Ida Guttman, Marriage & Family Therapy in Tarzana, California, 91356

Ida Guttman

Ida Guttman

Professions: Marriage & Family Therapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: MFT - 49553


18455 Burbank Blvd Ste 305
Tarzana, California 91356

My Approach to Helping

I believe the key ingredients to helping people is to be non judgmental with an open heart. I want to really hear what it is that person needs. I truly want what is best for my clients, and with that energy in the room, deep work takes place. Helping others means that I put my own agenda to the side, and focus on what you need. I think to myself, how would I feel if I were in your situation? Using this approach, I am able to have more empathy and a deeper understanding of what it may feel like.

More Info About My Practice

I am on the Cigna and Blue Shield insurance panels. I am also an Out of network provider. Contact me to discuss which payment plan is right for you.

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

I use DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) with clients and in groups to help improve coping skills. The tools learned are helpful for adults and children and are helpful with any type of presenting issue.

I also use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help with negative thought patterns and overall ruminating (excessive thinking) which can contribute to more anxiety and sadness. I work with you on skills that are simple and easy to use and gradually set more achievable goes as we work together.

I have worked with severe mental illness i.e. Schizophrenia, Bipolar, Psychotic symptoms, Major Depression, Trauma etc. and have helped both the client and families better cope with the symptoms it presents. Through my experience, therapy DOES help in this area, even with the most difficult symptoms.
I work with Trauma (sexual abuse, physical abuse, etc.) and use the client therapist relationship to recreate a healthy attachment with an adult figure.

While I use a lot of Behavioral therapy to create changes, I will go into the past to better underestand what's happening today. This only happens when you are ready and willing to go there. I believe that knowledge of our Past and Present can really help us better underestand our patterns and how to make the changes that are needed to live a fuller life.

How Psychotherapy Can Help

Psychotherapy can help us learn useful tools to better live. Through verbalizing our issues with someone who is unbiased, amazing discoveries and transformations can take place. It can help us uncover where our pain is coming from, and learn new ways of perceiving our past, present, and future. It helps us recreate ourselves to the person we want to be.

Services I Provide

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

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English
  • Farsi

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Academic Concerns
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Agoraphobia
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Bipolar
  • Breakup
  • Bullying
  • Cancer
  • Career Choice
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Control Issues
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Habits
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • Hoarding
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Internet Addiction
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • Jealousy
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Men's Issues
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Money and Financial Issues
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Panic
  • Post Partum Depression
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Power
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Pregnancy and Birthing
  • Prejudice / Discrimination
  • Psychosis
  • Rejection
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Religious Issues
  • Schizophrenia
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Somatization
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation and Behavior
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
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