Philip Pierce, PhD
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Both in my position as a Lecturer at UCLA and in my private practice, I always attempt to create an atmosphere of warmth and support in which learning and therapy can best occur. I focus on using evidence-based treatments, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), which provides effective treatment in a collaborative and time efficient manner (3-6 months).
The focus of my practice is treating patients with anxiety issues such as panic attacks, OCD, excessive worrying, general anxiety and phobias. I believe that negative thinking patterns actually cause you to feel anxious or depressed. Anxiety (as opposed to productive stress) is triggered by thoughts of threat or danger and looking at your life in a pessimistic, self-critical way. I work with you to help you identify thoughts, moods, and behaviors at an early stage and intervene to break the destructive cycle. In addition to increasing your awareness and examining the accuracy of your thinking patterns, I work with you to confront your fears and to encourage change. Research has shown that creating new patterns of thinking and action can actually change the organization of the mind!
While the focus of my practice is using CBT, I complement that modality with other techniques such Mindfulness, Exposure and Response Prevention (for OCD) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Psychodynamic therapy can also be useful for developmental issues and exploring the roots of long-standing problems; my training at the Wright Institute for which I received a Fellowship in Psychoanalytical Therapy is especially useful for those issues.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): A form of talk therapy that trains clients to recognize patterns of unproductive thinking and learn healthier responses to challenging situations.
Exposure Response Prevention (ERP): ERP is a form of CBT with the explicit purpose of treating Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. ERP works by providing simulated and safe anxiety triggers and trains clients to resist and control their response to their exposure.
Psychodynamic Therapy: A clinical approach that aims to promote self-awareness and insights by assessing how previous experiences have influenced current and ongoing behaviors. In this process clients gain perspective into behaviors and relationship issues that they may have not been fully cognizant of.
Sexuality/Sex Identity Issues
Avoidance (people or places)
Body Image Issues
Acute Stress Disorder
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Body Dysmorphic Disorder
Major Depressive Disorder (Depression)
Philip is an out-of-network provider
Individual Psychotherapy (50 minutes): $240
Lengthened Individual Psychotherapy (90 minutes): $415
Rates & Insurance
Tuesday: 9am - 4pm
Community & Identity Statement
I have extensive experience working with the LGBTQ community and served on the Treatment and Data Committee of ACTUP/NY, written articles on HIV issues for GMHC and completed a practicum at the Los Angeles LGBT Center. I also have a background in the entertainment industry and have given presentations on anxiety issues at the Directors Guild (DGA), Writers Guild (WGA) and Producers Guild (PGA). I primarily work with the following age cohorts:
Young Adults (18-35)