MICHAELA TORK – Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist – MFT # 46882

verified therapist


Licensed Psychotherapist Private Practice, San Fernando Valley                              Present

I am a private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients. Among my areas of expertise are treatment for depression, anxiety, self-esteem issues, social alienation, addictive & self-destructive behaviors, substance abuse, creative blocks, performance anxiety, career impasses, life transitions, gender dysphoria, LGBTQIA issues, grief & bereavement and interpersonal & relationship difficulties.

Currently I only do teletherapy

Valley Community Clinic, North Hollywood 

  • Provided psychotherapy to a population coming from different cultural and socio-economic backgrounds.
  • Maintained a steady caseload of patients suffering from debilitating depression, social alienation, low self-esteem, severe anxiety disorders, panic attacks, phobias, OCD, creative blocks, gender identity and sexual orientation issues, addictive behaviors, eating disorders and substance abuse.
  • Provided psychodynamic insight-oriented therapy for some patients multiple times a week.
  • Helped dysfunctional couples to reconnect and relate to each other.
  • Provided play therapy to children and adolescents who presented with emotional problems, disruptive behaviors, adjustment disorders and developmental delays.

Julia Ann Singer Therapeutic School, West Los Angeles

  • Provided drama therapy to children with severe emotional/behavior problems, learning disabilities, developmental delays and autistic spectrum disorders.

Video Portrait and Family History Producer, Los Angeles, CA

  • Assisted adults and elderly individuals to reminisce, write, document and share their life & family story in different media.
  • Compiled written narratives, artwork, family photos, photo-collages, scrapbooks, mementos, audio interviews, and vintage home movies into customized personal and family history videos & DVDs.
  • Designed personal websites.
  • Launched a Life History Class Website for the Freda Mohr Jewish Community Organization on Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles.


California Graduate Institute, Los Angeles
Master of Arts in Marital and Family Therapy


University of California, Los Angeles
Doctor of Philosophy in Film and Television Studies

Dissertation: “The Shadow of the Object: Mourning and Melancholia in Autobiographical Film and Video about the Holocaust” – a psychoanalytic study of the filmic representation of personal memories about the Holocaust made by survivors and the Second Generation.

University of California, Los Angeles
Master of Arts in Film and Television Studies

University of California, Los Angeles
Bachelor of Arts in Film Production, summa cum laude


Alliant International University, Los Angeles
Career Counseling – Career Development Theories & Techniques, 2012

Against the Stream Buddhist Mediation Society, Los Angeles
Meditation Interventions for the Addiction Process, 2011

UCLA Gambling Studies Program & California Office of Problem Gambling & Beit T’Shuvah
Training Program for Treatment Services Providers, 2011

Insight LA, Santa Monica
Mindfulness for Psychotherapists, 2010

Pacific Gestalt Institute, Westwood
Gestalt Therapy Workshop, 2009

Against the Stream Buddhist Mediation Society, Los Angeles
Mindfulness Meditation Class, 2008

UCLA Center for the Study of Organizational and Group Dynamics & The A.K. Rice Institute
Experiential Group Relations Workshop, 2007

The Psychoanalytic Center of Los Angeles 
Intensive Course in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, 2005-06

Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies 
Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, 2002

University of California, Los Angeles, Extension
Guided Autobiography – Telling your Life Story, 2001
Technique of Life Review & Reminiscence Therapy for the Elderly
James Birren, Ph.D. UCLA Center of Aging