Therapist Profile

Joel Andres, JD
Professional Title:
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
9300 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 306 Beverly Hills, CA 90212-3200
License Number
Practicing Since:
Additional Licenses:
California Bar Association

Personal Statement

Personal Statement:
I have been practicing since 2006, providing psychotherapy for children, adolescents, adults and families. My areas of focus include issues related to attachment and family of origin; separation and divorce; issues effecting boys, men and fathers; parenting; sexual orientation and gender; and issues related to authority/autonomy and the impact of the legal system. I have also developed specialties in unresolved situational and developmental trauma, including physical abuse, sexual abuse, and incest, and I continue to teach and train other therapists in these areas as well. Though primarily psychodynamic in my theoretical orientation and case conceptualization (which means that I am interested in your unresolved childhood and life experiences, your views of self and the world, and your views on how effectively you relate to others), I am eclectic in my approach and also focus on physiology and the nervous system in looking at sensation as well as thoughts, feelings, and behaviors in helping one learn how to self-regulate, recalibrate nervous system disruptions, and modulate life’s experiences more effectively. It is my belief that each moment of our experience incorporates these four elements - thought, emotion, sensation, and behavior - and that any one of these four elements will interact and affect the other three. My role as therapist is to help you integrate these elements of your experience so that you feel “whole” as opposed to fragmented, disengaged, or alone, thereby helping you to make meaning out of your experience and process to completion any issues yet unresolved. My education and experience are varied. I began my professional career in 1989 as an attorney in Los Angeles, having received my A.B. from Columbia College and my law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. As a litigator, I saw the way in which the legal system often had a damaging effect on those it could have helped, regardless of case outcome or who was “right” or “wrong.” Wanting to use my legal skills in a more healing manner, I became a Court-Appointed Special Advocate in 2004 to advocate for the educational and mental health interests of children under the jurisdiction of DCFS and the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Dependency Division, and continued in that role until 2009. As a litigator and advocate, I worked with a number of experts in the medical, mental health and engineering professions. I became increasingly interested in the mind-body connection and pursued studies in physiology and psychology, obtaining my Masters of Clinical Psychology from Antioch University Los Angeles in 2006 and certifications from the National Academy of Sports Medicine and the American Council on Exercise. Simultaneous to entering private practice, I became Adjunct Faculty at Antioch University Los Angeles in the Masters in Clinical Psychology Program, where I have taught courses in the Child Studies and Conflict-Related/Trauma specializations, as well as Professional Ethics and the Law. I have also served as an instructor, facilitator and developer for Trauma Resource Institute, training other clinicians how to work with trauma, and have served on faculty at the Los Angeles Institute & Society for Psychoanalytic Studies for its Trauma Studies Course. I continue to pursue my interests in psychology and community by attending continuing education conferences in the areas of neuropsychology and family therapy, and have served on an the advisory board for the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

About My Practice

Office Hours
Individual, Child, Couples and Family Therapy.
Credit Cards Accepted
Free Initial Consult
Offers Teletherapy
Online, Phone


A.B., J.D., M.A.

Area of Specialty

Attachment Therapy
Avoidant Personality
Career Stress and Changes
Childhood Trauma
Combat/Military Related Trauma
Communication Skills
Depression/Clinical Depression
Employment Issues
Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming
Grief/Loss Terminally Ill
Issues of Abuse (Abused)
Issues of Abuse (Offenders)
Issues of Abuse (Trauma)
Interracial Couples
Life Transitions/Mid-Life Issues
Men's Issues
Play Therapy
Post Traumatic Stress Disorders
Rape Victims
Single Parents
Victims of Crime
Working With Therapists


Theoretical Orientation
Eclectic (Many Therapies)
EMDR-Eye Movement Desensitization/ Reprocessing
Family Systems
Object Relations
Self Psychology
Languages Spoken

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