Shira  Myrow

Shira Myrow

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT Master of Arts, MA
California Accepting Online
Santa Monica Accepting In-person

I am now accepting new clients in person who have been fully vaccinated and can show proof of vaccination.

Updated February 28, 2021

Specialties & Expertise

  • Couples counseling
  • Relationship issues
  • Codependency
  • Mindfulness
  • Trauma
  • Premarital counseling

Professional statement

Shira is an attachment-based psychotherapist and mindfulness educator who is deeply committed to helping people integrate traumatic experiences, adversity and dysfunctional relationships into secure, resilient narratives. With over 11 years of clinical experience, Shira has extensive training in Emotion Focused Therapy, the Gottman Method, mindfulness meditation and interpersonal neurobiology.

Shira's work with couples and individuals centers around uncovering the inner scaffolding of habitual conflict, co-dependency, and complex trauma. Shira also has a special focus on treating attachment injuries in adult children of severely mentally ill parents (who suffer with borderline personality disorder, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and narcissistic personality disorder).

As the daughter of a treatment-resistant schizophrenic mother, Shira found her way to psychology with the imperative to make meaning out of her own traumatic experiences as a child and to support adults recover from the legacy of insecure relationships.

Shira is currently available for online therapy sessions but maintains an office in Santa Monica.


Message to clients

Despite all of our best intentions, love is not enough to sustain a long term relationship. It can be especially difficult for people who grew up in families where healthy relationships either never existed or were in short supply. When you get caught in the frustration of perpetual problems and gridlock, it can be profoundly helpful to bring in a guide that can offer you not only a new perspective, but someone who can illuminate the unconscious patterns at a play—and set a clear path forward.

My mission is to give you mindfulness-based, practical tools, and tangible insights for repairing and re-building resilient relationships. Often times we can mistake the authenticity of a difficult emotional experience as an objective truth about ourselves or our relationships. Mindful awareness and compassion can help us learn how to be in conversation with those emotions. It can also give us the space to become curious about what habitual stories we are telling ourselves over and over again.

My approach helps clients to identify and uproot deeply entrenched negative patterns that shape how they see themselves and the world --and empowers them to redeem both their relationships and life stories. My integrative approach is also grounded in my training in Emotionally Focused Therapy and the Gottman Method for Couples alongside mindfulness-based techniques to promote insight, resilience, and well being.

When you’re in crisis with a problem that needs immediate attention, the thought of spending many sessions getting to know your therapist can feel daunting and frustrating. While it’s absolutely critical to building trust with a compassionate and collaborative therapist, it’s also important to get to the root of the problem, put it into a new framework, and identify practical tools to help you move forward and heal.


Specialties

Couples counseling - Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love

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

Codependency - Development of healthy boundaries in relationships; strategies for increasing individual self-esteem and autonomy; coping mechanisms for separation and individuation

Mindfulness - Developing practices to encourage a state of active, open attention on the present

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

Premarital counseling - Providing a safe and neutral environment for couples to explore expectations and prepare for the rewards and challenges of marriage




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Parents
  • Young adults (18-24)

Insurance

Shira Myrow 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: $225 (55min)
  • Initial session: $225 (55min)
  • Couples sessions: $250 (55min)

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
  • Check
  • Credit Card
  • Venmo
Session frequency

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

  • As needed
Therapist's note

She also provides super-bills for clients with PPO plans.


Location(s)

Santa Monica practice
1150 Yale Street, Santa Monica, CA 90403
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-8:00pm
  • Tue 10:00am-8:00pm
  • Wed 10:00am-8:00pm
  • Thu 10:00am-8:00pm
  • Fri 10:00am-8:00pm
  • Sat TBD
  • Sun TBD

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-8:00pm
  • Tue 10:00am-8:00pm
  • Wed 10:00am-8:00pm
  • Thu 10:00am-8:00pm
  • Fri 10:00am-8:00pm
  • Sat TBD
  • Sun TBD

Work and Education

Private Practice, 2017 - Present
Yale St. Therapy Group, Founder, 2017 - 2020
Evenflow Meditation App, Co-Founder/Curriculum Director, 2016 - 2018
Women's Clinic and Family Counseling Center, 2015 - 2017
Antioch University Counseling Center, 2016

Pacifica Graduate Institute, MA, 2009
Gottman Method Training, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Training Level 1,2 & 3


Languages

English