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I was very happy with Imastik family counseling at my wedding.
I had my doubts about getting marriage counseling, but when I started going to Michelle she proved to me how helpful it really is. So much that I think every young couple needs coaching in order to avoid serious relationship issues in the future. With her loving sidekick/spouse helping out, it provides a male and female aspect of each situation that comes up. Overall, Michelle is a great, caring person that will provide you with positive energy, motivation, and useful resources for life (not just marriage counseling). Coaching or no coaching, it's always nice to be blessed with the presence of such a person in your lifetime.
Helped with Relationship Counseling. My girl friend and I were going through a difficult time. We heard from others about the benefit of choosing a life coach over a MFT or a Psychologist. Our problems were communication about here and now. We didn't want to have to spend so much time individually sitting in "couch therapy " with a psychologist. Patti gets right to the underline issues. Her experience in this field is second to none. Our relationship including that of our teenage children that each of us has from our previous marriages has gotten so much better. Everyone in our family has benefited from we call her " our life coach" She is so easy to talk to. My fear and anxiety trusting to talk to someone with our issues went away the moment we met her. Our relationship has never been better thanks to Patti
Kelli has worked closely with me and my children during a very difficult transition in our lives. She has been supportive, compassionate and creative in working with us in providing counseling. Her methods are practical and effective. I would highly recommend her to anyone.
We couldn't possibly praise our experience with WIll highly enough! Will has tremendous wisdom and insight. He has a revolutionary approach to marriage counseling!
If I were to count three people in my spiritual walk as being instrumental, John Poortenga would easily be placed within this group. John has a gift for listening and then creating discerning words to compliment what he has heard. It's not enough to be a good listener, you have to be able to put pieces together and then articulate something meaningful, something true, with love. John did this for me at a critical time in my faith. John demonstrated again and again that his heart, his mind wanted to see people excel, even if it meant he would take a lesser role. If anyone has an opportunity to do any form of mentoring or counselling with John, I would snatch him up in a heartbeat. (In my time he wasn't bad at basketball or baseball either.)
Working with Bernard at Los Angeles Counseling Center has truly been a rewarding experience. I have been enlightened, challenged, affirmed and relieved to spend time exploring my beliefs and behavior in my marriage with a professional who has helped me stay curious, gentle and patient with myself and my partner. I would recommend anyone willing to do the hard yet inspiring and rewarding work that counseling facilitates to meet with Bernard.
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.
To summarize my experience working with Olivia, I would say life changing. Her counseling was fantastic and filled with tons of insight. Her course works if you are willing to put in the work. Plain and simple. I would recommend her to anyone.
Rose Rigole changed my family's life. Rose not only helped my husband and I discover new meaning in our relationship but gave us the tools to overcome the everyday roadblocks marriages find themselves up against. These tools have helped us keep our love the main focus and not on the distractions life throws us which at the moment seem so important. Ethical, diplomatic and caring, her approach never made either of us feel like the "bad guy".
Working with Saman for almost 3 years and I have to say that he has blossomed into a great professional. To be honest I was really skeptical if therapy was right for me, seeing as I only met him a year or so into his internship so I wasn't sure if he was able to help me. He is a very patient, compassionate and understanding person who takes this field of work to heart...It's pretty much his calling in life. Fast forward two and a half years later, I've learned ways to cope with my anxiety and have gained the confidence to accomplish my goals in my life.
Third Way Counseling is great! They have been sensitive to my needs (financial and time constraints) and are accommodating in every way.
He is an excellent therapist, he is understanding, compassionate,he gave me a very good advice. I highly recommend him. Thank you for helping me with my anxiety.
I went to see Armando Perez when I was having difficulty in my work situation. He is a wonderful listener and is very knowledgeable about how and why people react the way they do. He provided lots of ideas and strategies about how to make my work environment manageable beginnning with me. I truly enjoyed meeting with him and wouild recommend him to anyone having difficulties they would like resolved. Myra
Suzanne is a balm. She is real and straight but has an amazing style of communicating that makes truth easy to accept and even funny. She listens well and sees her clients. I feel cared for and understood by her. Her support is invaluable.
We offer Buddhist-based counseling and therapy. Try a non-traditional alternative. The Spiritual Adulthood Therapy & Counseling Project is a Buddhist-based, more alternative Asian approach to relating with your "self". "What is accepted by the majority of people does not mean it is real." - The Buddha, 500 BC We provide private, insightful, one-on-one therapy and mindfulness life coaching and relationship counseling for marriages, couples, all kinds of partnerships, workplace and friendships. For emotional and communication breakdowns, we offer "reaching out to reach deep in". "The lotus has its roots in the dank dark mud, Grows up through the cloudy deep water, And finally rises to the surface. It blooms into perfect harmony and purity in the sunlight. It is like the mind unfolding into perfect joy and wisdom..." - The Lotus Sutra Please go now to our counseling blog site; the best info is there! You will find many more of your FAQs responded there. It's really an interesting site. Take your time to graze around in it. Hopefully, you'll certainly know a lot more about what you need when you've done some reading at the blog. The Spiritual Adulthood Therapy & Counseling Project is located at Santa Monica, CA 90405; near Santa Monica College. For our email and phone number, see the service window. The best phone times to contact us are noon to 6 p.m. from Monday to Friday. The initial phone contact is always the best and most immediate. Thanks, Akasa Levi, DhMA ( D.Min.) Counseling Supervisor "Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase; just take the first step." - Martin Luther King At Spiritual Adulthood, we apply the Buddhist psycho-spiritual approach to the mind. "The journey itself is the destination!" We offer a uniquely combined counseling: an innovative, holistic, spiritual variation of the mind-therapies, based in practical, quite highly scientific Buddhist wisdom combined with a gentle, accepting, gradual compassionate view towards all beings. "Buddhist mindfulness-based guidance" with its long humanitarian history, is a well-respected ancient Asian, non-religious, more spiritual option to the regular standard model of Western clinical therapies. Buddhism is not "religious", it is Asian-psychology based. You certainly can be a sincere, deeply spiritual person without being religious, without having any higher authorities and that helps to truly open the heart and mind to trust and sensibility. This is not a licensed psychotherapy! Please visit our blog for the details and the disclaimer. We assist in healing the mind in the midst of these very edgy, scary, confusing, disappointing, over-driven, tense, survival-stressed, anxious uncertain times. Buddhist Inner Work: "Therapy" is not found in even the best of books or CDs, or on the internet. It's a live interactive relating process; it always has been. Interactively, that's how the problems started. Well, that's how they have to resolve! For the therapy, two people sit down and emphatically work on one of them. It's living, live, dynamic and face to face. This time around, it's a cooperative dyad of two people who care, and are in on this. Therapy counseling is a relationship in its truest form, and that's always disturbingly risky for the wounded spirit to change. "The greatest risk is not taking one." Spiritual Adulthood is offering a much more radical form of counseling, more geared to people in the whole spectrum of contemporary creative arts and the best of new thought-minded sensibilities. Maybe it is more green, liberal, or cultural and creative. Maybe it is just you. The Spiritual Adulthood exploration encourages and supports a very eclectic "inquiry into self" practice, combining the cool, calm observation approach of traditional, quiet mindfulness meditation with effective "crazy wisdom" irrationality of Zen-mind realizations that can cognitively short circuit the common, but so obsessive self-involved, self-absorbed and self-identified ego mind. "One easily made, very common mistake is to think that your reality is "the" reality. You must always be prepared to bravely leave your reality for a greater one." - Meeraji We encourage highly inquisitive, progressive-minded people, with a natural, deep love of learning who relish the abstract, and even the absurd and have a genuine taste for the indefinable existential stuff. Buddhist psychology is playful too. "...ever noticed that it's always now." - Alan Watts He suggests that you repeatedly keep noticing this many times a day. Usually, the people who do eventually come to us are more explorative, curious, do have a more active intellect and are innately, intensely inquisitive people by their nature. There are not ordinary Americans. The "inner search", "the quest" and "the mystery" are the understanding of it all. They are people who relish the "safari" of it, the search, the inquiry, the brave quest of it, hurting or not, rather than popular ideas and packaged prescriptions just served-up and ready to eat. There is no quick fix. Enlightened freedom is experiential. It is not just a home-deliverable product. For each of us, all growth is a life-long psychological pilgrimage, experienced through a compassionate spiritual heart that includes live, full, rich relationship experiences with all other living beings. Question: "Grandfather, what is destiny?" Destiny is every step we are taking and going through right now to get there. "So, you really must consciously choose and make the choice of good spirits to re-choose again and again to openly talk truth with someone and keep it up. Keep it up to openly keep talking with someone. This is to be open to trust in gradually letting it all arise and unfold, messy or tidy, depressed or distressed. We all have these feelings. It's nothing new." - Grandfather Bearheart, contemporary Creek Elder "Eighty percent of success is just showing up." - Woody Allen Go ahead, and get into some quality counseling or therapy. You are really being heard here or somewhere that they will really take a deep caring to listen to you and really, really hear you and that is a very courageous move on your part: to move yourself into a counseling setting. It just may be the right place for you to start. Be very welcome to inquire more about us, as you search out where to do this inner work. Please read some more on this site. Buddhist-based wisdom offers compassionate, effective alternative approaches to relating with your "self" and all other living beings. Awaken the "compassionate insight" that is naturally deep within you and within mostly everyone. This is a liberal-minded therapy for intelligent, sensitive, intellectual and gifted, creative people who are often odd, often wonderfully offbeat, yet are now very discomforted, unhappy people. We offer an empathic, warm Asian-style of alternative treatment of mind well-being that just may be a more natural, truly effective, non-traditional approach. We are offering another possibility as a workable therapy approach for you. "The privilege of a lifetime is being truly who you are." - Joseph Campbell Phone us, and let's really take a few minutes together to talk on the phone and find out a bit more about what's going on within you. There are no obligations! It's a free phone consultation! Please go to our blog site and read a bit. There are a bundle of appointment details there and some sensible, solid good recommendations on how to even approach the idea of beginning some serious counseling or therapy, but there are no promises, no guarantees. Each individual situation is different and certainly, effectiveness may vary; yet it may be worth giving it a try. "And then the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom"- Anais Nin Buddhist therapy has been done very effectively for 2,557 years. "As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world, as in being able to remake ourselves. Become the changes you want to see in the world." - Mahatma Gandhi This can be done. Give it and you a chance! If you know someone else in your life who just may also benefit by our offerings, be very welcome to put them in phone touch with us. We offer a free phone consultation, but please ask them to visit our blog-site first. We also offer: * The Laughing Buddha Sangha Buddhist meditation classes and retreats. Visit our "Buddha-blog" meditation site. * The Zen Men group. Good men are becoming even better men! Men's inner growth groups explore a man's deeper core issues. Every guy could use being in a men's group at some time in his life. Men are learning to trust and support each other in making important life changes.
I am a licensed MFT working with individuals, couples, and families, inspiring motivation, hope, and healing with people of various backgrounds and cultures. Our earliest relationships are the mother and father of all the other relationships that come later in life. If we are not aware of it and don't have insight into it, we are bound to repeat and relive them over and over again. My goal is to create a warm, safe environment for people who have never felt seen or heard or understood where they can finally feel safe. Therapy provides a chance to rework, repair and reparent those parts of ourselves that never got developed into a new healthier, whole self. It provides another chance. There are no wrong feelings. The skill is how you manage and express them. We are often afraid to give words to our feelings or ask for what we need, yet that is really the path toward freedom. It is important to learn how to respond rather than react, and to know the difference. What you will learn in doing those skills will empower you and improve the quality of all your relationships. You will come to know what healthy arguments look like - to resolve conflict without blame.
It's not just therapy; it's the kind of therapy that assists you in making the changes you want to see in your life. It's therapy that makes you examine the way you have been living, look at the things that aren't working and the things that are and lets you build the tools for success in relationships, family, work and life. This is the kind of therapy that can help you to experience your life!
f you are a parent, I offer individual parenting guidance and/or work directly with your child or teen. My child and adolescent work includes difficulties such as peer relationships, stress, learning issues and lack of organization, anxiety and depression, consequences of divorce or death of a parent, listening and following parental rules and shyness. Because I feel it is so important that you find the therapist who is the right match for you, if you decide not to return for a second session, I will not charge you for the initial visit.
My psychotherapy approach is warm, empathic, depth-oriented, and empowering to the client. I honor and respect the boundaries and desires of every client for what he/she wants out of therapy. I realize that the most excellent work is obtained when the trust we have created together in therapy is strong. This enables your therapy to progress as you do. Therapy is so personal and unique to each customer. I find that journey to be a twisting path back to oneself and eventually to your authentic inner power. My intent is to support you on this path and assist you reach your goals and ultimate dreams. Please contact me for a consultation at my office.
Our services include: - Relationship Counseling - Relationship counseling can help resolve conflicts and heal wounds. Let us help you learn how to maintain a healthy relationship with your partner, family, friends and co-workers. - Couples and Marriage Counseling - Marriage counseling, also called couples therapy, helps couples understand and resolve conflicts and improve their relationship. - Gay and Lesbian Counseling - Let us help you deal with the challenges of being a gay or lesbian. Whether you are having difficulty in "coming out", dealing with family, or having a healthy relationship, we can help. - Depression Counseling - Depression can feel like a wave washing over you and leaving you overwhelmed and scared. This is a confusing and scary period of time that you can beat by learning effective strategies for managing your depression. - Anxiety Counseling - It is possible to take control of your anxiety. I counsel and teach the effective strategies to give the power back to you. - Hypnosis - Hypnosis can help with many problems, ranging from forming healthy habits, to helping cope with depression and anxiety, and creating a positive approach to relationships. - Elder Care Counseling - Parents and grandparents get older, and sometimes, problems can arise with relating to the issues faced by them.