Ava Stanton

Ava Stanton

Professions: Psychotherapist, Clinical Social Worker, Mental Health Counselor
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LCSW
Billing and Insurance:
Fees: My fee for an individual session is $250.00 . My couple's fee is $300.00.

Please contact me about consultation needs and fees.


2730 Wilshire Boulevard
Suite 250
Santa Monica, California 90403

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My Approach to Helping

Psychotherapy for Mindfulness Practitioners and those interested in building compassionate Mindfulness

Mindfulness can help us see when we need extra help, and can help the process of helping ourselves.

Have you noticed difficult thoughts and feelings that repeat in ways that cloud your judgment or sap your confidence? Whether you are a long-time mediator or new to mediation, I invite you to consider psychotherapy as a way to enhance you meditation practice by approaching repeating mental, emotional and behavioral patterns in a new way.

As a long-time meditator and an experienced psychotherapist, I would be pleased to work with you. I have found that psychotherapy has helped my meditation practice and that my meditation practice has helped me in my own therapy and as a therapist. With open willingness and honesty, real change can come.

While we can't control the ceaseless change in our lives, we can find ways to ease some of the helplessness and isolation of long-standing pain patterns. The protected nature of therapy provides safety for you to explore. This can help restore your dignity, your sense of humor and your trust in your intuitive wholeness.

I work with people who are struggling with anxiety or depression, relationship problems and other difficult circumstances, including chronic emotional and physical illness and long-standing struggles from early difficulties in your lives.

I work with meditators in small groups cultivating self-compassion toward their pain and suffering. Some meditation experience is required for these groups, including taking the 8-week Mindful Self Compassion class.

There is more information about my meditation background and current work, and about adults with other concerns that I work with, on my website, listed above. You do not have to be a meditator to come see me in therapy.

More Info About My Practice

My hourly fee is $250.00 an hour. If this is more than you can afford, please contact me; often I find a way to make a lower fee arrangement that works if circumstances seem appropriate. Please contact me if you are interested in couple's therapy -- my fee is $300.00. I have limited spaces for couples.

I am not accepting insurance at this time. I can prepare a superbill you can submit to your insurance company for possible reimbursement.

I am a meditation teacher at InsightLA, and a Zen teacher in the San Francisco Zen Center lineage. I am certified as a Mindful Self-Compassion teacher.

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

I work with individuals in crises and also with long-standing problems. My approach is to proceed with care around difficult issues, and find out how you were educated to understand your feelings, your interactions with others, your own capabilities.

I have worked a lot with people with chronic physical and emotional health difficulties.

If you are in a situational crisis, I have seen that talking about the crisis and the difficult feelings that arise can ease some of the distress. Most people come to therapy when they realize their own coping doesn't work or help. It takes a lot of courage to look for help when you are feeling distressed.

I have found that giving the therapy relationship time to develop gives us both a sense of the direction of the work and gives you confidence in the process.

One way to describe the goal of therapy is to develop confidence in knowing yourself with kindness.

Services I Provide

  • Clinical Supervision
  • Consultation
  • Group Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Premarital Counseling

Ages I Work With

  • Adults


  • English

Groups I Work With

    Individual adults.

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Cancer
  • Communication Problems
  • Depression
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Family Problems
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • HIV / AIDS
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Spirituality

Types of Therapy

  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational Psychotherapy

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