We are a group private mental health practice in Agoura Hills, California. Our practice is called an "empowerment center" because we offer healing from a strengths focused lens, and wish to empower others to use their strengths to grow and heal! We believe that people are redeemable and we strive to help our clients find the best versions of themselves. As much as we dive into serious, deep topics, we also seek to make therapy a place to enjoy self growth.  We expect you to work hard to meet your mental health goals, but we want you to have fun and enjoy the process while doing it! We provide a casual, comfortable, and authentic space for healing, with a range of different culturally competent therapeutic activities depending on your personal likes and needs.


Getting started is usually one of the hardest parts of healing, as the process can seem very intimidating. Want to show up and dive right in? Great! Need to spend some time figuring us out before you want to dive in? Also works! We will let you go at your pace. Wherever you are in your healing journey, we will meet you there.  Within the context of our treatment plans created at the beginning of services, we go with the flow for each client depending on current needs, and acknowledge that on different days we may need different activities to heal! We will meet you wherever you emotionally and mentally are in the moment. 



Pronouns: They/She

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and received a Master of Social Work with a concentration in Mental Health from the University of Southern California. I have treated children, teens, and young adults struggling with depression, anxiety, substance use, past trauma, and those wanting to further explore their sexual orientation and gender identity. Prior to private practice, I mainly worked with foster youth and adoptive families in community mental health and school settings. I have also facilitated groups for teens and young adults who identify as LGBTQ+ and have been through trauma. I am fully trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), TF-CBT (Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), Seeking Safety, and SPARCS (Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress). I believe that in order to feel at ease and live authentically, we need to heal our wounds. Sometimes this can be scary and together we can unearth your full potential and help you move forward. I want to help you feel comfortable with yourself and the life you envision living. Through mindfulness and art therapy techniques, we can work together to bring awareness to your mind, body, and spirit. Together, we can change thought patterns that may be holding you back from feeling joy and continue the healing process.



Pronouns: She/Her/Hers 

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Master of Social Work with a concentration in Mental Health from the University of Southern California. I have served primarily teen and adult clients in various settings such as addiction treatment facilities, probation facilities, schools, and community mental health outpatient clinics. Through my work in these various settings, I have been able to assist teens and adults in healing from a range of life experiences such as engaging in substance use, incarceration and probation related mental health concerns, stress related to LGBTQIA+ identity, and having low self esteem or a low sense of self worth. I see my clients in a strengths based manner, and I am just as interested in being a personal cheerleader for my clients along with being their therapist. I also believe healing doesn't have to be serious all of the time, and incorporate a sense of humor into sessions when appropriate. Currently I am training in Gabor Maté's Compassionate Inquiry, which is a dynamic therapeutic approach based on modern trauma therapy, somatic therapy and Eastern philosophy. I am certified in MAP (Managing and Adapting Practices) which helps teens with anxiety, depression, trauma, and disruptive behavior. I have been co-facilitating and assisting in Equine Assisted Life Coaching sessions since 2012, and have a huge passion for healing through connecting with animals. I provide individual and family therapy at GNEC’s office in Agoura Hills, CA, and Equine Assisted Life Coaching through Connemara Ranch in Malibu, CA just up the hill from Malibu's Zuma Beach. 


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Rachel Amirian, LCSW #88573

28310 Roadside Drive, Suite 210 

Agoura Hills, CA 91301

​Tel: 818-309-5534


Angela Shankman, LCSW #88574

28310 Roadside Drive, Suite 210 

Agoura Hills, CA 91301

​​Tel: 818-309-5848


Rachel Amirian Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Angela Shankman Licensed Clinical Social Worker PC DBA Good Nature Empowerment Center