Psychotherapy can help you with different kinds of life stressors that you might be facing. If you are suffering in a bad partnership or marriage, or trying to improve your dating experiences, or are living in the aftermath of a relationship betrayal, then talking with a psychotherapist can be a great way to help yourself get back on your feet. You do not have to live in pain, depression, anxiety, stress or sadness any longer. Clients are helped in psychotherapy with a wide variety of challenges, including:

  • Relationship Difficulties
  • Co-Dependency
  • Addiction, Substance Abuse and Recovery
  • Depression
  • Anxiety and Panic Attacks
  • Trauma, Including PTSD and Abuse
  • Self-Esteem Issues
  • Life Transitions, Career Changes and Stress

My practice has helped many people with different, complex life changes. There are two areas that seem to be an ideal area for me, in terms of the kind of clients that work well with me: Early Recovery and Difficult and Challenging Relationships.

Early Recovery: This is the time in your life when you realize you may be burnt out from drinking too much or partying too often. Life feels helpless and hopeless, and yet you still keep going. You might be into going out night after night, to those same old clubs and bars with that same old gang, back and forth from one party to another, feeling lost and just simply not sure what to do. All your friends still do it, so why can't you? Or, that casual online hookup; easy, fun sex that suddenly turned a corner into something more serious with the use of party drugs or amphetamines. You've had enough this time, but you're not sure what to do about it and life feels desperate. If this sounds like you, I can help you talk about this in a safe, confidential and private space and discuss reasonably and sensibly about what to do.

Difficult and Challenging Relationships: Being an adult in today's society can have a number of challenges. My practice helps people set themselves free from troubled, toxic, addictive or unhealthy and co-dependent relationships with significant others - partners, spouses, children, parents and co-workers. I help clients gain the needed insight and perspective, guiding clients with a specific treatment plan on how to become free from emotionally abusive and toxic significant others that are present in your life and learn to move forward, survive with purpose and dignity and reclaim a self of confidence, self worth, and an increased self-esteem.

Above psychological theories, I hold spiritual principals of abundance, peace and wisdom and harmony, close to my heart. I believe in the energy in all things, and in the idea that there is "nothing about you that needs to be fixed." In my office, all clients are treated respectfully from oneness and that there is perfection is the the way you are, in therapy we work together in a collaboration to bring the light forward, and allow the truth of who you really are to come shine once again. I look forward to connecting with you.

If you're ready, freeing yourself is well within reach. For an appointment, I can be reached at (323) 252-0428, or via e-mail at

Chris Lawver is an accomplished, resourceful and high-energy professional with over fifteen years of clinical experience in private practice and community organizations. He calls his website My Free Self because freeing people from addiction and unhealthy relationships and returning them to an empowered sense of self-esteem is his particular specialty.

He is a graduate of the University of Southern California, with a BA in Communication (1993), and Antioch University with an MA in Clinical Psychology (1999). In 2010, he received a Certficate in Psychoanalysis from the Los Angeles Institute for Psychoanalytic Studies in Brentwood. He has been trained to work in HIV services at the Charles Drew University of Medicine and Sciences, and the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian community services, Jeffery Goodman Special Care Clinic. He has worked with severe and persistent mentally ill populations and dual diagnosis. He is trained in CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy).

He is a licensed Marriage Family Therapist in the state of California (Lic. # 40090).