADD/ADHD, anxiety and trauma to difficulty with relationships, creative blocks and challenging life transitions.

Ari is a Marriage and Family Therapy Intern with a private practice Sherman Oaks, CA. For more information on his services, please contact him at (323) 205-5019. 

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Ari Labowitz
13400 Riverside Drive, Suite #318
Los Angeles, CA 91423
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