Jamie Kohanyi MA, LMFT
|Professions: Counseling, Psychopharmacology, Psychotherapy|
|License Status: I'm a licensed professional.|
|Primary Credential: MFT - 83775|
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My name is Jamie Kohanyi and my passion and purpose is to provide a therapeutic environment where healing and transformation can take place. I believe healing may be an individualized process, but lasting personal transformation does not happen without the support of others. Some people come to see me and need just a little help discovering solutions and insights to problems. Others truly need the support of a total, comprehensive treatment team. Therefore, I have the option of collaborating closely with psychiatrists, dietitians, specialists, sponsors, and other professionals to provide the help you need. When you come for your first session, we will meet for a comprehensive assessment. Once I have a fuller picture of your symptoms, together we can collaborate to design a course of treatment that best suits your needs.
Email or Call Jamie Kohanyi MA, LMFT at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 22999
More Info About My Practice
I am in-network on a few select insurance panels under Progressive Recovery Counseling Services. If you have a PPO with out of network benefits, I can offer you with a superbill if you would like to attempt for reimbursement. I believe good therapy should be affordable so I do offer reduced fee sessions on a sliding scale basis. All therapy is payable at the time of service via check, cash, or credit card.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
ADDICTIONS AND COMPULSIONS do not persist as a result of moral weakness or lack of willpower. These behaviors serve an underlying need and until that longing is met with something as fulfilling, these cravings will continue despite negative consequences. Some addictions, compulsions, and the resulting lifestyles can put us truly at risk, making symptom containment a common primary goal. My approach may help those suffering from the effects of alcohol, substance abuse, and a variety of compulsive behaviors such as what is commonly called Sex and Love Addiction/Avoidance and Codependency. I believe strongly in a 12-step model and completed a year-long certification at The Institute of Transpersonal Psychology to better understand the relationship between spirituality and the psyche.
TRAUMA AND ABUSE leave lasting marks and regaining trust can be a delicate process requiring a patient, knowledgable professional. Alongside serving hundreds of women who have suffered the effects of trauma, I dedicated a year of studying the treatment of traumatic stress and its treatment culminating in the publishing of my research. My psychotherapeutic approach may help the associated symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD and C-PTSD), Acute Stress Disorder, Panic and Anxiety Disorders, Battered Woman's Syndrome, and Rape Trauma Syndrome. I also work with many survivors of physical, mental, emotional, and sexual abuse.
How My Own Struggles Made Me a Better Therapist
EATING DISORDERS are complex, symbolic, and potentially lethal disorders requiring not only compassionate, but highly skilled care. Aside from working with patients in private practice, I have been part of the treatment team at Montecatini, a residential, partial, and outpatient treatment center in San Diego for eating disorders since 2010. Prior to this, I worked as a therapist at Harmony Grove Programs and Mandometer programs for eating disorders. Alongside, my professional experience, I have had 15 years of personal recovery from an eating disorder. I believe this allows for caring, empathetic support of those who feel shameful about their relationship with food or embarrassed by their body.This has allowed for familiarity with a great range of symptoms and severity. I specialize in the treatment of Anorexia, Bulimia (Including Purging by Laxative, Enema, Diet Pills, and Exercise) Binge Eating Disorder, and EDNOS.
My View on the Nature of 'Disorders'
I believe we unconsciously "act out" with symptoms like anxiety or depression, addictions, or compulsive behaviors as a way to communicate when we are at a loss for words. People show through behavior what they can not fully say in words.
With these limitations of language in mind, I have been certified in Expressive Arts Therapy and often reference the visual and performing arts within traditional talk therapy to uncover perspectives on problems. Sometimes, it can be easier to touch upon our most sensitive struggles in a symbol or metaphor rather than on plain terms.
In fact, many significant events in people's lives often happened before they had words or go beyond the words they have. Many trauma and abuse survivors find expression through eating disorders, addiction/compulsion, and self-harm until they learn a new way to talk about, tolerate, or transform their experience.
Services I Provide
- Individual Therapy & Counseling
- Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
- Family Therapy
- Group Therapy
- Creative Arts Therapy
Ages I Work With
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