WORKING WITH YOU
Whether you are here for yourself, your child, your partnership, your adolescent, or your family, we are here to help. Our team of therapists is highly skilled and prepared to provide treatment sensitive to your needs.
A note about COVID-19 and teletherapy
How we're adjusting to the times
It has always been our mission to provide high quality therapy to our clients in the Los Angeles area. In April of 2020 when the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic became clear, we made the difficult decision to work remotely through a confidential platform.
Now, as the means of protecting ourselves from the virus are in place, we are working in person in addition to providing telehealth services.
We have had success developing new therapeutic relationships over video and telephone platforms. For those considering therapy for the first time, we aim to make the process of beginning remotely as comfortable as possible. For those looking to return to therapy, we are prepared to help you make the adjustment with us.
Please do not hesitate to contact us with any concerns you might be having related to remote or in-person therapy or our safety measures.
- Meghan & Brandon
WHO WE SERVE
Many children have a hard time understanding their emotions and talking about their troubles and worries. That’s why we use the imaginative and creative theatre of play and art help to help them express themselves. Through play and art children learn about themselves and become more effective communicators, all leading to greater self-esteem. Through these mediums we are also able to role play conflicts and generate new solutions. Kids find this very empowering!
How play therapy helps:
Develop communication skills
Build problem solving and coping skills
Overcome worries and fears
While your child is in therapy, we invite you to participate in parent collaboration where together we address issues such as how to be a consistent, emotionally attuned parent who can provide structure and appropriate consequences. This might involve reflecting on your family of origin and life experiences to see how they have impacted your current parenting style. Understanding and coming to terms with your own life directly leads to better parenting skills!
If you’re a teen, or a parent of one, you know how tricky this period of life can be. Teens today are dealing with so many pressures and trying to manage the onset of intense emotions.
Drugs & alcohol
On the outside
The teens we work with comment that therapy helps them:
Voice their opinions
Develop coping skills
Being in therapy helps teens begin to understand why they feel the way they do and how to manage the intense emotions that arise during these years. Because adolescence is a time to learn how to become independent in preparation for adulthood, teens can expect a high level of confidentiality in their sessions. We are very careful to respect this privacy when keeping parents apprised of their child’s progress.
We believe it is often helpful to look at what’s going on as a family affair, where everyone involved can benefit from addressing what they bring to the table. Singling the teen out as the “problem” is often an obstacle to healing. We encourage family members to be open to exploring their own issues. If the client is comfortable with it, this may include family sessions from time to time, or if it is more appropriate, family therapy with a separate therapist may be recommended.
Individual therapy is a process of self-exploration, which leads to a clearer, more authentic, and accepting experience of yourself and others. If you are reading this, it probably means there is some area in your life where you are confused, stuck, or troubled. Talking with a therapist is often a key to moving forward in life. It is at times a gentle, supporting process and at other times challenging. This combination of support and pushing yourself emotionally leads to greater self-awareness and can bring about a sense of connection, freedom, wholeness, and wellness within you.
Would you like to communicate more effectively without hurting your partner and without sabotaging yourself? At any stage of a relationship, couples therapy can help partners understand and respect each other better and stop reacting and making assumptions about each other.
For lasting change, couples learn how they are repeating behaviors and dynamics from their families of origin. You don’t have to wait until your marriage is falling apart. Premarital counseling can help you figure out what’s right for you and you can begin to build the relationship you’ve always wanted!
We believe firmly that healthy divorce is possible. We can help you negotiate this very sensitive time in your life. If you have children, this is of the utmost importance. Your marriage may end, but you will be tied together through your children, and they need you to be able to get along. Learning to have a respectful parenting relationship is the most significant gift you can give yourself and your kids during this difficult time. There is a solution if both parents are willing.
Family therapy is an effective way to strengthen the bond between family members and resolve conflict. It also allows you to gain a deeper understanding of yourself in the context of your family. Family therapy is a movement away from seeing the problem as belonging to one person toward viewing the issues through the lens of the entire family system.
Often in families, one or more members feel like the victim of another family member’s mistreatment. It is important that all voices be heard and that all negative behaviors and family dynamics be challenged to change. Overall, with the caring and supportive guidance of the therapist, family members can begin to explore problems, identify unmet needs, talk about feelings, be assertive, provide and receive support, and handle conflicts effectively.
In certain circumstances, issues of betrayal are primary and may require that one or more family members receive individual therapy to provide a safe environment for emotional healing. This may be recommended in place of or before family therapy begins. In the case of high conflict in the home, family therapy may not be recommended if the safety of any one person is at risk.