Welcome to our practice, where you can find relief for your emotional suffering. We counsel individual adults who are struggling with painful and frustrating emotional issues, including depression, anxiety, relationship problems, and life transitions. We are passionately committed to relieving your suffering and facilitating your long-term personal development through deep exploration and sustained empathy.
Our approach focuses directly on the underlying emotional dynamics that are the driving force behind your conscious thoughts, feelings, and overt behavior; and because we believe that no two people’s emotional lives are structured in precisely the same way, your treatment will always be tailored to your individual needs. These needs – for living a good life and relating well to others – depend upon the smooth functioning of your emotional system.
Right now, you may be thinking, “But I have emotional issues, and I need to get rid of my problematic feelings.” It is not the emotions themselves that are the issue, however. Emotions serve many critical functions for all of us, including evaluation, motivation, and communication. Without them, we would be literally incapable of navigating our way around our world. The problem is the way that healthy emotions are being unconsciously blocked, so they are not available for effective use.
When you come in and talk about what is bothering you and what doesn’t work in your life, we work to bring to light the unconscious emotional organizing principles and all the ways they function in your interpersonal world. In particular, we look for rigid emotional rules that create obstacles to adaptive, healthy functioning, and we work to loosen their iron grip. As a result, you will have greater freedom to make healthier and more adaptive choices for your life. You can then become that emotionally strong and socially resilient person you have always wanted to be, one who will thrive and succeed in the world
David’s specialties include depression, anxiety, trauma, self-esteem, relationship issues, and life transitions. He offers individual therapy and men’s process groups in both Westwood and West. L.A. He received his Master’s and Clinical Doctorate degrees from the Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA.
Elisa works with a wide variety of issues including mood and anxiety disorders, relationship issues, perinatal and postpartum issues, self-esteem and body issues, and bereavement. Dr. Rabinow received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Long Island University-Post Campus in New York.
Mark works with individuals and couples on the treatment of anxiety, depression, grief, anger, and problematic relationship issues. He is trained in EFT for couples. Mark earned his Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University in 2017.