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 settings. 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 Behavioral and Dialectical Therapy with the severe and persistent mentally ill and dual diagnosis. He's expanded in the recent years, to include modern wisdom, energy work, and consciousness raising approaches.
A Unique Therapeutic Approach
Over the years, Chris Lawver has developed a unique therapeutic approach, combining his extensive expertise in the Art of psychotherapy and it's applied techniques. He has formulating a eclectic interpersonal in interactive style. Informed originally by the traditional psychoanalytic teachings in the writings of; Kohut, Freud, and Melanie Klein, Chris also understands from his community mental health experiences the value of Cognitive Behavioral and Mindfulness therapeutic approaches.
Chris is also informed by "new paradigm" and new age concepts, and draws from the teachings found in A Course in Miracles, the practice Kundalini Yoga, abundance and the movement of energy and increased spiritual consciousness. He leans into the principles of, peace, harmony, grace and freedom.
These time tested approaches have helped Lawver guide dozens of patients out of angst and depression, through darkness to light, from addiction to sobriety, toward peak self-confidence and beyond. Lawver’s therapeutic approach includes a methodical and personal means of connecting, a tactic that promotes trust and openness from the "heart center". Once a certain level of trust has been developed, Lawver collaborates with his patients to ‘bring the light forward’, releasing energetic blocks and awaking the creative flow within. Lawver’s main focus is on creating a true and deep and longer term connection with his patients. This humanistic connection increases the likelihood of behavior modification, fulfillment, and personal breakthroughs and growth. When trust is 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, and to know 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
- Addiction, Substance Abuse and Recovery
- Anxiety and Panic Attacks
- Trauma, Including PTSD and Abuse
- Self-Esteem Issues
- Life Transitions, Career Changes and Stress