Licensed Therapist in Los Angeles
Specializing in Anxiety and Relationships
When we suffer trauma, experience loss, find ourselves in the middle of a major life transition or fall out of balance, we are often left feeling anxious, depressed, or lost and needing support. Therapy can be an invaluable tool to find our way back to our vitality and connectedness to ourselves and the world. Therapy helps to balance reflection, action, and acceptance.
So tell me, what’s going on in your life? How do you cope? What’s working and what’s not? Let’s start with right now. Let’s pause long enough to invite awareness. Let’s get curious about what matters to you and expand what is possible.
Our work is solely focused on
the changes you want to make
Lauren Malkasian, MA, LMFT
A good fit is one of the most important elements when seeking a therapist—if you can’t talk to someone, how can it work? When looking for a therapist, it's important to find someone who uses a therapeutic approach that's right for you, and you also need to feel comfortable talking with them.
My approach is pragmatic, strength-based, and non-pathologizing. My style is warm, conversational, and direct. My aim is to create a safe, supportive space for collaborative work with my clients to create healthier coping skills and more flexible and expansive ways of thinking about themselves and their situations so they feel less stuck and more empowered.
I’m fortunate to have had prior careers in the creative arts, which inform my work as a therapist. This life experience gives me a broad understanding of what it feels like to work in a demanding, stressful job and what it means to make big career changes. I've grappled with many of the transitions and life stages we all move through and found that even with seemingly impossible challenges come new opportunities to evolve and connect with ourselves and the world around us.
I support clients in exploring their identity and looking at what holds meaning and gives purpose to their lives
EDUCATION & TRAINING
I'm a licensed MFT and received my Master's degree in clinical psychology from Antioch University Los Angeles and a Bachelor of Arts in Film/TV from the Tisch School at NYU.
I have specialized training in EMDR, designed to alleviate the distress associated with traumatic memories; talk therapy, which helps identify thoughts, beliefs, and assumptions that make life harder; body-centered psychotherapy and somatic work which can help relieve the negative effects of trauma and emotional pain.
TRM Trauma Resource Institute
CRM Community Resiliency
Ecotherapy Training at Earthbody
Sex Therapy Training Center
Mindfulness & Self-Compassion
Narrative Therapy Training
IFS, Internal Family Systems
I remain involved in ongoing training to serve the needs of my clients
If you would like more information and to see if we'd be a good fit, you can schedule a complimentary 15-minute consultation email me below. Note: E-mail sent over the internet is not secure and should not be used to communicate confidential, personal, and/or health information. Once received, I'll contact you.
213 357 0065