Robert Schlesinger


About Me

Life is not what it's supposed to be. It is what it is. The way you cope with it is what makes the difference. - Virginia Satir (1916-1988)

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California with 10 years experience. I am able to understand oppression and life's difficulties as I was born with Cerebral Palsy and overcome them every day. My approach is a mixture of therapeutic modalities, which enable me to be empathetic, non-judgmental and caring, with my primary focus using a combination of Humanistic (Satir), Cognitive-Behavioral, and Gestalt methods. In 2006 I began graduate studies at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), pursuing a Master's Degree in Counseling with focus on Marriage and Family Therapy. Practicum experience was in a variety of therapeutic settings, including high school with at-risk teens, individuals with disabilities at Disabled Resources Center Long Beach, and young children and teens at Blind Children's Learning Center. In 2013, I added a Drug and Addiction Counselor certification to my experience and worked for two years in a drug and addiction recovery outpatient setting, adding certifications as a CADC I and CATC IV. In that same time period, I also served as a pre- and post-test counselor at The Center OC providing test results and counseling to the LGBTQIA community as well as others coming in for HIV testing.

In my personal life, I enjoy anything to do with people especially if it involves my passion as an avid Disney fan and being involved in a magical experience. I do a lot of charity work and spent much of my youth raising funds for United Cerebral Palsy and in adulthood for Disabled Student Services at CSULB. I'm also a recipe collector and food fan.

I look forward to helping you bring out your genuine self and working with you.


  • Addictions
  • LGBT
  • Relationship issues
  • Career difficulties

I also have experience in Stress, Anxiety, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Sleeping disorders, Anger management, Self esteem, Depression

Years of Experience: 11

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Phone

  • Video


LMFT #MFT108442 (Expires: 2020-08-31)


Written by G.E. on Jun 30, 2019 after counseling with Robert for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and addictions

I am honestly amazed at how well BetterHelp matched me up with Dr. S on the first try. We instantly connected over the phone and in just a few sessions, he's already helped me tremendously. I've had therapists in the past, but I am so impressed with the way that Dr. S connects with his patients in a non-judgmental way and offers advice perfectly suited to my needs. He really takes the time to listen, get to know me and personalize my sessions. He instantly created a safe and comfortable space for me to work through my issues and I plan to continue working with him for a long time. I am so grateful to have found Dr. S! He is truly one of a kind and special.

Written by H.O. on Jun 18, 2019 after counseling with Robert for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coaching, and adhd

Rob is a kind and empathetic listener. He meets you where you are, without judgment, and works with you to figure out the best course of action.

Written by B.O. on Apr 24, 2019 after counseling with Robert for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, and self esteem

I've been talking with Rob for about five months. He is one of the most empathetic people I've ever met. He's helped me to focus and get clarity about my life's struggles; while at the same time offering a loving and caring atmosphere. I've enjoyed our weekly sessions and the break-throughs that have occurred. It has helped me start down the road toward being a better person and to open my arms to life and all it has to offer.

Written by T.H. on Mar 31, 2019 after counseling with Robert for 3 weeks on issues concerning coping with life changes

Robert is an adept listener and adapted easily to address the specific needs and issues I had for a given session. He is compassionate, caring, smart, open, non-judgemental and funny (only when appropriate, or course), and willing to tell you what he thinks if you ask. I feel fortunate to have had him as a resource to keep me on track while trying to make some important life decisions. He helped me stay more rational, and focused on the weight, importance and actual challenge of various issues which for me, can get easily thrown out of perspective during tough transitions and big life decisions.

Written by S.H. on Mar 23, 2019 after counseling with Robert for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and relationship issues

Rob is very empathetic, caring, and listens closely and well. He offers stories from his own life when appropriate. He is non-judgmental and also offers practical tips for dealing with various life situations.

I found his recommendations regarding interpersonal relationships to be especially helpful. He breaks things down into manageable pieces. I highly recommend Rob.

Written by K.R. on Feb 05, 2019 after counseling with Robert for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, and family conflicts

In our first call, Rob got my issue down to a T. By the second call, I was in tears - which I known isn’t necessarily the goal, but there was definitely raw emotion there that he was able to get out of me. I highly recommend him if you’re willing to get very “real” with yourself and are prepared to take action for yourself. This isn’t a “venting” type of therapy session. We talked about things I could do to improve my situation and I really appreciate that approach.

Written by S.H. on Nov 30, 2018 after counseling with Robert for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, anger management, and career difficulties

Robert helped me get through one of the toughest time in my life.

Written by J.O. on Nov 22, 2018 after counseling with Robert for 2 weeks on issues concerning addictions, relationship issues, and intimacy-related issues

Rob is a good listener and he makes you think. He is very direct and he demands honesty of thought and feeling to oneself. I have never had a counselor that was so demanding of my feelings. It has been a difficult yet refreshing experience. I would highly recommend Rob as long as you are ready to honest with yourself!

Written by A.N. on Nov 16, 2018 after counseling with Robert for 4 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, and self esteem

He's been very understanding and kind. This is my first time in counseling and I'm very nervous, but he has made this very easy.

Written by T.R. on Oct 22, 2018 after counseling with Robert for 5 days on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

Rob is a great counselor and a man who understands the human trials we all face and considers them unique, never the same. He takes on a more humanist approach which feels a lot more natural and comfortable than feeling like you're under a microscope by a figure in a lab coat, so to speak. He was catching things I was doing after only one session, which is great to see that he pays close attention to you.

Written by K.E. on Oct 13, 2018 after counseling with Robert for 2 days on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, grief, sleeping disorders, and self esteem

Today was my first day working with Rob over the phone. I felt like me and him connected right off the bat, me and him have a lot in common. I felt like he understood where I was coming from. He is very caring and so nice.