ABOUT ME

In a nutshell, I’m a clinical psychologist who provides psychotherapy services to adults (18+) and couples. Another large part of my practice involves conducting and writing psychological immigration evaluations (please click here to learn more about my psychological immigration evaluation services). 

I absolutely love what I do to the point that it doesn’t even feel like a job sometimes. Based on my personal experience, and on what my clients have told me, therapy can be rewarding like no other. It can also be a scary and exhausting process, but what isn’t when you invest so much of yourself? I’m so grateful to be able to guide you to a better you. Your struggles DON'T have to be a part of your life forever.

I can’t tell you how many times I get asked “Why do you do what you do? Isn’t it exhausting listening to people just complain all day?” I usually laugh those questions off while telling those people how much I enjoy human connection while providing what may be the safest, non-judgmental space the person or people in the room with me might ever have. Yes, people can, and do, vent during our sessions, which is totally fine. They also do a lot of really hard work, and it’s a privilege for me to be a part of such significant change and relief.

 

In terms of how I work, I hate to say it, but it really depends. Everyone’s situation is different so every approach I take is different. I’ve been fortunate to be trained in so many different modalities, including but not limited to:

 

  • Attachment and Relational Therapy, 

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), 

  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), 

  • Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT),  

  • Group Therapy,

  • Motivational Interviewing (MI), 

  • Psychological Assessment & Testing, 

  • Psychodynamic Theory, 

  • Seeking Safety (SS), 

  • Skills Training (SST),

  • Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT).

 

My training in these modalities give me a wide toolbox of therapy techniques to choose from based on every client’s general needs, every client’s needs that day, and even that session. There is definitely something to be said about exploring and processing childhood upbringing and experiences, especially in the context of our earlier relationships, but we don’t necessarily “have to go there”, as some of my clients put it. We can also stay in the present and implement some solution-focused strategies to meet you where you’re at.

© 2020 by Gabriella Azzam, Psy.D. 

Serving: West Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Pacific Palisades, Malibu, Brentwood, West Hollywood, Westwood, Venice, Culver City, & Santa Monica.