Stephen Dansiger

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Punk drummer then Songwriter then Dharma Practitioner then Social Justice Educator then EMDR/Trauma/Addiction Therapist then Author/Podcaster now simultaneously...

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A great deal of my practice has to do with training clinicians, providing consultation, and through clinical supervision helping pre-licensed people move toward their goal of completing licensure.  My work as an EMDRIA Approved Consultant and as a Trainer with the Institute for Creative Mindfulness keeps me at the center of the growing world of EMDR therapy and the expanding world of Mindfulness Based therapies.

In addition to the above, my private practice generally remains full, and so I have created StartAgain Associates. I have trained amazing clinicians who bring a variety of skills and specialties, as well as a variety of fee structures, including lower fees or sliding scales.  In the interest of knowing that one size does not fit all, and in the interest of helping potential clients have the opportunity of finding good therapy at the rate they are able to pay, these are the current therapists on our growing roster of StartAgain Associates.

Associate Therapists


Dr. Stephen Dansiger

I am available for psychotherapy at the rate of $250 per therapy hour. I do not have sliding scale slots at this time, but several StartAgain Associates have lower fees and sliding scales.

I have provided training, education, leadership, coaching and therapy for a diverse population for almost 30 years.  I’m a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of California, holding a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and a Masters in Counseling Psychology. I have created and run programs at several top treatment facilities, as well as serving as a Clinical Director and Primary Therapist.

I am an EMDRIA Certified Therapist, and practice primarily using EMDR therapy as my therapeutic modality, and the Adaptive Information Processing model of EMDR as my theoretical orientation. I work with all types of trauma: event based trauma, developmental trauma, attachment trauma and institutional trauma. I specialize in addiction, PTSD, Complex PTSD, and phase of life issues.

I have trained all of our StartAgain Associates in EMDR therapy through the EMDRIA Approved Institute for Creative Mindfulness. I supervise and provide regular consultation to dozens of therapists, which keeps my own work in the office with my clients informed by the most current practice and research in our field.

Please contact me to set up an initial consultation.


Kathleen Whyte, LMFT, CADC-II

Kathleen Whyte, LMFT, CADC-II is available for therapy at a rate of $150 per hour. She accepts sliding scale.

Kathleen earned her Master’s in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University Los Angeles. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, EMDR Therapist, and Certified Addiction Counselor. Kathleen provides wisdom and support in working with individuals and couples.

Through Mindfulness-based Interventions Kathleen employs EMDR Therapy – a highly effective psychotherapy technique used for treatment of anxiety, panic, depression, and post-traumatic stress. She brings compassion and expertise that comes from years of experience addressing life’s emotional challenges. She has extensive knowledge regarding healing relationships, substance abuse, and symptoms of trauma.

In addition to her private practice, Kathleen served as Program Director, Therapist, and Addiction Counselor at one of California’s premier substance abuse treatment facilities for 8 years where she facilitated groups on Meditation, Grief & Loss, Relapse Prevention, and Advanced Process Therapy. 

As a skilled Psychotherapist and Mental Health clinician, Kathleen understands how anxiety, depression, and addiction can leave devastating effects on individuals and their families. Her contact number is 323-896-5282


Lauren Emmel, MFTI

Lauren Emmel, MA, AMFT, EMDR Trained Therapist is available for therapy at a rate of $150 per therapy hour.

Lauren Emmel earned her Masters in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University Los Angeles. She is a trained EMDR therapist and an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. In addition to her work as a therapist, she is a certified yoga and meditation teacher. Lauren currently works in private practice under Dr. Stephen Dansiger and facilities trauma-informed yoga and trauma-education groups. Much of her work includes a trauma-focused approach utilizing EMDR therapy, Buddhist psychology, mindfulness approaches and LGBTQ affirmative therapy. Lauren’s specialties include addressing trauma, anxiety, depression, addiction, and eating disorders. Lauren’s compassionate and empathetic approach to therapy provides a safe space for clients to feel seen and heard, release toxic shame, develop adaptive behaviors, and cultivate self-kindness. She is available for private practice sessions and with adults, couples and families. Her contact number is 818-314-7927


Michael Zittel, MA, MFTI

Michael is a Master’s Degree Graduate from Antioch University’s Clinical Psychology Program, a trained EMDR Therapist, a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern and an empowered Buddhist meditation teacher. His rate is $150. He accepts sliding scale.

With over three decades of practice in contemplative studies, and fifteen years of experience as a meditation facilitator, Michael has comprehensive experience cultivating individualized strategies that efficiently address the mental, emotional and bodily held discontent we gather through life’s adverse experiences. In an accepting and supportive setting he provides a personalized approach in working through challenges, and reaching desired life goals. Michael works with individuals, couples, young adults, and families. He treats trauma, depression, anxiety, grief, addiction and relationship problems. Much of his work is informed by trauma integration through EMDR therapy, Attachment theory, neurobiology, and Mindfulness/Buddhist psychology. His contact number is 310-800-8043

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Zack Oldenburg, LCSW

Zack Oldenburg, LCSW is available for therapy. He has offices in Brentwood and Silverlake. His rate is $150.  He accepts sliding scale. 

Zack’s interests include trauma, depression, anxiety, and substance abuse. He incorporates attachment theory, meditation practices, and psychodynamics into his work. His number is 310.422.7996.

Associate Coaches

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Jay Dee Daugherty

Besides sustaining a career as an influential musician, songwriter and producer for over four decades, Jay Dee’s involvement in the recovery community began in 1986. Trained as an addiction recovery coach and sober companion, he also offers life coaching and guidance to individuals from all walks of life. In helping to identify and meet self-established goals in everyday life and the workplace, Jay Dee offers an enthusiastic, optimistic and solution oriented process. 

Using guidelines established by the International Coaching Foundation and other modalities, including mindfulness meditation, self-acceptance and compassion practices, Jay Dee establishes a safe and sacred space for clients to explore and clarify their issues and meet their objectives. He is a consultant to The School For Compassionate Action, an organization providing training to integrate mindfulness into personal and professional life.