Psychotherapy and Counseling
About Our Therapists
Welcome to Couch Conversations Psychotherapy and Counseling, Inc. and thank you for your interest in learning more about us. We are a private practice in the state of California dedicated to assisting people reach their full potential. Your interest in learning more about us suggests that you have already started your healing journey by looking for a therapist who you believe could guide you toward becoming the best version of yourself. Let us tell you a little bit about who we are as therapists so you can make the most informed decision about who to work with in collaboration for your healing journey.
About Dr. Annie Varvaryan, Psy.D.
Co-founder and director of Couch Conversations Psychotherapy and Counseling, Inc., Annie Varvaryan is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist (Lic. # 30402) practicing psychotherapy in the state of California. Dr. Varvaryan views the therapeutic process as a journey. As a psychologist, she has not only developed the skills of listening to her clients, but she also listens for certain information to help guide her clients on their healing journey.
In her approach to therapy, Dr. Varvaryan uses a variety of therapeutic modalities to assist her clients. Dr. Varvaryan has training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) approaches. She also uses components of humanistic/existential therapy when working with individuals as well as several other modalities that could benefit her clients in therapy. Dr. Varvaryan knows that no two people are the same and everyone deserves a unique approach when it comes to understanding their needs and helping them heal. When working with clients, she will use the information she gathers from her assessments to find the right set of approaches for them.
Dr. Varvaryan’s clients are hardworking, thoughtful and committed to the sometimes strenuous process of psychotherapy. She does her best work when her clients are ready to put in the time and energy it takes to engage in their healing process. Dr. Varvaryan specializes in working with symptoms of anxiety including social anxiety, generalized anxiety and specific phobias of situations, people or things.
Dr. Varvaryan also has extensive experience in work stress issues including addressing problems with a stressful work setting, phobias about public speaking in meetings or conferences, improving relations with coworkers and supervisors, and developing work and career goals. She also enjoys working with individuals who are experiencing different life transitions whether it be transitioning into college from high school, into their career or a new relationship.
Regarding her training and experience, Dr. Varvaryan graduated from Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology, and has been providing psychotherapy for 8 years. Dr. Varvaryan has worked in a variety of clinical settings including community-based treatment centers, a correctional facility, inpatient units, intensive outpatient programs, and hospital settings. She has experience working with adolescents, adults, families and couple’s and has been working in a private practice setting treating these populations.
About Gary Amirbekyan
Gary Amirbekyan is a co-founder and director of Couch Conversations Psychotherapy and Counseling, Inc. Gary is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (Lic. # 102157) and practices in the state of California. One of Gary's biggest goals as a therapist is to work in collaboration with his clients and find solutions together. Gary dedicates himself as a partner in clients' journey of self-growth.
At the start of therapy, Gary gains an understanding of what his clients are going through and offers practical solutions to his clients. Gary believes that once people start to view their issues in different, more helpful ways, they usually start to gain more awareness of how they were approaching situations before. Gary helps his clients affirm new perspectives that are healthier and more effective for their lives. He holds the belief that people have the capacity to unlock their issues by exploring the decisions they have made and potential decisions about the future.
Gary has ample experience working with clients using techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and several other evidence-based modalities. Most importantly, Gary has extensive training and experience tailoring his treatment to meet his clients' needs. He utilizes a variety of treatment approaches to find the right “fit” for each of his clients and guides them on a journey of self-discovery, fulfillment and gaining confidence in themselves. Gary has substantial experience working with clients who go through relationship issues, anxiousness, sadness, and in particular, those who are wanting more self-esteem, self-confidence, and self-growth in their lives. He enjoys working with adults, couples and adolescents.
Gary graduated with his degree from Argosy University and has been in practice for the past 8 years. Gary has worked in several settings including community based centers, hospitals, and private practice settings. Gary views psychotherapy as a partnership with his clients and welcomes you to your therapy journey.