Michael Pipich, LMFT
I always discuss goals with patients, whether they are adults seeking individual, group or couple’s therapy, or teenagers in individual, group or family therapy. So in your first session, you can get real clarity on how and why problems have developed, and what can be expected in the early stage of therapy.
- adolescents (12yo+)
- depression & bipolar disorder
- substance use
education & experience
- Loyola Marymount University: BS
- Calif. State University, Fullerton: MS
- LMFT since 1990
- Author & Lecturer on Bipolar Disorder
Whether you’re seeking therapy for the first time or have been involved in therapy in the past, finding the right therapist can be a real challenge. If you’re feeling down, anxious or in some type of crisis, it’s important to get connected quickly with a clear therapy plan and sense of hope. It’s always my first goal to meet with you as soon as possible, and begin a comfortable and seamless process for our first meeting.
When I meet new therapy patients, I’m interested in understanding and discussing their presenting concerns. But we also explore personal life stories, including relationships, family, health, job or school, self-image, and just about every aspect of what makes a person who they are and what they’ve struggled with in their lives. I always discuss goals with patients, whether they are adults seeking individual, group or couple’s therapy, or teenagers in individual, group or family therapy. So in your first session, you can get real clarity on how and why problems have developed, and what can be expected in the early stage of therapy.
My therapy background involves psychodynamic, psychoanalytic, object relations and existential theories. My style is highly interactive. You’ll always have opportunities to share your feelings and thoughts in an open, emotionally safe and non-judgmental fashion, and I will provide you with ongoing feedback, insights into the meaning of your thoughts and feelings, with clearer ideas on how to manage life problems. I offer a deeper understanding of choices to life issues, along with the possible outcomes to those choices, so you can better take charge of your own life while preserving and enhancing your personal values.
I also help people understand repetitive patterns that cause disruption to personal, occupational, and relationship success. As we proceed in therapy, you’ll learn about your own patterns, so you can develop newer, healthier ways to approach life challenges. I’m especially aware of how many people come to therapy hoping to feel better right away, but instead struggle for a period of time. Sometimes people in the middle of therapy find that they do better in daily functioning before they feel better emotionally. But as therapy progresses into its later stage, we will work together for a happier, more hopeful future.
No matter your ethnicity, religious or cultural background, sexual orientation or gender identity, you are welcome to my therapy practice. I also welcome those who have had prior difficulties with therapy. You can expect a collaborative approach to care, which means you are free to let me know how I’m doing as your therapist, and whether or not my style of therapy is working for you. It is my personal priority for you to experience as much success in therapy as possible. Your well-being is my ultimate goal.
Michael Pipich's Outcomes
contact info & fees
$210 for 50-minute session
$315 for 75-minute session
$340 per month for group therapy
Mon – Fri 7:00AM to 6:00PM
areas of treatment
- anxiety disorders
- bipolar disorder
- childhood trauma
- chronic illness & pain
- marital/relationship problems
- military/law enforcement/first responders
- psychotic disorders
- substance abuse/addiction
- traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- workplace stress
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