Susan Winston

MFT mfc 49864

Susan Winston

MFT mfc 49864

Telehealth Available
Professions: Counselor, Marriage & Family Therapist, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Marriage and Family Therapy - MFC 49864
Secondary Credential: MFT - 1711
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS)
  • Cigna
  • L.A. Care Health Plan
  • Optum Health
  • United Behavioral Health
Evening Availability


15707 Varden Street
Ste. 101
Encino, California 91436

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My Approach to Helping

My approach is that, "Shift Happens." Life is often out of our control. We cannot orchestrate all the changes around us so how do we continue to ride the tide? We are all facing tremendous change be it in our family, our jobs, the economy which dictates so much of our lives. Technology has us in its' grip and that alters the way we interact on a daily basis. Shift Happens! It's a fact, so my approach is to teach people how to re-invent, re-brand, re-identify realistic goals to fit in with the changing world. This affects how individuals interact with their families, their workplace or search for work, combat their self-esteem issues, depression, and anxiety. When you understand that you cannot control everything, it is freeing and allows one to try new ways to work within your world.

More Info About My Practice

Insurance taken:

Blue Cross/Blue Shield
Blue Shield
LA Care

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

I will help you re-think your life in this changing world. I have been in your shoes and know that it is possible.
I will work with you in regaining self-esteem and sense of purpose.
I will help you reconnect or disconnect ; to rebuild a relationship and alleviate toxic elements in you life.
I will help cement the family and build on your values.
Yes, I will work with teenagers and help them grow into the young men and women they are meant to be.
I will work with you in eliminating your addictions. I understand the pain, the seeming impossibility and believe that I have the strength to help pull you through and start you on the path to continued recovery.
I will show you that you are not alone and that through therapy you can open many of your closed doors so that new things can enter your world.
Remember, SHIFT HAPPENS. Learn how to ride the changing tide and enjoy the ride.

Services I Provide

  • Coaching
  • Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Telehealth
  • Psychological Evaluation

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults


  • English

Groups I Work With

    Depression is the one of the largest problems facing the population today. I work to bring depression under control and help clients find a new sense of self. Defeating depression, stress and anxiety first is often key to solving other psychological problems I have extensive experience in helping professionals reposition themselves if outplaced. I also have a lot of experience working with addictions of all kinds (alcohol, drugs, food, gambling, compulsive spending) and creating programs for continued recovery. I have worked with 12-step programs and those who need other interventions. I work with couples (hetero and same sex)to help with issues from correcting communication to improving intimacy. I work with adolescents when parents cannot find the key to understanding their behavior. Raising three children gave me the best education in the world for that. Having worked as a TV producer, I have connections to the industry and have professionally worked with most 'A' lister actors, producers, writers, directors and am very comfortable working with that clientele as well as those not on the marqee. Having worked in free clinics for several years, there are few issues I have not faced as a professional. Now in private practice, I am able to take clients with a greater variety of concerns. There is no problem too big or too small for me to work with. I will also refer out to another professional if a situation is out of my scope of practice. You will find that therapy is not a process where you feel like you are out of control. It will help you regain your control, self-esteem, and feel better. I look forward to working with you.

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abortion / Post Abortion Issues
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Academic Concerns
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Adoption / Reunion Issues
  • Aggression and Violence
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Batterer Intervention
  • Bipolar
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Body Image
  • Bullying
  • Career Choice
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Compulsive Spending / Shopping
  • Control Issues
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Fertility Issues
  • Forgiveness
  • Gambling Addiction
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Habits
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Internet Addiction
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • Jealousy
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Men's Issues
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Oppositional and Defiant Behavior in Children and Teen
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Phobias
  • Physical Abuse
  • Post Partum Depression
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Prejudice / Discrimination
  • Rejection
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sex Addiction
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Sexuality / Sex Therapy
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation and Behavior
  • Suspiciousness / Paranoia
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Anger Management
  • Breathwork
  • Client-Directed Outcome-Informed Therapy (CDOI)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM)
  • Conflict Resolution Therapy
  • Depth Therapy
  • Depth-Oriented Brief Therapy
  • Developmental Needs Meeting Strategy (DNMS)
  • Emotion Focused Couples Therapy
  • Emotion Focused Therapy
  • Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy
  • Existential Psychotherapy
  • Family Attachment Narrative Therapy
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Guided Therapeutic Imagery
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP)
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Jungian Psychotherapy
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Nonviolent Communication (NVC)
  • Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
  • Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian Therapy)
  • Positive Psychology
  • Positive Psychotherapy
  • Psychodynamic
  • Reality Therapy
  • Relational Life Therapy
  • Relational Psychotherapy
  • Self Psychology
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
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