David McGarva

PhD LMFT LPCC

David McGarva

PhD LMFT LPCC

Professions: Marriage & Family Therapist, Mental Health Counselor, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LMFT - LMFT42154
Secondary Credential: LPCC - LPCC96
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • Cigna
Fees: My usual rate is $150. In my anger group, one payment of $200 covers all five meetings.
Weekend Availability
Evening Availability

Offices

21243 Ventura Blvd
Suite 228
Woodland Hills, California 91364

My Approach to Helping

My way of working: you're a unique individual I haven't met yet. I'm not an expert on what makes you tick. I don’t work with some one-size-fits-all plan that fits nobody. Of the thousands of people I’ve met in therapy, every one was a unique individual with a right to be heard and understood. I’ll meet you with interest and respect.

Even though I've never heard *your* story before, I've walked with thousands of other people who were pushing through thousands of other challenges. May I walk with you as you find your best road, and as you take charge of your own life?

Maybe we’ll start with a two way chat about who you are, who you want to be, what’s getting in your way right now. Maybe we’ll do something else: we're real people having a real conversation, and those go where they go. Give me a call, or write me!

Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist

Your connection with your therapist is vital. It matters more than any technique. That's why there is no hard sell here. After our first meeting, if you don't want to go on, you'll never hear from me again.

Theoretical Influences that Guide My Work

(in case you want the technical stuff) I'm what they call a humanist therapist. Within that, I'm very friendly with the postmodernists - I'm married to one - but I identify with the Gestalt crowd. And that all means? I don't assume you're here to be repaired like a computer or an old car. I don't assume I'll be able to fix your issues with some one-size-fits-all technique. We're two unique individuals who haven't met before, we don't know each other, and the only thing I know in advance is that you'll be heard and respected.

The Duration and Frequency of Therapy

Monica and I practice brief therapy. What "brief" means depends on why you're here. One visit, ten, fifty-two, whatever you need and want without wasting time and money, that's exactly what we set out out do here.

Services I Provide

  • Group Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling

Ages I Work With

  • Adults
  • Elders

Languages

  • English

Groups I Work With

    "Normal," functioning adults who want to function even better. For example: people who want full control of their own anger; men who want to improve their marriages, or any couple relationships.

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Anger
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Men's Issues
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia

Types of Therapy

  • Anger Management
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
  • Gestalt Therapy
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