Motti Polityko, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Motti Polityko, LMFT

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I am an existentially-minded, trauma-informed therapist, focused on alleviating and reducing human suffering.

Psychotherapy for peace of mind is my calling. I have experience working in substance and addiction recovery settings, facilitating support groups for cancer patients and their caregivers, and managing crises and stressful events by offering psychological first aid. Most Westerners experience rushed living, lack of acceptance, and anxious or depressed moods, which all inevitably amount to suffering. While pain is a universal experience, with practice, suffering can become optional. Lack of skill, low motivation, and general haggardness in life prevent many from consistent self-care, which can alleviate suffering. My competency in mindfulness practice and my trauma-informed outlook make me uniquely qualified to help.
I work with adolescents and adults on a variety of issues, always keeping in mind that the client knows best what they need to heal. Sometimes, this innate knowledge just needs help being uncovered or discovered. While my work with couples and families usually has an end in sight (8 to 24 sessions), individual work can go on for a long time, depending on the depth the person is willing to go. Reducing suffering to manageable levels is an achievable goal; all you may need is a skillful guide.
My experience with overcoming personal adversity, loss, and trauma makes me singularly attuned to the suffering of others. I have lived in many cultures and diverse environments, which enriched my knowledge and broadened my mind. My personal philosophy is informed by Frankl, Yalom, Covey, and others.

Specialties & Clinical Interests

  • Alcohol Or Drug Use/Addictions
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar & Other Mood Disorders
  • Chronic Illness
  • Chronic Pain
  • Depression
  • Family Conflict
  • Grief & Loss
  • Internet/Social Media Addiction
  • Parenting & Parent-Child Relationships
  • Pre-Marital & Marital Issues
  • Relationships
  • Sex And/Or Pornography Addiction
  • Trauma & Ptsd

Therapy Types

  • Mindfulness
  • Play Therapy & Sandtray
  • Trauma-Informed Therapy

Community Specialties

  • 12-Step Programs
  • Cancer Survivors
  • Single Parents
  • Trauma Survivors

Faith Based Specialties

  • Judaism

Fees & Insurance

Cost per Session
$180.00
Sliding Scale
No
Pay By
Cash, Paypal, Venmo

Licenses & Certifications

Years in Practice
6
License(s)
License #
state
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
111109
California
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
15608
Arizona
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
4198-R
Nevada
Graduate School(s)
Degree
Year Graduated
Antioch University - LA
MA in Clinical Psychology
2016