Gary Larkin, Marriage Family Therapist

Gary Larkin, Marriage Family Therapist As a solution-focused, client-centered therapist, my goal is to help you uncover your true potential and lead a life that is worth celebrating.

Fax Number: 866-480-7489 Today you are one step closer to a new you where you feel empowered and on a positive path to growth and well-being. While we can't change difficult situations of the past, we can work together to better understand and resolve challenges in your life. By applying complementary therapy approaches and techniques, we will unearth long-standing behavior patterns or negative pe

Fax Number: 866-480-7489 Today you are one step closer to a new you where you feel empowered and on a positive path to growth and well-being. While we can't change difficult situations of the past, we can work together to better understand and resolve challenges in your life. By applying complementary therapy approaches and techniques, we will unearth long-standing behavior patterns or negative pe

For patients experiencing Treatment-Resistant Depression (TRD), neurofeedback therapy may be the answer. Recent studies ...
06/20/2019
Neurofeedback May Help Treatment-Resistant Depression

For patients experiencing Treatment-Resistant Depression (TRD), neurofeedback therapy may be the answer. Recent studies have shown an improvement in symptoms and recovery after this form of therapy.
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A small pilot study has shown that neurofeedback — where patients concentrate on modifying their own brainwave patterns — has the potential to treat many of the 100 million people worldwide who suffer from Treatment-Resistant Depression (TRD). According to the study, presented at the 2017 Europe...

We offer couples counseling for couples that have issues to resolve and get their relationship back on track. http://bit...
06/12/2019
Services: Adult and Child Therapy - Couples and Family Therapy in Encino, CA | Gary Larkin

We offer couples counseling for couples that have issues to resolve and get their relationship back on track. http://bit.ly/2HFVClC

Encino, CA Adult and Child Therapy. Gary Larkin provides couples and family therapy, addiction counseling, learning and behavior issues, depression treatment, anxiety treatment, autism counseling, and anger management to the following locations: Van Nuys, CA, Studio City, CA, and Sherman Oaks, CA.

At a certain point, it can become clear that your levels of anxiety are more severe than others. When your anxiety start...
06/04/2019
How to Tell the Difference of Having a Disorder or Normal Anxiety

At a certain point, it can become clear that your levels of anxiety are more severe than others. When your anxiety starts to hinder and interfere with your everyday life, it's time to speak to a professional.
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For many people, anxiety becomes a problem. Read information to help you distinguish between what is considered normal and a disorder.

If you're worried that your child might have an anxiety disorder, this article can help you identify any and all symptom...
06/01/2019
Signs and Symptoms of Panic Disorder in Children

If you're worried that your child might have an anxiety disorder, this article can help you identify any and all symptoms your child might be experiencing.
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Children -- even very young children -- are not immune to developing panic disorder or another type of anxiety disorder. Learn about anxiety disorders in children.

Older people have often internalized an idea about their condition and potential that may not be accurate. Getting past ...
05/21/2019
Feeling "Old"? What Do You Mean?

Older people have often internalized an idea about their condition and potential that may not be accurate. Getting past negative preconceptions about oneself can open up a lot of possibilities. http://bit.ly/2RKQsYT

Let's rethink what it means when we use this familiar phrase.

Bereavement is a vulnerable period, especially when it comes unexpectedly. Psychological care is especially important at...
05/18/2019
Sudden Death of Loved One Can Trigger Psychiatric Disorders

Bereavement is a vulnerable period, especially when it comes unexpectedly. Psychological care is especially important at this time. http://bit.ly/2MKDLMJ

The sudden loss of a loved one can trigger a variety of psychiatric disorders in people with no history of mental illness, according to a new study. According to the study from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia's School of Social Work, and Harvard Medical School, the un...

Researchers are learning more about how addiction interacts with the parts of the brain responsible for learning and sel...
05/15/2019
How Drug Addiction Hijacks the Brain

Researchers are learning more about how addiction interacts with the parts of the brain responsible for learning and self-awareness. This demonstrates why holistic therapy models are so helpful for people in recovery. http://bit.ly/2KbDpfO

Drug addiction, spanning from alcohol and marijuana to cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin shows surprisingly similar effects in the addicted brain, according to a new review

The key to ending co-dependency is to build a sense of self-worth. This will allow us to relate to people on more equal ...
05/10/2019
How to Reclaim Your Self-Confidence in Codependent Relationships

The key to ending co-dependency is to build a sense of self-worth. This will allow us to relate to people on more equal footing. http://bit.ly/2Ok2gjD

We get into codependent relationships because we don’t feel good about ourselves — we lack self-esteem and self-confidence. And then our unbalanced relationships deplete our self-esteem and self-confidence further. We can feel trapped in this...

Insufficient sleep often exists in a feedback cycle with problems such as mood disorders and ADHD. If your teen is strug...
05/07/2019
Poor Sleep Tied to Risky Behavior in Teens

Insufficient sleep often exists in a feedback cycle with problems such as mood disorders and ADHD. If your teen is struggling, it may be part of the reason. http://bit.ly/2BY917o

A new study published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics finds an association between sleep duration and personal risk-taking behaviors in high school students. The new findings add to previous research showing that poor sleep in youth can result in learning difficulties, impaired judgment and risk of a...

People with ADHD are prone to boredom and impulsive decisions. If you feel frustrated with your life, maybe it's time fo...
05/01/2019
ADHD and Frequent Changes

People with ADHD are prone to boredom and impulsive decisions. If you feel frustrated with your life, maybe it's time for a new hobby? http://bit.ly/2NpLEG3

If you want insight into how likely someone is to have ADHD, you could ask them about symptoms of inattention and hyperactivity. But a more creative question to ask is how often they experience changes – both big life changes, and smaller day-to-day...

The entire family of a person with autism, ADHD, or a learning disability needs and deserves support. We offer consultin...
04/25/2019
Additional Services: Adult and Child Therapy - Couples and Family Therapy in Encino, CA | Gary Larkin

The entire family of a person with autism, ADHD, or a learning disability needs and deserves support. We offer consulting services to help our patients gain mastery of social skills and access to the resources they need. Learn more on our website and schedule an appointment. https://www.garylarkinmft.com/AdditionalServices.en.html

Encino, CA Adult and Child Therapy. Gary Larkin provides couples and family therapy, addiction counseling, learning and behavior issues, depression treatment, anxiety treatment, autism counseling, and anger management to the following locations: Van Nuys, CA, Studio City, CA, and Sherman Oaks, CA.

Do you struggle with what to say in casual conversations? You may not have clarified to yourself what you want from the ...
04/23/2019
Why Small Talk Causes Anxiety

Do you struggle with what to say in casual conversations? You may not have clarified to yourself what you want from the interaction. http://bit.ly/2sXuaIZ

One of my specialties in my practice is working with people who struggle with various forms of anxiety, including social anxiety. And it’s a consensus that small talk is a thorn in most people’s sides. Small talk is something that has the...

Thought patterns form habits. If you've struggled with addiction, the good news is that it's never too late to build new...
04/15/2019
Addiction and Neuroscience: Old Dogs, New Tricks

Thought patterns form habits. If you've struggled with addiction, the good news is that it's never too late to build new alternative habits of thought. http://bit.ly/2QGwT3L

“You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” This has been accepted knowledge for so long that it’s an actual proverb. People (and dogs, apparently) reach a certain age and their habits are set. They’ll never clear the table after dinner. They’ll...

Do you want to provide a more conducive learning environment to children with ADHD? This article provides some tips for ...
04/05/2019
How to Motivate (Not Demoralize) a Student with ADHD

Do you want to provide a more conducive learning environment to children with ADHD? This article provides some tips for catering to their strengths and giving them opportunities for success. http://bit.ly/2Odsrby

In order to do their best in class, children need to be motivated and encouraged. Too many teachers focus on changing the child — instead, it may be more efficient to change the policies and proced…

People who were affected by addiction growing up often need help developing healthy relationship and emotional skills. W...
04/03/2019
Children of problem drinkers more likely to marry someone with a drinking problem

People who were affected by addiction growing up often need help developing healthy relationship and emotional skills. We can help them build a stronger sense of normalcy and self-worth. http://bit.ly/2SCAKnT

Children of parents who have alcohol use disorder are more likely to get married under the age of 25, less likely to get married later in life, and more likely to marry a person who has alcohol use disorder themselves, according to a new study.

Crying isn't a panacea, but at the right time, it can remove stress hormones and leave a person feeling more hopeful. ht...
03/30/2019
Does Crying Help or Hurt Depression?

Crying isn't a panacea, but at the right time, it can remove stress hormones and leave a person feeling more hopeful. http://bit.ly/2GAvk5w

Tears. I liken them to numinous mist or emotional sign language. "They're considered a release, a psychological tonic, and to many a glimpse of something deeper: the heart's own sign language, emotional perspiration from the well of common humanity," writes Benedict Carey in his New York Times piece...

The siblings of children with special needs also require guidance, and counseling them is also an opportunity to interve...
03/28/2019
Younger Sibs of Kids with Autism or ADHD May Be At Higher Risk

The siblings of children with special needs also require guidance, and counseling them is also an opportunity to intervene early with any issues they may experience. http://bit.ly/2s8TpI3

Emerging research suggests later-born siblings of children with autism spectrum disorder or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder are at elevated risk for both disorders. The University of California, Davis, study suggests that families who already have a child diagnosed with ASD or ADHD may wish...

People who work in addiction counseling are aware that relapses are likelier when someone is hungry, angry, lonely, or t...
03/22/2019
Self-Care and Decision-Making: Knowing When to Take a Step Back

People who work in addiction counseling are aware that relapses are likelier when someone is hungry, angry, lonely, or tired. The same applies to emotionally maladaptive behavior in other situations. http://bit.ly/2OhVoTR

One of the many acronyms in the 12-Step vernacular is H.A.L.T., which stands for Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired. It is used as a cautionary reminder that when one is in any of those modes, they are more likely to relapse or revert to dysfunctional behaviors. Whether you are in active substance abuse m...

Conversations are more productive when you allow the other person time to think and have their say. But to achieve this ...
03/20/2019
How 2 Seconds Can Save Your Relationship

Conversations are more productive when you allow the other person time to think and have their say. But to achieve this dynamic, we have to become more aware of how we interact with people. http://bit.ly/2QpZQAZ

What to do in every conversation, every day.

Paced breathing and conscious muscle relaxation are some techniques you can use to reduce anxiety. Read up on some other...
03/14/2019
How To Lower Anxiety When You Feel Overwhelmed

Paced breathing and conscious muscle relaxation are some techniques you can use to reduce anxiety. Read up on some other simple actions you can take for quick results. http://bit.ly/2DFM09E

In addition to containing many moments of joy, life clearly also involves hassles. Sometimes, in addition to the everyday challenges, we find (or put) ourselves in situations which seem absolutely unbearable, and we’re overwhelmed by powerful feelings...

Jealousy may be driven by a lack of self-confidence. If that's the case, it has to be acknowledged and both partners hav...
03/04/2019
Why Do We Get Jealous in Relationships?

Jealousy may be driven by a lack of self-confidence. If that's the case, it has to be acknowledged and both partners have to aware of each other's sore spots. http://bit.ly/2DtZG8V

Recognizing and embracing your partner's enduring vulnerabilities, as well as your own, will strengthen your relationship.

When people are grieving, their sleep is often disturbed. This can have a number of harmful effects, but therapy has bee...
02/28/2019
Disturbed Sleep in Grieving Spouses Linked to Greater Risk of Heart Disease

When people are grieving, their sleep is often disturbed. This can have a number of harmful effects, but therapy has been shown to improve symptoms. http://bit.ly/2RT1V8U

New research shows that sleep disturbances have a strong negative impact on the immune system of people who have recently lost a spouse. The overactivated immune system of the bereaved triggered by sleep disturbances — and resulting chronic inflammation — may make them more susceptible to heart ...

Planning is good, but it's a skill that needs to be developed in its own right. If you're still struggling, you may be p...
02/26/2019
“I Need a Plan for Using a Planner”

Planning is good, but it's a skill that needs to be developed in its own right. If you're still struggling, you may be planning too rigidly or not enough. http://bit.ly/2GRntAs

You bought a planner to keep track of your life, but now you’re struggling to keep track of your planner! An ADHD coach explains how to avoid the common mistakes that get in the way of succes…

Reproductive hormones and social pressures play a large role in female depression. Learn how to recognize the signs and ...
02/16/2019
Depression in Women

Reproductive hormones and social pressures play a large role in female depression. Learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms and reach out for support. http://bit.ly/2JXL9T3

Depression in Women Signs, Symptoms, and How to Feel BetterDepression can drain you of energy and hope, leaving you feeling empty, sad, and helpless. And, for women, depression is complicated by many factors ۥfrom reproductive hormones and social pressures

People in secure relationships can feel hurt without doubting that their partner loves them. When people feel abandoned,...
02/14/2019
Relational Hurt or Attachment Injury? How to Tell the Difference

People in secure relationships can feel hurt without doubting that their partner loves them. When people feel abandoned, there is a deeper issue at play that needs to be addressed. https://goo.gl/kiyk4b

Hurt in a relationship is inevitable. While couples can generally overcome relational hurts on their own, attachment injuries may require therapeutic work.

A person with autism could offer a lot of valuable skills to an employer, but they need to know how to present themselve...
02/08/2019
Autistic people should be valued for their strengths in the workplace

A person with autism could offer a lot of valuable skills to an employer, but they need to know how to present themselves and how to change their environment to set themselves up for success. Counseling can help people recognize their strengths. http://bit.ly/2DDWgR2

Just 16 percent of adults with autism are in full-time paid employment, and those who do get a job often face discrimination and isolation at work.

Negative feelings lead to poor performance, setting of a feedback loop. If you are a parent who wants to see your childr...
02/06/2019
Want Your Child To Learn Faster? Stop Shaming Them

Negative feelings lead to poor performance, setting of a feedback loop. If you are a parent who wants to see your children do better, changing the feedback loop they're stuck in is the key to success. http://bit.ly/2rF0EaL

  While it is not hard to imagine that higher intelligence predicts higher test scores and better grades – it seems that these results affect – and are affected by – our emotions.   Using annual assessments of emotions and achievement...

Separation anxiety in children is a normal stage of development. When it persists, however, is when it becomes problemat...
01/29/2019
Separation Anxiety and Separation Anxiety Disorder

Separation anxiety in children is a normal stage of development. When it persists, however, is when it becomes problematic. http://bit.ly/2JevJJ0

Separation Anxiety and Separation Anxiety Disorder How to Deal with Separation Anxiety in Children and ToddlersIt's natural for your young child to feel anxious when you say goodbye. Although it can be difficult, separation anxiety is a normal stage of development.

Women often need to put a conscious effort into bolstering their self-esteem. This researcher found some ways of turning...
01/23/2019
Women and Self-Worth: 5 Steps to Improving Self-Esteem

Women often need to put a conscious effort into bolstering their self-esteem. This researcher found some ways of turning healthy self-talk into a habit. http://bit.ly/2oLSQCl

Although anyone can experience self-esteem issues, research suggests women may be especially at risk. Here's how to build your self-worth and feel better.

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