My Background

Therapy is a personal and relational experience, and it can help to know some basic details about the person you’ll be working with.

How did I get into this line of work? I’ve always been psychologically-minded. As a child my family moved frequently, and I grew up in countries around the world. I kept encountering people who were very different from one another, who put their lives together differently, who seemed happy or sad in different ways, for different reasons. I wondered: who are these varied, complex creatures called human beings?

As an adult, while getting my PhD in political theory and psychology at the University of California at Berkeley, I became fascinated with the field of psychoanalysis, which ultimately led to my present career as a practicing psychotherapist. After teaching as a college professor at universities in California and Canada, I decided to take the leap into clinical practice.

I received my formal training in counseling psychology at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, with additional training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy at the Family Service Agency of Marin, also in northern California. After working at a family mental health clinic in Long Beach and then a group private practice in Beverly Hills, I opened my own practice in Manhattan Beach, where I am today.

I find the work deeply fulfilling, and consider myself lucky to be doing it.  It’s gratifying to be able to help people move toward the life they want.





1230 Rosecrans Ave Suite 300
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

geoff.gershenson@gmail.com
(424) 248-7288

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