Sevan Tahmassian, M.S.
Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #112454
Supervised By Kent Toussaint, M.A. L.M.F.T. #44685
Having lived with chronic and invisible illness, he has learned that chronic illness/pain/condition creates an internal battle between core values and physical capabilities. Consequently, he provides therapy to parents and adolescents with chronic illnesses in an effort to minimize negative psychological impacts and enhance overall quality of life and functioning. His depth of techniques and breadth of experience add other dimensions to clients’ lives. They are equipped to orient meaningful, value-driven lives and stop the distressing experience(s) from controlling their lives. He unquestionably believes that pain is inevitable, but suffering is a choice.
Additionally, he recognizes that adolescence is a stage where children transition to an unknown territory called adulthood, where they find themselves confused and pressured to achieve certain standards in everything from beauty to relationships and social positions. In his work, he has realized that parents often become perplexed and frustrated about their teenagers’ changing behaviors.
His multi-dimensional approach encourages his clients to view the issues through different lenses, to broaden their perspectives, and to navigate how to fit into this world. Through careful listening, nonjudgmental support, empathic understanding, and thoughtful inquiries, he has been able to enhance the communication and problem-solving skills of each family member and to create lasting positive changes within the family system. In addition to talk therapy, he also incorporates mindfulness techniques, music therapy, and experiential interventions.
If you’d like to contact Sevan directly, feel free to give him a call at (323) 546-8484.