Dr. Michael R. Mollura 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 supervised by Dr. Linda K. O’Dell PSY25831.
With 30 years of experience as a spiritual practitioner and scholar, Dr. Mollura communicates a refreshing creative warmth and imparts a down-to-earth reception that can decrease the anxiousness often accompanying those who come to therapy for help. Mollura knows what it means to struggle and to ask for help from personal experience and is committed to providing a therapeutic environment that feels calming and gentle the moment you enter into the space. Therapy sessions are intended to help individuals who struggle with troubling thoughts and perceptions associated with depression, anxiety, grief, chronic pain, cynicism, psychosis, addiction and related personality disorders. Dr. Mollura’s extensive experiences as a therapist 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. He has 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 a focus on dream interpretation using creative expression to open up the psyche for new healing perspectives to emerge.
Dr. Mollura is an Esalen featured PhD psychologist composer. His work with dreams and music as a Psychologist will be featured in the upcoming 2019 Inspirational Esalen Film Festival overlooking Big Sur from April 28-30th. The festival will include a world premiere public presentation of Dr Mollura’s work with music, dreams and sound. The festival will also include a premiere screening of a documentary short DENT featuring interviews with Dr Mollura and colleagues as well as patients who address his new and well received work. For additional information on the festival please visit https://www.esalen.org/workshop/week-april-28-may-3/esalen-inspirational-film-festival
About my Approach to Therapy
My therapeutic work is focused on providing hope and well being while addressing each person's obstacles and how they relate to our struggles of living in what often feels like an uncaring world. Through dialogue and creative interaction we address discomforting thoughts and feelings in ways that can not be addressed by one's friends or relatives and begin to access healing modalities through human connection imbibed with much needed truth and hope. I believe that unconditional love, listening and empathy can open the portals to healing. I grew up in a New York City and studied homelessness and have had the honor of working with people who had to fight just to get a seat on a subway car at 7 am in sub zero degree weather. I know what it means to feel overcrowded and undernourished even under the beautiful blue skies and radiating sunlight of Southern California because the world isn't receptive to our deepest needs. I will receive you like we have known one another for a long time, because I sincerely believe that whatever the conditions that have brought us together –– regardless of how tragic and hopeless they feel –– may actually be happening with the intention of being healed not just for you but for everyone you know and don't know who can benefit from your courage and commitment to feeling better.
While therapy might consider how the past has shaped current experiences of discomforting 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 am not into New Ageisms or fancy philosophies -- but 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 impotence, sexual discomfort, relationship and vocational concerns as well as transpersonal events that 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 recovery. 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.