Lynne Friedman-Gell


Lynne Friedman-Gell


Professions: Psychologist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Psychologist - 22107
Billing and Insurance:

I don't currently accept insurance, but I can provide documentation if clients wish to submit to an insurance company for "out of network" benefit coverage

Fees: $200-$250 per session
free telephone consultation for prospective clients


13273 Ventura Blvd. Suite 101
Studio City, California 91604

My Approach to Helping

My therapeutic approach includes what I consider to be of primary importance to a therapeutic relationship which is a supportive and safe connection. I believe in a collaborative approach with clients' as we explore and identify the life you want to live and what is interfering with achieving your goals. My specialties include working with individuals who suffer from anxiety, depression, stress, those who use drugs, alcohol, food or other sabotaging behaviors (e.g., self-harm) to mask emotional pain; and those who have experienced trauma.

I have studied extensively since getting my doctorate to develop a specialty working with individuals who've experienced developmental and relational trauma. These types of trauma inevitably limit ones capacity in the world for connection and healthy possibilities for relationship. Using our therapeutic alliance as a safe attachment base I help clients explore what interferes with their ability to expand their sense of self and aliveness in the world. Developmental Trauma can come from emotional or physical or sexual abuse, but it can also come from neglectful parenting, having a parent with mental health issues, or having suffered major loss. Shock trauma would be something that occurred individually such as a car accident.

In my work, I focus on helping clients work through their emotional and relational difficulties; work through self-destructive and painful life experiences; and explore how the development of painful trajectories including substance abuse, eating disorders, traumatic childhood experiences, relationship and attachment difficulties, depression, anxiety, infertility, and marital issues. We work in the here and now towards development of empowerment but use the present to remove the roots of our pain.

Through self-awareness, insights, changes in thinking, and agency clients can find empowerment, the ability to feel in charge of their lives, and move towards being able to live in integration of thoughts, feelings, and sensations (mind-body-spirit). I focus on helping clients achieve a deeper understanding of how their underlying dynamics effect relationships with self and others leading to a more joyful experience of life.

We often have intergenerational issues and until we can understand and break these cycles we find ourselves habitually or unconsciously repeating harmful behaviors and thought patterns. I help clients to understand how their dysfunctional or harmful behaviors - which were once effective solutions - become their own problems. At times this work can best be done individually, while at other times family or couples work may be the best strategy for multi-generational healing.

My expertise is in trauma informed healing styles that includes psychodynamic, cognitive, somatic, mindfulness, psychobiological orientations. The healing is in the present moment and we work together to find your positive resources, and your areas of resiliency in order to bring a level of aliveness and joy. Through these various integrated modalities I hope to provide a corrective emotional experience that allows for continual growth of the whole individual as a relational being.

Since leaving graduate school I have spent several years becoming specialized in trauma treatment. I have most recently been studying Attachment Focused - EMDR therapy a therapy style to help build neuronal pathways for positive experiences / resources as well as reprocessing of traumatic experiences; I have studied the psychobiological relational therapy; Affect Regulation with Dr. Allan Schore, studied Trauma Resiliency (TRM), and became a certified NARM therapist (Neuroaffective Relational model integrating psychodynamic, somatic, and mindfulness). I am also a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional.

More Info About My Practice

I provide statements for insurance companies, and will facilitate in the authorization process for PPO services. My fee range is $200 to $250. I also provide several sliding scale spaces for clients.
I have an office in Sherman Oaks and an office in Studio City, we can discuss which space best meets your needs.

What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist

As a therapist, I love being a part of a client's growth and expansion. There are so many things about ourselves that we do not understand, that perhaps we were not taught, or that remain unconscious. I find that in some ways human beings are like a puzzle but the picture may not always be clear. Together with curiosity and safety we can explore your present issues as well as the roots of these issues. Sometimes we don't understand why things happen as they did, or we make assumptions about our families or the world based on a childhood view of the world. I love being a part of the journey of discovery as you bring an adult consciousness to these childhood understandings. I love helping clients understand their nervous system, help them develop capacity for regulation and integration of feelings and thoughts and sensations. With care and compassion I love being a part of the joy of your growth, expansion, and developing aliveness.

Services I Provide

  • Clinical Supervision
  • Consultation
  • Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Home-Based Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults


  • English

Groups I Work With

    My specialties include working with individuals who may be struggling with addiction, anxiety, trauma, mood disorders and other mental health Issues. I have developed a trauma informed style of working with clients who who have been impacted by shock or developmental trauma. At times childhood. adolescent, or adult experiences of neglect or abuse can interfere with ability to move forward in greater capacity in the world. I specialize in helping you to find what interferes with healthier functioning and how to develop healthier relationship to self and others. I work with addiction - substance abuse and dual diagnosis issues - particularly those who are experiencing difficult feelings and have found harmful ways to cope with these feelings or those whose life trauma and/or harmful ways have ended up with dysfunction. For example, masking pain or self-medicating with substance use and abuse, disordered eating, gambling, and isolation. I also specialize in working with clients who suffer from relational difficulties --either insecurity about connecting with others or reenactment of trauma suffered in relationships with others. My expertise includes working with anxiety, mood disorders and other mental health issues. I work in an integrated style that includes Psychodynamic, Somatic, Cognitive-Behavioral, Attachment Focused - Desensitization Reprocessing (AF-EMDR), Neuroaffective Relational Model (NARM), Trauma Resiliency (TRM), and Psychobiological Relational Psychology.

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Bipolar
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Body Image
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Compulsive Spending / Shopping
  • Control Issues
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Fertility Issues
  • Forgiveness
  • Gambling Addiction
  • Habits
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Individuation
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Oppositional and Defiant Behavior in Children and Teen
  • Parenting
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Pregnancy and Birthing
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Shame
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Body-Mind Psychotherapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Existential Psychotherapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET)
  • Neurofeedback
  • Parent Work
  • Positive Psychology
  • Psychodynamic
  • Self Psychology
  • Somatic Experiencing (SE)
  • Somatic Psychotherapy
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
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