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What is psychotherapy?


Psychotherapy addresses, in powerful ways, the need for healing, reclaiming and re-creating a healthy sense of self, reducing fears, and arriving at a creative, loving, and fulfilling way to live. Much like a process of sharing, therapist and client together learn to pay close attention to aspects that the client may be unable to access on his/her own.

How do you work as a therapist?


I encourage you to call or email me directly to have a free phone consultation.

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Depending on the issues, I tailor the treatment plan to meet each individual clients needs. This could include one or all of the following:


Psychodynamic therapy: a therapy similar to psychoanalysis that relies on the interpersonal relationship between client and therapist more than other forms of depth psychology.


Cognitive Behavioral therapy: an action-oriented form of psychosocial therapy that assumes that maladaptive, or faulty, thinking patterns cause maladaptive behavior and "negative" emotions. (Maladaptive behavior is behavior that is counter-productive or interferes with everyday living.) The treatment focuses on changing an individual's thoughts (cognitive patterns) in order to change his or her behavior and emotional state.


DBT: combines standard cognitive-behavioral techniques for emotion regulation and reality-testing with concepts of distress tolerance, acceptance, and mindful awareness largely derived from Buddhist meditative practice.


Identifying Unconscious patterns: Dream Analysis, journaling and art are other ways of understanding behavior and to gain awareness of our unconscious drives and desires. Together we can work on having a better understanding of the patterns that do not work for you and create necessary changes to enhance your life. Meditation, Using a guided imagery meditation can help enhance insight during session. I also teach clients how to meditate on their own.


EMDR: Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is a treatment for PTSD. In EMDR, a patient brings to mind emotionally unpleasant images and beliefs about themselves related to their traumatic event. With these thoughts and images in mind, patients are asked to also pay attention to eye movements guided by the therapist. This helps to reprocess traumatic events that keep you stuck.


Communication Skills: Every individual needs to be well equipped with the tools to communicate effectively, whether it is on the personal front, or at work.

What types of problems?


Clients come with all sorts of struggles and problems such as:


Addictions (all types)

Marital/couple discord and divorce



Panic Attacks


Personality Disorders


Dual Diagnosis

Gender Issues

Body/food Issues


I work with children, adolescents, adults, couples, families and GROUPS. I lead addiction support groups using a workbook that helps people learn the life skills necessary to live a life clean of alcohol and drugs. I emphasize humor and compassion in group sessions.

How do you handle payment?


Currently I am on a provider network on several insurance panels. I also work on a sliding scale and try to accommodate any financial situation.

Can you tell me a little about yourself?


Victoria Zurkan


I attended the University of Paris for my undergraduate degree, a Master of Science in Health Psychology at City University in London and a Master of Arts in Psychology from California State University of Los Angeles. I have been licensed as a Marriage Family Therapist since 2006, LMFT43872. My main interests include anything creative, painting, yoga, reading, writing, cooking, traveling, the outdoors and animals.


I have been interviewed for the article “Inexpensive Date Ideas for Married Couples” I have contributed to the book on marriage: Making Marriage A Success: Pearls of Wisdom by Experts Across the Nation


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