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...

- StartAgain Associates -


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.

Molly Nourmand, MFT

Lauren Emmel, MFTI

Lauren Emmel, MFTI is available for therapy at a rate of $150 per therapy hour. She accepts sliding scale.

Lauren Emmel earned her Masters in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University Los Angeles. She is a trained EMDR therapist and a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern. Lauren has dedicated herself to the practice and study of yoga and meditation for the past 12 years and has been a certified yoga teacher for five years. Lauren currently works at Refuge Recovery Centers, a Buddhist addiction treatment center where she facilitates meditation, yoga, process groups, family sessions, and provides individual therapy. Lauren works with couples, young adults, individuals and families. Much of her work includes trauma informed care through EMDR therapy, psychodynamic theory, mindfulness approaches and LGBTQ affirmative therapy. Lauren’s specialties include addressing trauma, anxiety, depression and addiction. 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. 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.

 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 currently works at Refuge Recovery Centers, where he provides individual counseling, teaches meditation, and facilitates psychoeducation /skills building groups that focus on cultivating resources in early recovery from addiction. 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

Kathleen Whyte, MA, MFTI, CADC-II

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

Kathleen Whyte earned her Master’s in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University Los Angeles. She is a trained Marriage and Family Therapist Intern, EMDR therapist, as well as Program Director and Therapist at the Ridgeview Ranch Treatment Facilities.

Kathleen provides the wisdom and support that comes from decades of experience working with individuals, couples, and families who are struggling with anxiety and depression from adverse life events. In addressing symptoms of trauma, Kathleen employs breakthrough therapy EMDR – a powerful, psychotherapy technique for treatment of anxiety, panic, depression, and post-traumatic stress. She has extensive knowledge regarding healing relationships, substance abuse, addiction, and the emotional scars it leaves in its wake. As a skilled Psychotherapist and Mental Health clinician, facilitating groups on Meditation, Anger Management, Grief and Loss, Relapse Prevention, and advanced Process Group Therapy, Kathleen Whyte understands how anxiety, depression, and addiction, leave devastating effects on individuals and their families. Through Mindfulness-based Interventions Kathleen brings compassion, expertise, and the latest therapeutic techniques necessary to address life’s emotional challenges when you need them most. Her contact number is 323-896-5282

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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.