I offer psychodynamic psychotherapy that integrates EMDR techniques for adolescents, millennials, adults and couples at Sessions Counseling Group in Valley Village, California.
I am registered with the BBS as an Associate Marriage and Family Therapy (AMFT 108885) under the supervision of Dr. Gary Pearle, Ph.D., LMFT.
Additionally, I am currently a Resource Associate at Teen Line, providing oversight, training and support at a peer-to-peer crisis hotline serving teens throughout the U.S. and world. Each year, thousands of adolescents call, text or email TeenLine to receive guidance on a broad range of struggles including abuse, depression, social isolation, bullying, divorce, sexting, slut shaming, anxiety, gender identity, pregnancy, relationships, violence, substance abuse, self harm, and suicide.
My integrative approach to therapeutic work draws from a diverse range of psychodynamic workshops and education involving trauma-informed therapy, adolescent self-image and empowerment, parental alienation and estrangement, EMDR, mentalization, sex addiction, substance abuse addiction, grief workshops (founded by the late Elisabeth Kubler-Ross), mindfulness and postmodern queer therapeutic ethics.
In August 2018, I presented the thesis of my findings in London at a conference, Moving Upstream: Family Separation Clinic and European Association of Parental Alienation Practitioners. The presentation, titled,“Therapy Contraindicated: The Treatment Challenges of Working with Severely Alienated Children”, highlighted the key findings of my graduate thesis on the negative impact children face during times of high-conflict parental divorce. Prior to this, I earned a basics-level Mentalization certification jointly offered by the Anna Freud Center based in London and the Menninger Clinic at Harvard Medical Center for the treatment of borderline individuals. A psychodynamic approach to strengthening insight and cognition, mentalization has shown to be effective in the treatment of clients with borderline characteristics, emotional dysregulation and epistemic distrust. Meanwhile, I am completing a rigorous training program to become a Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist (CSAT) through the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP).
I began my clinical work in 2016 as a Trainee at Counseling West, an affordable nonprofit counseling center in Sherman Oaks. I earned my master’s degree (M.A.) in Counseling Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute and my B.A. in History from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
Change happens when the pain of staying the same is greater than the pain of change.
We are all worthy and innately capable of vulnerability and true human connection. Yet, our recognition of this is often blocked by various forms of fear, distrust of others and negative beliefs that prevent us from feeling connected to others and good about ourselves. The power that these ideas have over us feed our sense of loneliness, undermine our self-worth and leave us feeling misunderstood and disconnected in our relationships with loved ones, family, colleagues and friends. The process of change in therapy involves taking the power that has in the past fueled these self defeating beliefs and redirecting it toward building inner strength and accessing the happiness, prosperity and love that has long been sought.
Genuine regard, attentiveness and nonjudgment are the tenets of my practice and contribute to the lasting change that my clients experience long after our work together.
I offer a complimentary 15-minute phone consultation in which I will ask you some questions to learn what is motivating you to seek help, and you can ask me any questions you have.
Sessions Counseling Group
Gary D. Pearle PhD, Clinical Supervisor MFT 30246
$100 per session
24 hour cancellation notice at no charge. Full fee charged for cancellations w/in 24 hours and no shows.
A Marriage and Family Therapy Professional Corporation
Associate Marriage and Family Therapist 108885
Contact me at 818-570-0745 or