Wisdom and the Pursuit of Happiness


“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.”
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations


Therapy helps you know yourself better.  To become wise to your own attitudes, thoughts and behaviors and how they’re causing your unhappiness.  Ultimately, to create new ways of thinking and being that bring you less suffering and greater joy.


It’s hard to be happy when you’re constantly criticizing yourself.  Low self-esteem feels terrible and constricts your freedom to be yourself in your relationships, work and play.  Perfectionism never allows you to be satisfied with your accomplishments or get off the hamster wheel of chasing goals that you think someday will allow you to feel good about yourself.  I help people develop a loving, patient and generous relationship with themselves so that they can continue to grow throughout their lifetimes without the chains of criticism dragging them down.

You can’t feel calm and peaceful when you’re anxious.  Social anxiety, general anxiety, existential anxiety robs you of peace of mind and inhibits your ability to make choices and take actions in your life.  Therapy frees people from the destructive thinking patterns that cause anxiety and builds new thinking patterns that are encouraging, comforting and optimistic, allowing you to move more confidently through your life.

Most people can’t be happy when they’re having relationship problems.  Excessive fighting, sexual problems, loneliness or difficulty with emotional intimacy are some of the causes of unhappiness.  Individual therapy, family therapy, couple’s counseling or group therapy are all ways in which you can get a better understanding of your relationship dynamics.  You can discover new, more successful ways of being in relationship.


You’ve probably worked very hard to find solutions to these problems.  But you don’t have to do it alone! Consulting with a therapist can help.

Therapy is an experience that helps you know yourself better and attain the wisdom you need to live a happier, healthier, more peaceful life.


Let’s Talk

If you’re looking for a therapist in Encino or Calabasas, schedule a free 15 minute consultation by 818-245-5298, or by clicking on the contact me page now.

Rena Pollak, LMFT, CGP

Rena Pollak, LMFT, CGP – therapist in Encino and Calabasas

Rena Pollak, LMFT, CGP is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, License no. LMFT78442 and a Certified Group Psychotherapist.

Therapy offices in Encino and Calabasas are located near Tarzana, Van Nuys, Reseda, Sherman Oaks, Woodland Hills, Agoura Hills, Malibu, Topanga, Westlake Village, Thousand Oaks, and Canoga Park.  Terms and Conditions.


Rena Pollak, LMFT  | Calabasas, CA 91302  Encino, CA 91436  818-245-5298

Rena Pollak, LMFT Therapist in Encino