Psychotherapy in Santa Monica

Integrative Eastern-Western Medicine

Most people assume that health is simply being free from illness or injuries within the body; however, overall health should encompass the body's entire system, including physical health and mental well-being. At Balanced Life Institute, we believe that the body functions as a system, constantly being fed from inside and outside sources. When one portion of the system is off, it may have adverse effects on the rest of the body. Just as it is important to keep your heart strong, your digestive system functioning properly, and your muscles healthy, your mental health and emotional well-being are essential to the proper functioning of your body system. Emotional complications such as relationships with family members and spouses can cause serious damage to your mental health. At Balanced Life Institute, we offer psychotherapy courses with licensed therapists to address these concerns and work toward a healthy life.

Psychotherapy is used to address issues between couples, families, and other personal relationships. The therapy process involves the patients or group and the therapist themselves in an open, accepting and progressive environment. Our licensed and trained therapists will work with you to address concerns related to your family, relationships and marriage. Oftentimes, therapists will work to understand the underlying cause of a complication, the triggers to the unhappiness and plan out a resolution to help you achieve peace. When your relationships are free from negativity, your emotions can be positive. When emotions are positive, your body can begin working as a whole again. Your mental health and emotions are all connected and play an integral role in your overall well-being. It is important to work with Balanced Life Institute to address concerns and integrate psychotherapy into your wellness plan.

Contact Balanced Life Institute today to get started!

Are you ready to move forward with your health? At the Balanced Life Institute, we integrate a multitude of various Eastern and Western practices to help prevent, address, and treat health-related issues. Psychotherapy can be one of many avenues that you pursue in your total body and mind rejuvenation path. If you are experiencing complications in your love life, family or other interpersonal relationship, do not hesitate to contact Balanced Life Institute today. Our team of trained professionals and doctors stands ready to assist you. We are proud to accept most insurance policies and even offer financial payment plans for those who qualify. Contact our team today to get started to your total body-mind transformation!

Join the following on-going support groups

by our licensenced Psycotherapists:



“It is only when we have the courage to face things exactly as they are without any self-deception or illusion, that a light will develop out of events with which the path to success may be recognized.”


Join us for this workshop and support group for those who like to manage issues to revitalize themselves and recreate their lives in a powerful way, as you manage issues related to Loss, Separation, Divorce, or other life changing events, and move toward creating a new chapter in your life. You will learn:

• Self-awareness and emotional support through difficult times.

• Rediscover your ability to recreate a fulfilling life through finding purpose.

• Rediscover joy, inner-serenity and personal power in your life once again.

• Return to equilibrium through self-enhancement and self-actualization.

• Increased relaxation and energy.

  • Restore balance of mind & body.

• Rediscover intimacy and closeness and new ways to connect with others.


The ability to tolerate and accept stress is an essential mental health goal for at least two reasons:

First, pain and distress are a part of life. They cannot be entirely avoided or removed. The inability to accept this immutable fact itself leads to increased pain and suffering.

Second, Distress Tolerance, at least over the short run, is part and parcel of any attempt to change oneself. Otherwise, impulsive actions will interfere with efforts to establish desired changes that include:

  • Reduced stress and anxiety
  • Increased relaxation and energy
  • Enhanced creativity and attention
  • Restored balance of mind & body
  • Improved mental and physical performance


The concept of mindfulness comes from Eastern (Zen) meditation and spiritual practices, as well as some Western ideologies.

Mindfulness means being in the present, being aware of what is happening and what you are doing, observing what is going on, participating fully in what is going on around you.

It is a skill that is practiced and learned throughout Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), little bit by little bit. By learning to live in the present, you can have a life that is more in tune with your feelings and your activities.


A workshop to improve social and communication skills as well as enhancing self-esteem.

  • How do we define ourselves in the way we interact, communicate, and connect with others?
  • How can we become more expressive or become more effective in our expressions?
  • How do we improve our self-image and create more satisfying relationships?

These questions and many more are explored and answered in a supportive and understanding space by using educational and experiential approaches with group facilitators and members working together.



Learn to improve your performance and learning capabilities through mindfulness training.

As students, no matter what we’re studying, it’s guaranteed that at some points during our course, whether undergraduate or postgraduate, we will have to face situations which involves periods of stress and/or anxiety. Like when writing papers, performing on stage, or run up to examinations, and we will need high levels of cognitive control, emotional regulation and self-awareness for successful performance on such situations.

The problem is stress and anxiety actually reduces our aptitude for learning and successful management and completions of these tasks

and challenges and it may also adversely affect our health and well-being as well.

Mindfulness training can provide us with effective tools to help us increase our stress tolerance and, in turn, enhance our learning capacity by remaining calm, sustain our attention and to focus more consistently and appropriately in the face of these demands and improve our psychological and physical well-being as well.

Mindfulness training can offer all students tools that help:

1. Improve overall mental and physical performances.

2. Enhance creativity and focus.

3. Minimize the negative effects of stress.

4. Increase relaxation and energy.

5. Improve coping with low mood/depression and decrease anxiety.

6. Building self-awareness, emotional resilience and self-compassion.


How do we define anger?

How is it when we realize that we have numerous choices in dealing with our angry feelings?

How can we let go of the side effects of anger?

Anger is a natural emotion like any other. It is an instinctual reaction to perception of danger and need for survival. When we have trouble limiting our anger reactions to what is appropriate and constructive, the cost of such instances can greatly affect our lives, relationships, and health.

It is only when we learn the tools and skills that help us to recognize and manage our anger that we can avoid the destructiveness of anger, and we will be able to respond appropriately and constructively and get a favorable outcome.

This workshop provide a reflective space where we will explore the underlying dissatisfaction, incomplete, or unfulfilled self that may lead to anger and we will learn to:

Determine what anger is and how it affects our lives.

• Develop insight and understanding into your anger.

• Recognizing bodily and/or physiological signs of anger.

• Identifying the situations and/or thoughts that are most likely to trigger your anger.

• Learn to recognize trigger thoughts, emotions, and physical experience of anger.

• Learn coping skills such as physical releasing, relaxation, self-care and self-nurturing skills.


1. Learn strong and clear communication for creating greater closeness.

2. How to nurture your relationship and create greater intimacy.

3. Effectively manage hot-button issues and resolve conflicts.

4. Learn practical, simple tools and exercises to confirm, strengthen, or restore your love.

5. Get the keys to proper intimacy and self-disclosure.

6. Learn effective ways to communicate and show your affection for each other.


A workshop to improve social and communication skills as well as enhancing self-esteem.

How do my feelings, thoughts, and behaviors define who I am to myself and to others?

How do I deal with my changing identity and the way I see myself and how others perceive me?

How can I become more confident and more effective in my expressions in relationships?

How do I improve my self-image and create more satisfying relationships?

These questions and many more are explored and answered in a supportive and understanding space by using educational and experiential approaches with group facilitators and members working together.