Professions: Marriage & Family Therapy, Psychotherapy
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: MFC
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1-800-651-8085 ext. 13568
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Office 1
1328 Westwood Blvd
Los Angeles, California 90024 - United States
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Office 2
1137 2nd Street #120B
Santa Monica, California 90403 - United States
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Billing and Insurance

I don't currently accept insurance, but I can provide documentation if clients wish to submit to an insurance company for "out of network" benefit coverage

Fees: $150-200 per session, but I also reserve a few sliding scale spots based on need and income

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My specialty is in treating anxiety and other stress-related disorders.

Much emotional distress in the present can come from difficulties in facing complex feelings from broken attachments in the past. It may appear as though it is the recent event or trigger that causes the painful feelings and disturbance/discontent you feel. However, processing this in therapy sometimes makes it clear that the bad feelings or overwhelming anxiety are often particularly painful because they have some roots in an unresolved emotion, situation, trauma or relationship in the past.

I have an eclectic approach that will draw from both short and long-term techniques. In addition to Psychodynamic work and Emotionally Focused Therapy with couples, I use an accelerated technique called ISTDP (Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy). Please ask me if you would like more information about these different and effective methods.

I love my work and watching my clients start to believe that their lives can have hope and be different. We will work together to help you develop the skills to create positive, lasting change in your life.

Email or Call Su Lim LLB MA LMFT at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 13568

More Info About My Practice

I have specific training in substance abuse issues, having worked as a Primary Therapist at a dual diagnosis residential rehab in Malibu.

I am happy to offer a free half hour consultation to see if we are a good fit and to answer any questions you may have about therapy, either by phone or in person at my office. I am in Westwood just south of Wilshire, conveniently near the 405 freeway. My location is easily accessible from Century City, Beverly Hills, Culver City, West Hollywood and West Los Angeles.

I also have a second office in Santa Monica a couple of days a week on 2nd Street just north of Wilshire, for the convenience of westside clients from areas such as Santa Monica, Venice, Pacific Palisades and Malibu.

I am available for Skype and phone sessions on request.

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

Anxiety and stress
Relationship/couples counseling
Transitioning gracefully through separation/divorce

How Psychotherapy Can Help

Sometimes it is too difficult to rely just on friends and family. Therapy can give you someone to talk to who isn't part of your immediate circle, who can be caring and develop a deeply connected relationship with you but also objective and professional in being able to see more clearly a way through any ways you may be feeling stuck or dissatisfied.

What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist

I love seeing my clients find hope and the possibility of change and a better life for themselves. I have a passion for doing emotional "detective" work in collaboration with my clients, to get to the solution and the emotions underlying what has caused them to decide they desire something better than their current unhappiness or frustration.

On the Fence About Going to Therapy?

Please call and ask me any questions you like. We can talk about what you would like to work on in therapy, and will be a chance for you to get an idea of who I am and whether we might be a good fit.

Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist

Connection in the therapeutic relationship is 90% of what will make therapy a good experience. I believe that feeling safe with your therapist is key. It is important to feel confident that as therapy progresses you can reveal even difficult details about your life and emotions without feeling judged or embarrassed. I am easy to talk to and you will find that I am direct and interactive. Therapy does not always have to be a dark and painful hour - you might be surprised that sometimes we could even have some light hearted moments!

Services I Provide

  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Online Counseling / Phone Therapy

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Client Concerns Within Your Scope of Practice

  • Abandonment
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Breakup
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Family Problems
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Panic
  • Post Traumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Esteem
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Stress
  • Women's Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy
  • Emotion Focused Therapy
  • Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy
  • Mindfulness Based Interventions
  • Psychodynamic

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