Michelle Harwell, Marriage & Family Therapy in Los Angeles, California, 90041

Michelle Harwell

Michelle Harwell

Professions: Marriage & Family Therapist, Counsellor, Psychoanalyst
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LMFT - 50732
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2120 E Colorado Blvd, Ste 4
Los Angeles, California 90041

My Approach to Helping

I believe that relationships are the foundation of life.

When we experience painful events and the trust in our relationships seem compromised, it can feel like the ground is taken from under our feet. From the bottom of the hill, the journey upward can feel steep, daunting, and hopeless. It takes courage to reach out and find a supportive and experienced therapist who can help you restore your life.

I am committed to walking alongside you as we explore key areas where you are feeling stuck.

Our work together will include helping you overcome stressful experiences and gain a deeper understanding of yourself and others. We will work towards helping you build secure and fulfilling relationships so you will never need to journey up the hill alone.

As a licensed marriage and family therapist and PhD candidate at the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis, I have received extensive training the areas of attachment, development, and neuroscience.

My approach combines the latest research within the fields of psychology that work hand-in-hand to explain how our childhood environments shape our inner world and influence the way we react to situations, especially stressful ones we encounter throughout our adult lives. My work draws from attachment theory, neuroscience, affect regulation, trauma, and contemporary psychoanalysis.

More Info About My Practice


Michelle Harwell, MS, LMFT, is an expert trainer, respected speaker, and licensed therapist in trauma and attachment. She is noted for her specialization in areas of development, attachment, trauma, and neuroscience, and her ability to communicate complex topics with clarity and humor.

Ms. Harwell has worked extensively with foster and adoptive families, providing support throughout adoptive decisions, attachment issues, child development, and healthy parenting. She works as an infant mental health consultant at Elizabeth House where she helped secure grant funding through the Pasadena Child Health Foundation to provide mother-infant psychotherapy to at-risk homeless mothers. She is the co-author of "Floortime Strategies to Promote Development in Children and Teens: A User's Guide to the DIR® Model," a curriculum for parents and professionals to help young people with social, emotional, and cognitive challenges.


Michelle Harwell Therapy provides psychotherapy services for families, couples, adults, adolescents, and children seeking to restore healthy relationships and build fulfilling lives. The team of warm and experienced therapists serve residents in Los Angeles, California from their inviting office located in Eagle Rock. In addition to psychotherapy services, Michelle Harwell Therapy also provides support groups, trainings, workshops, and assessment services.

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Services I Provide

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

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults


  • English

Groups I Work With

    Adults, women, parents, adolescents, children, foster families, adoptive families, divorced families, blended families, creative professionals, helping professionals, psychotherapists, educators, pastors

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Adoption / Reunion Issues
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Depression
  • Developmental Disorders (Autism, Aspergers, etc.)
  • Dissociation
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Identity Issues
  • Isolation
  • Jealousy
  • Learning Difficulties
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Narcissism
  • Oppositional and Defiant Behavior in Children and Teen
  • Parenting
  • Perfectionism
  • Physical Abuse
  • Post Partum Depression
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Pregnancy and Birthing
  • Rejection
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Somatization
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Trust Issues
  • Women's Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP)
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Object Relations
  • Parent Work
  • Play Therapy
  • Psychoanalysis / Modern Psychoanalysis
  • Relational Psychotherapy
  • Theraplay

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