Los Angeles Family Therapy is made up of a team of therapists offering multiple specialties and diverse backgrounds. Each therapist brings his/her own individual experiences as well. We believe that no two people are the same, therefore it’s important to feel understood. At Los Angeles Family Therapy we take time to match you with the best therapist to fit your needs.
We offer therapy and counseling to individuals, couples and families in an environment where you feel respected and safe. When working with clients, we take many factors into consideration: psychological, cultural, familial, medical and financial; and offer a holistic form of treatment.
Art Therapy: Art Therapy utilizes a person’s creative faculties in the area of art to develop their physical and emotional health. Its roots are entrenched in the concept of relying on self-expression to awaken an individual’s own problem solving capacities. This form of therapy focuses on a person’s positive well-being and strives to increase their self-awareness, self-esteem, and productive behavior traits. Art Therapy combines traditional techniques found in psychotherapy and counseling with the creative process required in manifesting visual art and human development.
Clients of all ages respond well to this form of therapy and positive results can be achieved for symptoms including.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a form of therapy in which the client and therapist form a trusted relationships in order to address and dissect issues causing the client distress. Both therapist and client work together to discover the most pervasive issue and begin addressing that issue first. Because of this, the client develops a respect for the ability of the therapist and trust begins to grow. The client forms a bond with the therapist by acknowledging that his or her primary concern has received attention. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy uses a practical approach in which the therapist helps the client understand the relationship between beliefs, feelings, and thoughts and the effect these have on behavior patterns and actions. The client learns that his or her perception will directly affect his or her reaction to certain conditions and circumstance and that this thought process is at the root of behavior.
Family Therapy: Family Therapy is a form of counseling which specializes in treating family relationships. Marriage and Family Therapists can work with every combination of family relationship (whole families or couples parents with children or individual members) to assist a family to function in more comfortable and useful ways. While most family therapists work alone with family members, others may work in pairs or a larger team of therapists.
Hypnosis & Hypnotherapy: Hypnosis uses the ability to focus our minds in a concentrated effort in order to maximize our potential. Although there is. Although there is a general consensus that this technique does allow one to gain complete self-control and that the effects of hypnosis do indeed exist, there are varying theories throughout both the medical and psychological arenas as to how the process of hypnosis works. Some experts follow the school of thought that suggests people who practice hypnosis effectively are predisposed to this therapy, much like having a trait related to size, hair color, eye color, etc. Other experts believe that people who can successfully master this technique do so because they have developed enhanced cognitive and interpersonal abilities that allow them to respond accordingly to hypnotic cues and conditions. Recent studies have shown that this form of communication actually alters elements of a person’s neurological and physiological mechanisms.
Psychodynamic Therapy: Psychodynamic and Insight Therapies aim to help clients become aware of and experience their vulnerable feelings which have been pushed out of conscious awareness. The Psychodynamic approach states that everyone has an unconscious which holds and harbors painful and vulnerable feelings which are too difficult for the person to be consciously aware of. In order to keep painful feelings, memories, and experiences in the unconscious, people tend to develop defense mechanisms, such as denial, repression, rationalization, and others. According to Psychodynamic theory, these defenses cause more harm than good and that once the vulnerable or painful feelings are processed the defense mechanisms reduce or resolve.
Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is used to help people suffering from clinical post-traumatic stress return to a normal state of functioning after a traumatic event. This therapy is used for the caretaker, children and adolescents in a way that decreases the negative behavior patterns and emotional responses that occur as a result of sexual abuse, physical abuse or other trauma. A secure and stable environment is provided that enables the child to disclose the details of the trauma and it is at this time that the cognitive and learning theories of treatment are applied. The child is shown his distorted perceptions and is given the tools to redesign those attributes relating to the trauma. Parents, who are not the abusers, are also given the resources and skills necessary to help their children cope with the psychological ramifications of the abuse.