Diane Gehart, PhD, LMFT

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Whether you are looking for a therapist because of recent difficulties or challenges that started years ago, you will find that I offer a rare combination of rigorous training with a down-to-earth style to help you achieve your goals. As an established professor and 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. 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.

With over 25 years of experience, I provide effective therapy to individuals, couples, adolescents, children, and families, addressing issues such as depression, anxiety, OCD, child and adult trauma, couples issues, divorce, parenting, child/teen concerns, sexuality, work-related issues, life transitions, eating disorders, personality disorders and grief.
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.

Searching for the right therapist is never easy, and finding a good match can be surprisingly difficult. 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.

Latest Publication

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In Mindfulness for Chocolate Lovers, Dr. Diane Gehart combines wit, wisdom, and a touch of sweetness to help you uncover playful ways to transform any aspect of your life.

An honored and accomplished professor, psychotherapist, author, and chocolate connoisseur, Dr. Gehart identifies 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, she outlines a no-nonsense yet good-humored path to get you where you want to go. She will 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.

Learn More at www.mindfulnessforchocolatelovers.com

Available September 2019
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Clinical Specialties

Mood and Anxiety Disorders
Trauma and PTSD
Couples Counseling and Marriage Therapy, including Premarital Therapy
Divorce Recovery and Remarriage
Family Therapy for ADHD and Child Mood/Behavior Issues
Adolescent Mood and Anxiety Disorders
Professionals in Health, Mental Health, Technology, and Entertainment Industries
Mindfulness as Alternative to Medication
Wellness and Optimal Functioning

Professional Background

Also a professor of counseling and family therapy, I have authored several books, including Mastering Competencies in Family Therapy, Acceptance in Couple, Collaborative Therapy: Relationships and Conversations that Make a Difference (co-editor), and Family Therapy, and Theory and Treatment Planning in Counseling and Psychotherapy. Additionally, I have written numerous professional articles and speak internationally, having given hundreds of workshops to professionals and general audiences. My work has been featured in newspapers, radio shows, and television worldwide. I am on the editorial review boards for several academic journals as well as community service boards related to child sexual abuse. I am an active leader in the field and have served on numerous state and national boards in the field of family therapy. I am an Approved Supervisor and Clinical Fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and a member of the American Counseling Association.

Professionals interested in my publications can learn about them here and at www.masteringcompetencies.com. If you are interested in contacting to speak or mentor, please visit the Professionals page.


My office is in Agoura Hills/Westlake Village, easily accessible to those in Thousand Oaks, Simi, Conejo, and West San Fernando Valley areas. 30101 Agoura Court, Suite 204, Agoura Hills, CA 91301.

If you would like to schedule an appointment, contact me here.

You can also call me at 805.405.8248.

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