General

People sometimes ask me how it is that merely talking in my office can change things for them.  The short answer is that talking in therapy actually changes your brain, which allows you to achieve a better life.

We now know through new techniques in brain-mapping that talking and listening in conversation literally alters the neural networks in your brain.  If you think of your brain as “wired” in certain ways that guide your thoughts and feelings and actions, talking in therapy enables a kind of subtle rewiring.  That’s why therapy works. The key, of course, is to talk with someone who knows how to open up new, generative ways of thinking, feeling, and acting.  That takes expertise.

Some people feel change begin to happen almost immediately, and it’s common to come out of a first session feeling less burdened and more hopeful. Generally, change takes place along different timelines and trajectories. Some have steady progress, others sudden breakthroughs, and others periodic waves of growth. Positive change is not guaranteed, but it’s very frequent in my experience.

I mostly work with individuals, mainly adults but also teens, and I see couples and families as well. I’m a bilingual therapist and can work in Spanish as well as English.  I offer weekday, weekend, and evening hours.

I embrace diversity, equality, and non-discrimination.

See the links below for some more detail about how I work with individuals and couples.





1230 Rosecrans Ave Suite 300
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

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

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