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Downey Christian Counselors

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  • 4 years in business
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Connie R.
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When my husband and i got engaged we were looking for someone to not only marry us but also provide premarital counseling services. My sister recommended Imtasik famili counseling services. Ira did a fantastic job, he was very welcoming and has a great sense of humor. Although he was unable to marry us due to prior engagement, Ira helped us find someone available to marry us. I am not sure what all counselors talk about, but i would assume they all talk about similar things. Ira gave us advice on finances, how to "fight" fair and other topics as well. He never made us feel uncomfortable or judged for things we could not answer properly or at all for that matter. He was even very considerate about scheduling since I lived in Arizona at the time. I would definitely recommend Ira Lake at Imtasik family counseling services Inc. It is definitely worth it. Connie and Diego

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Mikel Life Coaching
4.9
from 46 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 106 hires on Thumbtack
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Lilia V.
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Our first time experiencing marriage counseling. With just our first session we've learned so much. Michelle explains everything so well from a man and woman's point of view. Really looking forward to our sessions with her.

Cristi O'Brien, LCSW
4.9
from 13 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Sarah D.
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My husband and I love Cristi! She had a great outline for premarital counseling. We highly recommend her. She gave us a great foundation to the start of our marriage. Truly, she is a gem.

I Elevate M.E.
4.7
from 10 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Denise W.
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My son Tai, age 7, attended four sessions with Victoria. These sessions helped him deal with bed wetting.

  • 24 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Yumi C.
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Murray was very experienced and professional with helping my husband and I get a better understanding of one another. Our relationship was strained over the course of several disagreements on key topics, but Murray helped provide us with some simple but powerful tools in order to work out our problems as a couple. His guidance and fair approach made sure we were both comfortable in speaking our mind. We were able to rebuild trust and repair the damaged foundation of our marriage at the end of Murray's counseling sessions. We would not hesitate to recommend him to a close friend if we saw they were having similar issues.

Diana Ruth Briscoe
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 4 years in business
Eric V.
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I had an excellent experience in my counseling session with Diana R Briscoe in South Pasadena. She brings key insights into her guided hypnotherapy, which helped me onto a path of clarity as to my own life goals and a welcome opportunity to understand and narrate my life for others. Gentle and intuitive, that's Diana Briscoe!

Mikel Weddings
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Marshawnique H.
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As an engage couple my fiance' and I wanted to be sure things were Right before marriage.The experience we received through Mikel Life Coaching was over and beyond what we expected.We went in a bit afraid but with a couple of sessions we opened right up.If your seeking help whether it be for premartial, or marriage counseling do not pass this one up. Service is everything you need and you will receive.

real theology
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Sharon K.
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Ten stars for The Rev. Dr. Steven M. Marsh! This very wise, kind, sincere, compassionate, highly competent and reliable minister is truly a Godsend to my now husband and me. Rev. Marsh gave generously of his time and heart toward us as we prayerfully journeyed toward our interfaith marriage ceremony. He is the best of the best!

Third Way Counseling
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Sam D.
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Third Way Counseling is great! They have been sensitive to my needs (financial and time constraints) and are accommodating in every way.

  • 14 years in business
Don J.
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Awesome service with very friendly staff. I would recommend this group to anyone who wants to make real change in their life.

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Vijay Surya S.
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Shambhavi Kriyaban is a very knowledgeable lady in Yoga, Meditation, Reiki, Ayurveda and other naturopathic ways of healing. Shambhavi teaches all sessions of Yoga, Meditation and Reiki with absolute patience. Having taken these lessons from her, I have been able to greatly control my mind, the root cause of many disturbances in the body. She truly shares, and spreads her knowledge with Unconditional Love, a true gift she received from her Guru Shri. Mangeshda. I would strongly recommend anyone to seek guidance from Shambhavi Kriyaban any day. Vijay Surya Sastry, Westlake Village, CA. 818-917-1274.

  • 4 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Claudia V.
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Very enlightening experience!!! Im very impressed with her counsel and guidance.....Very comforting and spiritfilled voice...Im very appreciative of her mentorship n the wsy the enlightens you to comprehend at a totally higher demension!!# I 100% recommend her services to the World!!!

  • 7 years in business
TS R.
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Phillip is an amazingly knowledgeable and skilled healer. His intuition makes him someone that can understand your strengths and weaknesses to devise a treatment for each person. Highly recommended!

  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Melissa W.
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Best therapist I have EVER seen. I have seen many. Melissa is solution focused and gave me feedback which is WHAT I NEED! Not only was she totally forthcoming but she also gave me advice and how to communicate better with my partner. I have been needing help and I don't have time to figure it out myself! Made so much more sense the way she was with me in the room compared to other therapists. I feel like we actually got a lot of work done! I recommend her to anybody as she is warm, funny and smart.

Rising Phoenix Acupuncture
4.5
from 2 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Jason A.
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Scott was amazing! My low back had been hurting for four months. it was hard to sit and it got so bad I was starting to miss work. After the first session of acupuncture and massage I was feeling a lot better. In a couple of weeks all the pain was gone. Scott also taught me some exercises to keep the pain from returning. He said he teaches some kind of chinese yoga that is supposed to help but I don't have time for that.

Cathy Chambliss, LMFT
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from 1 review
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Tien H.
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I posted a job and I was able to find a perfect match only 1h later thank you

About

I've always been a natural psychologist since I was young with a strong emphasis on emotional intelligence. I see things with great clarity, whether it's a popular stance or not. I believe in hope, faith and love while navigating the realistic roads of adversity. Being able to communicate my thoughts and ideas in a compassionate way to others.

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I have successfully counseled over 2,500 individuals from all walks of life. I'll help you see the unseen. I'm an emphatic person who helps others overcome challenges, road blocks, heal, be who they wish to be, and have a life worth living. You're very important to me.

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That feeling of being stuck in any circumstance can be daunting. I use mindfulness-based methods focusing on mental barriers that keep us from achieving our goals. I help guide clients to recognize their strengths, make their voice heard, and effectively communicate their needs. I provide a safe and supportive environment where I can explore with clients their unique needs to design a plan that fits their goals. My objective is to aid clients in maximizing their strengths, creating positive change, achieving goals and developing healthier relationships. I utilize effective evidence-based practices to help individuals and families experience growth and change to achieve their goals. My services are available for the following: * Marriage Guidance * Family * Children * Teens * Couples * Individual Personal Development Coaching * Educational Guidance * Parenting Feeling disempowered by the constant battle with your body, or watching your teen go through insecurities about society's latest preference for looks? As a parent or loved one, are you feeling stuck or terrified of saying the wrong thing, but also not wanting to stay silent...Please know you are not alone. It can become hard to imagine one can succeed in life and love unless you fit a certain image. The external pursuit of changing your body can often damage your spirit and inner-self by taking you away from the whole genuine self. After 10 years of school based counseling, I know that young adults face weight and body image issues daily. You don't have to have an eating disorder to struggle with negative feelings about your body. I provide a safe holistic place where thoughts and feelings are accepted without judgment. Specializing in adolescent, child and family therapy, as well as parenting and teen coaching. With children and adolescents, I assist in learning to cope with and overcome challenges, such as disabilities, parent divorce, low self-esteem, social skills, grief and abuse

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I provide supportive professional counseling for individuals and couples. I offer Christian counseling for marriage and premarriage, boundary issues, depression and anxiety, blended families, addictions, divorce recovery, anger management, abuse and co-dependence, childhood abuse, couples counseling, and posttraumatic stress disorder.

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I am passionate about healthy marriages and thriving relationships, so I most enjoy working with dating, engaged, and married couples. I teach each couple how to assertively ask for what they want and need, how to communicate effectively by allowing their partner to feel safe, and how to resolve conflict in a constructive way that respects, rather than wounds, one another. If you are facing challenging circumstances in your relationship, I believe these can be an opportunity to strengthen your connection with your partner and draw you closer together, instead of driving you apart. For dating and engaged couples, I am a certified facilitator for the prepare/enrich program and recommend couples considering marriage to complete this valuable instrument. We use your data to identify strengths and growth areas, as well as explore opinions about core issues in marriage to find agreement and negotiate differences. I offer day, evening, and weekend sessions, as well as a free phone consultation to briefly discuss your situation and answer any questions you have as you evaluate options for counseling.

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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

What are the types of psychologists?

Psychologists are healthcare professionals who use scientific methods to understand the relationships between the brain, environment and behavior. Psychologists may focus on research — studying how the brain and various environments drive behaviors to better understand the issues that trouble patients and society as a whole — or they may focus on practice — interacting with people using therapeutic methods. The American Psychological Association shares some of the more prevalent types of psychologists:

  • Clinical psychologists assess and treat mental, emotional and behavioral disorders.
  • Cognitive and perceptual psychologists study human perception, thinking and memory.
  • Community psychologists work to strengthen the abilities of communities, settings, organizations and broader social systems to meet people’s needs — such as improving support for victims of natural disasters, or working to improve health policies.
  • Counseling psychologists help people understand and take action on everyday issues, career and work problems, and serious adversity.
  • Developmental psychologists study the psychological development of the human being throughout life.
  • Educational psychologists concentrate on how effective teaching and learning take place.
  • Engineering psychologists conduct research on how people work best with machines.
  • Environmental psychologists study the dynamics of how people interact with their environments.
  • Evolutionary psychologists study how evolutionary principles such as mutation, adaptation and selective fitness influence human thought, feeling and behavior.
  • Experimental psychologists study cognitive processes, comparative psychology (cross-species comparisons), and learning and conditioning.
  • Forensic psychologists apply psychological principles to legal issues.
  • Health psychologists specialize in how biological, psychological and social factors affect health and illness.
  • Industrial/organizational psychologists apply psychological principles and research methods to the workplace to improve productivity, health and the quality of work life.
  • Neuropsychologists and behavioral neuropsychologists explore the relationships between brain systems and behavior.
  • Quantitative and measurement psychologists focus on methods and techniques for designing experiments and analyzing psychological data.
  • Rehabilitation psychologists work with stroke and accident victims, people with mental disabilities, and those with developmental disabilities caused by such conditions as cerebral palsy, epilepsy and autism.
  • School psychologists assess and counsel students, consult with parents and school staff, and conduct behavioral interventions when appropriate.
  • Social psychologists study how a person’s mental life and behavior are shaped by interactions with other people.
  • Sport psychologists help athletes refine their focus on competition goals, become more motivated, and learn to deal with anxiety and fear of failure around competition.

What is a psychologist?

A psychologist is a professionally trained mental health professional who helps patients navigate challenging life situations or mental health issues. To become a psychologist you must earn a doctoral degree; qualifying degrees include a Ph.D., Psy.D. or Ed.D. To actively practice, a psychologist must be licensed in their state and maintain good standing. Psychologists are trained to administer tests that can evaluate a patient’s cognitive strength and weaknesses, intellectual skills, vocational aptitude and preference, personality characteristics, and neuropsychological functioning, explains the American Psychological Association (APA).

A psychologist meets with patients in an office and may work with a variety of methods, depending on patient need, such as cognitive, behavioral or interpersonal.  According to the APA, common reasons a person may visit a psychologist include:

  • Dealing with depression, anger or anxiety over a long period of time.
  • Help with a chronic condition that is interfering with their lives or physical health.
  • Help with grieving and other abrupt transitions.
  • Overcoming addictions.
  • Managing chronic illness.
  • Breaking old and harmful patterns of thinking or behavior.

Can a clinical psychologist write prescriptions?

To be able to write a prescription, a clinical psychologist must practice in a state that permits them to do so, and must either have a master’s degree in psychopharmacology or have completed the required advanced training program. According to the American Psychological Association (APA), five states currently permit psychologists to write prescriptions: Idaho, New Mexico, Illinois, Iowa and Louisiana. Many psychologists who are not able to write prescriptions work in partnership with psychiatrists, pediatricians or primary care doctors to help their patients who need medication.

How much do therapists cost?

If you are experiencing a challenging time, have mental health difficulties, or just want professional guidance as you move through life, a therapist can provide relief, tools and structure. The national average cost for a therapist is $80-$100 per hour, although prices may be higher or lower depending on geographic location and the experience and training of the therapist.

Psychiatrists, psychologists and licensed therapists are all health professionals who offer various modalities of therapy. Ask questions about the type of therapy they specialize in (such as cognitive or behavioral, etc.) and their area of expertise (such as grief, anxiety, body image disorders, etc.) to help you find the right fit for your needs. Therapy sessions are typically 50-60 minutes long.  The patient usually meets with the therapist in their office; sessions may also be held remotely (via Skype, etc.) or in a clinical setting. Psychologists, psychiatrists and other therapists who have earned advanced degrees will typically charge higher rates than other licensed therapists. Depending on your diagnosis, your health insurance may cover your therapy costs.

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