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Depression & Anxiety: Depression and anxiety can be caused by overwhelming life circumstances, or they can result from traumatic events from the past influencing your life experiences in the present. Both depression and anxiety are typically symptoms of things that are currently happening in your life and both anxiety and depression symptoms usually respond very well to treatment. In cases of long term chronic stress, depression or anxiety can become chronic or debilitating. A person may develop panic attacks or suicidal thoughts and the symptoms of depression or anxiety can become so bad that the quality of your  life is disrupted. Even cases of chronic depression and anxiety respond well to treatment, sometimes even better than situational anxiety and depression. best binary options indicator


Panic Attacks: Panic attacks are form of an anxiety disorder called Panic Disorder that has specific physical symptoms such as racing heart, feeling you are having trouble breathing, numbness, fear you are going to faint, feeling dizzy, anxious. I have contracted with a specialist who treats Panic Attacks and Panic Disorders specifically, Negar Khaefi, MFT.


Life Transitions & Crises: There are several times in ones life when we can have difficulties in transitioning between phases in our lives. Making the transition from childhood to adolescence, adolescence to adulthood, single adult to marriage/domestic partnership, becoming a family, divorce/separation, raising a family and taking care of an aging parent, retirement, etc. These are all examples of transitional life periods. These transitional times are incredibly stressful periods and often difficult to navigate. IQ Option review south africa


Women's Issues: I offer feminist therapy that takes into account the needs of women through a feminist therapy approach. The impact of sexism within the systems of the culture have a significant impact on women's individual lives. Sexism itself can cause anxiety, depression, relational issues, problems in employment, health, quality of healthcare, etc., and information relayed to women through these systems, or the lack of appropriate information relayed to women directly impact their well-being. Women-sensitive feminist therapy is vital to helping give voice to the reality of a woman's experience, and to empower women to be knowledgeable advocates for themselves. I also offer useful information and support for women who are adjusting to perimenopause, menopause, surgical menopause or who are considering having a hysterectomy, suffering from depression or mood swings caused by perimenopause, Nvidia shares menopause or Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder.


Couples Therapy: I provide couples therapy from a developmental and skills based approach. I personally tend to work mostly with lesbian couples, and couples with current or past trauma, however, I have also contracted with several other therapists who do a lot of couples therapy for all couples and have different approaches. It enables us to provide you with the best services possible! Relationship therapy, couples therapy, marriage therapy or marriage counseling.


Teens Issues: I have over 20 years experience working with teens from all ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds, and from very difficult and trouble teens to teens with general life transition and adjustment issues. Much of my teen therapy experience is with teens who have mental health, behavioral, and delinquency problems, which has better prepared me to help with teens who have all kinds of issues. I provide therapy for teens that is teen specific, and I use more than just talk therapy. Most teens relate better if they have a variety of ways to express themselves, such as through art, sandtray work, games and other forms of creative therapeutic approaches. I am often able to "get through" to teens when other therapists fail. Call me, I can help! Please note, unfortunately due to my location I am unable to work with more aggressive or sexually aggressive teens at this time.


Children: We do work with younger children in addition to teens and we work with children who come from alternative families. That is to say children whose families are members of the GLBTQI communities or who have other forms of non-traditional famillies.


Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender/Gender Variant Issues: I have served Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgendered Adults, Teens and their families for over 25 years. I can help with transitioning, coming out issues, relationship issues, spirituality, and much more! Family counseling is available for parents of teens with sexual and/or gender identity issues. I offer support for alternative families, and to youth of gay, lesbian, and transgendered parents. Some of the current groups offered to gay, lesbian, transgender people and/or their wives or girlfriends include:

  • TransWoman Support Group - support group for transgender women/ transsexual women who are male-to-female (mtf) and are transitioning. Whether you are a transgender woman who is just starting out or are currently taking hormones and are looking at gender reassignment surgery, this is a great supportive group! One of the best in LA!

  • Significant Others Support Group SOS - support group for women who have a partner, male or female, who is struggling with a gender identity issues, cross-dresses, intersexed, identifies as transgender or transsexual or who is transitioning. Women who love a transgender spouse or girlfriends who love a transgender person.


Grief and Loss: loss comes in many forms. It may mean coming to terms with the grief and loss of loved ones, the loss of an important relationship, significant partner, loss of health, loss of previous life status, employment, ability to have children, or a major life transition. Grief and loss therapy is extremely helpful!


Grief Recovery Group - Support group for men and women who have lost someone in their life. Some members are dealing with a current loss, others are dealing with losses that are not current. Grief is complex and often you need support for years afterwards, especially if the loss was unexpected, sudden and traumatic.

LA Trauma Therapy Specialists

Trauma Specialist: I am a Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress. Survivors of violent crime, sexual assault/ rape/sexual abuse (against males and females of all ages, sexual and gender identities), child abuse of all forms, traumatic deaths (homicide/suicide/sudden unexpected death) and traumatic life events. I don't like to be very specific in defining trauma because many things traumatize people, so I have simplified this by saying, "traumatic life events." If something happened in your life you felt traumatized by, that is a "traumatic life event," and I can help you cope with it. I also treat multiplicity (MPD or DID). Member of ISST-D, AAETS.

  • Sexual Abuse/Assault Survivor's Support Group (SASS) - a support group  for transgendered men who have been sexually abused, assaulted or raped as a child, adolescent or adult. Sexual assault/abuse can include stalking, being sexualized as a child but not physically sexually abused, incest, etc.

  • PTSD/Trauma Group - a support group for women who have suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and/or who have a history of childhood abuse, neglect, emotional abuse, alcoholic/drug dependent parent, or have other survivor issues. General survivor's group that incorporates Dialectic Behavioral Therapy and other coping skills into the process group.

  • Healing  & Freedom from Critical and Controlling Parents & Partners - group for women who could never, or who cannot please their controlling, critical and even abusive parents or partners. Surviving people who strive to be the ideal, the best or people who just don't trust you to think for yourself! When good enough just isn't! Emotional and verbal abuse. Narcissist parents, narcissistic partners, abusive partners, abusive parents.

EMDR Therapy: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy, or EMDR is a newer, unique approach to therapy that stimulates your nervous system and memory processing rapidly. The goal of EMDR is to help you improve the overall quality of your life and reduce the emotional pain associated with a traumatic events or childhood abuse! People who have not been traumatized will find EMDR helpful for stopping fears or thoughts that interfere with your goals and dreams! EMDR is considered to be a SHORT-TERM approach to therapy, lasting from 3-12 sessions, if there is a specific problem you are trying to resolve. EMDR can take longer when a person has a history of long term history of chronic trauma or abuse, but is far shorter than talk therapy! EMDR is excellent for severe anxiety and panic!


Survivors of Childhood Abuse: I have worked with survivors of all kinds of childhood abuse, incest, and childhood torture all of my career. I have experience with some of the most unusual and unbelievable types of child abuse that can occur. I can't say I've seen it all, but I can say I've seen more than a lot of therapists. Some of this includes severe neglect, kidnapping, polygamy, child rape, sex rings, child pornography, parents who have attempted to kill their children, abuse by siblings, forced prostitution w/cross dressing, kids with parents in prison, molestation by female perpetrators, etc. I also have experience treating sexual perpetrators (both male and female), which gives me more insight into helping abuse survivors. I list these because often therapists who work with child abuse may not have experience with some of the more severe or unusual forms of abuse.

Sexual Abuse/Assault Survivor's Support Group (SASS) - a support group  for transgendered men who have been sexually abused, assaulted or raped as a child, adolescent or adult. Sexual assault/abuse can include stalking, being sexualized as a child but not physically sexually abused, incest, etc.


Healing  & Freedom from Critical and Controlling Parents & Partners - group for women who could never, or who cannot please their controlling, critical and even abusive parents or partners. Surviving people who strive to be the ideal, the best or people who just don't trust you to think for yourself! When good enough just isn't! Emotional and verbal abuse. Narcissist parents, narcissistic partners, abusive partners, abusive parents.


Dissociative Disorders: I am specially trained through the International Society for the Study of Trauma & Dissociation to treat Dissociative Disorders. I am considered a Trauma Specialist by this organization. I follow the ISST-D guidelines in the treatment of dissociative disorders and have experience with several cases of Dissociative Identity Disorder. I do treat ritual/SRA survivors and am a member of the RA/MC Listserve through the ISST-D, a group of therapist who specifically work with RA/MC survivors and the treatment of ritual abuse and mind control.


Multiplicity Group - Group for women who have multiple personalities. You don't have to have been formally diagnosed with DID but if you have a problem with multiplicity, fragmentation, DDNOS, this is a great supportive therapy group! It is very popular! Some people have a history of ritual abuse in this group. Some don't. All have the experience of having other parts inside of themselves that have separate identities and experiences. Really supportive and helpful! You must be in individual therapy to be in this group.


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Seeking Help:

No one likes to admit that they may need some help (not even therapists). When things in life get especially tough, it is only natural to become guarded and self-protective. After all, when you are angry and hurt, life seems to be spinning out of control, or your relationship with a partner or your family is in trouble, the idea of going to a therapist to "talk about my feelings" can sound insensitive at best.  However, it is during this time that you are most likely to benefit from the support of a therapist. Our culture tells us that people who need therapy are weak or crazy, "I don't need therapy, I'm not crazy, I'm just going through a bad time." Our culture's value in being tough, independent, and solving your own problems, actually works against us. It is human nature to rely on one another; we are social creatures. It is the foundation of how we learn and grow as human beings. The truth is knowing when to reach out for help and support is actually a strength. The majority of people who see a therapist are strong, mentally healthy people who understand that obtaining the support of a professional is helpful at certain times in life. They find their life is more satisfying and rewarding because of participating in therapy.

    Therapy is the most helpful to you before a crisis gets out of hand. Prevention is always better than dealing with the aftermath of a crisis. So if you are able to, seek out treatment BEFORE the crisis begins. But, if you are like most people and have waited until a crisis has happened, don't worry, therapy can still be very helpful to you.

    To learn more about therapy, check out the "What is Therapy All About Anyhow?" section or review this helpful checklist, "Do I Need Therapy?" to see if you or your child might benefit from therapy.

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Cynthia Henrie, MFT, BCETS  Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress:

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Video-Chat Therapy



E-Therapy is available to people who are unable to attend therapy in the therapist's office. You must have a webcam and be able to connect to the internet using a broadband, cable or satellite connection. Here's how it works. You and I agree upon a meeting time, you call me using skype, or a messenger program such as MSN or Yahoo, and just like in face-to-face therapy, we meet in a confidential setting, except that we will be meeting on-line and viewing each other through our computers. We talk to each other through a "video-chat." I can provide you with talk therapy this way, but am unable to provide other forms of therapy through Video Therapy. It is also important to understand that it is NOT as confidential as meeting in person. I cannot guarantee your privacy because people can access the signal over the internet. In addition, this form of therapy is not as effective as meeting face-to-face. It is always better to be in a room together. If you are interested in "videochatting" call me to learn more about this!

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Ms. Cynthia Henrie, MFT, BCETS, who is better known "Cindie," is a Feminist Therapist and a Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress. She is specially trained in the treatment of trauma and dissociative disorders, including Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), formerly known as Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD). Ms. Henrie is specially trained in adolescent therapy, treatment for teens and has worked with high risk adolescents and their families for over 25 years. Ms. Cynthia Henrie, MFT treats adult survivors of childhood abuse, survivors of childhood sexual abuse, incest, rape, adolescent survivors of childhood abuse, childhood sexual abuse, teen problems, delinquent teens/ teen issues. Cynthia Henrie, MFT has special training and experience in helping male survivors of sexual abuse and male survivors of sexual assault. Cindie Henrie, MFT is also specially trained in the needs of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) therapy, GLBT teens and adults, transgender youth and adults, and parents and families of gays and lesbians as well as wives of transsexuals or girlfriends of transsexuals. Because of her background in Feminist Therapy, Adolescent Therapy, and trauma therapy, she has a tremendous amount of experience helping people with self-esteem issues, personal growth and development, treating issues such as depression, anxiety, panic attacks, relationship problems, grief issues - grief and loss, and general life crises. When a therapist is experienced in more difficult treatment issues, they have greater insight into more common problems such as relationship problems, depression, anxiety, teen issues, identity problems, adjustment issues, etc.

Cynthia Henrie, MFT, AKA Cindie Henrie, MFT, is a therapist in Santa Monica, a therapist in Los Angeles and has an office/ therapist in Long Beach. As a Board Certified Expert in the treatment of Traumatic Stress, Cynthia Henrie, MFT or Cindie Henrie, MFT, is a Sexual Abuse Therapist who specializes in the treatment of childhood sexual abuse, rape, trauma, Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), formerly known as Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD), Victims of Crime, survivors of suicide, homicide and other traumatic experiences. Cynthia Henrie, MFT is a Feminist Therapist specializing in women's therapy (feminist therapy), therapy for women and men that is feminist oriented and couples therapy that is feminist therapy oriented. Ms. Cynthia Henrie, MFT, better known with adolescents as Cindie Henrie, MFT, is an adolescent specialist, and has done adolescent therapy for over 20 years. In addition, Cindie Henrie, MFT has worked with gay, lesbian and transgender youth and adults for over 20+ years. Cindie Henrie, MFT is a specialist and strong advocate for GLBT therapy, lesbian therapy - therapy for lesbian women, therapy for lesbian couples, therapy for gay couples, therapy for gay and lesbian youth and is a therapist for transgender youth and a therapist for families or parents of GLBT teens/ GLBT youth. Her approach deals with issues of gender identity, both individual and group therapy, sexual identity issues in both individual and in group therapy. Cindie Henrie, MFT works with gay and lesbian teens, transgender teens, families of gay and lesbian adolescents, parents of gay and lesbian teens and families and/or parents of transgender youth. She deals with coming out issues, sexual identity problems, gender identity issues, relationship issues, gay and lesbian couples therapy, transgender couples therapy, wives of transgender people, girlfriends of transgender people, and a host of other GLBT therapy related concerns. She has been a member of and served the GLBT community and GLBT therapy needs of the greater Los Angeles area for over 20 years.

Cynthia Henrie, MFT (Cindie Henrie, MFT) has a private practice in both Santa Monica and Los Angeles. Ms. Henrie employs several therapists who also specialize in helping trauma survivors, children, children who are victims of childhood abuse, sexual abuse, divorce, and who also provide individual therapy, family therapy, and couples therapy or marriage therapy. Cynthia Henrie, MFT is the founder of the Los Angeles Therapy Network and the Los Angeles Trauma Therapy Specialists. The Los Angeles Therapy Network is a group of therapists who specialize in providing psychotherapy to adults, teens, children, couples and families of the northeast Los Angeles and surrounding areas, Santa Monica and West Los Angeles communities, and Long Beach communities. They provide general therapy services and work with a variety of issues. The Los Angeles Trauma Therapy Specialists are a group of therapists who specialize in the treatment of trauma and dissociation. Not all of these therapists are trained in dissociation but all have more than 10 years experience in the treatment of trauma. Ms. Cynthia Henrie, MFT supervises the treatment of all clients through both programs. All of the therapists employed by Ms. Henrie have a minimum of 5 years experience working with clients. The majority are licensed clinicians who have been licensed for more than 10 years. The use of interns is minimized in favor of utilizing highly experienced clinicians given the diverse client populations served. She believes in the use of experienced clinicians over interns in a private practice setting because she wants to provide the best treatment for all of her clients.

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