Therapist Profile

Name:
Mr. Andrew Sears, M.A.
Professional Title:
Location:
3171 Los Feliz Blvd #307 Los Angeles, CA 90039
Phone:
(213) 545-1675
License Number
LMFT53020
Practicing Since:
2009
Additional Licenses:
LMFT

Personal Statement

Personal Statement:
Try to believe you are not alone. So many people slog along; plans seem like threats, fulfilling of goals is for everyone else, words like passion and potential seem annoying. Goals are unknown or constantly out of reach. Your peers are unsupportive or just don't get you. Maybe you feel alienated or disconnected from yourself and others. If you’re at this site, then you've probably been wondering or even obsessing about how you might need to change or try to do things differently - or if that’s even possible! I believe we’re all born full of enormous power and potential, but that we often become trapped deep beneath layers of trauma and defenses. Through childhood neglect, discrimination, physical or sexual abuse, bullying by peers or adults, domestic violence, rape, or even just a denial of the nurturing we all needed and deserved as small children, we become forced to hide from ourselves and others. Tragic events, illnesses, loss of a loved one - these can all dramatically change our ability to cope and live our lives fully. We build defenses for a reason. They used to help us, but now they work against us, maintaining habitual practices and belief systems that load us down like overstuffed luggage. What can be done to unpack those bags? Let’s look inside: shame, grief, loss, chronic illness, fear, self-doubt, a need for confirmation from others, a deprived or even inflated sense of identity - these can all lead to self-neglect, feelings of inadequacy, social anxiety, chronic depression, mania, OCD, fragmentation, sleeplessness, addictions, overeating, poor appetite, boredom, loneliness, despair - it’s endless. In therapy, we will collaborate and explore the core beliefs that stand between you and who you wish to be. We’ll start the process of breaking free from the things that hold you back. With acceptance of who and where you are at this very moment, you can face the here-and-now, regain access to your inner strengths, and begin again in the process of becoming the person you wish to be.

About My Practice

Office Hours
Monday - Saturday 9 am - 9 pm (when available)
Services
The Relationship: The single most important factor in successful therapy is the relationship that develops between the therapist and the client, since what happens between us is a reflection of the relationships you have in life. I encourage you to pay close attention to your feelings during the session - and to explore those feelings and what they mean to you. LGBTQ Affirmative Therapy: I use an affirmative approach in my work with people of all sexual orientation and gender identity. The gay, lesbian, and trans population frequently becomes aware of their own difference before their parents and siblings understand who they are. They might try to fit in just to be accepted for who they are. Hiding who you are is the first injury you might face in life as an LGBT kid. Affirmative therapy strives to reverse the scars of childhood, and to help you open up so that you can trust yourself to thrive without fear and shame. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT): There are ways that you can access short-term relief to symptoms including anxiety and depression. During our sessions, I will be looking for old patterns based on core beliefs that may be getting in your way. CBT often includes homework to practice therapy on your own between appointments. Meditation, Mindfulness, Breathing and Bodywork: Focused breathing, bodywork, and mindfulness all may provide relief of symptoms of anxiety and depression in many clients. Our sessions often include practice of these techniques, in order to equip you with tools to relieve stress and anxiety. Depth & Spirituality: While I don’t incorporate religion into my practice, I do believe that there is an ancient continuous link between all living creatures. Our exploration of this collective experience, by seeking clues from your unconscious, can often help to reconnect our outer lives with our inner selves. Clients are encouraged to record and share their dreams as I believe they can provide insights to our daily lives. Grief, Depression, and Anxiety: Many of my clients have suffered unfathomable traumatic loss, neglect, injury, or abuse. I provide a place of safety to explore memories and meaning. I want you to believe that you don’t have to suffer alone - that I can share and hold your pain. While this is a vulnerable journey, growth can occur once acceptance has begun. With personal stories, mindfulness, CBT, and meditation to provide relief, you may finally begin on a road to recovering from the life you’ve lost. Substance Abuse & Addictions: I use a non-judgmental approach in working with clients in recovery or those who are considering facing their addiction. In conjunction with 12-step, outpatient, residential, and detox facilities, we will decide together which course of action is best for you. I look to the attachment roots of addiction, and the personal triggers that may potentially lead to relapse. This is a journey that we take together, with the hope that you will come to reduce and defeat harmful behaviors. Negative Motivation and Self-Defeating Behaviors: I don’t believe that there is such a thing as a lazy person. When procrastination persists, or if you find yourself setting goals, only to steer away from acting towards those goals, the therapy will focus on the unconscious negative motivations that come into play to prevent goal fulfillment. Together, we will explore and renew your hopes and dreams, and the belief that you too deserve happiness will help you to maintain motivated practices.
Insurance
Superbill provided, Sliding Scale, Victims of Crime
Credit Cards Accepted
American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Free Initial Consult
No
Offers Teletherapy
Online

Education

Degrees
Antioch University Los Angeles MA Clinical Psychology 2010

Area of Specialty

Specialites:
Addictions
Attachment Therapy
Couples
Elder/Geriatrics/Gerontology
Gay/Lesbian/Bi/Questioning
Grief/Loss Terminally Ill
HIV Related
Individual
Life Transitions/Mid-Life Issues
Post Traumatic Stress Disorders
Relationships
Self Esteem/Personal Growth

Other

Theoretical Orientation
Attachment
Cognitive-Behavioral
Eclectic (Many Therapies)
EMDR-Eye Movement Desensitization/ Reprocessing
Gestalt
Humanistic/Existential
Intersubjective
Self Psychology
Certifications
Languages Spoken
English
Ethnicity
Caucasian (Non-Hispanic)

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