Experienced, Professional & Personal Care

A Wealth of Experience

Chris Lawver is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over fifteen years of clinical experience in private practice and community mental health settings. A graduate of Antioch University with an MA in Clinical Psychology, Lawver currently practices psychotherapy in West Hollywood, specializing in substance abuse and addiction recovery, codependency and relationship evaluation, and self-empowerment. In 2010, Lawver received a certificate of Psychoanalysis from the Los Angeles Institute in Brentwood, adding insight-oriented therapy to an already impressive skill set. In 2011, Lawver divided his time between the Charles Drew University of Medicine and Sciences and the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian community services Jeffrey Goodman Special Care Clinic, training to work in HIV services. Lawver continued to expand his expertise with extensive work in community mental health, practicing Cognitive Behavioral and Dialectical Therapy with the severe and persistent mentally ill and dual diagnosis. He's expanded in the recent years, to include modern wisdom, energy work, and consciousness raising approaches.

A Unique Therapeutic Approach

Over the years, Chris Lawver has developed a unique therapeutic approach, combining his extensive expertise in the Art of psychotherapy and it's applied techniques. He has formulating a eclectic interpersonal in interactive style. Informed originally by the traditional psychoanalytic teachings in the writings of; Kohut, Freud, and Melanie Klein, Chris also understands from his community mental health experiences the value of Cognitive Behavioral and Mindfulness therapeutic approaches.

Chris is also informed by "new paradigm" and new age concepts, and draws from the teachings found in A Course in Miracles, the practice Kundalini Yoga, abundance and the movement of energy and increased spiritual consciousness. He leans into the principles of, peace, harmony, grace and freedom.

These time tested approaches have helped Lawver guide dozens of patients out of angst and depression, through darkness to light, from addiction to sobriety, toward peak self-confidence and beyond. Lawver’s therapeutic approach includes a methodical and personal means of connecting, a tactic that promotes trust and openness from the "heart center". Once a certain level of trust has been developed, Lawver collaborates with his patients to ‘bring the light forward’, releasing energetic blocks and awaking the creative flow within. Lawver’s main focus is on creating a true and deep and longer term connection with his patients. This humanistic connection increases the likelihood of behavior modification, fulfillment, and personal breakthroughs and growth. When trust is in place and a strong connection has been developed, Lawver is able to guide patients toward self-awareness, to finally see not only who they really are, and to know who they can become.

Breaking Through Barriers

Psychotherapy is an interactive treatment, and a proven means to dealing with difficult life stressors. Bad partnerships or marriages, failed dating experiences, or the aftermath of a lover’s betrayal, are just a few life stressors that a therapist can guide you through. Therapists can specialize in subcategories of psychology and therapy, specific treatment methods, or in areas of the stressor, such as divorce or addiction. Chris Lawver has assisted a variety of patients break through a variety of barriers. If you’re experiencing pain from dealing with any of the following issues, Chris Lawver can guide you toward freedom and recovery.

  • 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

About Chris Lawver. MFT

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).

Areas of Specialization

Relationship Difficulties
Relationships can be beautiful life-changing experiences, and they can just as easily be the root of immense pain and suffering. Chris Lawver has helped dozens of patients free themselves from troubled, toxic, addictive or unhealthy and co-dependent relationships with lovers, partners, spouses, children, parents and co-workers. Lawver assists his patients by building a level of trust and connection in order to gain personal insight and perspective. He uses a specific treatment plan to lead his patients away from emotionally abusive and toxic significant others and toward self confidence, self worth, and increased self-esteem.

Recovering Clients:
Drug and alchohol abuse and dependency, still plays a large role in the cultural fabric of urban communities in Southern California. Learning to reach out for help with these concerns is essential and has no simple "one time" or easy solutions. Beginning a path of recovery towards a more sober way of life is an endeavor and achivement which requires commitment and courage, and strengh. Each individual has different needs and requirements in order to reach succussful outcomes.

If drinking too much or "partying" too often; with the overuse of alcohol, cocaine, crystal meth, hallucinagins, marijuana or heorin is something that has become of concern to you, it's critical that you reach out for help right now. Chris Lawver can help you make some immediate decisons and will help to connect you to the right resources if you are condsidering getting sober for the first time. He is connected professionally to the right treatment centers locally and within the state that can manage these challenges safely, should the need be for treatment outside the standard office setting. Chris will advocate, towards putting a treatment plan for you and your loved ones to start the right path. Very oftern familes and significant others of people who abuse subtances need tremedous support as well. If you or a loved one, is suffering in anyway, let's make a point to begin taking care of yourself around this today. Chris knows exactly what to do, and is ready to take action.

There are many clients who are familar with sobriety and have already had treatment and understand the basic what to do's of a sober lifestyle. If this descibes you, Chris can also support your continued journey towards your longer term goals. Process addictions: such as sexual compulsion, poor personal money habits, spending too much, eating, and gambling often need to be addressed as well to solidify a longer term success with sobriety. Chris can help support your journey wherever you find your self with regards to your path towards healthy life choices that will aid the in healing with regard to any addicive process.

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