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Meet Scott Johnson of Silicon Beach Psychotherapy in Culver City

Today we’d like to introduce you to Scott Johnson.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Scott. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I started my private practice in 2000 in Atwater Village close to where I lived in Silverlake.

When I started getting calls from potential clients on the West side of Los Angeles I decided to have office hours two days a week in Beverly Hills to better accommodate them.

After getting quite busy on the Westside I moved my residence to Culver City and created a 3 office suite out of the top floor of a charming 1920s duplex in downtown Culver City.

Eight years later when the property was taken over we had to move, and in December 2015 I found my current 4 office suite on Jefferson and Inglewood Boulevards where Culver City meets Playa Vista. Silicon Beach Psychotherapy now houses the private practices of 20 mental health clinicians serving the surrounding area.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
The business of psychotherapy seems to have some ebbs and flows depending on the season. I always seem to be busy when I want to be and slower when I need to be. I don’t question it. I like the variety.

When we were forced to move, having to quickly find a new office suite in December when a lot of Los Angelenos are out of town and not answering phone calls was pretty stressful, and the fact that my father-in-law was in hospice care at the same time made it even more difficult, but after the renovation and the move business has only grown steadily and is thriving.

And we’ve really had fun playing with the notion of a beach made of silicon where seawater washes over motherboards and circuitry, so we incorporated those ideas into the decor of the suite.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
Although the clinicians who work out of Silicon Beach Psychotherapy treat a wide variety of issues with clients of all ages, I only work with adults. I see a lot of couples, and sometimes I see members of a family. I work on people’s relationships. They often come to me because something they’re related to isn’t working as well as they’d like, whether it’s their relationship to another person or persons or their relationship to their work or career or even their relationship with their Self.

Other clinicians in the suite work with children, adolescents, teens, adults, families and the LGBTQ community and include issues such as anxiety, depression, trauma, addiction, eating disorders, parenting, anger management, grief & loss, stress management, self-esteem, career and life transitions, entertainment industry fear, and creative blocks.

I also find myself doing an encouraging amount of pre-marital counseling. Some of the most gratifying work I do is help couples do the serious groundwork necessary to build a thriving and sustainable partnership.

What were you like growing up?
I grew up in a family of musicians and as a young adult, I found myself working with and amongst a lot of multidisciplinary artists. The downtown arts scene where I lived in New York City in the 80s fostered some fascinating transformative group experiences, but eventually I wanted to develop toward more singular interactions, and, though I hadn’t planned to delve into psychology as a career, psychotherapy fit like a glove. Every single day I work I feel immense gratitude that I get to do this.

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Christopher Heltai
Kyle London

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