Dr. Michael Pariser and Associates

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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

What You Can Expect from My Practice

  • A safe and comfortable therapeutic environment; an atmosphere of respect and compassion in which you get the help you need to face formerly unbearable and frightening feelings.
  • Insight, empathy, support, and understanding. 
  • A collaborative process. You help design a treatment that works for you.
  • Emphasis and expertise in emotional life. 
  • Honesty about what we see. We believe you will benefit most by hearing the truth.  
  • Attention to early childhood traumas and family dynamics which replay themselves in our present lives, at the same time without sacrificing the present for the sake of the past. 
  • Continual and collaborative monitoring of the process, to determine its effectiveness and make any necessary adjustments. 
  • A free use of creativity and imagination, rather than a formulaic approach that comes from a textbook.
  • Care and concern throughout the process. Therapy can be difficult and painful, but we will do our best to see that it is not any more so than is absolutely necessary. 


Associates

Dr. David Perlman, Psy.D.

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 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.

Dr. Elisa Rabinow, Psy.D.

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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 Stein, M.A., AMFT

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Mark works with individuals and couples on the treatment of anxiety, depression, grief, anger, and problematic relationship issues. Mark earned his Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University in 2017.

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