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Ira Israel, Licensed Psychotherapist

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I inspire and empower people to create extraordinary lives
30 years of experience working with filmmakers & musicians.
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I inspire and empower people to create extraordinary lives full of positive relationships, love, artistic expression, authentic communications, thriving careers, and mental and emotional clarity.

Individuals report that I am exceptionally skillful at quickly discerning core wounds and providing immediate solutions to help release traumas and ameliorate depression and anxiety; couples report greater understanding, empathy, ease and intimacy.

Over the past twelve years, I have helped thousands of filmmakers, musicians, writers, artists and creative people find or rejuvenate their purposes in life, undertake new endeavors, and have more supportive, compassionate, fulfilling relationships.

I can help you too.

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Since 2011, I have been working in private practice as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC #31) and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT #50646), teaching sold-out transformational workshops, producing a series of best-selling mindfulness DVDs, and writing about psychology, philosophy, Buddhism, yoga, film, art, music & literature for the Huffington Post, Good Men Project, Mind Body Green, Thrive Global, and Medium.

As an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania I became interested in psychology when I studied with Philip Rieff (“The Triumph of the Therapeutic,” “Freud: Mind of the Moralist”) and philosophy when I studied with Alexander Nehamas (“Nietzsche: Life As Literature”). After graduating UPenn in 1988 I took a Master of Arts degree in philosophy at the University of Connecticut, during which I concentrated on aesthetics, semiotics, epistemology and the philosophy of mind.

I then worked for two years in New York City in Paul Simon’s office, at Warner-Elektra-Atlantic, and producing Russell Donnellon’s “Ursa Minor” CD. In 1991 I moved to Paris to work with Luc Besson on the screenplays for “The Professional” and “The Fifth Element,” Chantal Akerman on the screenplay for “A Couch in New York,” and with several other French writer/directors, as well as with singer Mylène Farmer on the hit song “My Soul is Slashed.”

While exploring Thailand in early 1994, I became fascinated by Buddhism, yoga, and meditation, which led me first to study parapsychology at Duke University and eventually take a second Master of Arts degree in religious studies at the University of California in Santa Barbara. At UCSB I studied the histories of mindfulness and yoga with Alan Wallace, David Gordon White, Barbara Holdrege and the late Ninian Smart.

In March of 2007 I completed my formal academic education with a Master of Arts degree in clinical psychology from Antioch University focusing on positive psychology, attachment theory, cognitive behavioral therapy, and the works of Jacques Lacan, Alice Miller, Carl Jung, D.W. Winnicott, Melanie Klein and many other theorists.

Besides the numerous occasions I have sat with His Holiness The Dalai Lama, I have been privileged to study Buddhism at Spirit Rock with Jack Kornfield, Rick Hanson, Fred Luskin, James Baraz, Phillip Moffitt, David Richo and Sharon Salzberg.
Practice Areas
 Counseling / Therapy  Grief and Loss
 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  Stress Management
 Eating Disorders  Trauma and PTSD
 Gifted / Talented Issues  Work and Career Issues
 Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC)  Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)
BA University of Pennsylvania, Department of Sociology
MA University of Connecticut, Department of Philosophy
MA University of California, Santa Barbara, Department of Religious Studies
MA Antioch University, Clinical Psychology
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Hours:Sunday 9-5, Monday-Thursday 9-6
License:LMFT, LPCC
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12401 Santa Monica Blvd
Suite 340
Additional Location
2316 Montana Avenue
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