Lauren OConnell, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Location Near Therapist: Santa Monica, CA
LGBT Affirmative Therapy Gender Identity Issues
DepressionAnxiety
LossPersonality Disorders
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Relationship Issues

I strive to create a safe environment in which people can explore difficult emotions and life events. My aim is to help you understand your past and present feelings and behaviors in a way that will help you develop a more authentic, healthy life.

Katja Pohl, Psy.D. - PSY 25919

Clinical Psychologist

Location: 2730 Wilshire Blvd, Ste 600, Santa Monica 90403
Health PsychologyCouples Therapy
Chronic IllnessPersonal Growth
TraumaLoss And Grief
Relationship ConcernsStress

Positive change through therapy can provide you with greater self-confidence, more compassion for yourself and others, increased satisfaction with your life, improved relationships, a feeling of satisfaction and ease about daily life, and the ability to advance.

Tom Danis, LPCC, M.ED

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

Location: 1454 Cloverfield Blvd. Suite 210, Santa Monica 90404
Adolescent TherapyParent Coaching
Couples TherapyGestalt Psychotherapy
Depression/AnxietyYoung Adult

As a therapist and former high school teacher, I have watched adolescents, their parents, and couples go through times of great struggle and come out the other side with a clearer sense of who they are in the world and a closer relationship.

Elaine Verchick, M.F.T.

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Location Near Therapist: Santa Monica, CA
Depression/AnxietyRelationship Issues
Self EsteemEating Disorders
Parenting TeenagersVerbal & Physical Abuse
Emetophobia (Fear Of Vomiting)

How we experience things today is filtered through all our early verbal and non-verbal communication. Elaine addresses the repetitive patterns of behavior and communication that interfere in all relationships.

Andrea von Troschke, M.F.T., A.T.R., B.C.P.C.

Marriage and Family Therapist, Art Therapist Registered

Location Near Therapist: Santa Monica, CA
RelationshipsAnxiety And Panic
DepressionGrief And Loss
TraumaTeens/Adolescent Issues

Tired of feeling anxious... overreacting? You can overcome these intense emotions. Let me help you understand why certain triggers set you off, challenge the beliefs that are fueling your worries and anxiety, provide you with effective coping techniques.

Cynthia Henrie, LMFT, BCETS, CATSM

LA Therapy Network - Feminist Therapy, Trauma Experts

Location: 1460 7th Street, Suite 206, Santa Monica 90401
Women's Issues/Feminist TherapAdolescent Issues
Adult Survivorschildhood AbuseSexual Abuse, Rape, Incest
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual IssuesGender Identity Issues
Trauma SpecialistDepression And Anxiety

Because Sometimes... You Need More Than a Friend... When expertise and experience count you can count on us to make the difference. Call us for a FREE initial consultation with one of our highly trained, experienced therapists! Sanity for the Insanity of Life!

Deryl Goldenberg, Ph.D.

Clinical Psychologist

Location: 1247 7th St., Ste. 202, Santa Monica 90401
Marital DifficultiesDepression
Excessive Worry/AnxietyTeens Emotional Struggles
Autistic Spectrum ChildrenGrief/Loss

I take a psychodynamic approach to therapy, which means that I see early family life and loss of trust as having a profound effect on one's personality and current relationships. I really like helping people get more of what they want from their relationships and life.

Judy Zexter, L.C.S.W.

Psychotherapist/Parenting Consultant

Location Near Therapist: Santa Monica, CA
ParentingFamily Dynamics
Life TransitionsInterpersonal Relationships
Adolescent DevelopmentEffective Communication
Self Esteem IssuesConfidence Building

I help individuals, couples and families overcome the obstacles standing in the way of productive and satisfying relationships and experiences. I empower clients through a non-judgmental and collaborative process.

Gary Stollman, Ph.D.

Psychotherapist, Marriage Counselor, Professional Life Coach

Location Near Therapist: Santa Monica, CA
Marriage CounselingDepression
Self-esteemAnxiety
CommunicationSexual Issues
Life CoachingCouples Counseling

Dr. Gary Stollman utilizes a "no-nonsense" approach with direct feedback at its core. Featured on the Dr. Phil Show and Chief Therapist at the Viscott Center, Dr. Gary has unique ability to help you find solutions to seemingly complex problems with clarity and ease.

Mary Kay Cocharo, LMFT, CIRT

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Location Near Therapist: Santa Monica, CA
Imago Relationship TherapyWomen's Issues
Communication SkillsPremarital Counseling
Parenting SkillsStress-Anxiety-Depression
Interfaith CounselingAdolescent Therapy

Whether you come to therapy as an individual, with your partner, or with your family, I can lead you to resolve long standing issues, develop a heightened state of well-being and create more love and peace in your life.

Related Sites:
City Of Santa Monica
California Board of Behavioral Sciences

Therapist Santa Monica California

Counselor Santa Monica Canyon, Las Flores, Ocean Park, Sawtelle, Home Junction, Alsace, Marina Del Ray, Wilshire

Santa Monica is a famous resort town in western Los Angeles County, California. Although Santa Monica has fewer than 90,000 residents, it is bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles, so Santa Monica citizens have easy access to all the amenities offered by the big city. Families will enjoy a trip to the Santa Monica Pier, which includes the famous Santa Monica Looff Hippodrome carousel. For those who like to shop, the city's three distinct shopping areas - Main Street, Montana Avenue, and the Downtown District - offer hundreds of varying shopping opportunities.1

Mental Health in Santa Monica

Although homelessness is a major issue for communities throughout the greater Los Angeles area, homeless individuals in Santa Monica are more chronically homeless, are older, are more often women, and have more mental health issues than individuals without homes in other areas of Los Angeles County. On any given day in Santa Monica, somewhere between 2,300 and 3,000 people are without a permanent residence, far more than local shelters can accommodate.2 As a result, many of Santa Monica's residents do not get the social services and mental health care they need.

Resources for individuals that live with a mental illness are available for free from the Los Angeles chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). A key component of the resources provided by NAMI are peer-to-peer education classes. The ten-week class is taught by three trained facilitators who have personal experience living with a mental illness. Participants in the program get a host of resources, including a relapse prevention plan they can use to identify thoughts, feelings and behaviors that may warn of an impending mental health issue. The class also engages students in mindfulness exercises to help with calmness and focused thinking. More information about NAMI's programs is available by calling 310-889-7200.3

Current Initiatives

Families with gifted children can take advantage of the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program offered by the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District. The GATE program offers advanced educational experiences for children who demonstrate exceptional intellectual abilities. While gifted students engage in the regular curriculum, differentiated instruction offers them enhanced opportunities for scholastic pursuits. Additionally, the school district provides resources for parents of gifted children, including tips to help with homework. For further information about the GATE program, contact your child's school.4


References

1. Wikipedia. (2014). Santa Monica, California. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Monica_California.
2. Ocean Park Community Center. (2014). Santa Monica Homelessness. Retrieved from http://www.opcc.net/tabid/255/Default.aspx.
3. National Alliance on Mental Illness. (2013). Peer-to-Peer Classes. Retrieved from http://www.namila.org/free-programs/peer-to-peer-classes/.
4. Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District. (2014). Gifted and Talented Education Program. Retrieved from http://www.smmusd.org/edservices/GATE/GATEPlan.html.