Individual Psychotherapy
Individual psychotherapy can help you discover how to make positive changes in your life so that you can live, love, and work more effectively.  It is not about seeking advice.  It is about working collaboratively with someone who can help you develop a more meaningful life by initiating change and leveraging your freedom to make choices that align with your personal values and help you feel more connected to others.
Psychotherapy is a process through which you examine your personal thoughts, feelings and behaviors, your interpersonal relationships, and your historical life and family patterns to gain a better understanding of who you are.  You can then start the process of change to become the person you would like to be.
This process of increasing self-awareness happens in the context of a supportive professional relationship with me, your therapist.  I work in a very lively, interactive manner that focuses on what is happening the present moment, not the past or the future.  While it can be intense, this work produces lasting results.
Halle M Aten, PhD
(310) 339-2546
Couples Therapy
Maintaining a healthy loving relationship requires devotion and hard work.  Relationships grow and change just like people do, and as we all know, sometimes relationships face challenges that are difficult to overcome.  This is when couples therapy- otherwise known as premarital counseling, marital therapy, marriage counseling, or partners counseling- can prove helpful.

Some common relationship difficulties that bring people in for couples therapy include infidelity, sexual problems or differences,  communication problems, a lack of intimacy or closeness, frequent arguments or domestic disputes, conflict over finances, the stresses of getting married, parenting challenges and differences, power or role struggles, problems with the extended family, stress and changes related to an illness in the family, amongst others.  

I help couples understand how these problems impact their particular relationships and contribute to the members of the couple feeling disconnected or dissatisfied with one another.  The three of us then work together to increase conflict tolerance and resolution skills.  It’s not about ending or preventing arguments; it’s about learning how to tolerate listening to what your partner has to say and responding honestly and productively.  This generally results in more open communication and improved problem-solving strategies within couples.
Group therapy is a very effective way learn new skills, gain support for a specific problem, and/or learn more about yourself through active and authentic engagement with others.  I have led more than 40 therapy groups over a period of 15 years, and I have seen individuals accomplish some amazing things in these groups. 

At present, I am accepting new clients for a Grief and Loss Support Group.  
It will meet Monday evenings from 6:30-8:00pm.  Please call (310) 339-2546 for more information.
Training/ Education for Therapists
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Existential Psychotherapy Center of Southern California
The Existential Psychotherapy Center of Southern California provides unique training and continuing education opportunities (BBS Provider #: PCE 4795; MCEP Provider #: EXI002) for psychotherapists (psychologists, LCSWs and MFTs) and psychiatrists.EPCSC.htmlshapeimage_5_link_0

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