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: $150 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

Your life frequently feels like a whirlwind. It might look like you have it all together on the outside, but in reality you are managing depression, anxiety or trauma behind the scenes. There’s a lot going on in your internal world, and sometimes it may be hard to make sense of it. Sometimes it gets complicated talking with the people in your life about these things, so these emotions and uncomfortable thoughts have been building up without much of an outlet. Right now you are needing a safe place to sort through it all.

The answers for healing are within you, but sometimes they can be muddied by all of the distractions and chaos in your life. I come from the philosophy that YOU are the expert on your life, and I am here to help you to gain clarity, improve your coping, and best channel your inner strength. Let me be the first to tell you- there is nothing wrong with you. The discomfort that you are feeling is a sign your needs are not being met. We can work through these thoughts and emotions you have been experiencing and figure out the best way forward in meeting your needs.

I offer a casual space for healing that doubles as a personalized mental health class for your specific needs and interests. Reach out for a free consultation, and feel free to visit my instagram, @healwithgoodnature. Finding a therapist you connect with can be a daunting task, and it’s important to feel like you will be seen and heard non-judgmentally in your sessions. I am allied with substance use and 12 step recovery, previous legal system experience, the LGBTQ+ community, the BIPOC community, and the social justice community. If you belong to another community that you really want your therapist to be allied with, feel free to let me know during our consultation! I am looking forward to meeting you!

More Info About My Practice

My practice partner and I facilitate a weekly LGBTQ+ Teen support group. The group is currently held online. Please reach out for more information!

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 teens and young adults experiencing depression, anxiety, behavioral concerns and effects of trauma. I also specialize in working with substance use, LGBTQ+ affirmative care, and legal system involvement.

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Identity Issues
  • Immigration issues
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Men's Issues
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Oppositional and Defiant Behavior in Children and Teen
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Prejudice / Discrimination
  • Racism
  • School issues
  • Stress
  • Women's Issues
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Anger Management
  • Animal and Equine Assisted Psychotherapies
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian Therapy)
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