Therapist Profile

Jo Ann McKarus, M.A.
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11980 San Vicente Blvd. Ste. 607 Los Angeles, CA 90049-6604
(310) 207-0079
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Personal Statement

Personal Statement:
Licensed in 1991 as a Marriage and Family therapist, I have been in private practice ever since. Having earned a clincal doctorate in psychoanalysis from the Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies, I'm now a Fellow of the International Psychoanalytical Association, and my orientation is psychodynamic/psychoanalytic. This is an insight-oriented, developmental model that focuses on understanding and working through unconscious motivations, defenses, and conflicts. In order to become an IPA-accredited psychoanalyst, I completed 8 additional years of rigorous post-graduate education and training. This training provides the analytic psychotherapist with the expertise needed to explore and locate unconscious issues that underlie longstanding patterns and symptoms of emotional distress and dysfunctional behavior. Thus, the psychoanalyst is equipped to make interventions that get to the root of the problems. Psychoanalytic treatment is for those individuals who feel caught in these recurrent mental and emotional problems, which are likely impeding their potential to experience happiness with their partners, families and friends, as well as success and fulfillment in their work and the normal tasks of everyday life. Anxieties, inhibitions and depressions frequently are the signs of unconscious inner conflicts, which lead to difficulties in relationships and, when untreated, can have a considerable impact on personal and professional choices. As noted, the roots of these problems often go deeper than normal awareness can reach, which is why they prove irresolvable without the appropriate professional help. Successful psychoanalytic psychotherapy or psychoanalysis can provide significant relief from psychic pain, promote personality development and provide a self-awareness that will strengthen the patient's confidence to pursue their goals in life. The positive effects of psychoanalytic treatment can lead to further growth long after treatment has been terminated. In terms of my personal style, I am warm and empathic, and I actively work together with my patients throughout treatment. I also provide my patients with a safe and reliable non-judgmental environment.

About My Practice

Office Hours
Monday through Thursday -- available hours vary as schedule permits
Psychoanalytically-oriented Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis Adults Couples Psychoanalysis
No Insurance Accepted
Credit Cards Accepted
Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Free Initial Consult
Offers Teletherapy


M.A. Marriage and Family Therapy Psy.D. Psychoanalysis

Area of Specialty

Attachment Therapy
Avoidant Personality
Career Stress and Changes
Childhood Trauma
CoDependant/Adult Children of Alcoholics
Communication Skills
Depression/Clinical Depression
Grief/Loss Terminally Ill
Issues of Abuse (Abused)
Issues of Abuse (Trauma)
Life Transitions/Mid-Life Issues
Pain Management
Persons With Disabilities
Personality Disorders
Pre-Marriage Counseling
Rape Victims
Self Esteem/Personal Growth
Telephone/Online Therapy
Terminally Ill
Women's Issues
Working With Therapists


Theoretical Orientation
Object Relations
Self Psychology
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Hypnotherapy UCLA-Cert. Mediation training
Languages Spoken
Caucasian (Non-Hispanic)


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