Anxiety

Beach Cities Psychotherapy
Serving the South Bay Communities of Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach, El Segundo, Torrance, Palos Verdes and surrounding Beach Cities.

We will get in the trenches with you and help you get to the root. We are not nodding-head therapists.

Anxiety can be exhausting.  Therapy can be a game-changer.

 At Beach Cities Psychotherapy, we understand how exhausting and painful anxiety can be.  When it undermines your relationships, your work, your goals, or even your general sense of well-being, it’s time to do something about it.

 Our therapists want to understand what your experience of anxiety is like and help you find the tools that will make it manageable for you.  While most people experience anxiety at some point in their lives, everybody’s experience of anxiety and journey through it is unique

We do not offer a one-size-fits-all approach.  We offer a collaborative approach– we will help you feel empowered to take control of your anxiety by exploring it with you, and finding the tools and approach that resonates specifically for you. 

Our approach is flexible and responsive, adapting to your circumstances and goals. Together, we work towards discovering a path that leads you to greater calm and confidence. 

Our therapists will help you shift the story of your anxiety.

If you can identify with the following experiences, therapy may help.

Racing thoughts that feel overwhelming and tend to spiral in a direction that derails you. Creating stories in your head about what's going on that feel overwhelming.

Fearing judgment or mistakes, which heightens stress and limits engagement. Feeling overwhelmed by expectations, leading to self-doubt and anxiety.

Physical symptoms of anxiety including increased heart rate, feeling out of breath, muscle tension, headache, stomach ache or digestive issues.

Feeling pressured to prove yourself, overshadowing achievements and feeling inadequate or destined to fail even when others see you succeed.

Having difficulty putting down work or school and being able to enjoy activities with friends or families. Avoiding activities or friendships as a result of anxiety.

Having trouble connecting with colleagues, friends, or family increasing feelings of isolation and anxiety. Reaching for substances or behaviors including alcohol, marijuana, or screen scrolling to numb-out or escape.

Managing anxiety can be overwhelming. At Beach Cities Psychotherapy, we assist you in finding calm and building resilience.

Why Beach Cities Psychotherapy?

Are you looking for a therapist who lights pretty candles, smiles and nods while you talk about the same problems week after week? 

If you are, that’s not us.

At Beach Cities Psychotherapy, we ask the challenging questions and get in the trenches with you. Sometimes trauma, anxiety, depression, relationship struggles, or identity issues get in our way. 

You may feel empty, broken or even worthless when other people may think you have it all.  We help you make the shifts you need to live the life you want and feel able to appreciate it.

Our goal at Beach Cities Psychotherapy is to cultivate change and healing by asking you the hard questions, addressing the areas where you are stuck, and confronting pain with treatment and healing.

We are direct, hands-on and we value humor above candles. Our therapists are not scared of your pain, your fear, your struggles.

We will delve beneath the surface when you are ready.

We value your mental health, your time and your resources too much to talk about the same problems in the same ways that you always have.  

Often people come to Beach Cities Psychotherapy when they feel like other therapists have skimmed the surface and they need more.

We want to help you heal and find the clarity you need in your life.  

Meet Your Therapists:

Shannon Meena, ACSW

For people struggling with ruminating thoughts or who feel trapped by their anxiety, Shannon Meena is a lifeline. Shannon’s CBT skill set gives her the ability to offer tools to transform anxiety and her empathic approach and ability to connect to clients is her superpower.

Shannon creates a safe space where clients can explore their feelings, learn effective communication skills, and strengthen their self-esteem.

In addition to working with anxiety and life transitions, Shannon is also experienced working with depression and has training TF-CBT to help teens and pre-teens with issues relating to trauma. She works with adults and also has a unique ability to connect with pre-teens and teenagers.

Read her full bio here.

Gabby Nahle, AMFT

For individuals grappling with career transitions, relationship challenges, or self-esteem issues, Gabby Nahle is a beacon of support. Gabby’s expertise in psychodynamic theories, attachment theory, and CBT equips her to provide tailored interventions that open the door to personal growth and healing. Her empathic approach allows her to build meaningful connections with her clients.

Gabby fosters an environment of trust and openness, empowering clients to explore their emotions, develop effective communication skills, and build their self-worth.

Read her full bio here.

We Offer Walk and Talk Therapy

Our location offers us a unique opportunity to bring clients to the beach in Hermosa for sessions by the ocean when clients request it. 

Walking during therapy creates an alternating rhythm of our steps on the pavement and stimulates alternating sides of our brain which facilitates processing.

Fresh air and nature are also helpful to healing.  Moving when we feel stuck can also help us to move through life’s obstacles and create a tangible, very real momentum that is both literal and metaphorical.

While our therapists also work with clients in the office, Walk & Talk sessions are beneficial for clients who don’t want to sit on a sofa for an hour. It’s okay to alternate between Walk and Talk sessions and in-office sessions.

Our therapists understand that not every day feels like a good day for a walk.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which payment methods are accepted?

Payments can be made with cash, check, credit card, or Zelle.

What is the cost of psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy fees vary depending on which therapist you select to work with as well as which service you are seeking. Feel free to contact us to discuss the exact fee.

Are psychotherapy fees covered by health insurance?

We are not in-network with any insurance companies.  If you have a PPO plan or a plan with out-of-network benefits, your insurance company may reimburse you for services.  This means that you will be responsible to pay for our services up-front and then we provide you with forms to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.

You can check your specific mental health benefits with your health insurance and ask the following questions:

  • Do I have benefits for outpatient psychotherapy services with an out-of-network provider?
  • Do I have a deductible and has it been met? If my deductible has not been met, what deductible needs to be met for insurance to reimburse?
  • What will insurance reimburse after that deductible has been met and what do I need to do or provide in order to get reimbursed?
  • How many psychotherapy sessions will be covered per year?

We Make Getting Started Easy

Step 1. Reach Out

Step 2. Schedule Your First Session

Step 3. Feel Like You Again