Psychotherapy for Balanced Living

Welcome

Are you feeling depressed, anxious or stuck in patterns of negative thinking or behavior? If so, you’re not alone. We all experience painful events and struggles, but how we cope can make the difference between living a balanced, positive life versus merely existing. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and work in a collaborative manner with clients to examine and come to terms with past experiences and develop new coping skills to create real and lasting change.

My focus of treatment includes:
• Major depressive disorder
• Bipolar disorder
• Generalized anxiety and panic disorder
• Eating disorders
• Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
• Borderline personality disorder
• Substance abuse / chemical dependency
• LGBTQ-affirmative therapy

I utilize a variety of therapeutic approaches, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness-Based Therapy, Solution Focused and Psychodynamic.

I encourage you to contact me directly at (310) 567-5707 for a free 15 minute phone consultation to discuss your current needs and if therapy may be right for you.

Pam Lewis-Nuñez, M.A., LMFT (#MFT84784)

FAQs

What exactly is psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy provides a supportive environment that allows one to talk openly with a person who is neutral and nonjudgmental. The therapist and client work together to identify and change the thought and behavior patterns that are keeping the person stuck and learn new skills to better cope with stressors.

Signs that you could benefit from therapy include:

• You feel overwhelming sadness and are having difficulty functioning in your day-to-day life.
• Your problems don’t seem to be getting better despite efforts on your own.
• You find it difficult to concentrate or to carry out everyday activities.
• You worry excessively, expect the worst in situations or are constantly on edge.
• Your behavior, such as drinking alcohol, using drugs or acting aggressively, is having harmful consequences to you or others.

How long does therapy take?

How long psychotherapy takes depends on the type of problem or disorder, the client’s history, the client’s goals, current stressors and the level of participation and motivation on the part of the client. Some people make significant progress after a handful of sessions. For others, it may take longer — maybe a year or two — to benefit from psychotherapy. They may have experienced serious trauma, have multiple issues to resolve or be simply be afraid to take action.

Psychotherapy is not a lifetime commitment. My goal is to assist people in improving balance and functioning in their lives and to move forward on their own. Oftentimes, after a period of treatment, clients will terminate regular weekly treatment and will then see me on an as needed basis.

What is a Marriage and Family Therapist? Can you treat individuals too?

A Marriage and Family Therapist is a licensed therapist who has a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology. We are trained to work with individuals, couples, and families and treat adults, adolescents, children and elders. There are other types of psychotherapists, including PhD and PsyD psychologists and Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW). Each type of therapist has a unique focus and may utilize different therapeutic approaches.

Credentials and Qualifications

• Antioch University Los Angeles, M.A., Clinical Psychology
• University of California Los Angeles, B.A.

If you would like a free 15 minute phone consultation or to make an appointment, please call me directly at: (310) 567-5707.

Insurance and Fee Information

My current fee is $120 for a 50-minute session for individuals and $130 for couples and families.

In order to make therapy financially feasible for clients, I can work on a sliding scale cash basis. I encourage you to bring up any financial concerns during our initial phone consultation so we can explore what works best for you.

Accepted Insurance Plans

• Anthem
• Blue Cross
• ValueOptions
• HMC Health Works
• MHN PPO
• Out of Network PPO – If a client’s insurance does not cover me, it may provide coverage on an Out of Network basis.