Deryl Goldenberg


Deryl Goldenberg


Professions: Psychologist, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Psychology


1247 7th St
Suite 202
Santa Monica, California 90401
16600 Sherman Way
Suite 165
Van Nuys, California 91406

My Approach to Helping

My approach begins with conversation that can build rapport and trust with the individual or couple so that we can feel comfortable talking together about difficult and personal matters. I am curious to find out what specifically the person or couple came to therapy for? What are they looking to deal with or change in themselves or their relationship? We discuss the various concerns or painful circumstances that brought them to therapy so as to get a detailed picture of their issues. We then together formulate high priority individual or couple's goals, and build in accountability and achievability..

My therapeutic approach involves a psycho-dynamic approach, that sets out to understand the problem and its origins. I am particularly interested in accessing the individual'scouples habitual ways of thinking and feeling about their problems and patterns, and the strategies they have used to date to deal with them. This provides an understanding of how they have come to be where they are. We are then much better equipped to develop fresh approaches to undo the 'defaulting-to triggered-negative-communication-patterns.' Then we work together to motivate the individualcouple to develop relational communication, a more skillful means of relating from themselves to their loved ones. The therapy begins to help the individual or members of a couple to find the courage and 'sensitivity' to confront 'old deep hurts and angers,' within themselves or their relationship, and learn how to more effectively communicate and navigate these troubled areas.

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

I have worked for over 25 years in private practice with individuals and couples My areas of focus have been Couples, and Male Psychology.
Being in a couples relationship is the most challenging psychological work we do; extremely complex and challenging to combine friendship and sexuality between a man and a woman (or any two consulting adults), and keeping it emotionally close and alive ain't easy, but so worth learning how to do.
Men's Psychology has always interested me, because I am a man and have since reaching my 20's been interested in what other men experienced -- their childhood wounds and cultural conditioning, struggles maintaining intimacy with the women in their lives, and their relationship to meaningful work and money. I like helping men confront their areas of concern or struggle in their work or love life, and guide them in developing the skills and emotional courage to face and resolve relationship difficulties and work issues.

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Services I Provide

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

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    I specialize in working with couples and also men's psychological issues

Industries & Communities Served

  • Education
  • Entertainment Industry
  • Self-Employed and Freelance Professionals

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Communication Problems
  • Control Issues
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Habits
  • Jealousy
  • Men's Issues
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Criticism
  • Shame
  • Stress

Types of Therapy

  • Anger Management
  • Emotion Focused Couples Therapy
  • Existential Psychotherapy
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
  • Psychodynamic
  • Voice Therapy

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