Larchmont Associates

At 143 N. Larchmont view directions

Sheila Brittain, MA, MFTi, MA, MFTi
Supervised by Ron Diliberto, LCSW

Lyra Barrera, Psy.D.

I embrace the profession of marriage and Family therapy with a wealth of life experiences that include over 30 years in social services and real estate management. I have been trained in the Trauma Resiliency Model (TRM) and I'm a trained Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) therapist working towards certification. This combined with internships at South Central Training Consortium, and Southern California Counseling Center prepared me to work with individuals, caregivers, and victims of domestic violence. I bring this and maturity into my therapeutic practice.

My role as an agent of change is to create and maintain a safe and trusting environment where individuals can explore a new way of being and existing. We don't get to choose our family of origin, but we do get to choose how we are going to be in our many interactions with others. The investments we make in our lives are reflected in our daily living. Our beliefs, perceptions, and feelings guide us as we live our lives. Allowing individuals to create their own truth through exploration and empowerment can bring understanding and hope as they encounter a new way of living.

I believe change and healing occurs as a result of a collaborative and relational experience. I bring an open, curious mind and a full heart as we make the journey together to a better life.

Congratulations on wanting to improve yours....

Kevin O'Bryan, MA, MFTI
Supervised by Lynne Rosen, LCSW

Lyra Barrera, Psy.D.

My approach to therapy is collaborative. I wholeheartedly believe that you are your own expert on your life. Through therapy, my goal is to help you identify and work through the challenges and obstacles that may be standing in the way of gratifying relationships, a satisfying work life, and living the life you wish to lead. Your problems are not what define you as a person. I am interested in helping you clearly express your strengths, hopes, and values, which may have become lost amidst life's struggles. I do my best to create a safe and supportive environment with warmth, respect, kindness, curiosity, and a little humor.

While I have broad experience working with persons from diverse backgrounds and experiences, my areas of specialty are:
Trauma-informed therapy
Individual/couples/poly with relationship difficulties
Sexuality and sexual dysfunction
LGBTQ+ struggles
Discrimination at work or in personal life
Use of mindfulness and somatic therapy for anxiety, anger, and pain

With prior careers in kinesiology (exercise physiology) and computer science, I was driven by an interest in helping people live out more meaningful lives. Those interests moved me to pursue a career as a therapist and I completed my degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Southern California. While there, I focused my training on postmodern ideas, non-normative sexual expression, and LGBTQ+ affirmative perspectives. During and after my time at USC, I have been working at The Southern California Counseling (SCCC) Center where I have extended my training to include trauma-informed methodologies. I also have led groups in the community for adults and teens dealing with a host of subjects including mindfulness meditation and managing the effects of anger and anxiety.

I am a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, AMFT100462, in Los Angeles under the supervision of Lynne V. Rosen, LCSW19324. Thanks for taking the time to learn more about the way I work. I look forward to learning whether we may be a good fit for working together.

Lauren Malkasian, MA, AMFT
Supervised by Lynne Rosen, LCSW
At 143 N. Larchmont Blvd., 2nd floor, Los Angeles 90004
and 450 S. Marengo Ave. Pasadena, CA 91101

Lyra Barrera, Psy.D.

What are you up against? What are your hopes, dreams and what gets in your way? There are times when we can get caught in an isolating loop of problems which limits our vision, and our story about ourselves gets stuck. Sometimes living in a culture which cements alienation, disconnection, and unrealistic expectations can leave us needing extra emotional support. Other times, we feel called to create new meaning and purpose in our lives. Whatever in your life needs attention, I can help you create the change you are seeking.

I see therapy as a relational and collaborative process where you feel safe, supported and able to look at your life’s challenges. Working together, we will determine your goals, focusing on the present while exploring how you past influences the way you see yourself in the world. We will utilize a blend of mind/body practices to invite an aliveness of thought, calm the nervous system, and reawaken channels to your creativity, spontaneity, and resilience.

I’ve been fortunate to have had prior careers in the creative arts which inform my work as a therapist. This life experience, outside my work as a therapist, gives me a broad understanding of what it feels like to work in a demanding, stressful job, and what it means to make big career changes. As a 50+ woman I have grappled with many of the transitions and life stages that so many of us move through, and I have found that even with seemingly impossible challenges come new opportunities to evolve and to connect with ourselves and the world around us.

My approach is pragmatic, strength-based and non-pathologizing. My style is warm, conversational and direct. My intention is to help you create your preferred life. Let’s start with right now. Let’s pause long enough to invite awareness. Let’s get curious about what matters to you and expand what is possible. The first step is to set up a free 15-minute phone consultation so that I can answer any questions you may have and see if we’re a good fit.

I work with both adolescents and adults. My areas of emphasis include:

Unexpected life events,transitions, and identity issues
Work related stress, procrastination, and career flux
Intimate relationship challenges, including disconnection and conflict
Family strife and parenting
Loss and Grief

Member of CA Association for Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)


At 252 N. Larchmont view directions

Estelle Raskin, MA, AMFT
Supervised by Larry Zucker, LCSW

Lyra Barrera, Psy.D.

Therapy can seem like an esoteric phenomenon in juxtaposition to different cultural mores, family practices, religious beliefs and world-views. I like to think of it as a purposeful conversation between two or more people intended to tell untold stories that carry with them values and possibilities that honor and give meaning to the unique perspectives of the story-tellers and their lives. I see this dialogue as a creative process perhaps because of my own background in the arts and the world of entertainment, and my deep respect for the creative journey.

I approach therapeutic conversations with the understanding that people are not synonymous with the problems that are negatively impacting their lives. Therapy, therefore, is an opportunity to collaboratively become acquainted with the problems that haunt us. In doing so, we open the possibility to be reacquainted with our sui generis, allowing the clarification of values to inform our intentions and reinvigorate the desire to create change.

I received my B.A in Art History from The Ohio State University, and my M.A. from Phillips Graduate University in August, 2016. I have worked with elementary school kids in the LAUSD school districts, seen clients individually as well as in groups in both inpatient and outpatient settings, and currently see clients at the Miracle Mile Community Practice where I also attend weekly training in narrative therapy.