Diane R. Gehart, PhD, LMFT

Mental Health Expert


Therapist | Author | Speaker

Dr. Diane Gehart has authored over 10 books translated into numerous languages, coordinates the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at California State University, Northridge, and maintains a private practice in the Los Angeles area.

Her authored works include popular books such as Mindfulness for Chocolate Lovers: A Lighthearted Way to Stress Less and Savor More Each Day and professional titles such as Mastering Competencies in Family Therapy, Collaborative Therapy: Relationships and Conversations that Make a Difference.and Mindfulness and Acceptance in Couple and Family Therapy.

2018 Gehart black print version.jpeg


Mood & Anxiety Disorders

Trauma & PTSD

Couples Counseling & Marriage Therapy (including Premarital Therapy)

Divorce Recovery & Remarriage

Family Therapy for ADHD & Child Mood/Behavior Issues

Adolescent Mood & Anxiety Disorders

Professionals in Health, Mental Health, Technology & Entertainment Industries

Mindfulness as Alternative to Medication

Wellness & Optimal Functioning


Experience + a down-to-earth style

Whether you are looking for a therapist because of recent difficulties or challenges that started years ago, I will help you achieve your goals.

With over 25 years of experience, I provide effective therapy on a variety of issues. I am also am certified through Amen Clinics as a brain health coach, working with clients to develop healthy lifestyles to maintain lifelong brain and overall health without psychiatric medications whenever possible.

As an established author in the field, I am well-versed in the latest research to ensure your problems are resolved as efficiently as possible using the most effective methods available. I am also an award-winning professor of Counseling and Family Therapy at California State University, Northridge.

Searching for the right therapist is never easy, and finding a good match can be surprisingly difficult. If you have had difficulty connecting with past therapists or are concerned that I might act like therapists in the movies, I believe you will find my style refreshingly more relatable.

If you are looking for an experienced therapist who makes the process easy and ensures you achieve measurable and lasting results, feel free to contact me to see if I am a good fit for your needs. Typically, we can figure that out in 10 minutes or less.

for Chocolate Lovers

In my latest book, I combine wit, wisdom, and a touch of sweetness to help you uncover playful ways to transform any aspect of your life.

I offer a recipe of surprisingly efficient and fun ways to increase your daily dose of joy. Drawing on positive psychology, Eastern wisdom, and three decades of psychotherapist know-how, I outline a no-nonsense yet good-humored path to get you where you want to go. I teach you step-by-step how to:

  • Identify the essential elements necessary for life-long happiness and add them to your everyday habits.

  • Develop an unshakable sense of inner joy that sustains you through good times and bad.

  • Engage your most painful experiences to dramatically improve your life for the better.

  • Navigate common pitfalls and challenges, including skillfully handling the most difficult personalities and relationships.

  • Transform how you journey through life—making it a joy ride.