Joe Davis, Ph.D., MFT received his
doctoral degree in Clinical and Depth Psychology from Pacifica
Graduate Institute, and his Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology from
Antioch University, where he is an adjunct faculty member in the
Department of Clinical Psychology. He is an advanced candidate in
psychoanalytic training at the Los Angeles Institute and Society for
Psychoanalytic Studies (LAISPS).
Dr. Davis trained at The Maple
Counseling Center, the community mental health clinic for Beverly
Hills, and supervised at Teen Line, an adolescent program at Cedars
Sinai Medical Center’s Department of Psychiatry. Upon completion of
professional licensure, he served on the clinical staff of The Maple
Counseling Center training and supervising Doctoral and MFT interns
in the practice of psychodynamic psychotherapy.
Dr. Davis has had a wide range of
professional experience including working as an individual therapist in
residential and outpatient mental health clinics as well as in his
private practice in Santa Monica where he works with individuals,
couples, adolescents and groups, and also supervises pre-licensed and post-licensed MFT and Doctoral interns. As an advanced candidate at LAISPS, he received the Dodd Cohen Memorial Scholarship, and is
currently completing clinical work for international certification in
Dr. Davis' clinical interests include
dissociative disorders, mood and personality disorders, anxiety
disorders, bereavement, trauma, life transitions, psychoanalysis, and
neuropsychoanalysis. He is a weekly participant at a grand rounds
colloquium with radiologists, neurologists, and psychiatrists
studying MRI and fMRI brain scans for the purposes of diagnosing
traumatic brain injuries, depression, anxiety, and OCD. Where
appropriate, TMS – a deep brain stimulation process – is
Dr. Davis also holds a Masters of Fine
Arts Degree in Cinema from the University of Southern California, has
worked for major film studios in feature film script development, and
produced short films. His doctoral research investigated the
intersection of artistic process and the clinical work of the
Dr. Davis is currently offering a reduced fee for a four time per week psychoanalysis.
Psychotherapy and psychoanalysis are related forms of treatment aimed at addressing the present day causes of emotional distress and fostering healthy personality development. Depending on the extent and severity of emotional distress, many people find 1-2 sessions per week of psychotherapy very helpful in: relieving symptoms; the development of insight (“Know Thyself”); an
improvement in the ability to recognize and handle feelings
(“Emotional Intelligence”); an increase in self-esteem; the
development of a robust and resilient sense of identity; an increase
in one's sense of personal autonomy; the enhancement of ego strength and capacity to cope with life's difficulties in a realistic and
adaptive way; an expansion of the capacity to love, to work, to play,
and depend appropriately on others; and, an increase in one's
experience of pleasure and serenity.
The Nobel Laureate neuroscientist Eric Kandel has said that
“psychoanalysis still represents the most coherent and
intellectually satisfying view of the mind.” While having many of
the same goals as psychotherapy listed above, psychoanalysis differs
noticeably in the frequency of sessions: 3-5 times per week. This
allows for a more intensive and comprehensive exploration of one's
personality, relationships with others, and creative focus and
process. Psychoanalysis, like psychotherapy, provides an opportunity to discover and share one's thoughts and feelings more openly than is
normally possible in human relationships.
Because individuals with an intense artistic process are often at
ease working with their unconscious dynamics, they frequently find
that the type of rich internal exploration provided in the psychoanalytic
process has a forceful impact on their artistic process, bringing
less conflict and more discipline.
A doctor trained in the art and science of psychoanalysis receives both significantly longer training and more in-depth clinical
experience than is required for standard licensing in clinical
psychology. Beyond the basic requirements for state licensing, a psychoanalyst has a minimum of four to six years of academic study, his or her own personal analysis, and advanced supervision of clinical case work . One can think of it as the
difference between a surgeon and a heart surgeon who specializes in
that area of expertise. Upon completion of internationally required
standards, one receives a doctorate degree in psychoanalysis.
Working with partners involves focus on communication between
individuals and working toward resolving conflicts and expanding
intimacy. The work frequently explores how the couples' past
experiences are affecting the present relationship. The therapist
presents a neutral point of view and is careful not to hold secrets
from either partner.
Adolescence is a challenging time of human maturation. Working with a teen to understand his or her individual concerns, as well as those within the family of origin, can be a great source of relief from
anxiety, depression, identity development, and other issues that can
be problematic for teenagers.
The dynamics within a family are continually evolving. Treatment
involves work on improving communication among all members in a
stable and non-judgmental environment. Entrenched patterns of
relationships among family members are explored as are generational,
behavioral, and interpersonal challenges within the family system.
SUPERVISION AND CONSULTATION
Supervision is offered to licensed clinicians seeking individual
consultation as well as to those working to fulfill required hours
for a California State License.