Dr. Michael Damian


About Me

Hi, I'm Dr. Michael Damian. I hold a PhD in clinical psychology and maintain a private practice in California. I would be deeply honored to assist you in your journey, if you feel moved to work with me. I specialize in helping *young adults* and *midlife adults* live their best life and become who they truly are.

My approach is very solution-focused while also helping you to understand your mind and relationships in a deep way. I work from a humanistic, depth-oriented approach that I call self-actualization therapy. Self-actualization is the innate drive to discover our authentic self and fulfill our highest potential. I define it as a state of calm awareness, self-knowledge and wisdom that allows us to:
1) Express our natural talents and inspirations;
2) Create deep and lasting relationships;
3) Navigate life's challenges with courage and clarity;
4) Experience meaning, wholeness and joy in the present moment.

I have found that holding this vision of human potential is itself, healing. The goal is not just reducing symptoms. It is to build a foundation for longterm well-being. The first step in self-actualization is to explore where we feel stuck and limited.

In this phase, I use a psychodynamic approach to assess important factors such as family history, key relationships, trauma, lifestyle, core values and spiritual-existential dimensions. The core of this phase is careful listening, compassion and trust. I also offer plenty of feedback and reflections. Clients have been surprised at how quickly I am able to pinpoint what they are feeling and reach the heart of the matter. When appropriate, I also suggest forms of "homework" in between sessions that can increase learning.

Research indicates that if you feel comfortable with your therapist, then after a few sessions you will feel a significant increase in hope and confidence. As therapy progresses clients begin to find new ways of seeing and being. They can then follow their inner voice to let go of what no longer serves, and pursue a renewed vision for their lives.

Getting Started
During our first meeting, I will ask some basic questions to start things off, and give you plenty of time to describe your concerns. I take the time to understand the whole picture. If you are looking for a compassionate ally for your growth, I would be honored to be of service.


  • Relationship issues
  • Grief
  • Self esteem
  • Depression

I also have experience in Stress, Anxiety, Addictions, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Intimacy-related issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder

Years of Experience: 5

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Phone

  • Video


Psychologist #PSY26180 (Expires: 2019-09-30)


Written by M.A. on Feb 12, 2019 after counseling with Michael for 2 months on issues concerning self esteem, and career difficulties

Dr. Damian's gentle, thoughtful approach to counseling worked wonders on me. I'm usually surrounded by extraverts, loud voices, and strong personalities. I had an epiphany at every session with Dr. Damian and have made many strides in my life (family & career) within my few months spent with him.