Therapist Profile

Joel McLafferty, M.A.
Professional Title:
3101 Ocean Park Blvd. Suite 200 Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 399-5819
License Number
Practicing Since:
Additional Licenses:
California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #43113

Personal Statement

Personal Statement:
I am a licensed psychotherapist. Most of my clients are individual adults, but I also specialize in helping families, parents and adolescents.
As a therapist, I focus on solving the problems that bring my clients to therapy. These typically include trouble relationships, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem and/or career and mid-life concerns. I collaborate with my clients to better understand their problems, determine the causes, and implement needed changes. After resolving the presenting problem, my clients frequently stay in therapy to solve other problems or make more fundamental changes in their lives.
I have a psychodynamic orientation. This means that I believe that our past experiences have a strong influence over us today. It is important to understand these historic influences, if we are going to make fundamental changes in our current experience. By fully understanding our past, we understand ourselves. This understanding empowers us, in our lives, and allows us to reach our full potential.
My experience with children and families started with my training at the Julia Ann Singer Center, Antioch University Counseling Center and The Maple Counseling Center. The families that I have worked with are typically besieged with the pressures of life in Los Angeles; finances, schedules, divorce, and addiction. These stresses frequently make communication and intimacy almost impossible. I work to help families remember their strengths and move away from destructive patterns that develop in response to the difficulties of everyday life. I have also worked with children with special needs, and their families.
I teach Personality Theory and Family Therapy to graduate students in psychology at Antioch University Los Angeles. I meditate daily and bring a strong spiritual foundation to my work.
I am a father of two grown children and I came to this career after working in business for 20 years.

About My Practice

Office Hours
Credit Cards Accepted
Free Initial Consult
Offers Teletherapy


BA Harvard MBA Cornell MA Psychology Antioch

Area of Specialty

Life Transitions/Mid-Life Issues
Men's Issues
Pre-Marriage Counseling
Victims of Crime


Theoretical Orientation
Family Systems
Languages Spoken
Caucasian (Non-Hispanic)


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