Counselor / Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

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Jeffrey Chernin, Ph.D., MFT

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We All Need Help Sometimes
I'm here to help you feel better, do better, and get better
Whether you're experiencing depression, anxiety, or stress, or if you have problems at work or at home, my sole aim is to help you make the changes you desire.

Likewise, if you're in a relationship and you're not getting along, suffering from a betrayal, or simply having trouble finding a partner, I can help you to understand what's going on and overcome your relationship challenges.

I take a two-prong approach.
1) To help you find out "how did I get here?" so you don't have to re-visit this place again.
2) To help you learn new ways of relating, coping, and expressing yourself that foster good
relationships, friendships, and work connections.

If people have been telling you that you need to get over it or to move on, or if you think so yourself, all that does is add pressure to an already difficult experience. I take an "addition" approach - learning new tools and thinking about things in new ways - rather than a "getting rid of" approach (which doesn't work anyway!)

Thoughts like - What's wrong with me? Why can't I be like other people - doesn't mean that something is ACTUALLY wrong with you! It could be that you're doing your best to cope with certain challenges, some of which may have arisen in your past.

For example, if you were betrayed in a prior relationship and you don't trust your current partner, you're using a former coping strategy in a new situation. I would help you find new ways to deal with the lack of trust and other feelings that could be causing you to act in ways that may have hurt your partner and the relationship.

As another example, let's say that there was a lot of fighting in your family and you closed yourself off in your room. Now, any time there's the potential for conflict you withdraw. You're protecting yourself from either being hurt or hurting the other person. But this relationship might be different from your past ones (including your family), and withdrawing could actually be harmful.

With either example, one goal for therapy would be find new ways to cope with these feelings, as well as to understand that nothing is "wrong" with you. It's just that your actions may be counter-productive. The other goal is Empowerment; sometimes you may choose to withdraw or be untrusting - but the key is to choose and not automatically react that way.

Another way I see therapy is putting puzzle pieces together. You may have all of the pieces, but we need to put them together to figure out what motivates you and why you feel the way you do - as well as making the changes you desire.
I have worked with individuals and couples in private practice and community centers for over 25 years. I was the Clinic Director at a non-profit agency serving the homeless and battered women and their children, and I have taught Psychology and Therapy classes at Chapman University and Antioch University as well as supervised several therapists.

I know what it's like to struggle with personal and career issues, and I have a great deal of empathy for peoples' challenges. Developing a good professional relationship and knowing that I'm someone who understands you is the starting point for a good experience and real, substantial, positive change.

My experience includes working with people from all walks of life, younger and older, and ethnic and sexual minorities. I work with adults (18 and over) and seniors.

If I don't feel that I'm the best therapist for you, I will tell you. But if we have a mutual interest in continuing, you will discover, as my other clients have, that I am warm, non-judgmental, and caring. But that is not where you may find the biggest benefit. With 25+ years of education, training, and experience - as well as rolling up my sleeves to help you from Day One - I think that you will find relief in the first one or two sessions and some changes in the first 3 to 6 weeks. Of course these are just words to you at the moment and I cannot guarantee that you will improve (no therapist can). But if you're motivated to change, you'll know right away whether I can be helpful. Together we would work to help you become your best self.
Practice Areas
 Counseling / Therapy  Life Transitions
 Anger Management  Loneliness
 Anxiety and Panic  Marriage & Family Therapy
 Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)  Marriage Counseling
 Body Image Issues  Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
 Caregiver Issues  Online / Video / Teletherapy
 Coronavirus/COVID-19 Issues  Pre and Postpartum Mental Health
 Chronic Illness  Relationship Issues
 Couples Therapy  Self Esteem Issues
 Depression  Seniors and Elder Care Issues
 Divorce  Stress Management
 Eating Disorders  Trauma and PTSD
 Grief and Loss  Work and Career Issues
 Doctoral Degree (Ph.D.)  Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)
 National Certified Counselor (NCC)
Ph.D., 1996, University of North Texas
California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
National Board for Certified Counselors
Payments Accepted
Checks, credit cards, PPO and point of service insurance
Hours:Monday - Thursday
License:MFC #37670, CA
6310 San Vicente Blvd.
Suite 410
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