Ida Vandaei, LCSW

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"I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become". - Carl Jung

I am a licensed clinician with several years of experience working with teenagers, adults and older adults. As a Clinical Social Worker, I use a holistic approach, an approach that includes an understanding of how each individuals culture, family, society, environment or institutions impact the well-being.
I strive to provide a safe environment where you feel heard, accepted, and supported in making your desired changes. I want to build a relationship between us where you can trust my voice and I provide you with the level of support that you seek. I would like us to work together as a team to battle the hardships impacting your life.  
I believe that each individual heals in their own way and that therapy is not a one size fits all. Therefore, I like to integrate different approaches in our work together that will aid in your individual healing process.  
If any of these issues sound like something you are experiencing, then give me a call to find out how I can help you.

  • Adjusting to a medical illness or changes in functional level
  • Living with and improving symptoms of chronic pain disorders
  • Struggling with depression, anxiety, or loss of hope and motivation
  • Rebuilding trust, relationships, or communication skills
  • Coping with a loss or grief
  • Overcoming past traumas
  • Increasing a sense of self, strength or coping mechanisms
  • Changing dysfunctional behavioral patterns 

Are you wondering how psychotherapy can help with your medical illness or chronic pain?
Through my years of working with chronically ill individuals, I have seen the tremendous impact of a medical illness on an individual and the family members emotional health. The addition of psychotherapy to a patients medical treatment is known to be a more effective approach in improving the overall well-being of an individual and their family. 
In combination with medical treatment, psychotherapy is specifically effective with chronic pain conditions; including, fibromyalgia, headaches, arthritis, many traumatic injuries and other chronic disorders.

It is only natural for someone who is suffering from chronic pain conditions or a medical diagnosis to also feel mental health symptoms, such as, depression, hopelessness, anxiety, reduced activity levels, difficulty sleeping, anger, loss of motivation, or grief.

Cognitive behavioral approaches are used to address these secondary symptoms, aimed at improving the way an individual manages and copes with their pain. Through learning how to manage and cope with pain, those mental health symptoms such as depression or hopelessness will be reduced, therefore improving your overall well being.
Ida Vandaei, LCSW #70439 

Ida Vandaei Reaches

Encino CA