Mara Thorsen


Mara Thorsen


Professions: Psychologist, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Psychologist - PSY27944
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

Accepting New Clients
Evening Availability


21243 Ventura Blvd.
Suite 243
Woodland Hills, California 91364

My Approach to Helping

Searching for a psychotherapist can be difficult. My practice is focused on providing an empathic, compassionate, and non-judgmental therapeutic approach. I provide a warm collaborative environment respecting each person's unique history, culture, struggles, strengths, and goals. Like many people, you may feel stuck in your life and may be encountering repeated difficulties. When left untreated, anxiety, difficulties managing feelings, relationship issues, depressions, and inhibitions can significantly impact one's life. I focus on working together to help promote your growth, expand your capacity to think and feel, and learn new and more adaptive ways of coping with your life challenges.

If you are a parent, you may be concerned about your child, your child's behavior, and your child's development. In my work with children and adolescents, I work to help restore the childadolescent to a progressive developmental track. I focus on helping them (and helping their parents help them) to develop their capacity to use their emotions for growth and learning rather than feeling controlled or overwhelmed by them. I work collaboratively with parents as active partners in their child's treatment.

More Info About My Practice

I have been providing psychotherapy for over 10 years.
I provide psychotherapy for infants, children, adolescents, adults, parents, and families.
I am a Clinical Associate at the New Center for Psychoanalysis.

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

My clinical experience includes working with a range of people including those who struggle with various challenges in living and with finding inner and interpersonal wellbeing. My experience includes specialties in working with high-risk children, adolescents, and adults and with severely abused, neglected, and traumatized youth. I also have worked extensively with suicidal and self-harming patients and have specialized training in working with children who have been commercially sexually exploited. My experience also includes working with teenagers and young adults with symptoms of psychosis.

Services I Provide

  • Consultation
  • Family Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults


  • English

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Academic Concerns
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Body Image
  • Borderline
  • Breakup
  • Bullying
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Control Issues
  • Depression
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • First Responders
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Habits
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Individuation
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Narcissism
  • Oppositional and Defiant Behavior in Children and Teen
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Perfectionism
  • Physical Abuse
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Power
  • Rejection
  • School issues
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Shame
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Somatization
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation and Behavior
  • Suspiciousness / Paranoia
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Depth Therapy
  • Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET)
  • Object Relations
  • Parent Work
  • Play Therapy
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational Psychotherapy

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