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.


At 252 N. Larchmont view directions

Joshua Beckett, MA, MFTi
Supervised by Larry Zucker, LCSW

Lyra Barrera, Psy.D.

We often forget that our first experience of the world is a shared one; that by nature we are relational beings. Which is why therapy can be so powerful. When our experience of pain exceeds our capacity to handle that pain—when we experience trauma—it is through connection with another that healing occurs.

We all contain multitudes, to paraphrase Walt Whitman. That is, there is no one, true self. We are all made of many "selves." Culture, context, and relationship all inform who we are at any given time. We all have different experiences of self. In fact, the self is a moment to moment process of emergence. There is, however, what you might call a "preferred self," the self whose story you are most interested in exploring and nurturing. My aim is to support your preferred experience of self, and help you in living out narratives that support the development and emergence of your preferred self.

I am a graduate of Antioch University, Los Angeles, where I earned my masters degree in clinical psychology, with a specialization in trauma. For the last year I have been counseling adults and teens, survivors of intimate partner & domestic violence, and survivors of sexual assault. I also co-facilitate groups of men who are adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

Yekta Nikou, MA, MFTi
Supervised by Larry Zucker, LCSW

Lyra Barrera, Psy.D.

I seek to invite your unique experiences in life as well as foster a sense of personal empowerment. I'm interested in exploring how we make meaning of our lives in relation to our world, especially examining how external forces such as social influence, familial and cultural histories might influence the stories we tell and come to identify with. With a background in artistic fields, I hold great value in the creative process and I believe in building a relationship of trust and constant respect. My approach is that of an active collaborator in order to better understand and help you move towards your hopes and preferences in life.

As someone who is bicultural and grew up around the world, I find myself very mindful of the powerful dichotomy between forced narratives versus subjective experience. I've worked with children, adolescents, individuals, couples and families, while taking into account how culture, class and gender may influence our felt experience of the world.