Addiction Counseling Los Angeles CA

Most women (and increasingly men, too) turn to food in one way or another as a substitute for hard'to'stomach emotions. Others abandon themselves through exercise, alcohol, sex, or even compulsive shopping. All addictions dramatize the inner struggle of how we claim our identity and our right to exist.

Ms. Stacy-Colleen (S-C) Nameth
Psychotherapy Office of Stacy-Colleen Nameth
(818) 754-4664
3171 Los Feliz Blvd., Suite 307
Los Angeles, CA
Credentials
Credentials: M.S.W., CCDC, LCSW
Licensed in California
10 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Substance, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Behavioral Problems, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Sexual Orientation, Stress, Education/Personal Development, Anger Management, Women
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Interracial Families/Couples
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Terry Jordan
Terry A. Jordan, LCSW, DCSW
(310) 895-4848
2001 S. Barrington Ave., # 202
Los Angeles, CA
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW, DCSW
Licensed in California
14 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Substance, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Sexual Orientation, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Education/Personal Development, Gender Identity, Sexualit
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Caregivers, Step Families
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided by:
Mr. Ronald Rambo
(Friday through Sunday)
(626) 821-4063
711 E. Walnut Street, #309
Pasadena, CA
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW, BCD
Licensed in California
26 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Other (gambling, sex, etc.), Addictions/Substance, Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Behavioral Problems, Child Abuse and Neglect, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Forensic, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenti
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Offenders/Perpetrators, Step Families
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided by:
Mrs. Iris Lee Knell
Iris Lee Knell, LCSW, CAS
(310) 374-3339
2100 N. Sepulveda Blvd #30
Manhattan Beach, CA
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW, CAS
Licensed in California
22 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Substance, Couple or Marital Issues, Family Dysfunction, Parenting Issues
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics)
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Mr. Rafael Calderon
(818) 325-5707
15720 Ventura Blvd Suite 226
Encino, CA
Credentials
Credentials: LMFT
Licensed in California
10 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Substance, Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Career/Employment Concerns, Depression, Grief/Loss, Psychoses/Major Mental Illness, Sexual Orientation, Spiritual/Religious Concerns, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Immigration/Newcomer, Gender
Populations Served
AIDS/HIV+, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Transgendered, Military/Veterans, Offenders/Perpetrators, Cancer Patients, Interracial Families/Couples, Biracial
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Kimberly Wong
Kimberly C. Wong, LCSW, DCSW
(626) 260-1356
1910 Huntington Drive Suite 2
South Pasadena, CA
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW, DCSW
Licensed in California
16 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Other (gambling, sex, etc.), Addictions/Substance, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Career/Employment Concerns, Child Abuse and Neglect, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Domestic Violence, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Multicultural Issu
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), AIDS/HIV+, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Chronic Illness, Interracial Families/Couples
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Licia Ginne
Licia Ginne, Marriage
(310) 828-1256
3201 Wilshire Blvd.,Suite 209
Santa Monica, CA
Credentials
Credentials: MFT
Licensed in California
25 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Other (gambling, sex, etc.), Addictions/Substance, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Child Abuse and Neglect, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Eating Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Physical Illness/Impairment
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Chronic Illness, Cancer Patients, Obese or Overweight
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Shoshana Levine
(310) 998-7253
1150 Yale Street Suite 2
Santa Monica, CA
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in California
16 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Substance, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Depression, Eating Disorders, Phobias, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Education/Personal Development, Women's Issues
Populations Served
Obese or Overweight
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided by:
Dr. Amy Levine Clayton
(818) 209-6700
16550 Ventura Blvd. Suite 405
Encino, CA
Credentials
Credentials: PsyD, LCSW
Licensed in California
13 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Substance, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Pregnancy/Childbirth, Postpartum Depression
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Dr. Jo Christner
(818) 879-7777
5535 Balboa Blvd Suite 202
Encino, CA
Credentials
Credentials: Psy.D.
Licensed in California
20 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Substance, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Eating Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Spiritual/Religious Concerns, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Education/Personal Development, Dual Diag
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Military/Veterans
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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Moving Through Addiction

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By Elizabeth Marglin

For Ana Forrest, yoga began as a form of poor man’s therapy. Sexually abused as a child, living in poverty, not having enough to eat, Forrest’s early life seemed a setup for addiction. In the beginning she turned to drugs, alcohol, and food—anything that could help her check out. At 18, her addiction was bulimia. She ate and ate and then purged. She got so skillful at controlling her body she could swallow backward—immediately vomiting her food back up.

Kicking drugs and alcohol was no easy feat, but once she put her mind to it, she quit cold turkey. However, overcoming her eating disorder was a different matter. She obviously couldn’t stop eating; food required that she face her addictive nature daily, instead of just the addiction itself. And face it she did, which demanded a whole different level of healing and maturing. “Bulimia, in a kind of perverse way, forced me to evolve—or die,” says Forrest.

How did she finally control her urge to purge? Her yoga. Sun Salutations, to be exact. This flowing sequence, done at the beginning of a yoga class to warm up the muscles, provided the kinetic focus she needed to take her mind off her food obsession. When the desire to binge threatened to control her, she’d do these poses until she felt calmer and the feeling of overwhelm subsided.

The Dictates of Abuse
Recovery programs often provide yoga classes for those who suffer eating disorders, in part because yoga calls for the ability to feel sensation—most anorexics, bulimics, and binge eaters are entrenched in some sort of gridlock of numbness and denial. At the heart of eating disorders beats a poignant contradiction, in which the need to feel and connect struggles with its shadow—the longing to disappear, protect, check out. “Eating disorders are so misnamed. They are only partially about eating,” says Kathryn Zerbe, MD, professor of psychiatry at Oregon Health and Science University and author of Beyond the Body Betrayed (W. W. Norton & Company, 2008). “People often use the binge-purge cycle to feel their bodies or put certain feelings to sleep.” When you can help the body learn to wake up and withstand the barrage of feelings, Zerbe says, the eating disorder often improves.

Most women (and increasingly men, too) turn to food in one way or another as a substitute for hard-to-stomach emotions. Others abandon themselves through exercise, alcohol, sex, or even compulsive shopping. All addictions dramatize the inner struggle of how we claim our identity and our right to exist. To live out loud, free of the muffler of debilitating obsession, we need to accept our current circumstances but also learn to recognize what’s at stake.

Forrest has since worked with thousands of people with eating disorders. Often, she says, a traumatic experience (such as sexual abuse) sets a person up for this behavior. “It’s not simply about wanting to be a small size,” says Forrest, “it is about self-esteem. Something happened to shatter th...

Author: Elizabeth Marglin

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