And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
---- Anais Nin
Amanda Avila, LMFT
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, #115580
I'm interested in working with you to help you face your current struggles through developing a greater understanding of yourself, implementing healthy ways of coping, and healing your relationship with your mind, body and soul.
Together we will discover how to quiet the chaos to live a more meaningful and fulfilling life.
16550 Ventura Blvd Suite 318
Encino, California 91436
Tel: (925) 360-3998
I have extensive experience treating anxiety disorders, depression, personality disorders, trauma, attachment disorders, eating disorders and more.
I received my Master's in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA in 2016.
I also currently work as a Primary Therapist at Monte Nido's PHP/IOP Eating Disorder Center of California in Los Angeles. Prior to this, I was a therapist at Monte Nido's residential treatment center in Calabasas, CA.
Since 2014, I've treated Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder, Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder, Orthorexia, compulsive exercise and several co-occuring disorders in multiple levels of care.
I've helped client's of varying severity levels to discover a more harmonious relationship with their body, food and self. I believe in health at every size and am body positive focused. From my own personal and professional experience, I wholeheartedly believe that one can be fully recovered.
I utilize humor, direct communication and empathy to enhance the therapeutic relationship and create a safe environment to talk about challenging topics.
If you have any questions or want more information, feel free to send me a message on the contact page.
Services & Rates
Rates and Fees
Rate per 50 minute session is $125.00
I do not accept insurance at this time, however sliding scale may be available.
If you have out-of-network psychotherapy benefits, I will provide you with a Superbill you can submit to your insurance company for possible reimbursement.
I accept cash, check and all major credit cards as forms of payment.
If you are unable to attend a session, please make sure you cancel at least 24 hours beforehand. Otherwise, you will be charged for the full rate of the session.
Entering therapy can be a vulnerable and frightening experience that requires a fair amount of courage and self compassion. If you decide to take a leap of faith towards healing, I look forward to being by your side.
I provide psychotherapy to individuals, couples and families from an integrative approach, meaning I will integrate techniques from various therapeutic modalities to fit each client's individual needs.
Through my experience within the eating disorder field, I have found that working with a treatment team consisting of a Registered Dietitian, Physician and Psychiatrist is integral to the recovery process. If you already have a multidisciplinary team, with your consent, I will collaborate with them on your case. If you do not have a team, we can work together to develop one to ensure you are receiving the appropriate level of care.
Areas of Expertise
I specialize in treating eating disorders, exercise addiction and co-occuring disorders. I also have experience with anxiety, depressive, mood, personality and behavioral disorders.
I received my training at Monte Nido, a residential eating disorder treatment center for adolescents and adults where our approach to therapy is to be humans first, therapists second while balancing being both nurturing and challenging. We implement evidenced based treatments with humanistic and relational approaches, mindfulness practices and more.
I use techniques and interventions from various approaches such as cognitive behavioral therapy, psychodynamic, humanistic, cognitive processing, mindfulness-based, family systems and dialectical behavioral therapy.
Please use the form on this page to send a message. You may also call or email anytime using the information below.
My private practice office is conveniently located in Encino on Ventura Blvd., next to Katsuya Restaurant, The Veggie Grill, and Which Wich. There is ample street parking on Ventura Blvd and both north and south of Ventura Blvd on Rubio Ave. You may also park in the lot behind the office. While I do not validate parking, The Veggie Grill or Which Wich will validate for one hour.
My office is easily accessible from neighboring cities including Woodland Hills, Tarzana, Sherman Oaks, and Studio City.
16550 Ventura Blvd
Encino, California 91436