I'm Dr. Sue Mandel, and welcome to my site

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I am a Psychologist, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and Professional Certified Life Coach with a private practice in Los Angeles. For over 30 years I've been seeing individuals, parents, children, and couples, helping them to resolve the issues that kept them stuck in their lives. 

We all want rich and satisfying lives, a strong and loving primary partner, fulfilling work, time and energy for recreation, hopefully some goofiness and play. Maybe you had parts of that picture at one time, or never had it at all. The point is that you want it now, and that you're thinking about taking the important step of enlisting the right person to help you achieve those goals.  

How would you answer these questions?

Do you feel overwhelmed by stress and daily demands?
Are you getting lost in the shuffle with no time to breathe?
Do you strive for perfection, constantly worried that "it's never enough" or that you're not enough?
Do you feel anxious, depressed, emotionally dysregulated, or disconnected from yourself or others?
Are your relationships suffering?

Trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy, I have incorporated a strong relational and attachment-oriented approach, which helps us understand how your adult patterns of relating reflect your earliest relationship interactions and experiences. Emotional dysregulation, disconnection from yourself and others, and feeling overwhelmed by stress  Because of neuroplasticity - the brain's natural ability to change and grow - you can make changes in your life and relationships that really matter to you. My work also includes mindfulness and self-compassion practices, and cognitive-behavioral strategies. 

You've probably tried many things on your own with varying degrees of success, but if you've reached the moment when you're done going it alone let's chat.

Click here to read Dr. Sue Mandel's bio and specialties. 


About Dr. Sue

Dr. Sue Mandel is a Los Angeles-based licensed marriage and family therapist with a Ph.D. in clinical child psychology. Dr. Sue has a relational and psychobiological approach to therapy, utilizing concepts from developmental psychology, mindfulness, and attachment theory.


Dr. Sue believes in education along with therapy so that her clients can become more empowered in their own therapy process.

Dr. Sue has a relational and psychobiological approach to therapy, utilizing concepts from early development, insight therapy, mindfulness, and attachment theory. Her goal is to help her clients make sense of their lives, and move past the barriers that have blocked them from having a happier, more fulfilling life.


Dr. Sue Mandel offers a wide range of therapy services from her Encino, CA office. Specialties include individual adult psychotherapy, singles 40 and over pursuing successful romantic relationships, and psychotherapy for children up to 10 years of age.


Individual adult psychotherapy

Psychotherapy / Date Coaching for single women over 40 (these are two separate types of work, and we'd decide which was best for you) 

Psychotherapy for children and young adults

Parenting guidance for parents of infants through adolescents to ensure that their children develop a healthy sense of self, interpersonal skills, self-regulation, and attachment security


Recommended reading and resources from Los Angeles-based psychotherapist Sue Mandel, Ph.D.





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