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Thanks for visiting my website.  I’m a licensed psychotherapist in Manhattan Beach.  I help adults, teens and couples throughout the South Bay area of Los Angeles.   I work with all kinds of issues and specialize in depression and adult transitions.

I imagine you are here because something is not working in your life.  It probably involves love, work, family, or self, and it probably has you in a painful place. You could be feeling depressed, anxious, self-negating, or stuck.

Let me elaborate on those feelings, since it might help you to locate some of your own symptoms.  If you are feeling depressed, you may too often experience a lack of enjoyment, irritability or anger, sadness or flatness, social withdrawal, and maybe despair. If you struggle with anxiety, you may too often live with a pit in your stomach, frayed nerves, obsessive fears, or panic attacks.  If you are prone to self-negation or self-devaluation, you may notice that you reflexively blame or criticize yourself, or often feel very guilty or ashamed, or suffer too little confidence or self-esteem.  If you are feeling stuck, you may also feel frustrated or defeated by your inertia or unproductive repetitions; you long for change but fear that you cannot produce it, because you keep doing the same old things that cause you trouble.

These feelings often go together, in myriad combinations.  If you are experiencing one or more of them, you are right to be considering therapy, and I encourage you to read on.

Some people feel weak or flawed for seeking therapy, but it has nothing to do with that.  You seek therapy because you are a human being in a difficult moment, and you have the good sense to enlist professional help to work through the difficulty.  By choosing to face your challenges rather than avoid them, you show courage and strength, and you are to be admired.

If you have never tried therapy, you may be surprised to learn how enjoyable it can be.  Many people love it. Therapy is where you get to talk about things that matter to you, in a free and non-judgmental space, with someone who listens closely and expertly, and helps you process things in new and potentially transforming ways.  Laughter and humor, not just painful experiences, show up in many therapy sessions.

The most important thing I wish to say to you: talk therapy is a powerful tool for change.  There is plenty of scientific evidence for this, and I see it all of the time in my office.  It’s why I do and love this work!  Far from ‘mere talk’, talking in therapy can rewire your brain, helping you become someone who is more grounded, whole, vital, productive, and capable of giving and receiving love.

I invite you to contact me for a free initial consultation, or to ask any questions you might have.  To find out more about who I am, scroll down to the section below.

About Me

As a psychotherapist, I help people through hard times and difficult transitions, and I think of myself as someone who knows how to spark change and growth in people’s lives.

I work with people who want a better life, but keep repeating the habits of mind or behavior that hold them back.  I’m expert at helping them explore their history and uncover patterns they’ve not noticed or appreciated, so that they can relate in new and productive ways to themselves, others, and life.

I know from my years of experience working with men, women, and teens that people have the ability to make big changes in their lives.  If you are ready to do the work, you’ll be surprised, and maybe even amazed, by your ability to explore parts of yourself that you haven’t fully appreciated, or even knew existed.  The process of therapy can allow you to grow more quickly than you ever imagined possible.

I say this because I see it happen all of the time.  Perhaps you feel ready to explore what keeps you back, and how to move forward into a better life.  If so, please give me a call at 424-248-7288 or send me an email at geoff.gershenson@gmail.com.  My office is in Manhattan Beach.

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