Cindy Busto LCSW, DCSW

Cindy Busto LCSW, DCSW

Professions: Psychotherapist, Clinical Social Worker, Counselor
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Clinical Social Worker - 8194
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1-800-651-8085 ext. 20268
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Office 1
16055 Ventura Blvd
Suite 1222
Encino, California 91436
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Office 2
5655 Lindero Cyn Rd.
Suite 622
Westlake Village, California 91362
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After receiving her Bachelor's Degree in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley and her Master's in Social Work from the University of Southern California, Cindy began her career at the San Fernando Valley Child Guidance Clinic. She provided Individual and Family psychotherapy and also ran Parenting groups and Multifamily groups. She served as co-coordinator for the Child Sexual Abuse and Family Treatment Program and was an Adjunct Staff member at UCLA. Cindy had the opportunity to train UCLA medical and psychiatric residents on their six-week rotations. Her job, which she loved, was to train the residents to listen to the needs of their patients and to learn how to treat them with dignity, respect and compassion. The residents completed their rotation with a better knowledge of how to treat their patients holistically.

During her years at the Clinic, Cindy began a private practice and immersed herself in learning Family Systems Therapy. This experience, coupled with her psychodynamic training, helped her work more effectively with individuals, families, couples and groups.

In 1985, Cindy met Jody Frank, LCSW, and realized that they shared similar values and goals for their clients. Together, they created West Coast Counseling Center, an outpatient, dual diagnosis treatment center. WCCC also provides aftercare to clients from many of the top treatment centers in the nation. Thirty years later, they continue to thrive as business partners and friends.

Cindy remains passionate about helping clients discover and develop their ?best selves? and to value the unique contributions that they make to their relationships and to their community. In therapy, as clients heal their wounds and begin to know and honor their self-worth, they are better able to achieve the goals they desire and create healthy and fulfilling lives.

Email or Call Cindy Busto LCSW, DCSW at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 20268

More Info About My Practice

Groups . . . Groups . . . Groups
a gathering of likeminded people where you can be your authentic self

Women's Circle
A women's group, where you get to complain without being seen as a complainer;
a group where laughter is the best medicine and feeling bad equates to feeling better.

Men's Round Table
Our men's group, where you get to say what you really are thinking, the good, the bad and the ugly, the stuff that you wouldn't normally say out loud. Be heard without judgement.

Young Adult
A young adult's group, run by a therapist who keeps a safe place for you as she helps you explore and express your painful feelings and most difficult challenges, while creating an opportunity for movement.

Music Therapy and Journal Therapy
Rewrite your story, release your shame and anxiety, and heal your heart and soul.

Our Groups are the real deal!

Free consultation for group interview.


What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist

I love helping clients discover their best selves and then feel confident about it. It is fulfilling to me to help you heal past and present wounds, find contentment and a joyful, peaceful and productive life. It is meaningful to me to help couples rediscover love, individuals resolve their depression and anxiety issues and parents to develop healthy parenting skills.

Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed

I believe it takes courage to share with a stranger your deepest, darkest thoughts and feelings. It is hard to explore your past and to identify the causes of your pain. It takes work to develop new, healthy skills to create the life and relationships you want and deserve. It takes a leap of faith to believe that therapy is actually going to help you.

Services I Provide

  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Consultation
  • Clinical Supervision
  • Online Counseling / Phone Therapy

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Adoption / Reunion Issues
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Bipolar
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Body Image
  • Breakup
  • Bullying
  • Career Choice
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Compulsive Spending / Shopping
  • Control Issues
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Fertility Issues
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Habits
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Internet Addiction
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • Jealousy
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Men's Issues
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Oppositional and Defiant Behavior in Children and Teen
  • Parenting
  • Perfectionism
  • Post Partum Depression
  • Power
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Prejudice / Discrimination
  • Rejection
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Religious Issues
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Holistic Psychotherapy
  • Internal Family Systems
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy
  • Parent Work
  • Person Centered / Rogerian
  • Possibility Therapy
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational Psychotherapy
  • Solution Focused Therapy
  • Systems Theory /Therapy

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