Dr. Vanessa Spooner
Creativity requires you to trust yourself and listen to your intuition. If you are feeling blocked, somehow you are holding yourself back. Together we will dive deep into your creative process and uncover how to help you work the most effectively. Each person's process is unique — I'll help you develop a structure that will inspire you to refine your creative voice and give your gifts to the world.
Psychotherapy is a creative space. I believe that therapy is both a science and an art. My training has centered on contemporary psychoanalytic psychotherapy. This approach focuses on the unconscious — that there are things that impact our decisions that we are not aware of. My approach will help you understand your unconscious dynamics in order to bring more balance and choice into your life. I also use my intuition and pull from other approaches, such as mindfulness meditation, dialectical behavioral therapy, and the trauma resiliency model.
Open yourself up to new experiences. Living with anxiety, or being in unhealthy relationships leaves you repeating negative experiences over and over again. Have you felt stuck and powerless in your life? Psychotherapy allows you to tap into your vulnerability and guides you towards truly taking care of yourself. I love working with people and helping them discover all of the possibilities that are out there when they feel strong enough to let go of old ways of being or thinking. Uncovering new facets of ourselves brings about a true shift in character that can help bring you towards a happy and healthy future.
Danielle Syslo, AMFT
You know that being an artist is what gives you purpose, it’s what makes your heart sing. Life as a creative professional can also be an emotional roller-coaster. Struggles with perfectionism, feelings of insecurity or self doubt, finding your authentic voice, relationship issues or a life out of balance can all hinder your ability to create the work that gives you meaning. In a quest to live a full, creative and emotionally satisfying life, we will inevitably run up against some of these challenges, unexpected changes and new experiences.
I believe that we are relational beings and that carrying these burdens alone can leave us feeling isolated, ashamed, and undeserving of love and connection. In my work as a therapist, I provide a safe space for us to explore your thoughts and feelings without judgement or censorship. We will explore unconscious emotional challenges as well as cycles of negative thinking that may keep you stuck. I am invested in helping you create a life with a clearer sense of self, purpose and deeper connection in your relationships. I use a mix of psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral therapies (CBT), as well as mindfulness techniques. I also carry my own unique perspective on the challenges facing those pursuing work in creative fields and industries.
I am a registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern (IMF 90632) employed and supervised by Vanessa Spooner, Psy.D. (PSY 24942) at Atwater Village Therapy.
The therapy room can be a haven for overwhelming feelings, traumas and confusion— a space for gentle exploration, where I walk alongside you as you uncover patterns and dynamics that keep you from feeling whole. So many of us feel stuck responding to situations in old, unconscious ways. For many people, therapy can be the catalyst that sparks creative responses to familiar pain.
My work invites curiosity and compassion towards the parts of you that desperately call for change. I am primarily a depth-oriented therapist and incorporate a mix of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and contemporary psychoanalytic theory to honor how your life experiences live in you. I provide a safe space to delve into the deepest parts of your experience while offering tools to make everyday life more manageable.
I am a registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (IMF 99671) employed and supervised by Vanessa Spooner, Psy.D. (PSY 24942).
Ian is passionate about helping people on the LGBTQ continuum achieve a wholeness and personhood not mirrored by hetero and cisnormative society. He earned a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology, with an emphasis is LGBT Affirmative Psychology from Antioch University Los Angeles. He is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (97393) in California. Prior to his work in mental health, Ian was a professional actor for 14 years. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre Arts from California State University, Long Beach.
Ian believes therapy is meant to be experimental, experiential, and collaborative. Carl Jung said, "The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed." Insights in therapy have the potential to be challenging, but having a compassionate witness can aid the journey. Ian's style is a spirit of non-judgment, empathy, directness, and a sense of humor. His intention is to assist clients in connecting to their authentic Selves, for the purpose of overcoming negative thinking, self-destructive patterns, and unfulfilling relationships.
I am a registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (IMF 97393) employed and supervised by Vanessa Spooner, Psy.D. (PSY 24942).