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 currently completing psychoanalytic training at the Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies (LAISPS) where he was awarded the first Dodd Cohen Memorial Scholarship. 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
Dr. Davis trained at The Maple Counseling Center, the community mental health clinic for Beverly Hills, where he later served on the clinical staff training and supervising Doctoral and MFT interns in the practice of psychodynamic psychotherapy. Additionally, he supervised at a treatment program for adolescents in the Department of Psychiatry at Cedars Sinai Medical Center’s Department of Psychiatry.
Dr. Davis has had a wide range of professional experience including working in residential and outpatient mental health clinics as well as in his private practice in Santa Monica, CA where he works with individuals, couples, adolescents and groups, and also supervises MFT and Doctoral interns.
Dr. Davis' clinical treatments include dissociative disorders, mood and personality disorders, anxiety disorders, bereavement, trauma, life transitions, psychoanalysis, and neuropsychoanalysis.
Dr. Davis also holds a Masters of Fine Arts Degree in Cinema from the University of Southern California, has worked in feature film script development, and produced short films. His doctoral research investigated the intersection of artistic process and the clinical work of the psychotherapist.
Psychotherapy offers insights into how we habitually think and process experience, along with the myriad techniques we employ to avoid mental pain. While our "habits of mind" have a useful survival aim, some can result in painful and unproductive states---depression, anxiety, mood swings, as well as addictive and destructive behaviors.
Trained in psychological and psychoanalytic theories and techniques, I can work effectively with such behaviors and states of mind, lessening the suffering associated with a wide variety of psychic afflictions.
Whether you are seekng individual, couple, or family therapy, you can expect to find a safe, non-judgmental environment where we can work together to understand your difficulties and help you achieve emotional well being.
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. Dr. Davis is currently offering a reduced fee for a four time per week 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.