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" The mind, once expanded by a new idea, never regains its original form... "

- Oliver Wendell Holmes

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Welcome To My Counseling And Psychotherapy Services Page

I imagine you are looking at my Counseling and Psychotherapy Website, including my Counseling and Psychotherapy Services Page, because you or someone you care about is struggling, and wants or needs help. I’m glad you found me, and that you’re here. I would be happy to help you!

I offer a nice variety of Professional Counseling and Psychotherapy Services, either through highly beneficial remote Psychotherapy sessions by Video, or in my peaceful San Fernando Valley Counseling and Psychotherapy office in Encino.

My Professional Counseling and Psychotherapy Services include: Individual Psychotherapy, Couples Therapy, Marriage Counseling, Premarital Counseling, and Family Therapy, along with Optional Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy.

If you have any questions about psychotherapy and counseling, or about me as a psychotherapist and counselor and how I can help you, please feel free to Contact Me anytime for a CONFIDENTIAL INITIAL CONSULTATION AT NO CHARGE, with no obligation. I would be happy to hear from you, and would be glad to help!

With Kindness and Warmest Regards,
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Brett Richards, M.A., MFT


Individual Counseling and Psychotherapy

Individual Counseling and Psychotherapy is a safe place to work on yourself with my caring, supportive, one-on-one, personalized attention.

As your counselor and psychotherapist, I will use my professional expertise, and my focus on SOLUTIONS AND RESULTS, to help you explore, process, and understand your thoughts, feelings, and behavior; identify and resolve your limiting personal issues; build upon your strengths; and work to create positive, lasting changes in your life.

Interestingly, Scientific Research in the area of counseling and psychotherapy reveals that while the therapist's professional counseling and psychotherapy skills are clearly very important, healing and personal growth in counseling and psychotherapy best occurs through also having a good therapeutic relationship between psychotherapist and client.

This is why, in addition to my education, training, and experience in counseling and psychotherapy, I place such high value on supportive, understanding, customized care.

Over the years, through my Individual Counseling and Psychotherapy Services, I have guided many people through emotional healing, difficult life transitions, and exciting personal growth, and would like to help you, too.

To begin Individual Counseling and Psychotherapy with me is simple and easy... just Contact Me for an INITIAL CONSULTATION... At NO Charge!


Couples Therapy and Marriage Counseling

Couples Counseling and Psychotherapy, also known as Relationship Therapy, Couples Therapy, Couples Counseling, or Marriage Counseling, is a safe and supportive place where you can finally discuss, process, and work toward resolving difficult issues in your relationship or marriage, without blame or judgment, helped along by my expert professional guidance and caring support, every step of the way.

Here on my Counseling and Psychotherapy website, I tend to use the terms Relationship Therapy, Couples Therapy, Couples Counseling, or Marriage Counseling, and, Relationship Therapist, Couples Therapist, Couples Counselor, or Marriage Counselor, interchangeably.

As we work together in Couples Therapy or Marriage Counseling, as psychotherapist and clients, toward improving your relationship or marriage, please feel free to use whichever of these terms feels most comfortable for you.

I also want you to know how aware I am that both of you probably have a lot on your minds and that you probably have a lot you would like to say. Throughout Couples Therapy and Marriage Counseling, with me as your Couples Therapist or Marriage Counselor, you can rest easy that both of you will have plenty of room to talk and be heard completely.

As your Couples Therapist or Marriage Counselor, I will understand and support both of you as I help you explore and gain insight into your dynamics as a couple, identify and work toward resolving issues that harm your relationship or marriage, and learn healthier styles of relating together within your relationship or marriage.

As your Couples Therapist or Marriage Counselor, I will also assist you in learning effective communication strategies, skills, and tools so that ideally, within your relationship or marriage, you can better express yourselves, communicate effectively, and understand each other in new, more satisfying ways.

Through Couples Therapy and Marriage Counseling, we will work together, as psychotherapist and clients, toward helping you become increasingly healthier as individuals and as a couple, and toward deepening your emotional, spiritual, and physical connection in ways that feel comfortable and fulfilling for both of you.

To begin Couples Therapy or Marriage Counseling with me is simple and easy... just Contact Me for an INITIAL CONSULTATION... At NO Charge!


Premarital Counseling and Psychotherapy

Premarital Counseling and Psychotherapy is a safe place where we can carefully explore many aspects of a healthy, happy marriage -- before you get married.

In premarital counseling and psychotherapy, we can work on many topics together as psychotherapist and clients, including:

Values, goals, roles, expectations, communication, honesty, career, finances, sexuality, fidelity, spirituality, religion, child-rearing, gender differences, age differences, problem-solving, stress management, extended family relationships, and what it means to be partners in a marriage instead of being single, dating, in an unmarried relationship, or engaged.

Premarital counseling and psychotherapy can be a very rewarding, beneficial, and wise choice during this important time leading up to your special day... and leading up to the rest of your lives together in marriage.

To begin Premarital Counseling and Psychotherapy with me is simple and easy... just Contact Me for an INITIAL CONSULTATION... At NO Charge!


Family Counseling and Psychotherapy

Family Counseling and Psychotherapy is a safe place where your whole family can address important family concerns, helped along by my supportive, professional guidance as your Family Counselor and Psychotherapist.

Together, as Family Therapist and clients, we can collaborate during weekly Family Counseling and Psychotherapy sessions, either through safe, highly beneficial Remote Counseling and Psychotherapy Sessions by video, or in my peaceful San Fernando Valley counseling and psychotherapy office in Encino.

Family counseling and psychotherapy can be powerful, and can often benefit all family members, regardless of age or role.

In family counseling and psychotherapy, because all family members are typically present in each family therapy session, all family members will be helped toward learning to effectively address each other, resolve issues and conflicts, and manage the natural life cycle changes that affect and challenge every family.

Family members can also work toward learning how to support each other’s individuality and independence while nurturing and maintaining healthy, meaningful family connections.

How often would your family have benefited from the help of a well trained professional counselor and psychotherapist skilled in the art and science of family therapy?

If you are looking for family improvements, family counseling and psychotherapy can be an effective and meaningful choice that may benefit the whole family.

To begin Family Counseling and Psychotherapy with me is simple and easy... just Contact Me for an INITIAL CONSULTATION... At NO Charge!


Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy

Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy is an OPTIONAL counseling and psychotherapy tool that a professional psychotherapist who is skilled in Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy can use with the intention to help you.

Through Professional Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy, you will have an opportunity to get deeply focused on, absorbed in, and learn wise understandings, healthy perspectives, helpful life skills, beneficial shifts in awareness, and so much more!

Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy tends to be very comfortable and relaxing, is designed to empower you, and has the potential to help you improve yourself and your quality of life!

In fact, scientific research shows that Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy often accelerates and advances many counseling and psychotherapy methods with which it is used.

To learn more about Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy, please feel free to read my Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy page, and to reach out to me with any questions you may have... I would be happy to help you!

To begin Counseling and Psychotherapy with me -- with or without Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy -- is simple and easy... just Contact Me for an INITIAL CONSULTATION... At NO Charge!

How My Psychotherapy Services Help

  • Experienced, Professional, Caring, Confidential
  • Trusted Counseling and Psychotherapy Methods
  • Focus on Resolving Issues and Living Well
  • Geared For Solutions and Results
  • Learn Strategies, Skills, and Tools
  • Explore and Process Thoughts and Feelings
  • Gain Insightful Understanding of Self and Life
  • Many Issues, Cultures, and Lifestyles Welcome
  • Weekday, Evening, and Saturday Appointments
  • Prompt Appointment Scheduling
  • Peaceful Psychotherapy Office or Safely By Video
  • Initial Consultation At No Charge

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I Help People Live Happier, More Satisfying Lives!

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Counseling and Psychotherapy

FOR INDIVIDUALS, COUPLES, AND FAMILIES

Getting Started in Therapy with Me…

If you would like to benefit from my Counseling And Psychotherapy Services, including Individual Psychotherapy, Couples Therapy, Marriage Counseling, Premarital Counseling, Family Therapy, or optional Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy, you will be happy to know that my approach to counseling and psychotherapy focuses on SOLUTIONS AND RESULTS, and HEALING, WELLNESS, AND GROWTH as my top priorities!

If you have any questions about my Counseling And Psychotherapy Services, and how I can help you as your counselor and psychotherapist, or if you live in Encino, the San Fernando Valley, or surrounding Los Angeles and Southern California communities, and would like to benefit from my expertise through Counseling and Psychotherapy, we can begin with a CONFIDENTIAL INITIAL CONSULTATION… AT NO CHARGE!

During your consultation, you can ask me any questions you may have, and we can start to get to know each other as psychotherapist and client, while we discuss what you would like help with… and of course… how I can help you!

Getting started in Counseling and Psychotherapy with me is simple and easy - - Just Call Me or Email Me - - and together we can begin your journey of healing and personal growth toward a happier, more satisfying life. I look forward to hearing from you!

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If you’ve been struggling, and are looking for relief, contact me today for a Confidential Initial Consultation At No Charge, with absolutely no obligation. 

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