Although my clients seek therapy for help with their own, personally unique, concerns and dilemmas, at heart they all desire the same thing -- that our work together will lead to greater enjoyment of the gifts life has to offer. As a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with advanced training in contemporary, psychodynamic psychotherapy and psychoanalysis, I help my clients achieve their goals through personal growth and the enhanced capacity for emotional connectedness to both themselves and the other people in their lives. By discovering the patterns of relating they bring into their relationships and exploring the places in which they feel unhappy, stuck or blocked, real emotional growth takes place.
For over 25 years, I have studied, taught and written about the ways our relatedness with ourselves and others shapes, maintains, and transforms our deepest hopes and fears. My approach reflects my belief that we are inherently relational beings who, from our earliest days, find ourselves searching out and responding to others. For better or worse, our sense of who we are, our ways of being in relationships and our beliefs and expectations about the way relationships work are continually shaped through the kind of relational experiences we have. Our relationships have the power to either modify the ways in which we typically enter new relationships, leading to greater gratification, or to reinforce and, sometimes, strengthen our customary and unsatisfying patterns of relating. I strongly believe people are capable of astonishing personal growth that leads to profound changes in their lives.
Experience and Licenses
My 25 years of experience leads me to believe that no one is fated to remain chained to maladaptive or destructive patterns of dealing with themselves and others. Our time together allows my clients to leave behind old, maladaptive relational patterns and develop more effective ones, opening them to living fuller, happier lives.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Psychodynamic psychotherapy for individuals and couples transforms emotional distress into opportunities for emotional growth. Clients develop enhanced skills for communication, decision-making, and interacting with others from a more authentic place. Explore and work through the blocks that inhibit creativity and heightened emotional connections, and develop relational skills for increased satisfaction in all of your relationships.
Licensed Marriage Family Therapist
Couples can develop better communication skills, re-discover the person they fell in love with, work through trauma, grief and loss, increase intimacy and desire.
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
Brief, solution-oriented coaching for lifestyle issues. Identify and make the changes you want in your life.
Intensive contemporary psychoanalysis transforms long-established, deeply entrenched emotional patterns, opening doors to new ways of experiencing, and being in, the world.
Collaborative Divorce Facilitator
Diverse skills enable individuals and couples to survive and work through the divorce process.
Located in West Los Angeles, Dr. Nancy Vanderheide serves the greater Los Angeles area including Beverly Hills, West Los Angeles, Santa Monica, West Hollywood, and Culver City. For more information call 310-859-7849 or email Nancy@Nancyvanderheide.com