Angela Shankman

LCSW

Angela Shankman

LCSW

Telehealth Available
Professions: Clinical Social Worker, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LCSW
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: $180 per session. Sliding scale (reduced fee) available for those experiencing financial hardship.
Free Initial Consultation
Evening Availability

Offices

28310 Roadside Dr
Suite 210
Agoura Hills, California 91301

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My Approach to Helping

The pressure to meet others’ expectations has been weighing heavily on you. You've been so focused on what others think that you have put your own needs and perspectives on the back burner, and now it's starting to catch up with you. As a result, you are experiencing depression, anxiety, burnout, and stress that has become too much to handle. You might be noticing yourself supressing your emotions, people pleasing or overachieving to keep others happy with you through your pain. But you are finally ready to break this pattern and to find a way to co-exist with others in a way that is affirmative to your internal experience.

I specialize in working with young adults who are struggling with trauma and addiction, who struggle with low self worth, are typically very hard on themselves, have been trying to get by on external validation. I help clients move through these concerns with Compassionate Inquiry and Internal Family Systems approaches to healing. Between CI and IFS, together we can explore how your perceptions and beliefs about yourself and the world were shaped, the root of your behavior, what your internal conflict needs you to know. My therapeutic values include providing a gentle and compassionate space for healing, and providing care through a LGBTQIA+ affirmative, anti-racist, social justice oriented lens.

When choosing a therapist, it is important to find someone you connect to and see yourself being safe with. I offer you a free consultation to see if I’m a good match for your current needs. Feel free to check out my website gnecenter.com or my instagram @healwithgoodnature to get more of a preview to my approach. I am looking forward to starting this journey together!

More Info About My Practice

Currently offering mostly telehealth appointments with limited in person availability.

On the Fence About Going to Therapy?

I hear you. It can be very overwhelming to reach out for support, especially when we are used to trying to take care of things on our own. There is a part of you that wants to be supported and to heal, otherwise you wouldn't be reading this right now. You deserve your space to be seen, heard, and supported. Each session is paid for individually, with no obligation to continue if you decide I am not your right fit. I'd like to support you in getting what you need, whether it is under my care or with someone else!

My View on the Nature of 'Disorders'

In some ways, our society is so sick that we have decided to call messages from our mind and body "symptoms". This has a negative connotation and fuels stigma and self judgment, as if your mind and body aren't supposed to communicate with you.

If your mind and body are experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma, pain, or something else our society jumps to calling pathological, take a break for a minute. These mind and body experiences do not come from nowhere, they are a signal for an unmet need.

Your anxiety may be a sign you need help.

Your depression may be a sign you need more meaningful connection in your life.

Your pain may be a sign that your body isn't being used in a way that works for it.

Your trauma may be a sign you still need help recovering.

Your substance use may be a sign that your vulnerability is not being taken care of.

Instead of judging or pathologizing your experiences, start asking yourself what you need. And if you need help figuring that out, reach out for support.

Nothing is wrong with you. You are just receiving signals as to what needs attention.

Services I Provide

  • Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Telehealth

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults

Groups I Work With

    I primarily work with young adults experiencing depression, anxiety, effects of trauma. I also specialize in working with substance use and providing LGBTQ+ affirmative care.

Industries & Communities Served

  • BIPOC
  • Entertainment Industry
  • LGBTQ+
  • Self-Employed and Freelance Professionals

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Prejudice / Discrimination
  • Racism
  • Stress
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Animal and Equine Assisted Psychotherapies
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Other - Not Listed Here
  • Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian Therapy)

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