Brandy Engler, PsyD
Brandy Engler (PSY 22512) is a clinical psychologist specializing in relationships and sexuality, addiction and anxiety. Dr. Engler is an active, engaged therapist who tailors therapy toward a client's unique needs. Therapy may include gestalt-relational, psychodynamic and cognitive-mindfulness based techniques.
Dr. Engler has published two books of essays on psychotherapy, The Women on My Couch and The Men on My Couch ( Berkley Books).
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Melissa Carey, MFT
Melissa is a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT 53086). She has varied clinical expertise in a multitude of settings with specialties in eating disorders, anxiety, depression and couples therapy. For the past 6 years, she has been focused on her work with creative artists, processing the experience of being a creative person and the inherent challenges in a creative career. Her therapeutic style is warm and directive, and utilizes relational, solution focused, and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy techniques (training by SPI).
Melissa completed her undergraduate studies at University of the Arts where she studied classical dance and received annual talent scholarships throughout the 4 years for demonstrated excellence in the field. After a fulfilling career as a dancer, Melissa returned to school and completed a master's degree from Drexel University in Creative Arts in Therapy, where she received awards for Clinical Excellence. She has a second master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Antioch University Los Angeles.
Sharon Furman, PsyD
Dr. Furman is a Clinical Psychologist who has been working in the Los Angeles area for over 15 years treating adolescents, children, adults, and couples. She works with adolescents, adults, and couples. She works with a wide range of issues including depression, anxiety, insomnia, post-traumatic stress disorder, phobias, grief, and other issues.
Dr. Furman customizes treatment with each patient to fit the needs, goals, background, culture, and capacities of the individual. Her philosophy is to help individuals and couples reach their potential by building confidence and alleviating symptoms, which often get in the way. Compassion, understanding, knowledge, creativity, and depth are all part of her practice to facilitate personal and professional growth.
Dr. Furman also lived in Paris, France for a few years. In Paris, she had a private practice treating English-speaking adolescents. She is experienced with multi-cultural sensitivities.
Rachel Shimoni Simons, MFT
Rachel Shimoni- Simons specializes in issues related to past trauma, self esteem, life transitions including marriage and parenting, post partum depression and post partum anxiety, pregnancy loss, and generalized anxiety and mood disorders. Rachel firmly believes in taking a collaborative strength based approach with clients and empowering them to identify solutions. While drawing from experiential, cognitive behavioral, and post-modern theories, Rachel believes in tailoring therapy to each individual client's strengths and challenges.
Rachel is a certified facilitator of both the Parent Project program and the Nurturing Parenting program. Rachel received her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University's Graduate School of Education and Psychology, and she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego.
Sarah Mairesse, MFT
Sarah Mairesse is a trilingual (English/Spanish/French) Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Sarah works with adults, teens and couples on relationships, anxiety, trauma, loss, depression,, transitional life periods and addictions using gestalt therapy, mindfulness and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Additionally, Sarah provides EMDR therapy which uses bi lateral stimulation to help process trauma or uncomfortable memories.
Sarah emphasizes relationship building and empowers couples or individuals to tap into their higher selves, explore non violent communication, improve their ability to regulate emotions more effectively, make better choices , form healthier relationships, find balance and create more meaningful experiences.
Sarah has worked with a range of cultures and backgrounds and is comfortable exploring issues of sexual fluidity and race and gender diversity using non judgmental approaches.
Cymbeline Smith, MFT
Cymbeline Smith is a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT 79658) who values the individuality of each patient and their needs within the context of universal human fears, existential and terrestrial.
If you’re tired of the old tapes in your head, you will be able to address this in session. With seven years of experience working as a therapist with adolescents and adults, Cymbeline most recently has been a program director at Center for Discovery, Beverly Hills for eating disorders and La Ventana Treatment Programs, Encino for dual diagnosis.
In her private practice Cymbeline has specialized in individual & couples therapy. Her previous career as an actress in England with the Royal National Theatre and then co founding her own all-female production company has helped to create a fundamental understanding of the entertainment climate here in Los Angeles.
Rachel Brousseau, MFT
Rachel Brousseau is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT 95090) and Registered Drama Therapist (RDT 552). She believes in the power of connection, empathy, and creativity to help individuals and couples struggling to manage relationships, life transitions, stress, anxiety, depression and fears of success, failure and rejection. Rachel enjoys helping clients to discover their possibilities and hidden strengths. Her treatment approach with clients is individualized and integrative incorporating narrative, psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral and mindfulness-based approaches.
Rachel has additional training in maternal mental health and parenting to help mothers and couples who may be struggling with the challenging adjustment to parenthood, postpartum depression and postpartum anxiety. Rachel also utilizes expressive arts therapy to help clients connect through personal symbolism, metaphor, art, music, and enactment in a compassionate and non judgmental way that honors the process of personal exploration.
Rachel has found that clients from diverse backgrounds with varied challenges and abilities enjoy engaging creatively as it allows space for healing that can be difficult to access with words alone.
Shari Lee, MFT
Shari is a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT 50268) who approaches therapy from a creative and collaborative perspective. She has extensive experience working with a diverse population of individuals and couples struggling with Anxiety, Depression, Grief and Loss, Relationship Issues, Trauma, Substance Abuse and Recovery as well as Creative Blocks.
Shari received her master's degree in psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. She received two years of additional training in Jungian Psychology at the CG Jung Institute of Los Angeles where she presented talks on the relationship between art and psychology. She most recently completed Level 2 Training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, which is a body-centered approach to Trauma Recovery and Relationship Issues. Both approaches explore the ways in which conscious as well as unconscious thoughts, feelings, and behaviors can impact our life choices.
In her prior work as a visual artist and arts educator in many settings throughout Los Angeles, Shari learned that the creative process often begins with an idea of what one wants to see, but often struggles to render. By working with the image in a step-by-step way an interactive dialogue with the image can emerge and more meaningful alternatives often unfold. Shari believes that undertaking therapy is a similar process. By cultivating new insight into difficult thoughts and feelings, and developing new tools for working with limiting habits and patterns, the capacity to imagine and create more of what we would like to see and be is made possible. Shari brings warmth and curiosity to each individual’s unique process of discovery at a pace that is specific to you.
Sarah Goldberg, MFT
Sarah Goldberg is a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT 47032) specializing in individual and couples therapy working with artists, creatives, teens, trauma, and addictions. She maintains a private practice in Los Angeles, CA.
With over 10 years experience as a marriage and family therapist, and as a graduate of Antioch University Los Angeles, and California Institute of The Arts, she is currently serving as private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients. Among her areas of expertise are anxiety issues, depression, creativity blocks, addictions, sex and relationship issues and love and sex addiction.
Sarah is an interactive, solution-focused therapist. She integrates complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion and understanding, she works with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.
Renee Sher-McMeans, MFT
Renee is a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT 52244) with over 9 years of experience in the mental health field.
Renee specializes in couples therapy, assisting couples in building connection and friendship and providing effective tools in improving communication and conflict resolution. Renee is passionate in her work with couples and believes relationships are the greatest opportunity for personal learning and growth. Renee is a Level 3 trained therapist in the Gottman Method for Couples Therapy.
In addition, Renee works with individuals living with depression, anxiety, women’s issues (dating, relationships, parenting) and with artists navigating the entertainment industry. Renee’s approach encourages growth, guiding you to increased understanding so you can make deliberate choices that match what you truly want for yourself and your relationships.
Layla Ashley, MFT
Layla Ashley is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT 40157) with 20 years of experience. Layla specializes in depression, anxiety, trauma, relationships/break-ups/dating, couples therapy, life-purpose, overcoming creative and sexual blocks, grief/loss, and building self-esteem/assertiveness. Layla also holds Certifications as a Clinical Hypnotherapist, Life Coach and Neuro-Linguistic Practitioner, and works on both conscious and unconscious levels to facilitate powerful, lasting change. She is grounded in evidence-based methods of changing core beliefs, undesirable habits, pain management, and sleep problems.
Layla brings a delicate understanding of highly sensitive and intuitive individuals, and takes a humanistic and collaborative approach in working on a deeper level to transform pain into empowerment. Layla’s uses warmth, curiosity and guidance in her approach.
Layla’s personal mission is to help people explore the true self or ‘gold’ underneath the layers of conditioned experiences that shape our persona. Layla has extensive study in depth psychology and a background in theology and philosophy, and is fluent in working with symbols, archetypes, dreams, spirituality and meaning in one’s healing journey. Layla believes that a connection with a higher sense of purpose is key to core change and living a fulfilling life
Allison Carter, LCSW
Allison Carter is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW #75499) passionate about working with writers, artists, students and couples who are seeking greater confidence and fulfillment in their relationships and careers. Additionally, Allison is experienced in providing compassionate therapy to adults and adolescents who are grappling with trauma, eating disorders, self-harm, anxiety disorders, and depression.
Allison’s approach to therapy is warm, active and curious. She prioritizes understanding individuals and families in the greater context of their lives and cultures. Allison has trained in mindfulness-based therapies and the Trauma Resiliency Model, and brings to session a deep curiosity about how healing can occur in the here and now. Furthermore, Allison pulls from cognitive behavioral, feminist and creative arts therapies depending on the individual needs of each client.
Prior to training as a psychotherapist, Allison taught creative writing in various educational, non-profit and clinical settings. She deeply values the diversity of human experience and the power of seeking. Allison holds her MSW from UCLA, her MFA from CalArts, and her BA from Brown University.
Navid Messian, MFT
Navid Messian (LMFT 90965) works with anxiety, depression, grief, loss, trauma, life transitions, family, work, sexuality, and relational issues with adults and couples. Navid specializes in depth psychology which utilizes and explores his clients dreams, visions, imagination, and creative energy to find meaning, purpose and direction.
Navid has worked extensively in the field as a therapist working with clients, lecturing on the topic of counseling at the university level, and written on the subject of spirituality and depth psychology.