Judith Pickles, Ph.D, Psy.D, CHP, CMT

I am a Hellerwork Structural Integrator, a bodyworker, a psychologist, and psychoanalyst with over 30 years of practice. I first became interested in listening to the nonverbal, implicit, procedural dimensions of communication as a psychotherapist while working with attachment strategies and self and interactive regulatory patterns within the intersubjective therapeutic relationship. Then I became passionate about integrating the nonverbal, energetic language of the body with my psychological understanding for a holistic, approach to healing—a body-mind-spirit integration. 

My approach is both practical and outcome oriented, yet intuitive and present through deep listening. I invite you to an exploration and inquiry into your own experience. Through an ongoing mutual assessment process, we will work with your pain and restriction toward freeing up your patterns. I use a combination of nurturing deep tissue bodywork techniques, somatic awareness,  movement, and collaborative, therapeutic, somatic dialogue. Together, we will assess, explore, unwind and unlock your patterns of tension and strain held in your body and mind and explore new possibilities for self and interactive regulation . You'll experience more sense of embodied connection, sense of presence, authenticity, energy, choice, and ease..

If you feel drawn to this kind of exploration, I look forward to working with you. Call or text anytime, leave a message and I'll get back to you soon. 310-738-4443. Thank you.


Pickles, J. (2015) Integrating Embodiment and Embodied Process into our Clinical Psychotherapeutic Practice Plenary conference paper presented at the International Association For Psychoanalytic Self-Psychology Annual Conference, October 15-18, 2015 Los Angeles California. Conference Theme: Self-Psychology in a Multidisciplinary World.

Pickles,J. (2013). Motivational Systems Revisited: Resources for Meaning-Making. Review of Joseph Lichtenberg, Frank Lachmann, and James Fosshage’s “Psychoanalysis and Motivational Systems: A New Look.” Int. J. Psychoanal. Self Psychology, 8:225-230.

Pickles, J.  (2012). Review of Donna Orange’s “The Suffering Stranger: Hermeneutics for Everyday Clinical Practice.” Int. J. Psychoanal. Self Psychology. 7:443-450.

Pickles, J. (2006). A Systems Sensibility: Commentary on Judith Teicholz’s “Qualities of Engagement and the Analysts’s Theory”, Int. J Psychoanal. Self Psychol., 1:301-315.

Pickles, J. (2007). Alone Together: The Case of Judy and Ann. Psychoanal. Inquiry., Issue 1: 27:5-23 and Issue 2: 2-27: 106-124 and commentaries.

Pickles, J. (2009). An Unspoken Conversation. Int. J. Psychoanal. Self Psychol. Vol.4, Supplement 1.

Pickles, J. (2008). Some Nuances in Intersubjective Attachment Systems: Discussion of Shelley Doctors’ Article, “Notes on Incorporating Attachment Theory and Research into Self Psychological and Intersubjective Clinical Work”, Int. J. Psychoanal. Self Psychol., 3:50- 64.

Pickles, J. (2003). Multiple Pathways to Development and Change: My Response to Discussants. Unpublished Reply to Discussants in the case of Judy and Ann in Psychoanalytic Inquiry, Vol. 27, Issues 1 & 2.

Pickles, J (2003). The Impact of the Interplay between the Patient and Therapist’s Subjectivity on the Trajectory of Treatment. Online Self Psychology Newsletter Vol.1(1).