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Brett Richards

By Brett Richards, M.A., MFT
Psychotherapist & Counselor
Encino, CA

How do you go about choosing a good psychotherapist and counselor? Here are some guidelines which may be helpful. If you are struggling with depression, anxiety, marriage, relationships, family, self-esteem, self-confidence, fears, phobias, stress, grieving, life transitions, work/career, or any other problems or issues, then it may be helpful for you if you participate in psychotherapy and counseling with a good professional psychotherapist and counselor.

Selecting a good psychotherapist and counselor involves much more than just the location of the psychotherapy office, or the gender, age, or appearance of the psychotherapist. I suggest that you ask questions of the therapist you’re considering, regarding their training, education, and experience in professional psychotherapy and counseling, and their professional psychotherapy and counseling specialties or focus. I recommend that you evaluate the psychotherapist directly, either over the phone or in person, so you can determine if they seem focused, present, caring, empathetic, understanding, sincere, kind, and of course, most importantly, do they demonstrate the psychotherapy and counseling skills to actually help you?

As I describe on my psychotherapy and counseling website (, as a psychotherapist I am very open and forthcoming regarding all of these questions and more, when it comes to myself as a psychotherapist and counselor, including my advanced education, training, experience, and skills in professional psychotherapy and counseling, and the fact that I genuinely love helping people through my psychotherapy and counseling services.

If you have any questions regarding psychotherapy and counseling, or regarding me as a psychotherapist and counselor, or if you live in Encino, Tarzana, Studio City, Sherman Oaks, Woodland Hills, or surrounding San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles communities and would like to set an appointment in my psychotherapy and counseling office in Encino for psychotherapy and counseling including or not including the use of optional hypnotherapy and hypnosis, then I would be very happy to answer all of your questions and to begin with an Initial Confidential Consultation At No Charge, with absolutely no obligation.

Please feel free to contact me anytime.

I would be happy to hear from you, and to help you toward a happier, more satisfying life!