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Carol Boulware, Ph.D.
Malcolm Miller, Ph.D.
Alan Solomon, Ph.D.
Margaret L. Stoll, Ph.D.


Psychological Alan Solomon Alan Solomon, Ph.D.
Skypark Building 10
23326 Hawthorne Blvd., Suite 375
Torrance, CA 90505
(310) 539-2772
email: amsphd1@gmail.com
Psychology License: #PSY6183
Psychological Services Offered:
Brief to Longer-term Psychotherapy for Individuals, Couples, Families, Children, Adolescents, and Adults as clients
Consultation with Educators and Therapists Educational Presentations
Specialties:
Anxiety
Depression
Grief
Parenting Issues
Learning, Behavioral, Attention, Social-Emotional problems with children and adolescents
Relationship Issues
Stress Management
Crisis Intervention
Substance Abuse
Abuse – sexual, physical, psychological

Dr. Solomon has 30+ years of experience providing psychological services. He spent five years before that teaching elementary school and English as a second language.  He presents on various topics to professional audiences and to the general public.

Personal Statement
Psychotherapy is a service to help people who are stuck at an important junction in their life path.  This being stuck often manifests as anxiety, depression, relationship struggles, or difficulties with school/work.  Therapy is a custom designed effort for each client to support an individual, couple or family move through an impasse that has blocked their path toward further growth.  As a psychotherapist, it is my commitment to work in partnership with you, the client(s), to assist you in getting unstuck so that your journey can proceed.

This developmental view is relatively clear when it comes to understanding how and where children might get delayed in early life tasks:  eating, sleeping, toilet training, self-control, family relationships, social interaction with peers and adults, and school-related challenges (both academic and more social/emotional).  Adolescents add such potential issues as peer relationships, temptations with alcohol or drugs, identity formation, beginnings of romantic and sexual interests, more intense academic expectations, career questions, and increasing independence from parents or family. Adults may face an impasse in regards to career, relationships of a social or more intimate nature, health, self-regulation, family relationships, and meaning of life questions. The above examples are meant to be illustrative, not exhaustive.

Our first efforts in therapy are to understand where you are stuck, how wide-ranging and long-lasting this impasse is, and what previous efforts you have made to address your difficulties.  As I listen carefully, begin to appreciate your strengths as well as your struggles, and communicate my understanding and interest to you, we begin to build trust, so we can work together to assist you.
For all of my clients, we will develop together an initial treatment plan based upon this understanding, so that we can formulate some goals.  Treatment may range from:

  •  A limited number of sessions to relieve an immediate crisis and help you return to your previous functioning;
  • To brief therapy that is solution oriented, focused on a particular problem, or a limited number of problems;
  • To more extended treatment for difficulties that are more wide-ranging and/or of a longer-lasting nature.

Sometimes more intensive therapy, with sessions more than once a week, is of much benefit.  Exploration of an individual’s history is often very helpful to deepen your understanding of how you reached this impasse in your journey, what makes the impasse particularly difficult to resolve, and how some entirely new perspective or strategies may hold the key to freeing you to move further along.
These approaches are helpful to individuals, couples, or families.  With very young children, a less direct, sometimes play-oriented therapy is needed because children are less able to engage in a direct, verbal approach to their difficulties.  My practice ranges from children of elementary school age to adults in retirement.

In addition to the above services, I am also available for presentations for public and/or professional audiences.  These are offered for little or no fee, as part of my public service commitment.  Consultation with colleagues is a possibility as well, based upon my years of supervising mental health professionals, for help with more challenging treatment issues.

Some insurance companies in recent years returned to a tightly controlled managed care model.  Sessions must be authorized in advance, ostensibly to “provide better care”.  This requires sharing very personal and private information about you, in increasing amounts as therapy proceeds.  Such revelations violate your privacy and confidentiality, in a system in which privacy is not always adequately protected; witness recent breakdowns in security with insurance plans.  Thus, I have suspended my participation on these panels.  Additionally, such plans have not adjusted reimbursement meaningfully for providers in over a decade, some of them in more than two decades now.

I will however, actively help you gain reimbursement that is available under your insurance coverage, without my participating in the program of authorization.  Insurance aside, I try to be flexible with fees as I can, so that financial issues do not determine if someone receives help. 

On a more personal note, I have been a psychologist for several decades (Ph.D. in 1978 and California license in 1979).  I have been married for over 40 years to the same woman, with two adult children who are each completing graduate courses of study that prepares them for professional careers (one in education and one in psychology).  Travel experiences have been a crucial part of my leisure time with my family and friends, I since my own college days.  This has broadened my perspective widely: through much of the U.S., and several trips to Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. One trip to Africa. I lived for two years in Japan where I taught ESL.

Articles by Dr. Solomon:

HOW DOES STRESS IMPACT CHILD DEVELOPMENT?
COUNSELING WITH GENUINE CARING - HOW AVAILABLE IS IT?

A FRESH PERSPECTIVE ABOUT INTROVERTS
GETTING EXTRA HELP IN SCHOOL: A SOMETIMES CHALLEGING TASK
ADDITIONAL SUPPORT TO GET THE EXRA HELP FOR YOUR CHILD IN SCHOOL
TRENDS IN GETTING HELP FOR OLDER STUDENTS
CARING RELATIONSHIPS – A STUDY IN NURTURING
ARE YOU A PSYCHIATRIST, PSYCHOLOGIST, OR….?
RECOVERY FROM SPINAL INJURY IN RAT EXPERIMENT PROMISES HOPE FOR HUMANS
ATTENTION DEFICIT HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER: MYTH OR REALITY
MANAGED HEALTH CARE NEWS
UNDERSTANDING DEPRESSION
PARENTING INFORMATION
RELOCATION STRESS (3 articles)
ATTENTION DEFICIT HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER: A MORE PRECISE DESCRIPTION
PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTING - THE BEGINNING OF HELP FOR MANY CHILDREN
LEARNING DISABILITIES: THE INVISIBLE BUT VERY REAL DISABILITY
PARENT EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT - A MORE EFFECTIVE APPROACH TO PARENTING
ADHD – DO SYMPTOMS REALLY HAVE LONG-TERM EFFECTS?
TREATMENT FOR ADHD WITHOUT MEDICATION
GOING BEYOND ABSTINENCE: DUAL DIAGNOSIS
BEAUTIFUL BOY: A FAMILY’S JOURNEY THROUGH THE TRIALS OF ADDICTION
STRATEGIES FOR SURVIVING INFIDELITY
ONE HELPFUL RESOURCE FOR RECOVERING FROM INFIDELITY


Psychotherapy Margaret L. Stoll Margaret L. Stoll, Ph.D.
1826 S. Elena Ave., Suite C
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
(310) 375-3607
320 Arden Avenue Suite 240
Glendale, CA. 91205
(310) 375-3607
email: margaret.stoll@gmail.com
Psychology License: #PSY7624
Psychotherapy Services Offered:
Brief or Long-term Psychotherapy
Children, Adolescents, and Adults
Individuals, Couples, and Families
Play Therapy
Specialties:
Eating Disorders
Loss and Bereavement
Infertility
Divorce
Parent-Child Problems
Relationships
Trauma
Adult Incest or Abuse Issues
Identity Issues

Dr. Stoll has 17 years of experience providing psychological services. She also provides consultation and supervision to attorneys, clergy, educators, students, and other mental health professionals.

Personal Statement
I am a Clinical Psychologist with private practices in both Glendale and Redondo Beach, California. Receiving my Ph.D. from the California School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles in 1981, with a specialty in Children and Families, I now treat all-aged patients through individual, couples and family psychotherapy. I approach treatment by exploring not only the patient's current situation but also their past. I believe that the way we think, feel and behave in the present is often influence by important experiences and relationships that we have had in the past. We may develop habitual ways of behaving or repetitive patterns of relationships that recreate our earlier ones. These patterns become destructive when we are "programmed" by our past to repeat relationships or situations that are dissatisfying or unsuccessful. Therefore, in therapy I help patients see and understand these patterns and how they may be compromising them in the present. This awareness, combined with learning new ways of thinking and behaving, helps patients develop more effective and satisfying reactions, relationships and life choices.

Believing in an individualized approach to therapy, I develop a treatment plan unique to the needs and circumstances of each person. I recognize the varied objectives patients have for seeking therapy. Some enter therapy in reaction to a crisis or life event, wishing to overcome it, return to their previous level of stability and end the therapy as soon as stability is regained. Others seek what might be labeled an "educational model" of therapy. They may begin with one or more emotional or interpersonal problems, but also desire to grow and increase self-understanding in a deeper way beyond mere symptom reduction. Finally, others seek therapy after tolerating some chronic condition they have been unable to overcome. They may view therapy as a last resort, reluctantly seeking treatment only after admitting they need professional help beyond self, family or friends to achieve relief. I provide psychotherapy from each of these perspectives.

Articles by Dr. Stoll:
COPING WITH OUR ELDERLY PARENTS
LIVING LIFE AUTHENTICALLY
THE VALUE AND SCARCITY OF SOLITUDE
EATING DISORDERS 1
EATING DISORDERS 1
EATING DISORDERS 2
WIDOWHOOD
BACK HOME AGAIN, ADULT CHILDREN LIVING WITH PARENTS
DO YOU HAVE A PERSONALITY DISORDER?

DEFENSE MECHANISMS
MAKING THE SAME MISTAKES

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