Vanessa Bell, PhD  Individual Therapy, Couples Therapy, Family Therapy
Therapy in Encino California
Individual Therapy, Couples Therapy, Family Therapy  

Therapy Services

Vanessa Bell, Ph.D., provides individual psychotherapy, couple therapy, marital counseling and psychoanalysis, in the Encino area of the San Fernando Valley and West Los Angeles. Dr. Bell has more than twenty years of therapist experience and provides a confidential, caring and safe environment for patients dealing with a wide range of life challenges.

To find out more about therapy services, visit the links below:


Individual Therapy

You and Dr. Bell together may enrich the quality of your life as you:

  • Understand more about your current life and relationships
  • Explore how you deal with problems
  • Connect with your feelings and deepen your sense of identity
  • Know more about your strengths and vulnerabilities
  • Face your fears
  • Improve your self-esteem
  • Discover self-defeating patterns of thought and behavior that get in your way
  • Develop more effective ways of dealing with others
  • Use what you learn about yourself to be more successful, comfortable, and happy

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Marriage Counseling and Couples Therapy

Dr. Bell can help you find better ways to develop trust, understanding and good feelings within the relationship. With Dr. Bell's help, partners can:

  • Commit to improve their relationship
  • Rebuild trust in a damaged relationship
  • Deal with past disappointments
  • Improve their communication skills
  • Become more understanding and accepting of each other
  • Make a smoother transition from being a couple to being parents
  • Improve how they relate to each other
  • Deal with money problems
  • Parent more effectively
  • Negotiate household chores
  • Accept one another’s extended family
  • Relate assertively without criticizing one another
  • Build intimacy
  • Enjoy their time together more

See Marriage Counseling and Couples Therapy

See newest article: Making Your Marriage/Relationship Better Using Marriage Counseling or Couples Therapy

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Relationship Issues

Therapy can help you:

  • Develop richer more satisfying relationships with family, friends, and lovers
  • Overcome the impact of a dysfunctional family history
  • Strengthen social skills
  • Become more skilled dealing with difficult people
  • Find a mate who is right for you

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Psychoanalysis is a form of psychotherapy that offers a more intense experience of self-discovery and awareness. It appeals especially to people in the arts - writers, actors, artists - and can be effective in addressing the broad range of issues discussed in this section. Psychoanalysis has:

  • Many of the same aims and a process similar to psychotherapy
  • Greater intensity due to more frequent number of sessions
  • Appeal to many writers, artists, actors, therapists and others who want to delve more deeply into their unconscious

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Dream Analysis

Dr. Bell can help you use your dreams to understand more about your creative self and how your unconscious works. You can:

  • Begin to remember your dreams and understand more about your internal world
  • Learn how dreams are meaningful to you in your waking life
  • Use your dreams to be more connected to the impact of your past on present circumstances

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Unblocking Creativity

Feelings of guilt or fear, hidden anxieties, and inhibitions may be blocking your creative and artistic expression. Dr. Bell can help you:

  • Uncover talents and formerly unexplored interests. Find new expressions for your creativity
  • Breathe new life into former artistic and creative endeavors that have been dormant
  • Discover new dimensions of your work

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Dealing with Loss

Loss, catastrophic or minimal, can produce feelings of sadness, helplessness and confusion. Dr. Bell can guide you through painful periods so that you can regain feelings of joy and momentum in your life.

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Divorce Recovery

Dr. Bell can help you deal with:

  • Life-altering changes
  • Crises in identity and self-esteem
  • Managing stress, anxiety, grief and anger
  • Problems with children and family members

See Divorce Recovery

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Life Transitions

Psychotherapy is an effective way to make the most of life transitions. Dr. Bell can be helpful as you:

  • Move from high school to college, to graduate school, or the workplace
  • Marry
  • Have your first (second, third) child
  • Deal with the empty nest when children have left
  • Accept your adult child’s lifestyle choices

See Therapy News Topic Life Transitions

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Anxiety and Stress Management

Dr. Bell can help you learn to manage stress more effectively. In a safe and supportive environment you can:

  • Manage panic attacks, sometimes in conjunction with medication
  • Examine, confront and resolve fears
  • Relieve phobias
  • Diffuse feelings of worry
  • Plan constructively and develop positive expectations
  • Find productive ways to solve problems and increase your effectiveness

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Parenting Issues

Dr. Bell can offer you some guidelines that help you to:

  • Learn realistic and practical approaches to dealing with your children
  • Set appropriate limits
  • Develop methods of discipline that foster responsibility
  • Encourage open and respectful communication
  • Build your child’s confidence and feelings of self worth

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Procrastination Problems

Dr. Bell can help you to find more useful and successful ways to:

  • Make decisions with greater ease
  • Complete a project
  • Feel less overwhelmed
  • Understand and relieve perfectionist tendencies
  • Manage tasks more efficiently
  • Reduce clutter
  • Recognize your priorities


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Creating Positive Self-Esteem
Low self-esteem is always linked to depression and difficulty feeling in control of one’s life. It leads to marital and relationship problems.



Beginning today, Dr. Bell can help you improve your sense of emotional and mental well being. Get started by phoning Dr. Bell’s San Fernando Valley offices in Encino or Sherman Oaks at (818) 986-3993.

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Encino Therapy for individuals, couples, families
Vanessa Bell, Ph.D.
16550 Ventura Blvd.
Suite 405
Encino, CA 91436
Tel: (818) 986-3993
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