Gina Polesetsky

MA, Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

Gina Polesetsky

MA, Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

Telehealth Available
Professions: Marriage & Family Therapist
License Status: I'm a registered professional.
Primary Credential: Associate Marriage and Family Therapist - 124250
Billing and Insurance:

I do not work with insurance companies

Fees: $150 telehealth session; $170 in-person session; free 20 minute consultation
Free Initial Consultation
Evening Availability

Offices

Culver City, California 90232

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My Approach to Helping

All human beings want to be seen, understood, and accepted; and, we can all have healthy relationships, fulfilling lives, and a peaceful journey. I invite you to come as you are. My areas of focus include narcissistic abuse recovery, healing from trauma, utilizing mindfulness with anxiety & stress, personal growth & life transitions, and working with individuals and couples on relationship and intimacy work--including high-conflict divorce and separation, co-parenting, blended families, and stepfamilies. Some of my training includes Level 1 & 2 training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy and EMDR.

My purpose is to help you find the tools and support to access your own inner wisdom and experience more joy. I work with teens, adults of all ages, couples, and families, and operate through an all-inclusive lens, utilizing evidenced-based practices from a Humanistic, feminist, anti-racist, person-centered, strength-based, LGBTQIA+ affirmative, and trauma-informed perspective. I utilize traditional talk therapy along with mindfulness, positive psychology, breath work, EMDR, and the Gottman Method, as needed based on a client's particular needs and style.

I am passionate about the resiliency of the human spirit. I view therapy as an opportunity to discover and strengthen the coping skills that help us navigate the ebb and flow of life while taking the time to examine what is and isn’t working for us personally and in our relationships. Seeking support is the hardest first step, and I look forward to speaking with you about how I may help you continue your journey.

More Info About My Practice

I'm currently offering telehealth services only, to clients throughout the state of California, but will also be offering in-person services, for those who wish to do so, in the Culver City, CA area in Summer 2021.

I work under the supervision of Dr. Zari Hedayat, LMFT #22248.

How My Own Struggles Made Me a Better Therapist

I draw from my experience as a Latina woman in a multicultural marriage, a person who has lived through childhood trauma, who has experienced divorce and single motherhood raising a neurodivergent child, as well as remarriage and the beautiful complications of being a stepparent and co-creating a blended family. Most importantly, I am a person who knows that life, sometimes . . . it's complicated. And, that's ok.

Importance of the Client-Therapist Alliance

I believe that the relationship between the client and the therapist is the most important factor in a client having a successful outcome. A good relationship should mean that you feel at ease and can share anything that is on your mind without fear of judgment; that your concerns are always met with compassion, and encouragement toward finding your own self-compassion as well; that you are met with unconditional positive regard; and that YOUR voice is the final determination on what your goals are and how you will go about meeting them. I believe that a quality therapist is a partner in the process, there to hold space for the feelings that sometimes seem overwhelming and the hope, that may sometimes be hard to find.

Services I Provide

  • Family Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Premarital Counseling
  • Telehealth

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders

Languages

  • English

Groups I Work With

    My practice is geared toward working with adults of all ages, teens and young adults, couples (all types of couples and relationship styles), and families. Areas of focus include: narcissistic abuse recovery, helping women heal from trauma, EMDR, utilizing mindfulness in work with anxiety, stress, personal growth, & life transitions, and working with individuals and couples on relationship and intimacy work--including high-conflict divorce and separation, co-parenting, blended families, and stepfamilies.

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Body Image
  • Breakup
  • Chronic Illness / Disability
  • Chronic Pain
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • Incest
  • Isolation
  • Jealousy
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Narcissism
  • Parenting
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Rejection
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Love
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Somatization
  • Stress
  • Trust Issues
  • Women's Issues
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Bibliotherapy
  • Breathwork
  • Existential Psychotherapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Feminist Therapy
  • Gottman Method
  • Humanistic Psychology (humanism)
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Parent Work
  • Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian Therapy)
  • Positive Psychology

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