Emotional Support Animals & Covid-19   The world can be a stressful place and the worries of everyday life can be overwhelming. In unusual times like these, those worries are only amplified. To cope with these feelings, people often turn to pets as a source of comfort. But an Emotional Support Animal, or an […]

Carla Black Named One of L.A.’s Top 10 Therapists

Volume 16 Issue 2 of The Caster News had an article entitled  “L.A’s Top Ten Therapists”.   Carla Black MFT is featured in that article as “The Therapist Who Has Your Back”. A quote from the article says: Enter Carla Black, MFT, MA, ATR, a stunning and compassionate psychotherapist whose passion for what she does is only equaled […]

You Don’t Have To Leave Your Pet Home For The Holidays

On multiple occasions, I have heard people declare that their animal is their soul mate.  This might seem really strange to a lot of people, however, there are many people who do not get their needs met by other humans.   As I psychotherapist, I have treated many people who have been so hurt by […]

Emotional Support Animals ease Flying for Anxiety Sufferers

Have you ever traveled on a plane and wished you had your living, supportive therapy tool with you for support? I have spoken to countless people who feel so much more comforted having their ESA with them. I recently spoke to a woman who had a dying relative and was anxious and depressed because she had to travel […]

Emotional Support Animals

Do you know anyone who functions better when they have the support of someone else around?  What if that someone else was an animal?  It could be a dog, cat, bird, lizard, or whoever helps to make one feel more secure when they’re out in the world.

Mother’s Day Blues

Mother’s Day Blues So much has been written about the complexity of the mother daughter relationship.  Generally, it’s from the perspective of the daughter who never got her needs met from her mother.  But what about the mother whose daughter seemed oppositional from the time she came out of the womb?  In fact she was […]

Love Addiction

I’ve been thinking a lot about love addiction lately, perhaps it’s because of my fascination with the Jodi Arias trial.  Arias slaughtered her former boyfriend because of what I believe is an extreme case of love addiction.

Gun Control and Sandy Hook Elementary School

For years we have been debating the pros and cons of gun control.  However, it wasn’t until the horror of imagining what those poor, innocent children’s last terrifying moments were like, have we taken it this seriously. Child and Family Therapy This is an extremely complicated issue and there are no easy answers.  Do we […]

How Do I Know If He’s “The One”

I have seen many young women in my practice who have had one major goal their entire lives.  That goal is to get married.  The goal is so strong that it not only overrides the ability to think rationally, but it blinds them to how unsuitable their partner might be.  Being a bride is so […]