Experienced, Professional & Personal Care

A Wealth of Experience

Chris Lawver is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over fifteen years of clinical experience in private practice and community mental health. A graduate of Antioch University with an MA in Clinical Psychology, Lawver currently practices psychotherapy in West Hollywood, specializing in substance abuse and addiction recovery, codependency and relationship evaluation, and self-empowerment. In 2010, Lawver received a certificate of Psychoanalysis from the Los Angeles Institute in Brentwood, adding insight-oriented therapy to an already impressive skill set. In 2011, Lawver divided his time between the Charles Drew University of Medicine and Sciences and the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian community services Jeffrey Goodman Special Care Clinic, training to work in HIV services. Lawver continued to expand his expertise with extensive work in community mental health, practicing Cognitive and Dialectical Therapy with the severe and persistent mentally ill and dual diagnosis.

A Unique Therapeutic Approach

Over the years, Chris Lawver has developed an individual and unique therapeutic approach, combining his extensive expertise in psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, and community mental health, with spiritual principles of oneness and harmony. This tested and re-tested approach has helped Lawver guide dozens of patients out of angst and depression, through darkness to light, from addiction to sobriety, toward peak self-confidence and onward. Lawver’s therapeutic approach includes a methodical and personal means of connecting, a tactic that promotes high levels of trust and openness. Once a certain level of trust has been developed, Lawver collaborates with his patients to ‘bring the light forward’, a process of releasing negative energy and awaking the positivity within. Lawver’s main focus is on creating a true and deep connection with his patients. This connection increases the likelihood of behavior modification, fulfillment, and personal breakthrough. When the proper levels of trust are in place and a strong connection has been developed, Lawver is able to guide patients toward self-awareness, to finally see not only who they really are, but who they can become.

Breaking Through Barriers

Psychotherapy is an interactive treatment, and a proven means to dealing with difficult life stressors. Bad partnerships or marriages, failed dating experiences, or the aftermath of a lover’s betrayal, are just a few life stressors that a therapist can guide you through. Therapists can specialize in subcategories of psychology and therapy, specific treatment methods, or in areas of the stressor, such as divorce or addiction. Chris Lawver has assisted a variety of patients break through a variety of barriers. If you’re experiencing pain from dealing with any of the following issues, Chris Lawver can guide you toward freedom and recovery.

  • Relationship Difficulties
  • Co-Dependency
  • Addiction, Substance Abuse and Recovery
  • Depression
  • Anxiety and Panic Attacks
  • Trauma, Including PTSD and Abuse
  • Self-Esteem Issues
  • Life Transitions, Career Changes and Stress

About Chris Lawver. MFT

Chris Lawver is an accomplished, resourceful and high-energy professional with over fifteen years of clinical experience in private practice and community organizations. He calls his website My Free Self because freeing people from addiction and unhealthy relationships and returning them to an empowered sense of self-esteem is his particular specialty.

He is a graduate of the University of Southern California, with a BA in Communication (1993), and Antioch University with an MA in Clinical Psychology (1999). In 2010, he received a Certficate in Psychoanalysis from the Los Angeles Institute for Psychoanalytic Studies in Brentwood. He has been trained to work in HIV services at the Charles Drew University of Medicine and Sciences, and the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian community services, Jeffery Goodman Special Care Clinic. He has worked with severe and persistent mentally ill populations and dual diagnosis. He is trained in CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy).

He is a licensed Marriage Family Therapist in the state of California (Lic. # 40090).

Areas of Specialization

Early Recovery
Early recovery patients may be burnt out from drinking too much, or partying too often. Life may seem trivial, or pointless, as patients often feel lost, confused, or simply unsure of their next move. Early Recovery patients might visit the same club night after night, with their same old friends, and may have that same old feeling of hopelessness that’s dragging them down. Alcohol and drugs usually play a large role in Early Recovery. The main purpose of Early recovery is to reduce the need for intervention or intense rehabilitation down the road. Early recovery is a method of helping an alcoholic or addict before their issue becomes so troublesome that a humanitarian response alone will not suffice. Chris Lawver holds an expertise in Early Recovery and he’s helped dozens of patients in preventing their problems from reaching that detrimental level.

Relationship Difficulties
Relationships can be beautiful life-changing experiences, and they can just as easily be the root of immense pain and suffering. Chris Lawver has helped dozens of patients free themselves from troubled, toxic, addictive or unhealthy and co-dependent relationships with lovers, partners, spouses, children, parents and co-workers. Lawver assists his patients by building a level of trust and connection in order to gain personal insight and perspective. He uses a specific treatment plan to lead his patients away from emotionally abusive and toxic significant others and toward self confidence, self worth, and increased self-esteem.

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