Meet Our Therapists

Dr. Liz Gustafson Atwater Village Therapy

Dr. Liz Gustafson

Specialties: Trauma / Toxic Relationships / Anxiety / Creative and Entrepreneurial Work Stress

Sometimes it can feel as if we have a tangled knot of thoughts and feelings trapped in our minds. I see the purpose of therapy as having an ally by your side to help you untangle that knot, smooth it out, and hold it up to the light to gain clarity and peace.

Before opening my practice, I spent two years taking calls and training operators at a suicide hotline. I went on to work with foster kids, 9/11 first responders, women on a psychiatric inpatient unit, and low-income families in a community mental health clinic. I trained in some of the top hospitals in New York City and Los Angeles, including NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill-Cornell, Mount Sinai, and Kaiser Permanente.

My style is collaborative. I share with you my understanding of your unique psychological processes to deepen your own understanding of who you are and what you need out of life.

 I incorporate psychodynamic therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, solution-focused psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and mindfulness practices to personalize a treatment that meets your individual needs.

 I am LGBTQIA-affirming and have experience working with clients in poly/open relationships.

 
Dr. Ryan Witherspoon Atwater Village Therapy

Dr. Ryan Witherspoon

Specialties: Couples Therapy / Depression / Anxiety / Poly/Open Affirmative Therapy / Kink Affirmative Therapy / LGBTQIA Affirmative Therapy / Personality Disorders / Tele-health / Video Therapy

My passion is helping people navigate the complexities of life and relationships. Everyone has their own unique story, and my goal is to help each client become the director of their own story by empowering them to take charge of their life. 

I strive to create an atmosphere of warmth, safety, and curiosity in therapy. We will work together to help you make greater sense of your life and improve how you feel.

My training and expertise includes working with adults, couples, and families using psychodynamic theory, family systems, and mindfulness-based approaches, among others.

I received my Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University. In addition, I have Masters degrees in clinical and general psychology from Alliant and Pepperdine University, respectively. I am being supervised by Dr. Liz Gustafson while I complete licensing requirements. I am also receiving post-graduate training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy. In addition, I am currently co-authoring with Dr. Richard Sprott a book for therapists on working with kinky people and communities, which is due out in Summer 2020.

Appreciation of each person’s unique cultural context is very important to me, and I have experience working with people of many diverse gender identities, sexual orientations, relationship configurations, racial/ethnic backgrounds, abilities, and spiritual beliefs.

I also offer telehealth / video therapy to people located in California.

I look forward to seeing what we can discover together.

 
Group Therapy, Couples Therapy, Family Therapy

Group Therapy, Couples Therapy, Family Therapy

Dr. Jomana Sweiss

Specialties: Anxiety / Substance Abuse / Trauma / Toxic Relationships / Health Stress

I am passionate about helping you move through painful, often underserved experiences into a healthier, healed emotional space. 

Together we will create a collaborative therapy that is compassionate, direct, and non-judgmental to improve your quality of life. We will embrace your mental, emotional, physical, spiritual, and cultural qualities.

We will use psychodynamic, mindfulness, dialectical, and cognitive behavioral techniques to customize your therapy based on who you are and what you want to get from our time together.

I respect and value diversity. In my various clinical positions, I have provided treatment to socioeconomically and culturally diverse individuals and couples with varying sexualities and gender identities.

I received my doctoral degree from the Arizona School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University. I completed an American Psychological Association accredited internship at the VA Hudson Valley Health Care System in New York. I also completed post-doctoral training serving geriatric residents in White Plains and the Bronx, New York. Currently, I am receiving post-doctoral training in psychodynamic psychotherapy at the Rose City Center. I am currently being supervised by Dr. Liz Gustafson while I complete licensing requirements.

 We’d love to talk with you.