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Healthy & Healing Psychotherapy

TEJAL YARMAND . MFT

therapist in Marina del Rey for individuals/couples/families

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Therapy

FIRST STEPS CAN BE HARD

Wherever you may be in your path of life, I look forward to learning about your personal journey. I offer daytime and evening appointments. To get started, visit my contact section:

About

FIRST STEPS CAN BE HARD

How do you manage anger, sadness, and rejection? 

When these and other powerful emotions take over your life they can affect personal and professional relationships, often leading to increased anxiety, depression and sometimes physical problems.

What can I do to restore balance to my life?

To focus on the life you would like to lead, it is sometimes helpful to speak with an expert.  I can help you navigate your goals and introduce options to make different choices.   Find a therapist who you feel comfortable with and can trust. Your therapy will only broaden as far as you will let it, so your connection with your therapist is very important. We provide therapy in Marina del Rey for a diverse array of experiences.

What services do you offer?

I offer 50 minute therapy sessions in person, by phone, FaceTime, or Skype. 

Areas of Focus
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AREAS OF FOCUS

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Money

Marriage statistics show money issues as a leading cause of divorce. Analysts predict that the rise in bankruptcies and foreclosures will see a substantial increase in divorce rates within the coming years. If money were the true culprit, couples with substantial amounts of money would be blissfully happy. More often than not, money problems are a symptom of deeper problems that haven’t been addressed in the relationship. Issues of power and control can just as easily surface whether an abundance [...]

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healthy sexual intercourse for couples
Sex

Sex

We offer sex therapy in Marina del Rey for individuals or couples. Sex therapy helps couples talk about sex with each other.  A sex therapist feels comfortable talking about sex.  While nothing is off-limits and nothing is taboo to talk about, most people have trouble bringing up anything to talk about when it comes to sex. Many couples experiencing a sexual problem are reluctant to talk about them. Sex is a multi faceted issue which can range from sexual dysfunction, such [...]

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Parenting

Being a parent can bring about a slew of different issues such as discipline,  post partum depression, bedwetting, sibling rivalry, adoption, as well as marriage problems or adjusting to life as a new family unit. Therapy can be for parents, children or the entire clan.  Together we can identify if your feelings surrounding these issues come from your family of origin, or new patterns that have formed in your life.  We can talk about what your hopes and expectations are for [...]

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Addiction

Historically, addiction has been defined with regard solely to psychoactive substances (for example alcohol, tobacco and other drugs) which cross the blood-brain barrier once ingested, temporarily altering the brain chemically.  How do drugs work?  In the brain, drugs may either intensify or dull your senses, alter your sense of alertness, and sometimes decrease physical pain. Here are a few warning signs that someone may have a substance abuse problem: relying on drugs or alcohol to have fun, forget problems, or relax, having blackouts, drinking or using [...]

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Grief

Grief is a reaction to a major loss. It is most often an unhappy and painful emotion. People who are grieving may have crying spells, some trouble sleeping, and lack of productivity at work. Family and friends can offer emotional support during the grieving process. Sometimes outside factors can affect the normal grieving process, and people might need extra support from their community. Grief may be triggered by the death of a loved one. Grief is the normal response of sorrow, [...]

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Infidelity

After the devastating disclosure of infidelity, intense emotions and recurrent crises are the norm. The good news, however, is that the majority of relationships not only survive infidelity, but marriage and family therapists have observed that many marriages can become stronger and more intimate after couples therapy. Infidelity is one of the most common presenting problems for marriage and family therapists.  It is devastating to relationships and can be one of the more difficult problems to treat.  While the majority of [...]

Common Questions
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Questions

ANSWERS TO COMMON QUESTIONS

HOW DO I KNOW THAT YOU’RE THE RIGHT THERAPIST FOR ME?
I may not be. Choosing the right therapist is the most important decision you will make in this process. I encourage my patients to find someone they feel the most comfortable with, so that they can achieve the best results. Some factors that may or may not affect your decision in choosing a therapist may include: gender, race, religious beliefs and sexual orientation. If you are concerned about any of these or any other specific issue, I encourage you to ask about them during your consultation.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST AND HOW MANY SESSIONS WILL I NEED?
When exploring personal emotions and thoughts, it is not uncommon for deeper conflicts to become uncovered.  The length of your process depends on what you bring into the room and how far you want to explore it.  Each session is scheduled at the same time every week and lasts for 50 minutes.   The cost for each session is $170.  A 50 minute consultation is offered to new clients for $80.  A sliding scale is available based on individual needs.  Fees are payable by credit card, cash or check.
MY RELATIONSHIP IS IN TROUBLE, SHOULD I BRING MY PARTNER WITH ME?
Yes! Couples therapy is for people who are married, people seeking divorce, as well as for individuals dating.  People who have felt that their relationship is “stuck” or feel misunderstood by their partner can learn new ways to connect and communicate with the person they care about in therapy.  If there is a need for individual sessions, that may also be recommended in conjunction with your regularly scheduled appointments. Couples counseling can help you rebuild your relationship or support you in your decision to end your commitment and aid in navigating through feelings of resentment, anger and sadness.
WHY DO I NEED A THERAPIST. CAN’T I JUST TALK TO MY FRIENDS?
Speaking to your family and friends during the therapy process is encouraged, however, a therapist looks at your issues from an objective point of view with no personal or previous involvement. Therapists are professionally trained as listeners to help you get to the root of your problems and guide you to a solution.
I AM TOTALLY NORMAL. ISN’T THERAPY FOR MENTALLY ILL PEOPLE THAT CAN’T HANDLE THEIR PROBLEMS?
Therapy may have a stigma of being for people with mental illness, however this is the furthest thing from the truth. Therapy is for people who have enough self-awareness to realize they need asistance from someone. Therapy helps you learn tools and techniques to improve your intimate relationships and quality of life.
I NEED A LOT OF ADVICE. CAN YOU FIX MY PROBLEMS?
During our therapy sessions, I will not be giving you advice. Together we will focus on the unhealthy patterns and symptoms in your life that you may want to change. As a therapist I will be providing support and will be your guide, but you still have to do the work.
Statistics
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Statistics

DATA ON BEHAVIOURAL HEALTH (US)

The following statistics are taken from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and represent some of the more common mental health issues that we face. For more information visit The American Psychological Association
6.7% OF ADULTS HAVE A MAJOR DEPRESSIVE DISORDER
18.1 PERCENT OF ADULTS HAVE AN ANXIETY DISORDER
50% OF U.S. ADULTS WILL DEVELOP AT LEAST ON METAL ILLNESS IN THEIR LIFETIME
89% OF ADULTS AGREED THAT TREATMENT CAN HELP PERSONS WITH MENTAL ILLNESS LEAD NORMAL LIVES
Clients

Statistics

DATA ON BEHAVIOURAL HEALTH (US)

The following statistics are taken from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and represent some of the more common mental health issues that we face. For more information visit The American Psychological Association
6.7% OF ADULTS HAVE A MAJOR DEPRESSIVE DISORDER
18.1 PERCENT OF ADULTS HAVE AN ANXIETY DISORDER
50% OF U.S. ADULTS WILL DEVELOP AT LEAST ON METAL ILLNESS IN THEIR LIFETIME
89% OF ADULTS AGREED THAT TREATMENT CAN HELP PERSONS WITH MENTAL ILLNESS LEAD NORMAL LIVES
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Clients.

“My husband and I went to Tejal after having a difficult time in our marriage. It was our first time in therapy and we weren’t sure what to expect. Months later, she has helped us get to a better place. I cannot express how much she has helped and how grateful we are.”

“I took my son to Tejal for severe school anxiety.  She really gave him not only the tools to cope with the situation but also the ability to communicate what he needed from us. Now we are able understand where a lot of this fear is coming from and our relationship has gotten much richer in general.”

“I could not speak higher of Tejal. I have made large strides since starting with her. She has helped get my life to a place that I’m comfortable with and allowed me to recognize issues that were stopping me from being happy.Thank you!”

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I am a licensed marriage and family therapist located in Marina del Rey. My office is at 13400 Washington Blvd at the intersection of Glencoe and Washington Ave. The office is within Suite 105 on the ground floor next to Wells Fargo bank and across from Costco. Parking is located beneath the building structure.

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Individual Therapy
Couples Therapy

In therapy, the broken relationships and cracks in family history are worth examining for the purpose of meeting new goals, letting go of shame, processing anger and healing.  Having been in private practice since 2001, as a therapist in Marina del Rey I have been privileged to be able to work with individuals, couples and families struggling with a variety of issues, including depression, pre-marital counseling, substance abuse, trauma, eating disorders, sexuality, and grief.  I have also spent many years working therapeutically with individuals, couples and children in both out-patient clinics and schools discussing issues of communication, co-parenting and building intimacy.

Tejal Yarmand, MFT, MA.

In the Community

As a Clinical Supervisor with Airport Marina Counseling Service, I supervise interns at the Venice Boys and Girls club (age 6-18) as well as at Orville Wright Middle School (ages 11-14) in Westchester. Between both sites, we can service up to 50 families a year, providing individual services as well as group therapy for clients looking for skills in anger management, social skills, life transitions and parenting.