Treatment Specialties

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What Angela Treats:

We all need a safe space to talk about our experiences, such as those that fall into the four categories below. Angela provides a safe and accepting space for healing and empowerment.

Teen and Young Adult Concerns

Angela specializes in treating teen and young adult concerns. Teen and young adult concerns may include those specialties listed below (low self esteem, substance use, legal system experience), but can also include feeling confused about your identity, issues with peers or friends, school issues, difficulty taking on responsibility, strong emotional responses, difficulty communicating needs, balancing independence and youth. Angela uses a strengths based, empowering, and casual approach to working with teens and adults where they can authentically express themselves and get support, without "being told what to do". 


Substance Use

Angela specializes in treating substance use, and recognizes substance use as a symptom of depression, anxiety, stress, trauma, grief, anger, and needs not being sufficiently met. Angela seeks to get to the root of a person's substance use and develop healthier methods for coping so that substance use no longer needs to be the go-to tool for coping.


Legal System Experience

Angela has a great passion for serving both teens and adults that have experience with the legal system, and teens that are at risk for getting involved with the legal system. Similar to substance use, Angela recognizes "criminal behavior" as a symptom of trauma, depression, anxiety, stress, racism and profiling, and needs not being sufficiently met. Angela seeks to find ways to meet a person's needs in a way that does not put their freedom at risk.


Bonus Specialty: Help for the Helper

Angela also happily offers support for those working in the mental health industry. Angela offers an accepting space to discuss the mental health worker's own healing journey, countertransference, vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue, any barriers to success and general professional development for the mental health field. Angela's goal in providing this service is to help mental health professionals become healthier providers so their clients can experience the best versions of their mental health support system!

What Rae Treats:

Effects of Trauma

Rae specializes in treating trauma and its resulting effects. Those with trauma histories can also experience depression, anxiety, risky behaviors, and substance use. In working with Rae, you can work on healing from your past trauma and alleviate the other symptoms associated with it. 

LGBTQIA+ Affirmative Care

Rae also specializes in addressing LGBTQIA+ related stressors, including:

Exploring Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

Overcoming Social Barriers To Authentic Identity Expression

Navigating Social and Medical Transitions

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Contact Rae

Contact Angela

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