Larry Goodman, MA, MFT

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About Larry:


I have been practicing for over 23 years and have helped clients from 4 to 95.  I work with individuals and couples and have worked with thousands of children and teens and their parents.   From grief to anger, anxiety to depression, ADHD to schizophrenia, high-functioning autism, divorce and parenting, I help clients get in touch with their real thoughts and feelings and encourage them to let go and talk about what is truly upsetting them and what has held them back. 
 
I explain why we do the things we do (it will surprise you) and remove blame, guilt and shame in the process.   Healing comes from understanding and discovering that you can change and that your feelings matter and need to be expressed.
 
I create a safe, caring and supportive environment where it is possible to talk and learn about yourself and discover a better way to live the life you want.

I see patients using video-conferencing from anywhere in the state including San Francisco, Menlo Park, Beverly Hills Newport Beach and Palm Desert.  I also work with clients in Idaho and Arizona.
 
Call me to discuss your problem.   760-766-1622




My Specializations:


* I offer Individual Counseling and Therapy for men and women and specialize in Relationship Coaching and Couples Counseling.
 
I create a safe, compassionate and supportive environment where it is possible to learn about yourself and discover how to live the life you want.
 
If you are frustrated and hurt because:

• you are repeating unsatisfying relationships
• you feel "ignored", "put down, or are "not good enough"
• you have to "walk on eggshells" or fear confrontation in your relationship

then perhaps you would like to learn how you can change and improve your life.
 
I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and offer easily-understood insight into why we think and act the way we do so that if that's not working for you, you can change.
 


*  I have worked with thousands of children, ages 4-16, dealing with ADHD, PTSD, anger and defiance, depression, anxiety, Bi-Polar, abuse, and other issues.  I create a comfortable and safe environment for children to talk about their problems using play therapy and easy conversation.  When a child feels that someone is really listening to them, they begin to relax and open up.  Working along with parents, most problems can be quickly resolved.  In my experience, children are resilient and very smart and do not miss what is happening around them even if, as adults, we want to believe they are unaware of problems in the family. Including the child in the solution, when appropriate, also teaches them that they can solve problems, an important life-skill they will use throughout their lives.




*  I consult with parents to help them navigate through the 'terrible' twos, threes, fours, fives and even into the teenage years and beyond when young adults are living at home.  When communication and patience break down, anger and frustration replace the loving and understanding relationships we all want to have with our children.  Parental and family counseling provide the tools and creative solutions that can bring back the fun in families and prepare your children for adulthood.



*  I specialize in divorce counseling for men and women and particularly for children and teens.  I believe that advising my clients to take the 'high road' leads to better results, particularly if children are involved.  While this is, admittedly, a difficult time, professional counseling can make it easier and provide a better experience for all involved.





*  I have spent over 18 years working in K-8 schools helping children, parents and school staff solve students' issues that have prevented a child from succeeding in school.  Whether because of learning disabilities, ADHD, emotional or physical abuse, divorce, domestic violence, or other issues children struggle with, I can help you and your child have a better school experience.

 
With couples, I provide counseling to deal with anger, frustration, a lack of intimacy, communication and divorce issues.  Using various telemedicine platforms.  



My Experience:

I have worked in K-6 school programs in Northern and Southern California helping children and their families. My focus has been on identifying and working with children and teens who struggle in school due to behavioral, emotional or difficult family situations (e.g., domestic violence, addictions, abuse, divorce).  I created an easy-to-use intervention for teasing in the schools that is effective for Kindergartners through 12th grade.


Prior to becoming a licensed clinical Marriage Family Therapist, I enjoyed a career in high-tech companies, aerospace  manufacturing, banking and financial services.  I retired early and earned a Masters in Counseling Psychology to help people live better and more satisfying lives. I was licensed in 2001 in California, MFT #38345. 


I served as an Executive Director for a community counseling center employing twelve PhDs, MFTs and LCSWs along with interns and trainees.




I supervised Marriage and Family Therapist interns and trainees in educational and non-profit settings and have been a Certified CAMFT Supervisor.


I have served on several boards offering financial and technological insight to the Silicon Valley CAMFT Board of Directors from 1997 to 2001 and the San Mateo Credit Union from 1992 to 2001 and the Orange County and Desert CAMFT chapters. I have been a member of CAMFT since 1997.



My educational background includes a Bachelors in Economics and an MBA from UCLA in addition to the Masters in Counseling Psychology from JFK University.


Larry Goodman Reaches

Newport Beach CA
Rancho Mirage CA