Monica  Blauner
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Monica Blauner

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW
California Accepting Online
Los Angeles Not Accepting In-person
Updated May 2, 2021

Specialties & Expertise

  • Relationships
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Addiction
  • Self-esteem
  • Trauma

Professional statement

Monica Blauner is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over thirty years’ experience practicing psychotherapy.  She has helped people feel better about themselves, improve their relationships, increase their work satisfaction, recover from trauma, grow in their recovery from chemical and sexual addictions, and improve their quality of life.

Monica views psychotherapy as a collaborative process, so you will take the lead in your sessions, sharing your experiences.  Monica will listen and explore your feelings and the meaning events have for you.  She will help you recognize the deeper feelings in your life, how they developed and affect you today, which is one step toward change.

Lasting change comes from being in a relationship that provides an emotional experience different from those you’ve had in the past. (That’s why self-help books generally don’t work).  Having a non-judgmental, supportive, understanding relationship focused on you, is where the healing occurs; it will help improve your mood and how you feel about yourself.

Monica will also help you learn new ways of thinking about your experiences, responding to your feelings and expressing yourself.  She may present practical strategies for dealing with difficult emotions such as working with your thoughts or changing behaviors. These come out of her extensive experience working with depression, anxiety, trauma, addictions, relationship and self-esteem issues.

Monica’s training in psychoanalysis taught her how our minds work, and gave her a deeper understanding of our emotions, how central relationships are in our lives, and mostly, how to use the therapeutic relationship to create healing.

Monica has a strong, working knowledge of 12 step programs, and can help deepen your recovery and continue your growth.

Her practice is open and welcoming to people of all identities and backgrounds.


Message to clients

How I approach treatment varies with each person, depending on their needs.  I see my role as being like a mountain climbing guide: I know how to climb a mountain, what equipment to use, how to deal with ice or rock, when to push forward and when to proceed with caution.  I  always encourage you to tell me how you are feeling in our work together.

I will put your experience into context, so that even seemingly irrational thoughts and feelings make sense. These may include explanations about things such as how the mind works, what makes events traumatic, and what the components of trauma recovery are.  I offer feedback, always checking in to see if it feels right to you.  I “throw the pasta on the wall, and you tell me what sticks.”  Teaching you strategies such as mindfulness, grounding, and communication skills may also be part of our work.

I am a white, cisgender, heterosexual woman, pronouns, she/her, with awareness and sensitivity to culture and race.

You are welcome to contact me for a consultation to see if we’re a good fit to work together.


Specialties

Relationships - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Addiction - Coping with emotional discomfort and suffering; reducing or abstaining from unwanted behaviors such as unhealthy gambling or shopping

Self-esteem - Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect

Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)

Insurance

Monica Blauner is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.


Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $200 (50min)
  • Sliding scale: $125 - $200
  • Initial session: $200 (60min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Cash
  • Check
  • Zelle
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Multiple times a week

Location(s)

Online Sessions (California)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 10:00am-9:00pm
  • Tue 10:00am-8:00pm
  • Wed 10:00am-8:00pm
  • Thu 10:00am-9:00pm
  • Fri 10:00am-5:00pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Los Angeles practice
822 South Robertson Boulevard, Suite 308, Beverly Hills, California 90210
Not accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 10:00am-9:00pm
  • Tue 10:00am-8:00pm
  • Wed 10:00am-8:00pm
  • Thu 10:00am-9:00pm
  • Fri 10:00am-5:00pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Private practice, 2006 - Present
UCLA , Lecturer School of Social Welfare, 2016 - Present
Sexual Recovery Institute, 2012 - 2015
Cedars Sinai Medical Center Department of Psychiatry, 2004 - 2012

NY Freudian Society, 2014
Smith College School for Social Work, 1979


Languages

English