I specialize in working with people of all walks of life who struggle with day-to-day depression, anxiety and/or grief brought on by real experiences and hardships. I approach each issue with sensitivity and care knowing that my clients have come to me to find relief with understanding, exploration and compassion. I know how painful it is to struggle and to feel like there is no one who can help or understand what it is you are experiencing, so I take extra care in making sure you are comfortable, feeling aligned and allowing our process to reveal itself however feels congenial to you.
With 30 years of education, spiritual growth and clinical training as a therapist and a creative arts specialist, my approach to psychology is unique in that I have been trained to listen and respond to life’s difficulties from the heart with empathy and authentic compassion as an artist as well as a psychologist. When it is appropriate I encourage my client’s sleeping dreams to guide the therapeutic process. I believe that dreams are portals into an alternative way of seeing, feeling and hearing the deeper part of my clients who are seeking a meaningful creative and positive interpretations to the often strange and bizarre events that take place in our day to day lives.
I work creatively, philosophically and with soul in mind to tend to the symptoms that have kept my clients from living the life they deserve and I am committed to bringing relief and insight with optimism, enthusiasm and love. I feel it is important to create a collaborative space that is confidential, safe and inspiring. I generally use methods of communicating that are holistic and comforting without being New Agey or farfetched. If applicable or requested I teach meditation and encourage organic approaches to living a healthy and positive life.
Theoretically my orientation is a blend of Psychoanalytic and Jungian theory using Self Psychology as a way of bringing the work to brass tax interaction. My education and training has been dynamic and extensive. I received a PhD from Pacifica Graduate Institute. In addition, I hold an MA in Performance Studies (dreams/music/behavior) from New York University, and an MFA in the study of writing images from the University of Miami. I had three years of training at the prestigious Wright Institute of Los Angeles where I learned my craft as a therapist — allowing for treatment that tends to creativity and psychodynamic approaches for healing and nurturing to take place. Call or contact me for a free consultation on the phone or come in for an initial session. The time is now to access the true Self.
Dr. Michael R. Mollura is a licensed clinician PSY30873. He has a Ph.D in Clinical Psychology with two Master degrees in the study of the healing components of music, performance and images. In a centrally located Beverly Hills office, Dr. Mollura offers classic psychodynamic therapy addressing mild-severe symptoms for depression, anxiety, grief, dream-sleep challenges, creative dilemmas, addictive thought-stopping, spiritual challenges, unstable moods, chronic pain and disruptive thinking.
You may have already heard of Dr. Michael Mollura or know him as the music composer contributor to such critically acclaimed films as HEAL (currently on Netflix), Awake: The Life of Yogananda, Hare Krishna, Road to Dharma, Climate Refugees or The Highest Pass. With 30 years of experience as a spiritual practitioner and scholar and artist, Dr. Mollura embodies a creative warmth and imparts a friendly down-to-earth reception that can assist in decreasing the levels of anxiousness often associated with awkward situations. Mollura is a transported New Yorker who knows what it means to struggle and how challenging it can be to ask for help. He is committed to providing a therapeutic environment that feels calming and gentle as well as inspiring and caring. Dr. Mollura’s extensive experiences as a clinically trained Ph.D level psychotherapist and creative interventionist makes his perspective unique and complements his ability to effectively relate and serve others with a high level of authenticity, compassion and enthusiasm. Drawing on his own personal experiences, he has successfully worked with all levels of artists, entertainment industry executives, well-known musicians, parents, corporate executives and people who just want to get back on to the grid and start enjoying life again.
Dr. Mollura’s therapy includes a sensitive blend of traditional psychotherapy, Jungian driven Depth Psychology, Self Psychology and sometimes when appropriate a focus on dream interpretation using creative expression to open up the psyche for new healing perspectives to emerge.
Dr. Mollura has taught at Esalen, Wright Institute and has given talks and lectures at Pacifica Graduate Institute and the Jungian Institute of Los Angeles. His work with dreams and music as a Psychologist was recently featured in LA Yoga Magazine and in the 2019 Inspirational Esalen Film Festival overlooking Big Sur. The festival included a world premiere public presentation Master Class of Dr Mollura’s work with music, dreams and sound.
Dr. Mollura is currently accepting new patients in his Beverly Hills practice where he sees younger, mid-life, and older adults for individual and couples psychotherapy. License # PSY30873
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Clincal Psychology Qualifications:
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute - PhD
Year Graduated: 2013
LICENSED PSYCHOLOGIST PSY30873
Wright Institute of Los Angeles - 3,000 plus hours of training and supervision with the most inspiring faculty of psychotherapy masters in the country.
BHC - Mental Hospital - Intern.
CalFam Institute - Intern
About my Approach to Therapy
My therapeutic work is focused on providing a refreshing sense of hope and well being to the individuals I work with. In treatment I address each person's obstacles and how they relate to the struggles of living in what can feel like a very challenging unsupportive environment. Through dialogue we address any discomforting thoughts and feelings associated with daily life issues in ways that can not be addressed by one's friends or relatives. The confidential nature of our alliance allows the healing process to begin. I believe that unconditional love, compassionate listening and empathy can open vital portals to healing. I grew up in New York and I have studied homelessness and I have engaged with the shadows of our world on levels that can not be described accurately. I have had the honor of working with people who have had to fight just to get a seat on a subway car in sub zero degree weather or the once accomplished business owner who has lost everything but refuses to give up on life. I know what it means to feel overcrowded and undernourished even under the beautiful blue skies of Southern California. Regardless of who you are, what you think you’ve done, or what you think of your SELF — I will receive you with warmth. I sincerely believe that whatever the presenting issues that have brought you to this point of having to seek a therapist –– regardless of how powerless or hopeless it all might feel –– actually may be happening for a reason with the intention of finally being healed not just for you, but for everyone you know. Believe it or not, everyone benefits when one person decides to be courageous enough to change how they experience the world.
While therapy might consider how the past has shaped current experiences of problematic thinking patterns, my approach to accessing healing also considers creative and spiritual ways of understanding why you have come to therapy at this time and how your symptoms are expressions of the deepest part of your being seeking peace of mind through a positive healthy relationship. In this new way, the work is focused on the creative exploration of images and ideas that make us who we are in the world and provide direction for transformation and satisfaction. I rely on heart to heart communications to access hope and inspiration through the science and spirituality of connective interactions.
Topics generally discussed in therapy range from issues regarding intimacy fears, creative conflict, sexual discomfort, relationship and vocational concerns as well as transpersonal psyche event –– such as feelings of going crazy after meditation or yoga class or travels to the other sides of the world — that can sometimes feel alienating and scary. I consider how our moods, fears and perceptions are nothing to be ashamed of no matter how disturbing they are. With sensitivity and optimism, I listen, reflect and create the work with you in a collaborative, healing environment that is creative and completely confidential. Together we create a healing experience by accessing that part of you that has been forgotten and awakens that part of you who longs for healthy connection, authentic communication with trust and a new sense of well being. I invite you to come in for a free consultation meeting and see for yourself if what I am saying here is true. If you do not feel inspired after that first session, there will be no charge and you are free to seek other options for your well being. I am here to serve and to help and that is why I love doing what I was placed on this earth to do. May you always be heard, held and loved! Thank you for being here.