Lilit Arutyunyan, Psy.D.
It is my personal belief that therapy is a shared and transformative experience which occurs through the relationship that is formed. Therapy is a safe place without judgment, an environment where one can be their authentic self. My approach to therapy is one of collaboration, empathy, and practicality. I integrate various treatments such as cognitive behavioral, family systems and psychodynamic treatments that are personalized to each client and their needs. I specialize in treating adolescents, adults, children and families coping with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, life transitions, self-esteem and trauma. We seek therapy for various reasons ranging from severe anxiety and depression to uncertainties about life decisions or managing the complexities of life transitions. Whatever the reasons may be for seeking therapy, taking that first step is brave. Maneuvering life on our own is difficult enough but with someone else walking alongside us, the journey does not feel so scary. Once you have made that first step in deciding to begin therapy, that is when growth begins.
EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION
I have extensive clinical experience in treating the following mental health issues in adolescents, adults, children, and families: depression, anxiety, trauma, family conflict, life transitions, and grief and loss. I utilize various approaches to therapy (cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic theory, family systems, mindfulness, attachment research) in order to develop a treatment approach that addresses your specific needs. I have worked in community mental health settings (Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services, Glen Roberts Child Study Center, Santa Anita Family Services) in outpatient and school based settings. I also have experience working with adolescents and adults in an inpatient setting at Gateways Hospital. While working in a community mental health setting, I also provided clinical supervision to psychology interns who were gathering their hours for pre-licensure.
I received my BA in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2006. I then went on to earn my doctorate (PsyD) in Clinical Psychology in 2011 from Alliant International University, Los Angeles, with an emphasis in couples and families. I have also gained and been certified in the following evidence-based practices: Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Seeking Safety, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), Managing and Adapting Practices (MAP), and Brief Response to Crisis (BRC).