I provide supportive, creative, and caring psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and adults – couples, families, individuals. STUDIO ART EXPERIENCE for individuals and groups takes place in my Venice Studio, FOOD FOR THOUGHT cooking therapy classes for groups and individuals takes place in my Venice “greenhouse kitchen”, SOCIAL SKILLS GROUPS and PLAY THERAPY, PARENT GUIDANCE, COUPLES WORK AND INDIVIDUAL PSYCHOTHERAPY are held at my Art Studio/Playroom.
My Venice Offices and Art Studio/Play Therapy Room on Milwood Ave.
Venice, California 90291-3830
I am an experienced Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC), and Clinical Child Psychologist Ph.D. In addition to my basic office-based treatment for adults and children, I offer Art Experience, Social Skills Groups for children from pre-school through adolescence, and adult groups for Art Exploration and “Food for Thought” Cooking Therapy. “Food for Thought” Cooking Therapy is my unique approach to sharing: reconnecting memories, opening inner worlds to patients on the path of self-discovery, and journal writing specific thoughts and feelings during artistic and creative cooking expression.
My approach to children and parent guidance comes from my training as a child development specialist, play therapist with over 50 years of experience as an educator, school principal, teacher, group worker, art teacher, and psychotherapist.
I have been a teacher and curriculum developer, school principal, author and have been in private psychotherapy practice for thirty-five years. My practice is open for referrals.
In addition, I am a member of “Pet Partners” with my 3 Registered Therapy Dogs and utilize them in my practice of psychotherapy. Animal Assisted Therapy is goal-directed and my registered therapy dogs, small Brussels Griffons, are trained to work with specific complex patients. We work as volunteers on the UCLA People Animal Connection Team (PAC), at the UCLA Santa Monica Orthopedic Hospital and Medical Center in Intensive Care Units, Pediatrics, Oncology, Medical/Surgery units, Dialysis, and more. My Therapy Dogs are on the Pet Partners Animal-Assisted Crisis Response Team and at UCLA they are in the NODA Program (No One Dies Alone). We also served at the locked psychiatric unit in the Wadsworth VA Hospital and at UCLA Reagan Resnick Psychiatric Center for children and adolescents, at drop-off adult daycare centers for Alzheimer and Dementia patients, and nationally recognized Pet Partners’ program – “Read With Me” at local schools and libraries around the Greater Los Angeles area. My therapy dogs often work in my private practice to assist and support specific patient needs.
As an adjunct to my primary treatment work, I am offering classes in my Venice home office and Griffgarden Art Studio for Art Studio Experience Therapy (SAGE) and “Food for Thought” Cooking Therapy which involves social skills development, creativity, self-discovery, and group process. I also offer individual work in both areas if that is the client’s specific need. I do specific grief work with patients experiencing pet loss using art media which I call “Pet Memorial Tables” and work with patients who have experienced orthopedic injuries and wish to celebrate their cast as a work of art, using Castoffz-artful recycle Art Therapy.
I also have space in my practice for child, adolescent, and adult/ couples/parenting patients.
I also present programs with my “Pet Partners” Registered Therapy Dogs and members of Paws4Healing Los Angeles Chapter to schools who wish class visits or assemblies to learn more about Animal Assisted Therapy, R.E.A.D. Programs and Pet Assisted Activity Programs. Children enjoy and learn while visiting with my “working dogs.”
This site contains information on my artwork to help promote healing in a creative modality when individuals experience orthopedic injuries and need plaster or fiberglass casts. CASTOFFZ-Artfulrecycle is individualized sculptures I create with client input to uniquely recycle their casts. For more information click on the Castoffz link above.
My website also contains information on my artwork to help patients transition through the grieving process caused by Pet Bereavement; click on the Art Therapy link to view Pet Memorial Tables and now including Pet Memory Pillows.
For more information, call 310-301-9990. You can e-mail me at email@example.com.
You can reach my Office Manager, Allison Gelfond, at 310-301-9992 (firstname.lastname@example.org) for appointments, a phone time to talk with me or to discuss business and financial/bookkeeping concerns. Her office hours are Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from 10 am to 6 pm and you can always leave her a voice mail or email. My Office hours are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 11am to 8 pm.
Dr. Judy Bin-Nun Ph.D., MFT #24814, LPCC #799