ABOUT US

Rae Amirian LCSW

LCSW #88573

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.

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Angela Shankman LCSW

LCSW #88574

Pronouns: She / Her 

Hi there, my name is Angela! 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 had the pleasure of working with people with such diverse life experiences: those healing from addiction, navigating LGBTQIA+ identity, immigrating, being unhoused, navigating legal concerns and  probation, being in the public eye, experiencing discrimination, wanting to move past childhood trauma, searching for truth in an unhealthy society, diving into activism, carrying the weight of the world, and much more. In my private practice, I specialize in working with young adults and older teens who have experienced trauma and addiction. I am queer myself and also love to work with LGBTQIA+ clients. Many of my clients have traits of Highly Sensitive People, have people pleasing tendencies, and are looking to gain perspective and build more confidence in navigating their world. As someone who strongly values reducing harm and increasing compassion, I provide care from a LGBTQIA+ affirmative, anti-racist, social justice oriented lens. 

 

My goal is to provide a safe, casual, comfortable space for healing. I offer sessions via telehealth, in office, and equine assisted life coaching sessions in Malibu. For those interested in mind/body work, I use the Compassionate Inquiry approach, which helps to nurture the mind/body connection, identify how early childhood experiences have shaped our current perceptions and behavior, and understand how generational and cultural experiences have shaped us. I also utilize Internal Family Systems, which is a model that helps us to recognize the different parts of ourselves that may be in conflict and identify what is needed for internal peace. I see you as the expert on your own story, and my sessions are completely lead by what you see as important to explore. The flexibility to meet you where you are is very important to me so that you can participate in the work that is most beneficial to you in the present moment.