Dr. Susan Swartz

Licensed Psychologist; Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Dr. Susan Swartz

Licensed Psychologist; Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Telehealth Available
Professions: Counselor, Marriage & Family Therapist, Psychologist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Psychologist - 30882
Secondary Credential: LMFT - 42894
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • Out of Network Provider
My standard fee is $180 per hour.

Sliding scale (reduced fee) may be available for clients experiencing financial hardship.

California Women's Therapy does provide "superbills" to clients with PPO insurance plans. This allows you to submit claims for potential, partial reimbursement by your insurance company.
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Playa Vista, California 90094

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My Approach to Helping

I believe change is possible. This is why I’m a therapist, and I believe that profound transformation can happen in a moment–even this very moment!–if there is openness and authentic contact that is also safe and appropriate. I love what John Bradshaw used to say: “We human beings can handle anything as long as we have a benevolent witness” (paraphrased). This ties in with something else I believe: that we are self-healing, so long as we have a safe and respectful space where we can express and unburden ourselves. I believe that all action is purposeful; it’s just that sometimes we don’t understand it. I believe the body can give us a lot of useful information about what’s really going on, and it can point us in the direction of integration and peace, if we can just learn to hear it.

I am more of an active and directive therapist, but sometimes it takes me a long time before I can be active and directive, because first I need to feel that I understand the situation well enough to be able to say something useful and accurate. It’s hard to describe myself as a therapist any more fully — it’s like trying to describe how I dance — which is why I really like that we at California Women’s Therapy offer a free consultations. This way you can see for yourself what I’m like and what it’s like to talk to me (you can also find out if I am the right fit given what you’re dealing with and what you’re looking for in a therapist).

I’ve been doing this a long time (since 2002), and I care deeply about remaining open to the moment (to really listening and really seeing, not just with my intellect but with my heart) and to developing myself as a therapist and human being, which hopefully makes me useful to clients wanting change. I don’t always work quickly but I do try very hard to help clients achieve their goals.

My Approach to Couple’s Counseling

I have completed all levels of trainings of the Gottman Method for couple’s counseling, including Level 3 with Drs. John and Julie Gottman in Seattle, WA. I love how the Gottman’s approach couple’s counseling because it’s very much about meaning and how each person is just trying to get their needs met. It is a supportive and gentle approach to couple’s counseling. This is not to say it’s not clear and directive–it’s those things, too, but it just has a lot of compassion. The idea is that we’re all doing the best we can — and sometimes we just didn’t learn the right way. There is a focus on meeting people where they’re at and helping them acquire the skills they need.

Though I use the Gottman Method as my base, I also bring to my couple’s work a focus on addiction, past trauma, and codependence. What I bring to the table is a desire to deeply understand each person individually — as well as the lifespan of the relationship itself — and from that base to begin to work on how to make the couple’s life happier and more fulfilling for both partners.

Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist

Choosing the right therapist is an important part of your journey of healing and self-growth.

In addition to seeing my own clients, I am the owner and founder of California Women's Therapy, a virtual group psychotherapy practices focused on women's issues. At California Women's Therapy, we conduct initial screenings to help match you with the psychologist or therapist who is the best fit for you.

Following the initial screening, you'll be able to conduct a free initial consultation before determining whether you'd like to move forward with one of our providers.

Services I Provide

  • Family Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Telehealth

Ages I Work With

  • Adults


  • English

Groups I Work With

    I am especially passionate about working with women and couples.

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Body Image
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Depression
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Love
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Gottman Method
  • Humanistic Psychology (humanism)
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
  • Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian Therapy)

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