Darryl B. Christian, LMFT
Adolescent, Adult & Family Counseling & Therapy
2550 Honolulu Ave., Ste. 103, Montrose, CA, 91020
Currently, I am not meeting clients in my office due to the COVID-19 pandemic health crisis. I am doing therapy using teletherapy via phone and Zoom videoconferencing.
Phone: (818) 364-5646 - Please leave a message. I return calls ASAP.
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), #MFC 38204
Change and personal growth can be painful especially in times of crisis. In your relationships, it may mean worry and confusion wondering what happened to relationships you once enjoyed. This can develop into serious problems like depression, chronic anxiety, anger, and distancing from significant others - or even feeling confused and out-of-touch with ourselves. This affects not only our relationships but also our ability to perform at work or school, and can even cause medical problems.
Feeling 'stuck' in our lives can make us lose sight of our hopes, aspirations, and dreams.
Seeking help can be difficult - we become afraid of others' reactions or unable to talk about difficult emotions. Yet, we depend on the support of others to grow and meet life's challenges. Trusting relationships help us see our own genuine strengths, creativity, and potential for growth.
I work with clients in a way that fosters respect, acceptance, and genuineness. I will work with you to help you build trust, confidence, and satisfaction with yourself so that you may have trust and confidence in your relationships.
For over 20 years I have helped adolescents and adults with personal, career, academic, and relational problems that resulted in feeling “stuck” with anxiety, depression, anger, isolation, or confusion about the direction of their lives. In my experience in community mental health agencies, as a supervisor and instructor at Phillips Graduate University (Chatsworth), and as a therapist for adolescents, I have seen how counseling that is focused on goals, strengths, and capabilities can move clients through periods of “stuckness” or life changes.
Relationships play a vital role in that change.
Through the therapy process, clients have an opportunity to collaborate in a relationship that contributes to growth and better personal relationships by making sense of conscious and unconscious experience, thoughts, and feelings. As an therapist, I am also looking for ways to integrate your creative and expressive abilities into our work. Whether you are interested in art, music, writing, or other forms of creative expression, those experiences help to enrich your life. I believe that therapy contributes to a deeper trust in oneself and trust in one’s ability to meet life’s challenges, resulting in more satisfying and enjoyable relationships.
"Follow your heart but take your brain with you."
- Alfred Adler
Counseling or Psychotherapy - When to Seek Help
The decision to see a therapist is a very personal decision.
Many times, people choose therapy during times of stress and emotional pain, but it may also be when you want to grow to meet new challenges. The following are issues or experiences during which you might seek therapy:
Prolonged anxiety or worry
Depression or mood swings
Difficulties in relationships
Stressful life events
Chronic physical illness caused by tension and stress
Traumatic events such as accidents, childhood abuse
Domestic violence or abuse
Difficulty managing anger
Self-destructive thoughts and behavior
Drug or alcohol abuse
Setting Your Goals: The decision to call a therapist may be a difficult one but knowing when to seek professional help is a strength - not knowing the answers to all your life questions is normal. Whatever your reason for seeking therapy, a therapist will listen to your concerns and help you decide upon the most appropriate course of action.
Adolescent & Adult Treatment
Transition and phase-of-life challenges
Chronic mood or anxiety conditions