MICHAEL SPITZ, LCSW

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CHILD, ADOLESCENT & ADULT PSYCHOTHERAPY

“ISSUES, ISSUES, ISSUES”

Is your child or teenager becoming more withdrawn, sad, nervous, getting bullied or teased, becoming defiant, talking back, getting aggressive, not focusing, not doing chores or homework, and generally acting out? Are you as a parent frustrated, unsure of what to do, at your wits end? All of these factors are going to impact you and your child and the dynamic at home.

Are you an artistic and creative person struggling with day to day issues, with finding a balance between making a living and staying true to your artistic endeavors? Are you experiencing anxiety, depression, lack of motivation, confusion about where you are at this point in your life and where to go from here?

Are you suffering mild to more moderate symptoms of mental illness? Having difficulties at home, at work, with friends, family and relationships?

I work with children, teenagers, artistic people and adults suffering from a variety of mental health and day to day life issues. I also specialize in working with children & teens experiencing the consequences of abuse, neglect, domestic violence, and parent drug addiction. Many of the kids I have seen come from single-parent homes, chaotic family environments, and they feel depressed, anxious, suicidal, and engaging in self-harm behaviors. Some of the issues I see with children and adolescents include ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Aspergers Disorder, Anxiety and Depression, and other mood and disruptive disorders. I work closely with parents on parenting skills, establishing clear limits, consequences & rewards, and how to communicate better with their child. I’ve worked in the “trenches” in a number of settings, such as Residential Treatment Centers for teens on probation with drug abuse problems, in the Los Angeles public schools as a school counselor, and in outpatient mental health. Currently I am a therapist for the Department of Mental Health in Child Psychiatry at Harbor/UCLA Medical Center.

My approach is primarily psychodynamic, but I also utilize cognitive based interventions and behavioral modification skills as needed. I work with patients to explore their thoughts, feelings, and problems on a more internal and psychological level. I believe this approach of going deeper has a longer lasting impact while still clearing up the more overt symptom behaviors. I do consult with teachers, school psychologists and counselors if a child is having difficulties in school and with regard to special education accommodations such as SST’s, 504 plans, and IEP’s.

My sense of humor and relaxed, informal manner helps patients feel safe and comfortable. I often use my creativity and interests in photography, film, music, and writing in my work with kids and teenagers. Please feel free to contact me for a consultation.

 

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