Serving the Long Beach Area for Over 20 Years
Currently, all appointments are via teletherapy
Marla J. Holt, MA, LMFT
In my practice as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I strive to guide and provide support for couples struggling with connection and intimacy issues. By working with the couple and employing Emotionally Focused Therapy, I develop a personalized process and roadmap to help them attain a healthier and more fulfilling relationship.
My philosophy embraces an understanding that all therapeutic work must be adapted and suited to confront the ever-changing demands of today's society. With more than 20 years of experience, I've assisted many adults, adolescents and families find the solutions that are both realistic and manageable. I consider it a privilege to work in joint effort with my clients in order to support and utilize their strengths to safely and compassionately discover a path towards healing and resolution.
"Problems are inevitable ... it's not whether you have problems in your life, but how you handle them that matters most."
Depression / Anxiety
Grief / Loss
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
Individual Therapy and Family Therapy
Personal Growth Issues
Life Transition Issues
Frequently Asked Questions
Is therapy right for me?
Seeking out therapy is an individual choice. Many seek the support of a therapist as they pursue their own personal exploration and growth. Working with a therapist can help provide insight, support, and new strategies for all types of life challenges. Therapy can help address many types of issues including depression, anxiety, conflict, grief, stress management, body-image issues, and general life transitions. Therapy is right for anyone who is interested in getting the most out of their life by taking responsibility, creating greater self-awareness, and working towards change in their lives..
How can therapy help me?
Do you accept insurance? How does insurance work?
What is therapy like?
Every therapy session is unique and caters to each individual and their specific goals. It is standard for therapists to discuss the primary issues and concerns in your life during therapy sessions. It is common to schedule a series of weekly sessions, where each session lasts around fifty minutes. Therapy can be short-term, focusing on a specific issue, or longer-term, addressing more complex issues or ongoing personal growth. There may be times when you are asked to take certain actions outside of the therapy sessions, such as reading a relevant book or keeping records to track certain behaviors. It is important to process what has been discussed and integrate it into your life between sessions. For therapy to be most effective you must be an active participant, both during and between the sessions. People seeking psychotherapy are willing to take responsibility for their actions, work towards self-change and create greater awareness in their lives.
Do I really need therapy? I can usually handle my problems.
Everyone goes through challenging situations in life, and while you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties you've faced, there's nothing wrong with seeking out extra support when you need it. In fact, therapy is for people who have enough self-awareness to realize they need a helping hand, and that is something to be admired. You are taking responsibility by accepting where you're at in life and making a commitment to change the situation by seeking therapy. Therapy provides long-lasting benefits and support, giving you the tools you need to avoid triggers, re-direct damaging patterns, and overcome whatever challenges you face.