Susan Mandel, Ph.D., LMFT, in Encino, California, 91436

Susan Mandel, Ph.D., LMFT

Susan Mandel, Ph.D., LMFT
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Susan Mandel, Ph.D., LMFT

Professions: Marriage & Family Therapist, Life Coach
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LMFT - MFT 22333
Verified Credentials
1-800-651-8085 ext. 02476
Accepting new clients - Contact me!
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16311 Ventura Blvd.
Encino, California 91436
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  • Accessible Parking
  • Service Animals Welcome
  • Wheelchair Accessible Building

Billing and Insurance

I do not work with insurance companies

Fees: $150 - @200

Free Initial Consultation
Evening Availability

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With 25+ years of experience and solid training working with adults, parents and young children, I am dedicated to helping you feel and be your best as a parent, partner, and person navigating the ups and downs of life. With a direct and gentle style I am open, sensitive and focused on you and your needs. Discover and resolve what contributes to, and helps maintain, underlying patterns of helplessness, self-defeat and unsatisfying relationships. Self-exploration, leading to a broader understanding of early experiences and their influence on your life and relationships, can generate compassion, insight and awareness, creativity, better interpersonal skills, resilience, flexibility and more effective adaptations to life's challenges.

If you are 40+ and back in the dating world I offer coaching, workshops, and structured 8 week groups to help you achieve dating success. The groups are not therapy groups. Groups include informational talks, discussion, group interaction/sharing, role-play, demonstrations, and mindfulness as well as other exercises.

Email or Call Susan Mandel, Ph.D., LMFT at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 02476

More Info About My Practice

I like to have an initial consultation where you can share your concerns and get a sense of how well I understand you, your needs and goals. Effective psychotherapy is about a good "fit" between two people, as well as education, training, and experience. During our meeting, we will chat about your particular situation, and you can raise questions about psychotherapy in general, or how I work.
I am not on any insurance panels, but instead prefer to work directly with you. If you need to use your insurance, or there is a true financial need, I will do my best to have us figure out a fee that is workable. During the course of therapy I will provide you with a monthly statement that contains all the information required by your insurance company for reimbursement.

What I Say to People Concerned about the Therapy Process

After 28 years of being a therapist I have come to think of the therapeutic process like doing a jigsaw puzzle. With a good partner/therapist you can ponder and contemplate while looking for links; build strategies; create a positive mindset; develop ways to strengthen abilities to enhance your puzzle-solving skills, and find pieces that fit and further your efforts. You and your therapist begin to see parts of the puzzle you didn't know belonged to the big picture- maybe they were off to the side or in the corner. Pieces become easier to recognize, and a bigger picture begins to emerge. All the while, as the emerging picture of your situation attains more clarity, new ways of being in the world are developed. This is felt as, and reflects, increased self-esteem, the ability to take reasonable risks to create positive change, feeling more connected to yourself, and less anxious or depressed.

Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed

Choosing to be in therapy is a sign of strength, not weakness; of being human, not flawed; and an affirmation that you are worthy.

When you choose to take care of difficulties that are interfering with self-esteem, mood, relationships, attaining career or personal success, or any other disruption, you are saying, "I am worth feeling better; I am resilient enough to survive some emotional pain in order to grow and reach my potential; I am willing to develop a trusting relationship with someone who wants to hear what I'm about and is compassionate, well-trained, experienced, and skilled enough to help me get on with pursuing the life I've always wanted."

What happens in therapy is that the process itself- largely through the relationship between you and your therapist- re-wires the brain in important ways, creating new neural pathways that enable you to achieve self-acceptance; develop positive ways of behaving, thinking, interacting; enable you to better tolerate distress without falling back on food/substances/compulsive shopping or other self-destructive or self-defeating patterns; and the ability to reflect upon your feelings, thoughts, intentions, and motivations. You have found some strength, hope, and curiosity and can tolerate temporary uncertainty in the service of allowing self-discovery to unfold.

Services I Provide

  • Coaching
  • Consultation
  • Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults


  • English

Groups I Work With

    ADULTS- Relationship Difficulties; Family of Origin Struggles; Life Transitions; Coping With Adversity; Divorce; Parenting; Depression; Anxiety; Examining Life's Meaning and Purpose; Early Trauma; Loss.

    50+ Dating Coaching

    Living with Epilepsy

    PARENTING- Infants,Toddlers & Preschoolers

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abortion / Post Abortion Issues
  • Academic Concerns
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Career Choice
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Control Issues
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Disability
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Habits
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Individuation
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Other - Not Listed Here
  • Parenting
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Depth Therapy
  • Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP)
  • Family Attachment Narrative Therapy
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Parent Work
  • Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
  • Play Therapy
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational Psychotherapy

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