“To free us from the expectations of others, to give us back to ourselves--there lies the great, singular power of self-respect." -- Joan Didion
Change can feel overwhelming; knowing that we need change can also be liberating. Whatever you are feeling at this moment, if you are here you've probably decided that something needs to shift. By simply noticing what is happening in your life and deciding that you'd like to see yourself living differently, you are on your way.
The most important factor in successful therapy is the relationship between client and therapist. The process of therapy is part science and part art. The science of therapy provides us with data that tells us which therapeutic strategies work best for specific problems. For me, knowing the science is crucial; using it, however, is an art.
The art of therapy starts with the cumulative life experiences of the therapist. Life experiential knowledge is crucial in finding a good therapist and should not be discounted when you've decided to begin treatment. A therapist should also be kind, empathic, humorous, direct, open, honest and extremely knowledgeable. A good therapist works in the place where Science and Art collide. This is where I reside when working with clients. This is where therapy can be the most productive and meaningful. We work together, side-by-side, to explore and find insight and awareness. But I will also encourage you to go further. We will work toward tangible, measurable change in your life. I look forward to meeting you in this place and taking the journey of therapy together.
If you’d like to chat for a few minutes to see if we may be a good fit, feel free to call me at 323-627-7020, request an appointment on the tab below, or email me . If, for whatever reason, we decide there may be someone else better suited for your needs, I'll work hard to get you to someone who can best help.
Ray Cochran serves Echo Park, Silverlake, Los Feliz, Atwater and the surrounding areas including Eagle Rock, Glassell Park, Mt. Washington, Downtown LA, Hollywood, West Hollywood, Burbank, Studio City. Areas of focus include Depression, Anxiety, Stress, Self-Esteem, Mental Health, Grief, Loss, Medical Issues, Addiction, Trauma, Work Issues, and Men's Issues. Ray Cochran is LGBT-Affirmative and his practice focuses on both individual therapy and couples therapy. Ray Cochran is an EMDR-trained practitioner.