Welcome

Thanks for visiting my website.  I put it together to describe how I work as a therapist, and also to suggest what the experience might be like for you. Please have a look around, and don’t hesitate to get in touch with me.

Let me guess the reasons you’re here:

— you’re having problems in your relationship, career, family, or habits of self;

— you’re in emotional pain, and struggling with depression, anxiety, dependency, joylessness, or loneliness;

— you’re tired of things as they are, and seek change and personal growth.

These are all good reasons to try therapy, and most people come to see me for a mix of all three.

While everyone is different, and the pace of progress varies, studies clearly show that therapy helps people. I see this in my office all of the time. I wanted to underline this point at the outset, since you may be wondering if therapy can help you.

Feel free to contact me with questions, or to schedule a free initial consultation. I know it might feel awkward, but I’m easy to talk to and a kind person. 🙂

To find out more about who I am, scroll down to the section below.

About Me

I’m a licensed psychotherapist with a private practice in Manhattan Beach, where I work with men and women on a wide range of issues. Many of my clients feel successful professionally, yet they struggle with some aspect of life, or something about themselves, that they’d like to change or improve. They come to my office to sort things out, work on issues, and grow.

How do I work? I tailor therapy to the specific needs of the person, and usually I work psychodynamically, which means we connect surface issues to your deeper emotional and interpersonal dynamics.  As we explore the things that matter to you, linking your past, present, and future, you start to feel and act in new ways, more in line with what you actually want for yourself.  This work helps you grow as a person.

You’ll probably enjoy therapy — most people do. It’s a safe space to figure things out, and my style is friendly and interactive.  Though sometimes painful, it’s also interesting and lively and grounding and rewarding, and it’s common to look forward to weekly sessions. I enjoy humor and laughter, and there can be fun in therapy too.

I have a background as a college professor. That means I picked up some fancy academic degrees, but I like plain and simple talk, not jargon. A final thing about me: I’ve lived on four continents and have seen a lot.  I know from years of experience that people have the ability to change and grow, in ways that really matter.

You can link to My Background to get some more details about me.

Feel free to give me a call at 424-248-7288 or send me an email at geoff.gershenson@gmail.com.

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