SPECIALTIES

Anxiety

Anxiety is the most common psychological issue in the U.S. It is highly manageable, if not treatable, with the right support and tools. Some symptoms include excessive worry, difficulty concentrating, heart racing, and shortness of breath.

My approach when managing anxiety is to take small steps to lead to big changes. We will work to interrupt negative thought patterns, manage physical symptoms through a variety of techniques, and discuss the underlying root of the anxiety.

Chronic Illness

Chronic illnesses are conditions that lasts longer than three months and can typically be managed but not cured. Chronic illness tends to call for lifestyle changes, which can leave you feeling angry, resentful, or anxious.

After being diagnosed with a chronic illness, you may experience feelings of fear, confusion and loss. My approach is to help navigate through those feelings as well as help you structure your best and most balanced life with your health needs in mind.

Trauma

Trauma can occur after experiencing a severely distressing event.  Sometimes we do not have the reserves to cope with that level of stress or we have difficulty processing the emotions surrounding those events. Trauma can occur after experiencing abuse, war, illness, immigration, car accident, along with many countless others.

We will work to process the trauma, and understand and change thinking and behavior patterns surrounding it, as well as engage in active treatment in and outside of our weekly sessions to reduce symptoms.

Depression

Depression causes symptoms that affect how you feel, think, and handle daily activities, such as sleeping, eating, or working. It can make you lose interest in previously enjoyable activities, and shell up from the world.

My approach when working with depression is to help you understand that depression is a part of your life, but not all of your life. Depression can be managed and even cured. We will take small steps to reintroduce enjoyable activities, help you see your talents and strengths, and learn coping mechanism to use when you are feeling down or sad.

Behavioral Issues

For parents with children and teens, behavioral issues are incredibly common.

When managing behavioral issues, I like to work with both the parents and the child (or children), I work with parents to create a plan on how to reduce negative behaviors, and increase positive ones. I spend time in-session with the child or teen to understand the root of these behavioral issues.

Group Therapy

Chronic Illness in Young Adults

Living with chronic illness can be incredibly challenging. Young adults living with chronic illness, have the additional stress of navigating where they want their lives to go, relationships, and self image in comparison to their peers. This group serves as a space to discuss these issues and learn a variety of coping strategies to manage chronic illness related stress

This group will be held every week for ten weeks at the office in Glendale, CA. If you are interested, please contact me via telephone or through a submission on the “Contact me” page. Start date to be determined.

Teen Anxiety Group

Teens today face more stress than any generation before! The teen group focuses on anxiety which can be mental (worrying, thoughts racing, etc.) and/or physical (sweating, shortness of breath, etc.). In this group, we will learn how to manage anxiety using a variety of different techniques and exercises.

This group will be held every week for ten weeks at the office in Glendale, CA. If you are interested, please contact me via telephone or through a submission on the “Contact me” page. Start date to be determined.

 

Lara Abounayan, Marriage and Family Therapist Associate (#107180) employed and supervised by Lara Mekhitarian (#78395)

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