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Dr. Daryl Temkin, LMFT

Stress, Anxiety Relationship issues Family conflicts Intimacy-related issues Self esteem
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About me

I have been a California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist for over 30 years with a wide range of counseling experiences. I earned my Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology and Existential Philosophy from the University of California, USC, in 1989. My dissertation is housed at the USC Doheny Library and is available online. My Master's Degree was earned at Loyola Marymount in Counseling Psychology and Education. At the University of California at Los Angeles, UCLA, is where I earned my undergraduate degree in Psychology and Near Eastern Studies.

Upon being licensed in 1987, I entered private practice in counseling psychology. For three years, I was a Ph.D. Psychology Intern at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. There I worked with medical traumas, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, cancer patients and their families, chronic illness, loss of identity, loss of limb, emotional and physical and sexual abuse, sexual orientation and transgender issues, anxieties, stress, panic disorders and depression.

Besides the above categories, I also focus on marital relations, relationship counseling, communication skills, conflict resolution skills, infidelity, infertility, workplace and business psychology, relationship development, self-development, personal issues, separations and divorce, parenting, adolescent issues, grief and loss issues as well as dating and co-habitation issues.

My training and philosophy is focused on existential-humanistic and client-centered psychology. I specialize in listening and discovering what is needed and desired by the client and then doing my utmost to help the client get what they need and want. Where applicable, I help clients see more options to their own behaviors and choices as well as to discover deeper ways to understand their relationship challenges. I strive to help clients consider, evaluated, and experience alternative life and communication choices to potentially replace previous harmful choices. I greatly enjoy helping a client discover new personal strengths that can overcome and overpower previous challenges and that were mainly seen as impossible.

My goal is to successfully help clients experience and achieve healthy skills that ideally lead towards personal insights and emotional growth, a deeper grasp of realistic happiness, and an opportunity to mature into a stronger sense of life empowerment. In addition, where applicable, my ideal is to nurture hope and perhaps to rebuild hope where hope has been neglected, forgotten, abused, or destroyed.

Professional experience

33yrs in practice

Additional areas of focus: Addictions, LGBT, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Eating disorders, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Depression, Coping with life changes, Coaching, ADHD, Abandonment, Adoption and Foster Care, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Antisocial Personality, Attachment Issues, Autism and Asperger Syndrome, Avoidant Personality, BDSM, Kink, Alternative Sex Culture, Blended Family Issues, Body Image, Cancer, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Chronic Pain Illness and Disability, Co-morbidity, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Dependent Personality, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD), Dissociation, Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Eating and Food-Related Issues, Emptiness, Expats, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fatherhood Issues, Fertility Issues, First Responder Issues, Forgiveness, Gender Dysphoria, Guilt and Shame, Hearing Impaired, HIV / AIDS, Hoarding, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Impulsivity, Infidelity, Intellectual Disability, Isolation/Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Men's Issues, Midlife Crisis, Money and Financial Issues, Mood Disorders, Multicultural Concerns, Narcissism, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Paranoia, Personality Disorders, Phobias, Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships, Post-traumatic Stress, Pregnancy and Childbirth, Prejudice and Discrimination, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Self-Harm, Self-Love, Sex Addiction, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Sexual Dysfunction, Sexuality, Smoking/Vaping Cessation, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Traumatic Brain Injury, Visually Impaired, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues

Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Existential Therapy, Gottman Method, Imago Relationship Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy, Internal Family Systems

License information

CA LMFT 25889


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Dr. Daryl Temkin. We don’t pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

I am grateful for Dr. Temkin's personal attention on drafting correspondence on my behalf that was instrumental in me obtaining wavers in terms of restrictions on my movement due to my being under parole/supervised release. These wavers were needed so I could spend more time with my mother during a very trying and distressful time. I am also deeply appreciative of how Dr. Temkin took time from his visit to Israel. He interrupted his personal schedule and set up a video link direct from Jerusalem so he could so a session with me when I had just had a near-death experience. Dr. Temkin has been a constant and stabilizing presence in my life and I am thankful he continues to be my therapist as I continue this epic saga (he knows what I'm talking about!).

Written on Dec 12, 2022 after therapy with Daryl for 2 years and 7 months on issues concerning depression, addictions, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, and career difficulties

Dr Tempkin was great. I enjoyed talking with him and he helped me.

Written on Nov 19, 2022 after therapy with Daryl for 1 month on issues concerning relationship issues, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Great listener with sage wisdoms and experience. Really cares about people.

Written on Oct 02, 2022 after therapy with Daryl for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, self esteem, and coaching

Dr. Temkin is very personable, he takes the time in his very busy schedule to help me when having our conversations. I highly recommend speaking to Dr.Temkin.

Written on Sep 30, 2022 after therapy with Daryl for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and adhd

Dr. Temkin is a kind, engaged, patient and insightful counselor. I enjoyed and learned from my sessions. He does not bat an eye at mundane, repetitive conversation (ie, talking through the same thing over and over) and is quite willing to delve into the realm of intimate (if not tawdry) concerns. His dedication to this work is deep and palpable.

Written on Sep 28, 2022 after therapy with Daryl for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Very good at understanding where my concerns are and helping me work through them

Written on Sep 13, 2022 after therapy with Daryl for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression