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Finding a therapist who can help when you feel lost or stuck

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Searching for a therapist in the Pasadena area? I hope you find my website helpful.  It is important that we try to understand what you may be looking for and find the right fit for you.

Life is a journey that requires a lot. Each of us can use a bit of help navigating parts of life that seem strange, confusing or scary. Having help navigate your particular life path can make all the difference between feeling overwhelmed and feeling more alive.

My goal is to help my patients through whatever struggles they are encountering in a way that allows for deep transformation. Usually my patients come to me to deal with such challenges as depression or anxiety, relationship problems, family discord, fears, academic discouragement, feeling stuck/indecisive, or simply feeling a bit detatched or dissatisfied with life. Gaining insight into the meaning of your experience, in the context of the therapy relationship, will open the path ahead. Taking the step to enter this process can lead to healing, strength and hope.

Individual therapy can focus more on building strength and gaining insight into all the things going on inside of you that affect how you live in the world. Couple therapy and marriage counseling can help move from conflict to closeness, from trepidation to trust. Teen and adolescent therapy focuses on helping navigate the turbulent transition to adulthood. Parents do not have to fear that their teen will self-destruct.

Facing so many choices when considering the choices for therapy in the Pasadena area and Los Angeles, you may not know how to make sense of any of it. Here are a few thoughts on finding a therapist who is right for you.
  • The relationship is the most important thing in therapy, even more than the theoretical approach.
  • Trust your instincts. What a therapist really has to offer you is who he/she is, which reflects life experiences and whether they have been able to "do the work" of therapy on both sides of the couch. Both parts of the couple should feel understood and supported when it is couple's therapy.
  • Be open about your concerns. It's a good sign if your therapist is able to addresses your questions in a helpful and respectful way. Often concerns have deeper meanings that can help start the work. The therapist should not be judgmental or alarmist about most teen issues.
  •  You can always decide that you prefer a different therapist if one does not feel right. Ask for referrals when appropriate. See if it is possible to discuss what feels "off" prior to abandoning individual therapy, teen therapy or couple therapy.
  • It is not necessary that you and your therapist have identical opinions about the world, but if you feel he/she has an agenda to change your beliefs, then be wary. 

You may find answers for other common questions on the "Insurance and Payment" page on this site. I have also included a page where I discuss Psychoanalytic Therapy and CBT.

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