Amanda Lomanov, Psy.D. (PSY 31901)
My passion is helping others reconnect with their authentic selves and create flexibility in their decision-making through the investigation of their unconscious thoughts and feelings. I’ve been studying psychology since my undergraduate years at Cornell, where I fell in love with the study of the mind and human behavior. I later concentrated my training on trauma and family and couple dynamics and conducted my dissertation on how technology has changed the way we date.
I completed my doctorate at Yeshiva University in New York City, and am now licensed as a psychologist in Los Angeles. I’ve had over 5 years of experience working with children, adolescents, adults, groups, couples, and families in both inpatient and outpatient settings. For more information about my training and other thoughts on therapy, please visit my blog at https://www.amandalomanov.com and see where I was quoted in Huffington Post discussing behaviors that can increase or maintain anxiety.
Here’s what I think: the relationships we experience as children teach us about the relationship we think we should have with ourselves. Mental wellness is fundamentally tied to that relationship.
Therapy should help you uncover parts of yourself that you did not have permission to know and accept in your early life. These may be parts that come out sometimes, but which may feel foreign to you, like a force out of your control. You might feel like something “comes over” you sometimes, leading you to react to things in a way you might not have expected, or may not fully understand. Other times, you might feel almost “numb,” until suddenly all of your emotions come surging through you at once.
A successful psychotherapy should help you to integrate these parts into your conscious awareness so that you can finally find safety and wholeness through connection with your authentic self.
Using our therapeutic relationship as a model for relationships outside of therapy can also help you to practice a number of important self-growth skills. For example, you will have a lot of opportunity to practice tolerating anxiety, managing conflict effectively, setting healthy boundaries, and experiencing healthy intimacy, so that you can show up for others in your life in a new way. It is my goal that you be able to replicate the satisfying attributes of our relationship outside of the therapy room.
In my practice, I aim to help you gain meaning from your life through self-examination, identification of themes and patterns, and the development of self-compassion and interpersonal intimacy. I believe that therapy helps you to learn that life is truly about the journey, rather than the destination.
Who I See
Clients often come to me with issues of identity concerns, conflicts in their romantic or family relationships, a hope of managing borderline symptoms, or an interest in processing early emotional traumas.
Parents often find that their teens who experience high-risk behaviors (such as substance abuse, self-harm, or having an eating disorder) benefit from having a therapist to help increase their number of positive relationships with adults. Couples who are in highly reactive, conflictual relationships, or who need support around parenting, also find that this form of therapy can be transformative.
Clients who have had difficulty connecting with past mental health providers, who have a history of being referred out to another provider, or of being labeled “treatment-resistant” also tend to appreciate this type of work.
Dr. Lomanov is currently accepting new clients. Her fee is $200 for a 50-minute individual session and $215 for 60-minute Couples or Family Therapy. She also has a limited number of sliding scale spots available. Dr. Lomanov presently has openings on Thursdays, Fridays, and weekends. Please contact her at (914) 230-0897 or email@example.com to schedule a free phone consultation.