Westside Therapist is a group psychologists (psychotherapists) providing psychotherapy counseling. We are also a psychotherapy resource for adults and teens living in the Santa Monica area. We service the greater LA area with the majority of our clients from West Santa Monica, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, West Hollywood and other area of Southern California. We can help with addiction and recovery, depression, anxiety and relationship issues. In the Santa Monica area, finding the right psychotherapist (psychologist) can make all the difference.


Where you look affects how you feel.
                                                 DAVID GRAND, PHD

With brain-body treatment methods, there's a compelling opportunity to build somatic awareness and to regulate the nervous system. As a result, you'll gain greater capacity to feel more like yourself more often. Brainspotting is a cutting-edge technique pioneered by David Grand, PhD which combines the power of both neurobiological and relational attunement to address a wide range of mental health concerns.

Talk therapy engages the neocortex—our thinking, conscious brain—while somatic therapy (e.g. Brainspotting) accesses the subcortical system where trauma and distress is often stored. Current research in neuroscience reveals that painful memories can get stuck in the non-verbal, non-cognitive subcortical brain which diminishes our ability to live fully in the here and now. Brainspotting harnesses the brain's natural healing process by utilizing the visual field to accelerate healing.

Brainspotting has shown effectiveness with issues such as:

• trauma
• anxiety
• depression
• addictions & compulsive behaviors
• unprocessed grief
• physical pain
• creativity and performance blocks

Andrew is a certified Brainspotting Practitioner. For more details about Brainspotting, please visit: Brainspotting website.