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Counselor / Therapist in West Hollywood, CA

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John Shinavier, MA, RYT, LC

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I offer a complimentary 30 minute initial consultation for all new clients. This gives you a sense of how I work, and it also allows me to see if what I offer is a fit for your particular circumstances.

My approach to therapy is generally Cognitive Behavioral which gives the client tools that help them utilize their physical, emotional and spiritual resources to empower their lives and feel better. I integrate my experience and training in clinical psychology with a forty year dedication to my Yoga and meditation practice, creating a nurturing and caring space where clients can feel safe to explore the causes of their personal and professional conflicts.
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My approach to therapy is generally Cognitive Behavioral which gives the client tools that help them utilize their physical, emotional and spiritual resources to empower their lives and feel better. I integrate my experience and training in clinical psychology with a forty year dedication to my Yoga and meditation practice, creating a nurturing and caring space where clients can feel safe to explore the causes of their personal and professional conflicts.

I found that teaching a depressed client the “breath of fire” enables them to leave that dark area of feeling bad about themselves to a place of detachment where they not only feel better, but are able to make better choices in how they go about treating their depression.

In addition I have found that teaching any number of “grounding” breaths to one who is anxious brings them into their body where they are no longer disassociating and their feelings of anxiety are dissolved or lessened.

So the above in a therapeutic sense, are very practical “tools” that the client can take with them. Having a Masters in clinical psychology as well as being a registered Yoga teacher is not only beneficial to my clients, but offers them many more choices than if I was working from one modality alone. I am not against medication when needed. I am all about offering alternative ways to manage stress, depression and anxiety.

Also, for many years I have worked with adolescents in foster care and the juvenile justice system helping to facilitate the family to discover new ways of coping with stress, and to empower them to want to have a better, more balanced life.
Practice Areas
 Counseling / Therapy  Life and Wellness Coaching
 Addiction / Drug Rehab  Life Transitions
 Adolescents  Loneliness
 Anger Management  Marriage & Family Therapy
 Anxiety and Panic  Marriage Counseling
 Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)  Men's Issues
 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  Sexual Dysfunction
 Eating Disorders  Stress Management
 Gay or Lesbian Issues  Trauma and PTSD
 Gender Identity / Transgenderism  Work and Career Issues
 Grief and Loss
Certifications
 Licensed Psychologist
Education/Training
MA in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University
MA in communications from University of Michigan

I have completed internships at:
-Los Angeles Free Clinic
-The Gay and Lesbian Adolescent Social Service Center
-The Trauma Survivors Treatment and Training Center
-The Los Angeles Child Guidance Center
-Akasha Center for Integrative Medicine
License:CA
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