This is the “About” page where I tell you a little bit about myself. You may wonder, “What do I really need to know about a therapist?”
DOES THE therapist haVE the required training?
I’m a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I received an M.A. in Psychology from Phillips Graduate Institute in 2010. Afterward, I continued my studies and went on to become a Certified Group Psychotherapist. Additionally, I continue to take classes, participate in consultation groups, and read constantly.
is THE THERAPIST culturally competent in working with others from different religions, sexual orientations, ethnic backgrounds, etc.?
I received diversity training in graduate school. However, I believe that the most important training that I’ve experienced was through the friends that I’ve made and the people I’ve encountered in my life. For example, growing up in Chicago provided the opportunity to get to know people of many different ethnic and economic backgrounds. Additionally, through my early years as an actor, I got to know a lot about my friend’s experiences as members of the gay and lesbian community. Furthermore, I’ve personally experienced the pain, anger and helplessness of prejudice and, therefore, feel empathy for anyone who has felt marginalized by the discrimination of others.
WHAT METHOD OF therapy IS USED?
I use many different approaches to therapy including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Existential Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, and Person-Centered Therapy. What this means for me is that I believe our thoughts are very powerful and shape our lives. No doubt, we all have thoughts about ourselves, our relationships and life itself that help us or hurt us. Consequently, therapy gives you the opportunity to sort through all these thoughts and feelings so that you can free yourself from the unhelpful beliefs that are hurting you. Above all, I have faith in a person’s ability to overcome obstacles if given the right conditions to grow.
can YOU help ME with MY particular problem?
My expertise is in working with existential issues (death, loneliness, meaning of life), self-esteem and self-expression (being who you really are and liking yourself, living your life in accordance with your true self), relationships (navigating the inevitable challenges in relationships so that you can stay in them and enjoy them), anxiety, depression, substance abuse, grief and loss.
Ultimately, the best way to know whether a therapist is right for you is to talk with them and see if it feels right. For this reason, I’m happy to offer a free 15 minute consultation if you would like to talk with me. Please give me a call or send me an e-mail by clicking this link: Contact me.
Rena Pollak, LMFT | Calabasas, CA 91302 | Encino, CA 91436 | 818-245-5298