Aliah Dolan

(MS, LMFT)

About Me

I'm a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist based in Santa Monica, California (Lic. # 91053). I got my start in mental health in 2009 as a residential counselor in an eating disorder treatment program for teens. This provided an excellent foundation in empathy and reaffirmed that problematic behavior is nearly always a reaction to pain -- in other words, how we present on the outside is not always an accurate reflection of who we are. Having always had an interest in social justice, I then moved on to working in a program for men and women on parole who struggled with severe mental illness. This was an eye-opening experience, in that I got daily practice in not judging a book by its cover and reminders that a client is so much more than a diagnosis. Most recently, I worked within the child welfare system, providing mental health assessments for small children who had been placed into foster care. I simultaneously worked in private practice (beginning in 2014), providing treatment under the guidance of a licensed psychologist until I became licensed in 2015. Most of my work has focused on anxiety, depression, relationship issues, life transitions, and self-esteem building, but I also have experience treating addiction, bipolar disorder, relationship issues, codependency, and trauma.

Most recently, I became certified as an educator in the Bringing Baby Home program (through the Gottman Institute). As a new mother, I have a passion for providing support to couples who are new parents or expecting a child. Additionally, I offer individual support for new mothers who may be experiencing the stressors that come along with the joys of new motherhood.

My therapeutic approach is based mostly in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, which generally helps by questioning how our thoughts lead to our feelings, which can then lead to positive or negative actions, which affect our lives in various ways. I also pull from a Client-Centered approach, which means that I approach my clients with Positive Regard, as I believe that a therapist should be on the client’s “team” so to speak. Life can be tough — we all need someone who is pulling for us! 


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Self esteem
  • Depression

I also have experience in Addictions, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Eating disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder

Years of Experience: 9

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LMFT #91053 (Expires: 2019-07-31)


Reviews

Written by A.S. on Nov 12, 2018 after counseling with Aliah for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and relationship issues

Aliah has been really professional with returning my messages and setting up schedules. She has been able to give me good information to help understand my situation. I am very pleased with our work so far and look forward to continuing to work with her.

Written by M.A. on Sep 27, 2018 after counseling with Aliah for 2 weeks

She is magnificent! I am so lucky to have found her here, she is the sweetest and even though we haven't interacted in person, I always feel like she truly cares what I say and feel. I look forward to talking to her, and that itself makes me happy and confident that there is always someone out there that will hear you out and help.

Written by M.E. on Aug 19, 2018 after counseling with Aliah for 9 months on issues concerning relationship, trauma and abuse, and anger

Aliah is great!!! She has a way of getting me to look at my ugly/beautiful self with such kindness and clarity.

Written by D.E. on Jun 05, 2018 after counseling with Aliah for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, grief, and self esteem

Aliah is very kind and helpful. She responds in a timely manner, is flexible with her time to make it work for me, and checks in when I forget to reply or get busy. Really great working with her.

Written by K.A. on Apr 02, 2018 after counseling with Aliah for 2 months on issues concerning self esteem, and career

Aliah is an extremely compassionate, supportive and nonjudgmental counselor, while also encouraging me to be assertive when I need to be. I can tell she cares and takes her job seriously but it isn't just a job to her. She tailors the counseling to your needs so you feel like you can address the topic you want or need help with. She gives smart, practical insights and help with life skills, which is what I needed and asked for.

Written by K.E. on Mar 09, 2018 after counseling with Aliah for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, and self esteem

Aliah has been a great counseler as I have been traveling through the struggles of both types of ADHD, and depression. I am happy to feel like I can tell her anything without judgement and rely on her to give me advice in my relationships, especially conflict resolution. I can see the results of counseling in my real life and I know it it so worth it to me. Thank you Aliah!

Written by A.L. on Feb 28, 2018 after counseling with Aliah for 2 months on issues concerning relationship, and self esteem

Aliah has been very helpful and she listens. She has helped me see that how I am feeling is valid and maybe even very common. She's recommended reading materials and worksheet practices. I appreciate her input and advice.

Written by S.A. on Jan 28, 2018 after counseling with Aliah for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, trauma and abuse, and self esteem

I felt comfortable right away with Aliah... which I don't feel very often! I'm looking forward to working with her more.

Written by C.A. on Jan 24, 2018 after counseling with Aliah for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship

Aliah is wonderful and does a great job asking questions and helping structure a healthy thought process. She is very kind and understanding and it feels like a very safe place to chat.

Written by J.U. on Dec 12, 2017 after counseling with Aliah for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, and self esteem

Aliah is incredible at understanding what the focus of a session should be. Sometimes that's dealing with the present moment and the struggle at hand. Sometimes that's digging into my past. And sometimes that means talking strategies for the future. Most of all, Aliah seems to understand me when I explain my anxiety thoughts. Which is incredible. She never judges me or makes me feel self-conscious for being anxious.

Written by V.A. on Nov 21, 2017 after counseling with Aliah for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship, and self esteem

So far we are having a great experience . I have been in therapy before and the difference is to have someone with you every single day and that’s comforting. She is compassionate and always there. I am very happy.

Written by H.E. on Nov 19, 2017 after counseling with Aliah for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, trauma and abuse, grief, eating, and self esteem

So far I have felt very supported with Aliah. She has excellent knowledge and is very kind and compassionate. We are still building our rapport but I have enjoyed our contact so far.