Sessions Counseling Group

A Marriage and Family Therapy Professional Corporation

Gary D. Pearle, PhD
Clincal Supervisor 

I’m a psychotherapist in private practice in Sherman Oaks, CA. 

As a clinical supervisor, I’ve had the privilege of mentoring dozens of emerging therapists.  During my years on the adjunct faculty at Antioch University Los Angeles, I taught courses in psychodynamic theory, contemporary theory, group process, and advanced process of psychotherapy. 

I hold degrees from Yale UniversityAntioch University, and Pacifica Graduate Institute.  My essay Listening for Angels was published in Psychological Perspectives, the journal of the C. G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles

I have a special interest in maximizing creative responsiveness in clinical work, in artistic endeavors, and in the moment-to-moment process of daily life.  In earlier years, I co-authored and directed the Broadway musical 
Tintypes and was the recipient of Helen Hayes and Joseph Jefferson awards for my work as a director in the American regional theatre.


I'm a psychotherapist specializing in individual psychotherapy and couples counseling in private practice in Valley Village, CA.

As a graduate of Pacifica Graduate Institute, my depth psychological training encouraged a creative and collaborative therapeutic relationship. I will addresses your most immediate issues through support and practical feedback while creatively exploring what unconscious motivation may be informing your choices.

​Among my areas of expertise are relationship issues, anxiety, depression, compulsion, codependency, trauma, and spiritual/creative growth.

Working with myth and metaphor, poetry, dreams, literature and art, we can track your outer AND inner experiences and connect your history of experiences to the problem. From there, we can determine what options are available to you now.

I interned from 2005-2011 at Positive Directions at Verdugo Mental Health Center in Glendale, California.

During that time, also held the position of Program Director of Positive Directions  from 2009-2011. My experience at Positive Directions gave me exposure to an array of individuals with intrinsic dilemmas, as well as ongoing interaction with community resources. Prior to returning to my higher education in 2002, I had a rewarding career as an interior designer in the Los Angeles area.

​Brian Carlson, MFT​
  Administrative Director   

and Clinical Supervisor