I am a psychodynamically-oriented therapist, and the Founder of Menachem Psychotherapy Group.
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Valley Village, CA
I did my training at Beit T’Shuvah, an inpatient addiction facility. I worked with a variety of clients–some coming from a life of privilege; others who are transitioning out of the criminal justice system. I also worked at Creative Care, an inpatient substance abuse rehabilitation facility specializing in co-occurring disorders such as schizophrenia, bipolar, and borderline personality. I'm also brought in to work in addiction facilities as a group facilitator.
I work with clients suffering from depression by being empathetic, helping them explore the root of their issues, and aiding them to find new ways of approaching and viewing life, which requires combatting unhealthy thinking and negative thoughts, and making small changes which lead to bigger ones.
My work with clients suffering from anxiety offers skill building, psychoeducation, and grounding techniques to help clients minimize their anxiety. The clients and I also work together to help them understand their history, the way they have been operating in the world, and finding new--and healthier--ways of functioning.
I lean towards psychodynamic therapy, which means I think understanding a client’s past, childhood, and early experiences are very telling in how clients operate as adults. I also think the relationship to the therapist is very important in helping to resolve those conflicts, and to aid in it by creating corrective emotional experiences in the room.