Dr. Ryan Janis, Psychologist & Supervisor
Frankly, I think beginning psychotherapy takes guts. It takes a willingness to look at oneself and often ponder difficult questions. So, if you’re considering setting-up a first appointment with one of our therapists, congratulations. I’ve chosen the best clinicians I could find to work at DMW, all of whom have a solid foundation in psychodynamic theory. I believe their compassion combined with their advanced skill level makes each of them an excellent choice when considering starting psychotherapy. As for me personally, I’ve been working in the mental health field since 2001, and I started my private practice in Beverly Hills as a licensed psychologist in 2009. If you have any general questions about DMW, please feel free to contact me directly.
Dr. Lindsay Kramer, Psychologist
Whenever someone asks me why I chose to be a therapist, I always respond, “It chose me.” From a very young age, I was fascinated with feelings—for instance, why did I cry when I was overjoyed? As I completed my way through six years of graduate education in psychology, I became curious about other things—avoidance of feelings, motivation behind behaviors, and the complications of relationships. My clinical training and my own personal journey into therapy taught me about needs, vulnerabilities, and fears. My goal as a therapist is to help others identify and accept these needs and fears in a safe and nonjudgmental environment. I received my doctorate degree in psychology, and I am highly trained in the areas of relationship difficulties, identity issues, attachment, adoption, eating disorders, anxiety, and depression.
Dr. Dylan Ramos, Psychologist
I believe that relationships, with others and with oneself, are essential to living a rewarding and enjoyable life. Healthy relationships and deep self-knowledge can be the remedy to our distress and the key to our healing. My approach is collaborative— I do not expect you to enter my office and “fix” yourself, but rather to work alongside me to cultivate insight, deepen relationships, and develop a stronger sense of self. Often we walk through life being merely existing—my goal is to help you thrive. I am confident that my diverse experience and training can aid you in overcoming any obstacle so that you can live a well-balanced and joyful life.
Jessie Comstock, M.A.
I am originally from the East Coast, and I also spent a number of years in Colorado before migrating to Southern California. Prior to becoming a therapist, I worked in high pressure corporate environments, and I understand the stress it often creates in our lives. As a therapist, my motivation comes from a strong desire to help others with support and creative solutions to the ever-changing ebb and flow of life. My approach centers around treating “the whole person”, and I work collaboratively with clients to help them understand and address the core issues underlying their distress to improve the overall quality of their lives. My integrative process focuses on empathy and humility while working on uncovering experiences, beliefs & patterns contributing to a client’s distress, and also incorporating proactive changes.
Jillian Greene, M.A.
Psychotherapy is about connections with ourselves and with others. Life can be stressful, painful and challenging for all of us, but it is also filled with opportunities for relief, healing and growth. I believe that sometimes we all need help and it takes courage to ask for it. My goal is to help you discover your own resources and process unhelpful patterns of behavior so that you can heal from trauma and create the relationships you want. I have extensive experience working with trauma, anxiety, depression, addiction and relationship issues.
Nicole Hendrickson, M.A.
I have learned that therapy provides a sacred space for one to explore one’s life experiences in a way that fosters a greater understanding of self and healing. I recognize how big a step it is for many people to seek therapy, and value the opportunity to be a part of the process. My educational and professional background allow me to have a unique understanding of how a person’s mental health has the potential to impact virtually all areas of their life. Having experienced the therapeutic process personally, I know how significant it is to witness your own growth and to gain an understanding of your life experiences.
Dr. Michelle Farivar
I believe that each person has an inborn “lifeforce” that naturally guides us towards wellness and vitality; it’s the inner wisdom, intuition and passion, the push that sends us towards “the answer”. Unfortunately, some hurtful experiences may come to block access to the lifeforce. As a result, we may feel trapped in a ‘deja-vu’-like repetition of unwanted experiences, be they unwanted relationships, a common feeling of depletion, or stubborn behaviors and habits.
Beth Mittet, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Originally from the Midwest, I migrated to Southern California to pursue my love of psychiatry and to indulge in a change of ambiance. I found my passion for psychiatry/psychotherapy while working with our mental health patients as an Emergency RN for nearly a decade. I am fascinated with the neuroscience encapsulated within the realm of psychiatry and enjoy refining & tailoring that treatment to promote optimal wellness and allow individuals to function as the healthiest from of themselves.
Samantha Chaikin, M.A.
I believe that psychotherapy can be a way to gain a better understanding of oneself and provide an individual with insight into their own life. Having awareness surrounding one’s thoughts and feelings can lead to a more fulfilling and mindful existence. I believe that the therapeutic relationship formed with my clients can be in and of itself a healing experience and really a branching off point towards the road of self-discovery. The therapy room is truly a safe space to explore who you are and who you want to become.