Dr. Sue Mandel, Ph.D.

Psychotherapist & Life Coach

Dr. Sue Mandel is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a Ph.D. in Clinical Child Psychology, and is a Certified Professional Life Coach. She has enjoyed a diverse private practice in Los Angeles for 30 years seeing adults, couples, children, and parents.

Her professional background includes supervising interns at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's Preschool and Infant Parenting Service, consulting with schools for over a decade, and developing First Attachments Infant, Child, & Parenting Center for families with children birth through 5 years. She has completed training in Divorce and Civil Conflict Resolution through Dispute Resolution Services, and two-year psychoanalytic psychotherapy from the Southern California Psychoanalytic Institute (currently New Center for Psychoanalysis).

Dr. Sue believes that the most important part of therapy is the relationship, and her style is warm and interactional. Her orientation is relational, as well as focusing on the psychobiology of relationship security, safety, and distress; understanding strategies developed early on to both prevent and alleviate personal pain; and how to "rewire" the brain to to create more intimate, loving relationships and overall happiness in life.  She incorporates mindfulness techniques, guided imagery, and cognitive-behavioral strategies when needed. 

From Dr. Sue:

"As your psychotherapist I am aware of your vulnerability and how hard it is to take the first step and make that call. But when you do, you'll find a warm, compassionate person on the other end who listens and strives to hear what you need. My goal is for us to identify and understand the problems you're struggling with, then work collaboratively to resolve them. We usually don't know what drives us to think, feel, or act in particular ways. But all too frequently, we wind up in great emotional and physical pain and making poor choices that leave us miserable.

I am dedicated to helping you feel more secure, confident and satisfied in the important areas of your life. We'll pull together to loosen the grip of your confusion and frustration, feeling stuck by behaviors and choices that contribute to---and help maintain---chronic self-defeat, lackluster relationships, and overall disappointment with life. Better understanding of early experiences and their powerful influence - discovered in the context of a trustworthy relationship - leads to a better understanding of your current difficulties. This enables you to develop more satisfying relationships, more effective interpersonal skills, and greater flexibility to approach life's challenges.

Right now you may believe that this is "just the way you are", or that your situation is too complicated to even untangle. While this is understandably how you feel, it is not the way it has to be."

Connect with me anytime at 818.905.8568 or email me at drsue@suemandelphd.com