Today we’d like to introduce you to Seth Menachem.
Seth, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I started in the field as a psychology undergrad at Emory University. I conducted research in England with children and worked on a study regarding their ability to recognize facial emotions. I was also screenwriting on the side, and after getting my BA in Psychology I moved to LA where I acted and wrote for almost two decades. I (mostly) loved the work, but there was a nagging feeling in my gut I could no longer ignore. Since I was about 15, I had imagined having my own private psychotherapy practice and I was letting a negative voice get in the way of me going for it. So I listened to the voice that mattered and got my Masters in Clinical Psychology. From the very first day of graduate school, I felt intellectually stimulated, a sense of purpose, and the knowing feeling that I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing. After years of work with ex-convicts and those who struggled with addiction and co-occurring disorders, I opened my private practice.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
There are always struggles, but they were inconsequential to me as I’ve dealt with things much more difficult than having to work hard. I didn’t view any of this work as a burden. I felt inspired by it, lucky to be doing it, and made every hurdle a learning obstacle which made me a better human and therapist.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about Menachem Psychotherapy Group?
I started the Menachem Psychotherapy Group as my practice had outgrown me. I was at a point where I was unable to see everyone who was seeking out therapy with me. I was volunteering as a supervisor with graduate students who were just beginning to see clients, and I was supervising and training them to be great therapists. I think there are many good therapists, sadly some mediocre ones, and a few great ones. I always strive to be a great therapist and want to train and bring in similarly-minded therapists into my practice. Great therapists think deeply about the work and their relationship to the clients. They lead with empathy and are not afraid to be authentically human in the room. They are smart, theoretically savvy, and they know how to build rapport. They understand the importance of humor, and they understand the importance of silence. They also understand when it’s necessary to challenge clients.
I started training associates and bringing them into my practice so Menachem Psychotherapy Group could be a place where clients knew they would find a great therapist. I also wanted to bring in people who could add to the practice in ways I can’t. While we are psychodynamic at our core, some therapists can offer hypnosis and others DBT skills. We have life coaches and career counselors. We also run psychotherapy process groups. We have sliding scale spots available for those who are in need and offices in Valley Village and Beverly-Fairfax.
Is there a quality that you most attribute to your success?
The secret to my success has been to work really hard, care deeply about the work I do, and be really good at it. I enjoy the work, I feel good about what I’m doing, and I genuinely love and care about the clients I work with in my practice.
- We range from $150-$250 per session, with some sliding scale spots available for those in need.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: https://menachempsychotherapygroup.com/
- Instagram: @menachempsychotherapygroup and @the.life.of.a.therapist
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