FEATURED THERAPIST OF THE MONTH
Carl Shubs, Ph.D.
321 South Beverly Dr., Suite "L"
Beverly Hills, CA 90212-4303
Psychology License: #PSY8912
Marriage and Family Therapy License: #MFC16629
|Psychotherapy Services Offered:
Brief to Long-term Therapy
Adults, Adolescents, Children
Expert Witness Consultation
Critical Incident Stress Debriefing
Corporate & Organizational Consulting
Collaborative Divorce Coaching
Self-Esteem, Insecurity, Empowerment
Addictions (substances & behaviors)
Victims of Violent Crime
Adults Abused/Molested as Children
Grief & Loss
Impact of Aging (Parents & Children)
I have been in private practice since 1981. I have taught, trained, and supervised other mental health professionals. I hold a diplomate from the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress and was Chairman/Co-chair of the Victim Treatment Committee of the Los Angeles County Psychological Association for 10 years. I have earned and maintained the American Psychological Association's Certificate of Proficiency in the Treatment of Alcohol and Other Psychoactive Substance Use Disorders. I have been integrating contemporary psychoanalytic psychotherapy, somatic psychotherapy, and other modalities since 1974. I am a Supervisor and Certified Bioenergetic Therapist. Special study has been concerning gay, lesbian, and bisexual life, growth, development, coming out, being out, relationships, and homophobia. For several years I saw people in medical settings where patients where they were recovering from illnesses including strokes, Alzheimer's disease, Multiple Sclerosis, or various other conditions affecting their mind and their emotions. I served several terms on the Boards of the Los Angeles Society of Clinical Psychologists and the Los Angeles Chapter of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
I have presented at local, state, and international conferences regarding trauma and its treatment. I have also presented on issues concerning gay, lesbian, and bisexual issues. I have had three peer-reviewed articles published in a professional journal, and I have two books in preparation. I have appeared on NBC news and in various other media concerning various issues..
My primary interest in therapy has been in helping people to find and be
their true Self. It's like in the commercial: be all you can be. This means
looking at who you really are, the relationships you are in, and what stops
you from having the life you want. It also means getting help in learning
what isn't working, understanding why it's not working, and changing things
so your life does work for you.
I see therapy as a process of self-discovery: a careful, supportive
exploration of how you act, think, feel, and relate to others today and how
those all have been affected by your life experiences. It is also an
opportunity to grow and develop new and more effective ways of interacting
and communicating in your relationships. In therapy with me you may gain the
awareness that comes from understanding, the freedom from outmoded patterns
of acting and reacting, the strength to tolerate life's pains, and the
capacity to tolerate its pleasures. The result is what I think we all want:
the ability to feel good about yourself, to enjoy yourself, and to have
satisfying relationships with others.
Victims of Violent Crime
If you or a family member have been a victim of violent crime, I give you a
place where you can feel safe and where you can honestly and openly talk
about what happened to you or your family member and how it still effects
you, even when your friends and family don't want to or can't stand to hear
about it any longer. I will help you to understand why you are reacting as
you do, even when you may feel out of control and maybe even a little crazy.
I will also give you ways to work through the psychological and emotional
impact of what happened and to help you get your life back. People often
discover new skills, strengths, and internal resources that either they never
knew they had or that they have only now developed. I also want you to know
that if you or your family member is a victim of violent crime, you may be
eligible for therapy at no cost to you.
While I work with heterosexuals, as most psychologists do, I also work with
many gay, bisexual, or lesbian people, both individually and in couples.
Some people come in because they are questioning their sexual orientation.
You may be in a process of self-examination and self-discovery, and you will
be the one to decide what your sexual orientation and identity is rather than
have me or anyone else tell you what it is. You may be in a process of
coming out, and together we can consider if, when, how, and with whom you
decide to do that. I will be your sounding board, your dis-information
advocate, your guide, and your ally.
Sometimes, though, people come in being very clear and comfortable with
their sexual orientation, whatever that may be. If you are looking for
a safe place where you can be open about who you are, use honest words
like "he" when referring to your male partner, talk candidly about your
sexual practices, and maybe also frankly discuss how HIV has impacted
your life or your relationships, then I'm happy to be able to give that
Addictions (Substances and Behaviors)
People often recognize that they may have difficulty with alcohol or drugs,
though frequently they also need some help to evaluate how great that
difficulty is or isn't and what they might be able to do about it. You
might be asking some of the same questions about some of your behaviors
as well, such as computer or Internet usage, online porn, sexual behaviors
and compulsions, gambling, spending, TV watching, eating, cutting, or
any other thing you do that somehow feels questionable or possibly out
of control in you life, including some of the ways you interact with other
people. Some people even feel like they are addicted to another person,
what sometimes has been referred to as "love addiction." Many
people have found it extremely helpful to begin examining with me how
looking at some of the things in their life from a perspective of addiction
may add understanding and avenues for change and resolution.
My education and my own therapy have taught me that the mind and body are
functionally identical. What you think can affect how you feel, and what you
feel affects how think. So, I work at both levels, with people who are
interested in doing that. In addition to traditional talk therapy, I am also
able to work somatically (with the body) to help you resolve your emotional
problems, discover deeper levels of understanding and resolution, and realize
more of your potential for pleasure and joy in living. In my own life, my
focus on the somatic aspects has enabled me to feel more alive, connected,
and integrated, and I am glad to provide you with an opportunity to find that
for yourself too. For people who aren't interested in the somatic work, I am
happy to stay strictly in a talk-therapy mode.
Articles by Dr. Shubs:
I see my role as an ally, guide, and navigator on your journey. I have made
my own journey of self-exploration, and I see myself as continuously pursuing
that voyage. I can offer support and encouragement when the going is rough,
and I can also share in your pleasures and joy in living. I can help with
identifying and working through obstacles, and I will work with you to
increase your sense of internal harmony, to enhance your ability to relate to
others honestly, openly, and deeply, and to help you feel more productive,
effective, and joyful in everyday living. You set the course, and I'll help
you get there.
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IS MONOGAMY REALISTIC?
MONOGAMY AND NON-MONOGAMY
TREATMENT VIGNETTE: A Victim Of Violent
USING BIOENERGETICS IN DAILY LIFE
BOOK REVIEW - A BRIGHT RED SCREAM
COMMUNITY RESPONSE TO TERROR
FUNCTIONAL AND DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILIES
VIBES, BODY LANGUAGE, AND UNCONSCIOUS
HOW DO I KNOW IF I NEED THERAPY?
PATIENT BILL OF RIGHTS
UNRECOGNIZED AND UNCONSCIOUS EMOTIONAL INJURY OF CHILDHOOD
SELF AWARENESS AND BODY LANGUAGE EXERCISES
TRAUMATIC EVENT OR TRAUMATIC EXPERIENCE: Implications for Understanding Normal Development
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