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Cynthia Peikoff, LCSW, BCD

Office: 4000 Barranca Parkway, Suite 250
Irvine, CA 92604
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Profession: Clinical Social Worker/Therapist
Services: Psychotherapy/Counseling
Employee Assistance Counseling
Practice Description: Are you depressed? Stressed at work? Upset over a failing relationship? Psychotherapy can help! It can help you achieve clarity, a renewed sense of hope, balance and purpose, in essence, become happier about you.

During the initial consultation, we'll identify your most pressing concerns and decide which to work on right away. We'll talk about your relationships, or lack of them. About what you want and need from the important people in your life. We'll examine the choices you're making to see if they help or hurt you; what causes you to make those choices, and whether you can change them or not.

In counseling couples, my goal is to help you figure out the "dance" that causes anger, fights and distancing: the movements to or away from your partner in reaction to the "music" or emotions each of you feel. Once you both understand the steps of this negative dance/cycle, I will help you revise the steps which changes the music, creating a stronger, safer sense of intimacy. I use a step by step process called Emotionally Focused Therapy. If your therapy is successful, you each will be able to answer yes to these 3 questions: are you there for me? will you come when I need you? and will you listen to me when you are here?

I believe my greatest strength as a therapist is being able to capture the big picture of your life from the details you provide me. If you can see your story with new eyes, compassionate and uncritical eyes, you can begin the process of changing the way you live your life. After the first session, at the very least, you will see your problems from a new perspective. I try to be compassionate and understanding so you won't feel judged; it is a serious responsibility to be trusted with your deepest concerns. Though I may make suggestions, ultimately, I believe you are the authority on your own life.

I enjoy working with businessmen and women, engineers, writers and academics. My background in both the corporate world and the arts helps me understand the particular challenges you face. I also enjoy working with perplexed parents and twenty-somethings, having been both a perplexed parent and a very perplexed at times twenty-something.

I work with individuals and couples, age range from 20-60+ years old. The average time clients spend in therapy varies quite a bit, from one session to several years. Many return weekly for the first four weeks, then space visits out according to need/finances. I make myself available for phone consultation to all of my clients, should the need for a brief conversation between sessions arise.

If you have any questions, feel free to write via e-mail or telephone my office. I will respond within 24 hours.
Practice Specialties or Interests:

(Strengths are
in bold text)
Relationship Issues
Anxiety Disorders/Phobias
Alzheimer's Disease
Life Transitions
Parenting Issues
Stress Management
Survivors of Childhood Abuse
Age Specialties: Adults
Session Formats: Individual
Treatment Approaches: Experiential
Family Systems
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy
Reality/Choice Therapy
Education: BA, Columbia University, 1982

MSSW, Columbia University, 1984
License #: LCS20875
License State: California
Additional Licenses/ Certifications: Board Certified Diplomat in Clinical Social Work
Certified in Reality Therapy/Choice Theory
Certified Authentic Happiness Coach
Advanced Training with Supervision in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy
Professional Affiliations:
American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work
Calif. Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
Writers Guild of America West Emeritus
William Glasser Institute
Phi Beta Kappa Society
Fee Schedule: My rate is $175 per session. Payment is expected at each appointment. I accept all major credit cards, debit cards, checks or cash at the time of service. Included in my fee is my availability for brief consultations free of charge between sessions by telephone or email. If you are having financial difficulty, I would be happy to discuss a payment plan with you.
Insurance and Billing Instructions: Payment is expected at the time services are rendered. All major credit cards are accepted, as well as checks or cash. I will provide you with a completed billing statement for submission to your health insurance company.
Reimbursement rates vary depending upon your health plan. For more information, contact your insurer and ask about mental health visits, percentage of reimbursement for out-of-network providers.
Office Hours: 11:30 A.M.-8:00 P.M.
Driving Directions: The office is convenient to both the 405 and 5 freeways on the corner of Culver Blvd and Barranca Parkway, right behind Mimi's Restaurant.

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Years in Practice:  Over 20
Gender:  Female
Accepting New Clients:  Yes
Sliding Fee Scale:  Yes
Wheelchair Accessible:  Yes
Public Transportation:  Yes

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