Therapy Services

My Philosophy


I offer a comprehensive range of counseling, psychotherapy, and consulting services for individuals, teens, couples, and families using collaborative, outcome-oriented, and strength-based counseling approaches. I work with you to effectively and efficiently address your concerns and help you to find greater fulfillment and meaning in your life and relationships. I have several areas of specialty:

Areas of Speciality

Mood and Anxiety Disorders
I can help you learn how to effectively and efficiently resolve mood and anxiety issues, including depression, bipolar, general anxiety, panic, and OCD. In addition, since these issues have a high rate of relapse (i.e., symptoms returning), I also offer evidence-based treatments for the prevention of relapse.

Trauma and PTSD
Whether in the past or recent, trauma—such as abuse, loss, and violence—can have pervasive effects on a person’s sense of wellbeing as well as personal and professional relationships. I will work with you to resolve trauma symptoms and develop a rich and fulfilling life. Although often a challenging process if the trauma was severe, trauma has a very positive prognosis when treated professionally.

Couples Therapy
Having published widely on the subject and skilled in several approaches, I work with collaboratively with a wide range of couples to improve their communication and preserve their relationships, including those who have experienced infidelity and trauma. In a supportive environment, couples learn to recognize destructive patterns, develop a safe and secure connection, regain a sense of intimacy, and effectively address future challenges. Couples therapy typically has an excellent success rate (70-75%), with couples who seek counseling sooner experiencing better outcomes.

Divorce Recovery and Remarriage
Divorce can be a devastating period, often the most challenging in a person’s life. The divorce process itself can be extremely challenging on multiple levels, with most people benefiting from professional support and guidance to navigate significant conflict, change, and loss. Through divorce therapy, I work with individuals and families to not only heal from the pain but grow from it and move towards a more hopeful future. In particular, I teach parents essentials skills to shield their children from the potential negative effects of divorce. For those wanting to move on, we can explore how to create more fulfilling relationships in the future. Finally, those who remarry with children must navigate the challenges of creating a blended family, which can be a perplexing process with few clear answers. I work with these families to find meaningful ways to build sincere connection and a foundation of trust and respect.

Family Therapy for ADHD and Child Behavioral and Mood Issues
Family therapy is the treatment of choice for many if not most childhood and adolescent issues, including ADHD, behavioral issues, mood disorders, eating disorders, and substance abuse. Family therapy is also very effective for conflict between parents and their adult children or between siblings. Through therapy, parents and children learn how to set healthy boundaries, develop routines and expectations that work for everyone, and increase a sense of emotional connection.

Adolescent Mood and Anxiety Disorders
Adolescence is a challenging time for many teens and their families, and it is a critical time for everyone. The course charted in the teen years significantly defines life possibilities and opportunities down the road. Therapy can be very effective in helping teens to succeed in school, manage their stress effectively, develop positive relationships with parents and peers, avoid risky behaviors, and learn to make good decisions without outside help. Together, I work with adolescents to not only resolve current issues in their lives but also put them on course to avoid potential pitfalls, with the goal of providing them with a positive attitude and coping skills for many years to come.

Professionals and Their Partners and Families
I have extensive experience working professionals in the biotechnology, entertainment, medical, and mental health industries. These work contexts have unique stressors and dynamics that affect not jus the individual but also partners and children.

Mindfulness as Medication Alternative
With a rapidly growing evidence-base, mindfulness is widely recognized as a viable alternative to medication for several disorders, including depression, anxiety, and ADHD. It is also widely used to prevent relapse for substance abuse and eating disorders. I work with individuals ages 6 and older wanting to try mindfulness to avoid psychotropic medications.

Wellness and Optimal Functioning
I also work with individuals and couples to move beyond “okay” to develop an approach to life that optimizes wellness and personal and professional success.

Financial Information and Payment

Payment Options
I will bill PPO plans on your behalf in addition to cash, checks and Visa/MC/Amex, including employer-issued debit cards for healthcare accounts. I can also provide a medical "superbill" for reimbursement from healthcare savings/reimbursement accounts.

Length of Treatment
In 8-12 sessions, most clients find that their chief complaint is resolved or significantly improved. If your situation is relatively straightforward--such as many parenting issues--fewer sessions may be required. Those with severe or chronic issues--such as a high-conflict divorce or multiple traumas--may need more sessions before the situation is fully resolved.

Forms for New Clients

Forms
Please download and complete these three forms for your initial session:

Informed Consent
Client History Form
Symptom Checklist (one for each adult attending therapy)

and for all children
Parents Complete Symptom Checklist for Children 6-17
Children/Adolescents 11-17 Complete Their Own Checklist

You can download this policy for your reference:
HIPPA Privacy Policy
Contact Me
If you are interested in contacting me for psychotherapy or related services, please call me at:

(805) 405-8248

Diane R. Gehart, Ph.D., LMFT
30101 Agoura Court
Suite 204
Agoura Hills, CA 91301


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Fax: 805.371.7471

Diane R. Gehart, Ph.D.

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