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Theodora Blanchfield

Associate Marriage & Family Therapist #133602   

 "Meanings are not determined by situations. We determine ourselves by the meanings we ascribe to situations.”

– Alfred Adler

Light-hearted. Direct. Soft. Relatable

A Bit About Theodora

Supervised by Ektha Aggarwal, LCSW

As a bereavement and depression specialist, the compounded grief I have endured as an adoptee and losing my adoptive mother to cancer, have helped me redefine my purpose  to hold space for you. If you are looking for someone to understand you in your feelings of isolation, you are not alone; I am your ally. 

 

As a marathon runner and a ketamine assisted psychotherapist, I believe endurance running contains many life lessons. We have to pace ourselves, conserve our energy, and fuel ourselves properly to get us through the times that feel good and the times that feel not-so-good. And yet, sometimes that still might not feel like enough, and we hit a wall, but we get through it anyway. (Because of this background, as a therapist in Los Angeles, I also wholeheartedly believe in the power of movement for your mental  health.)
 

You think 60,000 thoughts a day—don’t some of those deserve to be kinder to yourself? 

 

Many of you have a ticker tape of negative thoughts running through our brain, which can be difficult to live with. This part of the brain is responsible for the inner monologue that never keeps quiet,  called the default mode network.  Over time, these negative loops can become engraved in your brain and show up as depression or anxiety, which is why it can feel so hard for you to change. The thing I find beautiful about ketamine for healing is that it is known to regulate this area of the brain, making it easier for you to change and experience happiness.

A Message To My Clients

I know that the next step you’ll take after this—reaching out—can be one of the hardest steps. Admitting you are having a hard time is something that not many  people have courage to dot. However, I’m here to make this a soft landing for you. I have been through the dark nights of the soul, too, and I’m here to turn around and shine the light for you until you can see, too. Itis such a gift that you are considering sharing your story with me. 

 

You may not have felt safe sharing your emotions and your whole self in the past, but I am here to create a space for you where that is celebrated. Together, we’ll help you rewrite the story you’ve been telling yourself—or you’ve been told—about who you are so that it fits who you are today, or who you want to be. To set up a consultation, contact me via email or phone call. We are in this TOGETHER.

Specializations                                  Approach             

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  • Grief & Bereavement

  • Adoption

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Body Image

  • Women's Issues 

  • Caretaker Fatigue

  • Childhood Trauma

  • Sexual Assault

  • Chronic Pain & Illness

  • Cancer Impact

  • Mind-Body Connection

  • Sports Therapy & Mindset

  • Life Transitions

  • Parent - Child Relations

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  • Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy

  • Humanistic Therapy

  • Psychodynamic Therapy

  • Fitness & Movement Therapy

  • Walking Therapy

  • DBT -Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

  • Family Systems Therapy

  • Self-Compassion Therapy

  • Mindfulness Based Therapy

  • Culturally Sensitive Therapy

  • Narrative Therapy

  • CBT - Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

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