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

When it comes to your inner dialogue, your Inner Critic has been dominating the conversation. It seems like no matter what you do, it is hard to be proud of yourself, and even harder find the inner peace and happiness you have been searching for. You are hoping for a more positive outlook on life but feel like there is so much holding you back. You would like to see the world through the lens of your joy instead of through your pain.

I specialize in working with adults who are struggling with trauma and addiction, who are typically very hard on themselves and get by with people pleasing and external validation. I work with the Inner Critic with elements from a wide range of types of therapy, but primarily use Compassionate Inquiry and parts work. Through this work we will explore how your perceptions and beliefs about yourself and the world were shaped, and how they continue to impact your emotional health. My sessions can also double as a personalized mental health class to give you the personalized information you need to heal. I provide 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 free consultations to see if we would be a good match for each other. Feel free to check out my website gnecenter.com or my instagram @healwithgoodnature . I am looking forward to starting this journey together!

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 adults experiencing depression, anxiety, 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
  • 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
  • Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian Therapy)
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
  • Systems Theory /Therapy

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