Atwater Village Therapy

Caring. Experienced. Objective.


Our diverse team of trained clinicians are all doctoral-level therapists. Each has completed the most extensive graduate training possible in psychological theory, practice, and research. Our treatment model focuses on long-term, in-depth therapy, teaching coping skills and guiding you as you explore who you truly are.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist, PSY29510 Provides individual therapy

Licensed Clinical Psychologist, PSY29510
Provides individual 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 New York-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 from a broad range of racial and cultural backgrounds. I frequently see clients who are in poly/open relationships.

My schedule is full, and I am not currently accepting new clients.

Psychological Assistant, PSB94024235 Provides individual therapy, couples therapy, family therapy, telehealth/video therapy

Psychological Assistant, PSB94024235
Provides individual therapy, couples therapy, family therapy, telehealth/video therapy

Dr. Ryan Witherspoon

Specialties: Depression / Anxiety / Poly/Open Affirmative Therapy / Kink Affirmative Therapy / LGBTQIA Affirmative Therapy / Personality Disorders

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 look forward to seeing what we can discover together.

Psychological Assistant, PSB94024495 Provides individual therapy, couples therapy, group therapy

Psychological Assistant, PSB94024495
Provides individual therapy, couples therapy, group therapy

Dr. Jomana Sweiss

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

I am passionate about helping you move through painful emotional experiences into healthier, healed spaces.

We will create a collaborative therapy that is honest and compassionate. Together, we will embrace your emotional, physical, spiritual, and cultural qualities. Our treatment will include elements of psychodynamic theory, mindfulness, and dialectical and cognitive behavioral techniques (DBT and CBT) to customize therapy to whom you are and what you want to get out of 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 previously worked at a drug treatment center, a community mental health agency, a private practice specializing in serving minority women with trauma histories, a Veteran’s Administration Hospital, and a geriatric mental health program. Through these experiences, I have provided individual, couples, and group therapy for anxiety, depression, PTSD, substance abuse, and chronic pain.

Currently, I am receiving post-doctoral training in psychodynamic psychotherapy at the Rose City Center. I am also being supervised by Dr. Liz Gustafson while I complete California state licensing requirements.

My schedule is currently fully, and I am not accepting new clients for individual or couples therapy. However, please reach out to me if you would like to learn more about the DBT skills group I am running.

We’d love to talk to you.