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WELCOME

Welcome to my practice. My name is Paola Gancman. I am an associate marriage and family therapist (MFT) at West Valley Counseling Center in Tarzana, where I work with individuals (adults and adolescence), couples and families under the supervision of S. Burnett, PhD, MFT license #16203. I have a Masters in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University and over 20 years of experience working in the field of psychology and education. I invite you to take a  moment to learn more about my practice and contact me with any questions.

 
Bridge Over River

LIFE KEEPS TEACHING US THE SAME LESSONS, UNTIL WE ARE READY TO LEARN THEM...

Support That Makes a Difference

 

INDIVIDUAL 1:1 LIFE COACHING 

EMBRACING LIFE'S CHALLENGES

Life challenges are not an indication of dysfunction or pathology; they are an indication that we need to look at life from a different perspective.

I work with clients on:

  • Parenting: discipline, communication, parenting stages, child development stages and milestones 

  • Balancing life roles

  • Teen & Young Adults: School transitions (i.e. Elementary to Middle School to High School to College)

  • Transitioning and navigating adolescence (i.e. physical, emotional and social changes)

  • Executive Function 

  • Time management and organization skills for students transitioning into Middle School, High School and College

  • Understanding and coping with big emotions 

  • Understanding anxiety

  • Understanding depressions 

  • Stress management

  • Self-care for teens and young adults 

REAL LIFE SOLUTIONS

CREATING CHANGE ONE STEP AT A TIME

My process includes exploration, discovery and taking action. It focuses on doing more of what works and less of what doesn't work. It is a process of discovery  to help you reach your goals by healing from the past, focusing on the present, setting goals that will impact your future and creating change by taking action using real life tools. When working together you can expect: 

  • An assessment of your current life

  • Education 

  • Clear communication

  • Organization and time management  tools

  • Discipline 

  • Motivation 

  • Accountability


Choose from:​

  • 4 weeks (4 sessions / 1 per week)

  • 6 weeks (6 sessions / 1 per week)

  • 8 weeks (8 sessions / 1 per week)

Each session is 60 minutes​

My process is about meeting my client where he/she is and moving forward one step at at time. ​