Sessions Counseling Group

I provide a free 30-minute consultation either in person or via video conference call so we can get to know each other a little, I can get a sense for your goals, and you can ask me any questions you might have. If we decide it's a good fit we would meet weekly for a 50-minute session. I require a 24hr cancellation notice for no charge. My rate is $80-100 per session based on income. Please reach out to schedule your consultation! 

​As an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist based in Los Angeles, CA, I work primarily with those struggling with transitional times in their lives, including adolescents, young adults, adults, and couples.

Change and transition are unavoidable and never easy, and they tend to bring up deep-rooted concerns such as low self-esteem and self-doubt, feelings of unworthiness, self-sabotaging tendencies, anxiety, depressive symptoms, and negative self-talk.

The cause for many of these symptoms is our modern culture’s loss of connection to the soul and our inner landscape. We spend so much time living in the external world of social media, work, and the daily grind of our to-do lists that it takes real effort to get still enough to hear what our inner self is trying to tell us.

Thresholds and transitional experiences are important for people to encounter as they are the places where our old patterns can be observed, experiences can be integrated, and we can then move forward with our potential more fully realized, healthier coping mechanisms in tow. Transitions can be amazing growth and learning opportunities if we have the proper guidance, support, and safety to truly examine them, and the inner resiliency to step forward on our journey.

Our entire lives are a journey of working toward wholeness and a more embodied version of the self. Wholeness involves an incorporation of all parts that we have tucked away in order to fit more neatly into one’s specific societal box, leading to a greater ability to live one’s life as a complete being.

I work with clients mostly from a Depth Psychological and Mindfulness-based approach. What this means is that I listen for what is not being said, I gently help bring it to awareness, and I support establishing and strengthening a compassionate inner witness who can help pull you out of your thoughts and back into your present.

If you’re interested in learning more about me, please visit my website or my LinkedIn. If you’re interested in reading more about transitions and initiations and the trauma that can be associated with them, feel free to read my thesis. And, if you are curious to know more about how mindfulness and my New Yorker way of thinking shapes my working with clients and my own human experience, read more of my writing.

Wholeness rather than perfection is the goal 

                                                 — Sherry Salman

A Marriage and Family Therapy Professional Corporation

Vanessa Smith Bennett

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist 177972

Contact me at  347.470.5936 ​or

Seek the world and you’ll only lose yourself. Seek yourself, and you will discover the world. 


Gary D. Pearle PhD, Clinical Supervisor MFT 30246