Therapist Profile

Mr. Scott K. Beardsley, M.A.
Professional Title:
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 371-3576
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Personal Statement

Personal Statement:
Scott K. Beardsley, M.A. in Counseling Psychology, licensed Marriage and Family Therapist; and EMDR Trained. Scott conducts phobia workshops in various cities of California through the IPA (International Paruresis Association) and has published articles in a local newspaper and newsletter. Does anxiety, depression, or phobias create turmoil or a feeling of "stuckness" in your life? Do you find yourself overly trying to please others? Do you suffer from reoccuring thoughts or nightmares that may have to do with unresloved childhood trauma caused by physical, emotional, or sexual abuse? Does a past accident or other trauma cause you difficulty in coping with the present? Has alcohol, crystal meth., cocaine, or other drugs taken over your life? Do relationships cause turmoil in your life? Are you repeating the same patterns in one relationship after another? Call now to start the road to recovery and greater freedom through EMDR and other therapies. For many clients, EMDR often provides faster results than other approaches and I am trained in the latest EMDR techniques. Learn more about EMDR by clicking on my services section on the left or go to Find Help For: Trauma, Anxiety, Depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Shame, Substance Dependency; HIV, Gay and Lesbian Issues; Phobias, and Pee Shyness (also known as paruresis or shy bladder syndrome).

About ME In my journey towards becoming a psychotherapist, I started in the business world. After graduating from UCLA with an Economics degree, I first entered into accounting. After several years, a promotion as a financial analyst opened up a larger vision of the business world. I then entered into entrepreneurship and discovered the joy and challenges of controlling my own destiny as a self-employed individual. This lead me to real estate sales, where I eventually obtained real estate brokers licenses in both California and New York.

As success continued building, not without pitfalls, I never stopped studying my true ultimate calling; psychology. During my years at UCLA, I started out as a biology pre-med major and then a psychobiology major. After three years of biology, chemistry, physics, and calculus, a hasty switch to business seemed the prudent and safe route to take for graduating into the real world. However, my favorite classes were always psychology and I knew one day I would return to that subject.

After working in the business world for almost 30 years, at age 50, I finally did return to my true passion and obtained a Masters in Counseling Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Finally, my life work began and a feeling of coming home prevails as I work in helping transform client’s lives. With the addition of EMDR to my therapy, in conjunction with depth psychology, cognitive behavioral, client centered, and other approaches, the transformation for many clients greatly accelerates. I celebrate their achievements and I am honored to be a part of their transformation.

About My Practice

Office Hours
Weekday Appointments Available 9AM to 5PM.
Individual and Group Workshops for Paruresis (Shy Bladder Syndrome) EMDR Certified (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) EMDR is the number one approved treatment for PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and often achieves rapid and significant improvement for trauma and phobias. The Veterans Administration employs this technique for veterans suffering from war trauma. For more information concerning this incredible treatment log on to and see if this approach fits your needs. EMDR combines several therapies into one, including the use of images, cognitive behavioral therapy, emotions, the body, and then adds bilateral stimulation to enable the left and right brains to communicate more fully. This enables past traumas to better process and integrate into a healthier perspective, for many clients. If you find yourself stuck in therapy now or in the past, EMDR could be the way to shake loose and transform your role in the world. Often times unprocessed childhood trauma causes us to continue reacting to current events in the same old highly anxious patterns. As our experiences build from past early traumatic memories, the trauma becomes reinforced and enlarged to the point where unmanageable anxiety and depression can develop. If you suffered trauma in childhood (who didn't?), such as bullying, teasing, abuse, or any physical trauma; EMDR, in combination with other therapies, can often provide significant improvement in resolving those early formed wounds. EMDR can also aid the resolution of phobias such as fear of flying, water, heights, claustraphobia, public urination shyness, public speaking, and other phobias. In addition, it is useful for treating most mental challenges. Find out how EMDR can help you, call today. I received EMDR training from Dr. Philip Manfield, one of the worlds foremost experts in EMDR; check his website at . As a result of Dr. Manfield's teachings, both in class and in numorous later consultations, I employ the latest EMDR techniques in an effective and life changing manner. Find out what a difference this can make in your journey to transformation.
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Offers Teletherapy


Bachelor of Arts in Economics Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology with Emphasis in Depth Psychology

Area of Specialty

Assertiveness Training
Depression/Clinical Depression
HIV Related
Issues of Abuse (Abused)
Issues of Abuse (Trauma)
Post Traumatic Stress Disorders
Self Esteem/Personal Growth


Theoretical Orientation
Family Systems
Other, e.g. NLP, EMDR, etc.
EMDR Training Certificate of Completion, Certified level
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