call for free phone consultation: 213.545.1675

3171 Los Feliz Boulevard

Suite 307

Los Angeles, CA 90039

andrewtsears@gmail.com

Andrew Sears  MA, MFT

Psychotherapy & Counseling - Individuals, Couples & Families

Marriage & Family Therapist

CA License MFC 53020

SERVICES PROVIDED

 Every person is unique; I may use brief or long-term therapy, depending on your needs. During the course of treatment, I'll frequently check in with you to see how we're connecting or if we’re on the right track. I typically work within the boundaries of the 50-minute therapeutic hour, one session or more per week.  If necessary, I'm also available for additional in-person or online sessions between weekly appointments.

 

A typical therapy session might involve any or all of the following elements:

 

The Relationship:

The single most important factor in successful therapy is the relationship that develops between the person and their  therapist, since what happens between us is a reflection of the relationships you have in life. I encourage you to pay close attention to your feelings during the session - and to explore those feelings and what they mean to you.

 

LGBTQ Affirmative Therapy:

I use an affirmative approach in my work with people of all sexual orientation and gender identity. The gay, lesbian, and transgender population frequently becomes aware of their own difference before their parents and siblings do. They might try to fit in just to be acceptable. Hiding who you are is the first injury you might face in life as an LGBT kid. Affirmative therapy strives to reverse the scars of childhood, and to help you open up so that you can trust yourself to thrive without fear and shame.

 

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT):

There are ways that you can access short-term relief to symptoms including anxiety and depression. During our sessions, I will be looking for old patterns based on core beliefs that may be getting in your way. CBT often includes homework to practice therapy on your own between appointments.

 

Meditation, Mindfulness, Breathing and Bodywork:

Focused breathing, bodywork, and mindfulness all may provide relief of symptoms of anxiety and depression in many clients. Our sessions often include practice of these techniques, in order to equip you with tools to relieve stress and anxiety.

 

Depth & Spirituality:

While I don’t incorporate religion into my practice, I do suspect that there is an ancient continuous link between all living creatures.  An exploration of this collective experience, by observing clues from your unconscious, can often help to reconnect outer lives with inner selves.  I might encourag you to record and share your dreams as I believe they can provide insights to our daily lives.

 

Grief, Depression, and Anxiety:

Many of us have suffered unfathomable traumatic loss, neglect, injury, or abuse. I provide a place of safety to explore memories and meaning. I want you to believe that you don’t have to suffer alone - that I can share and hold your pain.  While this is a vulnerable journey, growth can occur once acceptance has begun. With personal stories, mindfulness, CBT, and meditation to provide relief, you can finally begin on a road to recovering from the life you’ve lost

 

Substance Abuse & Addictions:

I use a non-judgmental approach in working with people in recovery or those who are considering facing their addiction.  In conjunction with 12-step, outpatient, residential, and detox facilities, we will decide together which course of action is best for you. I look to the attachment roots of addiction, and the personal triggers that may potentially lead to relapse. This is a journey that we take together, with the hope that you will come to  reduce and defeat harmful behaviors.

 

Negative Motivation and Self-Defeating Behaviors:

I don’t believe that there is such a thing as a lazy person.  When procrastination persists, or if you find yourself setting goals, only to steer away from acting towards those goals, the therapy will focus on the unconscious negative motivations that come into play to prevent goal fulfillment. Together, we will explore and renew your hopes and dreams, and the belief that you too deserve happiness, will help you to maintain motivated practices.

 

Medication:

A number of people in therapy are on medications under the care of a psychiatrist. The reality of modern psychiatry is that practitioners are usually limited to brief informational sessions, and recommend adjunct psychotherapy elsewhere. That’s where I come in. While I can not directly advise you on medications, I can prepare you for your psychiatric appointments by helping you process your experience in terms that will help your psychiatrist better understand your situation.