Charlene Underhill Miller Ph.D., Psychotherapy in Malibu, California, 90265

Charlene Underhill Miller Ph.D.

Charlene Underhill Miller Ph.D.
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Charlene Underhill Miller Ph.D.

Professions: Psychotherapist, Marriage & Family Therapist, Counselor
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LMFT - MFC 24690
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1-800-651-8085 ext. 04101
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Office 1
21225 Pacific Coast Highway
Suite A
Malibu, California 90265
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Office 2
2730 Wilshire Blvd
Suite 350
Santa Monica, California 90403
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My associates and I provide psychotherapy to individuals, couples, and families.

I treat a wide range of issues such as relational problems, marital issues, self-sabotage, parenting challenges, and trauma. My doctoral work focused on how to help adults and children who have been affected by sexual abuse and trauma.

Theoretically, I enjoy working from what is called a psychodynamic perspective, working with people in a collaborative and insightful process. Problems are understood within a context of past interpersonal experiences which often help individuals gain understanding to their current situations. I am also prepared to help people who come with a basis of faith to effectively integrate their spiritual convictions and concerns with valuable psychological understandings.

Email or Call Charlene Underhill Miller Ph.D. at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 04101

More Info About My Practice

I am happy to help you bill your insurance company for reimbursement. A sliding scale is also available through my clinical intern.

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

1)Trauma: I believe that when essential trust and safety are broken or compromised in primary relationships, people have a very difficult time feeling vulnerable and connected in new relationships. The therapeutic relationship strives to create a safe place in which painful trauma can be explored, trust can be experienced, healing of difficult memories can begin, and healthier relationships can be formed. My doctoral dissertation explored the therapist's role in healing sexual trauma in a therapeutic setting. I have worked with, listened to, and learned from countless individuals, couples, and children who have been impacted by sexual trauma. I have applied the same therapeutic thinking to helping people address other traumas such as dog maulings, accidents, conflictual divorces, and domestic violence.

2)Marital Growth: Couples often feel a lack of emotional and sexual intimacy waning when they don't know how to communicate. I help couples enhance their intimacy with new communication strategies, establishing empathy for the other's history and by exploring how their sexual relationship can be enhanced. Outside my private practice, I teach graduate courses in marital and sexual therapy.

3)Parenting Challenges: I love helping parents understand their children in new ways and giving them helpful and simple tools to navigate the developmental milestones. Outside my private practice, I teach classes in the community on parenting issues.

My Role as a Therapist

I provide a safe and neutral enviornment in which an individual, couple or a family can discuss things that are keenly painful, challenging, and personal. I work collaboratively with the client to address crucial issues, themes and maladaptive coping mechanisms that are prevalent and repetitive. When these issues are understood and examined, we look at establishing healthier coping skills.

Services I Provide

  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Family Therapy
  • Consultation
  • Clinical Supervision
  • Online Counseling / Phone Therapy

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    Trauma, sexual abuse, relational difficulties, parenting, and eating disorders.

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Adoption / Reunion Issues
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Cancer
  • Career Choice
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Compulsive Spending / Shopping
  • Control Issues
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Domestic Violence
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Fertility Issues
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Habits
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • HIV / AIDS
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Men's Issues
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Oppositional and Defiant Behavior in Children and Teen
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Phobias
  • Physical Abuse
  • Post Partum Depression
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Pregnancy and Birthing
  • Prejudice / Discrimination
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Religious Issues
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Sexuality / Sex Therapy
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation and Behavior
  • Suspiciousness / Paranoia
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness

Types of Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Imago Relationship Therapy (IRT)
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
  • Object Relations
  • Play Therapy
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational Psychotherapy
  • Sand Tray Therapy
  • Systems Theory /Therapy
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

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