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.
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
Monica Blauner is not in-network with any insurances.
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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