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Summer Myers, MA | Clinical Art Therapist and MFT Registered Intern #100335

As an Art Therapist, I enjoy helping those with depression, anxiety, faith crisis, LGBTQ issues, life transitions, and parenting and maternity issues. I believe in developing the strengths natural to each individual, in tackling life problems from multiple angles, and in using creativity for healing. Clients find me to be warm, genuine, and easy-going. I have personal experience with many of the above issues, including postpartum depression and anxiety, parenting, and religious struggles. My first-hand experience provides me with empathy and insight into the difficulties faced by many individuals, couples, and new parents in the Los Angeles area.

I serve children, adolescents, adults, couples, and new moms as an Art Therapist and Marriage and Family Therapy Registered Intern. For most clients, I work under the supervision of Tracy Bevington (LMFT #53455) in a group private practice with comfortable, discreet offices in Santa Monica and Manhattan Beach. I offer some weekend and evening hours. For in-home postpartum therapy, I work under Beth Rosenblatt (LMFT #47857).

WHAT IS ART THERAPY?
Mental Health Services
Postpartum In-Home Therapy
Religious Struggles

Art Therapy.

Art therapy combines artmaking with talk therapy. Artmaking is a tool for exploration and expression beyond words, and I have my clients make art in session to supplement the traditional psychotherapy process. Artmaking can be meditative, cathartic, healing, and illuminating, and it helps to inform verbal discussion and foster personal insight. No art skills or previous art experience needed.

The American Art Therapy Association defines art therapy this way:

Art therapy is based on the understanding that the creative process of art making is healing and supporting of personal development. Through art making, its observation, and self-reflection under the guidance of an art therapist, one can increase self-awareness, cope with illness, stress, and trauma, enhance cognitive abilities, and enjoy the life-affirming joy of creative endeavors.

Art therapists are professionals trained in both art and therapy and hold a Masters or Ph.D. degree in art therapy or a related field. Art therapists work with children, adolescents, and adults and provide services to individuals, couples, families, groups, and communities.

Mental Health Services
Postpartum In-Home Therapy
Religious Struggles

Mental Health.

ANXIETY, DEPRESSION, AND MORE

Nearly half of all Americans struggle with mental health at least once in their lifetime. Common struggles can include anxiety, depression, life transitions, family conflict, and parenting or relationship issues. I treat a wide range of mental health issues and specialize in treating religious struggles and postpartum mental health.

Therapy provides a dedicated time and warm, safe environment for self-exploration and reflection under the guidance and support of a trained therapist. In therapy, you can increase your understanding of your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, leading to personal growth and healing. My role is to support, guide, and challenge you while providing new perspectives and applying proven therapeutic methods toward positive change.

I weave together traditional psychotherapy methods with clinical art therapy to create individualized treatment plans for each client. My theoretical orientation encompasses cognitive-behavioral therapy, object relations, and narrative and solution-focused techniques.

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Postpartum.

Are you overwhelmed with taking care of yourself and your new baby? Have you not felt like yourself since giving birth?

Most new mothers have ups and downs after giving birth, and some of these downs may be so intense or long-lasting that they interfere with daily life. Many feel alone in their suffering, but post-partum depression is the most common childbirth complication. New mothers can acquire a range of post-partum issues, including anxiety, OCD, PTSD, and, rarely, psychosis. Symptoms can actually begin mid-pregnancy or months after birth, when doctors and loved ones are less likely to look for red flags. Due to added stress, reduced sleep, and life changes, partners can also acquire postpartum mood disorders—including men. I work with new parents, individually or as a couple, to find healthy balance and calm in the home after the birth of a new baby. Learn more about post-partum mood disorders here.

WOMEN WHO EXPERIENCE POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION (PPD)— 20%
WOMEN WITH PPD WHO ACTUALLY SEEK TREATMENT— 15%

Statistics taken from postpartumprogress.org.

IN-HOME THERAPY

Depressed and anxious new parents may have difficulty finding someone to watch the baby, or even just getting out of the house. For parents in the Los Angeles area, I will visit your home for hour-long sessions every week—or more often, if needed. This negates the burdens of travel and childcare while also providing convenient, quality mental health care. For more details on in-home therapy, see the FAQ below.

HOW ART THERAPY CAN HELP

Art therapy combines artmaking with traditional talk therapy. Art making is a tool for expression and exploration that informs verbal discussions, provides insight, and stimulates emotional healing. Many anxious and depressed clients find artmaking to be meditative, comforting, and illuminating. No art skills or previous art experience needed.

FAQ about In-Home Therapy
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Religious Struggles.

MIXED FAITH COUPLES & FAMILIES

Did you or your partner stop believing? Are your differences of belief getting in the way? Can’t agree on how to raise the kids moving forward?

When a couple has different beliefs about God and religion—especially when they didn’t start out that way—it can affect every level of the relationship: trust, intimacy, communication, childrearing, extended family relations, and even finances. Religious differences can come between parent and child, too. I will support all parties without taking sides, putting relationships first and facilitating healing and reconnection in the face of seemingly insurmountable differences. By putting the relationship first, couples and families can work toward a new normal that is satisfying for all parties.

FAITH CRISIS

Having doubts and feeling stuck? Not sure how to move forward after a loss of faith?

Doubting or losing one’s faith can be a lonely, harrowing experience. For many, religion is central to one’s social life, family relationships, routines, and spiritual, emotional, and mental health. Adults who struggle with faith may be facing new challenges for the first time, such as making friends outside of their church network, navigating major strain in intimate relationships, and personally grappling with unknowns about death and purpose. I can walk with you along this journey, listening and supporting without judgment, providing new perspectives, and guiding you toward establishing your new equilibrium that’s right for you.

LGBTQ

Having a hard time reconciling your faith with your sexuality? Are your family’s beliefs and values incompatible with your loved one’s authentic self?

When family, faith, and sexuality all pull in different directions, mental health issues are likely to arise. Many queer individuals affected by familial and religious incompatibilities experience depression, anxiety, shame, loneliness, low self-worth, or self-harming behaviors. Families of queer individuals may also experience grief, shame, relational stress, and anxiety. I come from an LGBTQ-positive perspective that also honors the pain and complexity of the religious family’s experience. My goal is to facilitate reconciliation and mutual understanding in families and healing, growth, and peace of mind in LGBTQ individuals who struggle with their faith.

HOW ART THERAPY CAN HELP

Art therapy is uniquely suited for exploring issues of identity, meaning, and the other intangibles of religious struggle that many find difficult to put into words. No previous artmaking experience is required to access the benefits of art therapy, as the focus is placed on expression and exploration rather than finished product. I am qualified to use both art therapy and talk psychotherapy techniques, and together we will find the balance that works for you.

Additionally, I conducted my Masters’ research thesis on religious transitions and art therapy. My participants found the artmaking process to be “cathartic”, “clarifying”, “empowering”, “comforting”, and “hopeful.” My research will soon be available on the LMU Library website.

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Location & Pricing.

POSTPARTUM IN-HOME THERAPY

The fee for in-home therapy is $150 per session. For in-home therapy, I work under Beth Rosenblatt (LMFT #47857), who does not accept insurance. However, I can provide you with a bill to be submitted to your insurance for possible reimbursement. My service area includes west Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Culver City, Manhattan Beach, and Beverly Hills (click here for a map of the full service area).

For more details or to arrange a free phone consultation, please call 323-543-4871 or email me at contact@summermyers.com.

IN-OFFICE THERAPY

For in-office therapy, I practice under Tracy Bevington (LMFT #53455) at Pacific MFT Network. The fee is $150 per session, and I sometimes offer a sliding scale option. Pacific MFT Network accepts insurance as an out-of-network provider for all PPO plans, then files claims on your behalf. See more information about insurance and payment here.

Pacific MFT Network has office locations in both Santa Monica and Manhattan Beach (see maps below).

For more information or to arrange a free phone consultation, please call 424-254-9188 or email summer@pacificmft.com.

SANTA MONICA OFFICE

2716 Ocean Park Blvd, Suite 3075
Santa Monica, CA 90405

Inexpensive metered parking is available on 28th street and in the surrounding neighborhood.

MANHATTAN BEACH OFFICE

1230 Rosecrans Avenue, Suite 300
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Free parking is available in a large open parking lot.

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Contact.

LET’S TALK. I’M LISTENING.

Please get in touch so we can determine if I am the right fit for you and your family’s needs. I will respond to messages within 24 business hours.