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Therapy in Encino California
Individual Therapy, Couples Therapy, Family Therapy  

Problems & Disorders

Psychotherapy is a powerful process that can help you develop your inner resources and enrich your life. In challenging times the knowledge and skill of an understanding therapist can help you feel strengthened and revitalized.

Click on the links below to find out more about the kinds of issues Dr. Bell can help you deal with:


Relationship Problems

If you have problems in your relationships they may include:

  • Frequent arguments with your partner or spouse
  • Parenting disagreements
  • Money problems and/or financial disagreements with spouse or partner
  • Problems with extended family members
  • Living with a difficult, critical partner
  • A struggle to balance family and work responsibilities
  • Dealing with difficult people at work or in other areas of your life
  • Wanting to be more successful developing friendships
  • Finding the right partner
  • Read article by Dr. Bell - "Surviving the Affair"

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Finding the Mate that is Right for You

If you have problems finding a mate you may:

  • Be afraid of rejection and feelings of abandonment
  • Have problems with intimacy and fear of dependency
  • Have a very limited range of physical and personality traits in another that are acceptable to you
  • Be unaware of your contribution to the problem

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If you have problems affecting your creativity you may:

  • Fear “drying-up” and losing your talent
  • Feel blocked and inhibited
  • Procrastinate getting started
  • Leave projects incomplete
  • Have pessimistic expectations of failure
  • Be overly sensitive to criticism
  • Avoid risks, sticking with what you already know

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If you are depressed you may:

  • Lack motivation in work or play
  • Feel sad and hopeless
  • Feel ashamed, worthless or like a failure
  • Obsess about regrets, mistakes and losses
  • Have pessimistic expectations
  • Lack joy and pleasure in life
  • Have difficulty concentrating and making decisions
  • Find it hard to get started
  • Feel isolated and alone
  • Cry frequently
  • Sleep or eat too much or too little
  • Lose interest in sex
  • Avoid people
  • Feel that life is passing you by

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Self Esteem

If you have self esteem difficulties you may:

  • Feel unhappy with yourself and your circumstances
  • Have unrealistic expectations of yourself and others
  • Avoid social situations
  • Be too concerned about how others view you
  • Avoid challenging yourself
  • Be overly sensitive to criticism
  • Fear making a mistake
  • Blame others for problems
  • Hold on to guilt from the past
  • Be unable to give and receive compliments graciously
  • Read article by Dr. Bell - "Creating Positive Self-Esteem"

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If you suffer from a phobia you are likely to have:

  • Irrational fears that you begin to feel are controlling you
  • Overwhelming feelings of anxiety
  • Fears of a panic attack and feelings of terror
  • Avoidance mechanisms that increasingly limit your activities
  • Feelings of shame and a desire to hide your fears
  • Pessimistic expectations for the future

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If you are a trauma survivor you may:

  • Have recurring disturbing recollections of the event
  • Have difficulty falling asleep
  • Experience recurring dreams and nightmares
  • Feel as if the traumatic event is happening again
  • Have feelings of isolation, detachment and estrangement from others
  • Have pessimistic expectations and feelings of impending disaster
  • Have symptoms of depression and phobias

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Anxiety and Stress

If you suffer from anxiety and stress you may:

  • Feel worried and nervous
  • Feel out of control
  • Have problems concentrating
  • Feel overwhelmed when you have to “perform,” such as speak in public, take a test, have a job interview
  • Need reassurance continually
  • Have persistent feelings of self-doubt
  • Have sleep disturbances
  • Fear taking risks or the opposite; make impulsive decisions in an effort to relieve anxiety
  • Feel you can’t “unwind”
  • Overeat, use alcohol or drugs as a way to manage feelings

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Anger Management

If you have a problem managing angry feelings you may:

  • Express anger covertly, in a passive-aggressive manner
  • Often be late or forgetful
  • Procrastinate
  • Be unable to make a decision, or make impulsive decisions in the heat of an argument
  • Be verbally and/or physically abusive
  • Have problems maintaining relationships

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If you tend to procrastinate you may:

  • Fear and expect failure
  • Get stuck in negative thoughts before you get started
  • Be afraid of making a mistake
  • Need to achieve perfect results in order to feel okay
  • Become overwhelmed by the size of a task
  • Have difficulty letting go of clutter
  • Have trouble making decisions

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Assertiveness Difficulties

If you have problems asserting yourself you may:

  • Have a compelling need to please others and be liked
  • Continue to feel like the good child
  • Avoid the possibility of conflict
  • Feel powerless much of the time
  • Have feelings of low self-esteem
  • Feel like a victim

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16550 Ventura Blvd.
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Encino, CA 91436
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