B.A., University of California at Los Angeles | 1983Ph.D., California School of Professional Psychology | 1989Psy.D., Southern California Psychoanalytic Institute | 2005
American Psychological AssociationNew Center for PsychoanalysisAmerican Psychoanalytic Association
B.A., University of California at Los Angeles | 1984Ph.D., California School of Professional Psychology | 1988
American Psychological AssociationNational Register of Health Care Service Psychologists
Psychotherapy and psychoanalysis allow for an in-depth look at recurring dysfunctional patterns that affect relationships, professional success, and contentment in life.
People often come to psychotherapy to relieve pain from sources such as anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, or substance abuse. They may be struggling in their relationships. Some people are interested in psychotherapy primarily for personal growth: to learn about themselves, to improve their relationships, or to progress further in their occupations using their more creative capacities.
In brief, individual psychotherapy succeeds in addressing these problems insofar as it increases awareness of the self and others, becoming who we are really meant to be.
How does this process of discovery relieve emotional suffering or interpersonal conflict? A large part of how we experience our world and others in it comes from distorted images of ourselves and others. Our perceptions come from these unconscious dramas — internal “scripts” that can become distorted as a result of a variety of contributions: cultural, family, sociological, traumatic and biological factors. Competent psychotherapy fosters an in-depth exploration to elucidate these images of self and other with the ultimate aim of bringing about helpful emotional, cognitive, and interpersonal transformation.
Once self-understanding is gained and feelings flow more comfortably, the natural creativity, satisfaction with oneself, happiness, and connectedness to others occur more freely.
WHO WE WORK WITH
We work with individual adults and couples. We also specialize in working with executives and professionals needing collaboration to enhance effectiveness with colleagues, staff, patients and clients.
All consultations and psychological services are carried out in a thoughtful, confidential and ethical environment.
Both Dr. Deborah and Dr. Stuart Kirschbaum are California licensed psychologists. Additionally, Dr. Deborah Kirschbaum has a doctorate in psychoanalysis and is a certified psychoanalyst.
GET IN TOUCH
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SCHEDULE FIRST SESSION
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RECEIVE INITIAL FORMS
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PERSONALIZED SESSION PLAN
During our initial session, we will determine the appropriate therapy plan moving forward