My Specialties & Services
Stefanie Funke, LMFT in West Los Angeles
My Approach & Values
I am a certified gestalt therapist. Gestalt therapy is an approach that promotes self-awareness—of what you are doing, how you are doing it, and how you can change yourself, and at the same time, to learn to accept and value yourself. The emphasis is on what is being done, thought, and felt in the moment, rather than on what was, might be, could be, or should be. Increased awareness leads to acceptance (self and otherwise) and actions more reflective of one’s values and desires.
I Work With Individuals, Couples, Families, & Provide Consultation
Feeling sad, stressed, confused, generally unhappy with life? I work with teens and adults to address problematic feelings, with the idea of helping people gain the life they want.
Communication problems are a common complaint with couples. I help couples learn to communicate with each other more effectively, leading to more satisfying relationships.
Family dynamics can be complex and confusing. I work with families to help improve communication and strengthen connections.
I provide gestalt-therapy-based supervision and consultation to pre-licensed and licensed therapists.
Job Loss or Change
Professional uncertainty can bring depression and anxiety in its wake. I can help. Together, we will explore your history, ambitions, preferences, and opportunities to help create a satisfying professional life.
Do you think about hurting yourself? Do you think about killing yourself. Psychotherapy can help. Talking about what is causing you to feel so bad helps. If you are having harmful thoughts, please get help—from me or from someone else.
Someone to Talk To
Feeling anxious? Stress having a disadvantageous effect on your life? Psychotherapy can help. We will talk about what is causing you stress and anxiety. We will explore alternatives and possibilities, in hopes of relieving your stress and anxiety.
Feeling low? Sleeping less or more than usual? Noticing changes in eating habits? Losing interest in once pleasurable activities? I can help. We will explore your current reality and the life you would like to live.
Isolation & Loneliness
A strong social support system can be an essential part of a healthy, fulfilling life. Are you missing that? Psychotherapy can help. We will discuss what is holding you back from increased social contact and explore your options for making a change.
Someone to Talk To
Need someone to talk to? I can help. I will be on your side. We will discuss what is going on in your current life and explore options, preferences, values, and more.
Irregular Sleep Cycles
Trouble falling asleep? Or staying asleep? Psychotherapy can help. We will look at what is keeping you awake. Together, we will improve your sleep hygiene and promote healthier sleep cycles.
Having trouble getting along with certain people? Experiencing conflict in important relationships? I can help. We will explore the conflict, looking for what contributes to the conflict and for alternatives.
As an above-the-knee amputee, I have personal experience with a physical disability. Are you dealing with disability? Psychotherapy can help. We can talk about the struggles and the alternatives, working together to create the life you want.
Family Member Conflict
Family dynamics can be complicated. Family members do not always get along. Psychotherapy can help. I can meet with your family or with you alone, exploring the conflict and looking for alternatives.
Is rage a common experience for you? Do feelings and expressions of anger harm your relationships? We can talk about anger—it’s triggers and expressions—and together develop alternate ways of dealing with the experience
Grief is a common, healthy response to the loss of a loved one. Sometimes, though, it can seem that no one understands how you feel. Psychotherapy can help. We can talk about the feelings that come up and help you deal with living without the one you lost.
Getting Started is Easy
We talk about what brings you to therapy.
We will work to find a time that works for us both.
We will meet and discuss what brings you to therapy and how I can help.
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