Group Therapy is an excellent adjunct to individual therapy and offers clients the support and encouragement of a friendly group of like-minded peers who are experiencing similar life issues.
Led by award-winning psychiatrist and psychotherapist, Dr. Sheenie Ambardar, M.D., our groups foster trust, openness, and vulnerability, qualities which are essential to successful human relationships and personal well-being.
Participants who commit to attending Group Therapy are often surprised by the subtle positive changes that occur in their mindsets and moods over time. The long-term benefits of having a safe, consistent, and nonjudgmental space to share feelings are invaluable.
We currently have three weekly Self-Compassion groups that meet in Beverly Hills: A Women's Group that meets on Mondays at either 12 noon or 5:00 pm and a Co-Ed Group that meets on Mondays at 6:45 pm. All of our groups are open to adults ages 18 and older and focus on issues surrounding Self-Compassion, Self-Esteem, Codependency, and practical coping skills. The groups are small (5 members or less), 90 minutes long, and each session includes a 10 minute meditation as well as a topic discussion with worksheets and handouts. Participants are encouraged to share as much or as little as they are comfortable and we always strive to maintain a warm, nurturing, and non-judgmental atmosphere. New members are welcome and membership is on a month-to-month basis.
Our groups are ongoing and new members are welcome at any time, after a brief intake interview. The groups meet weekly in Dr. Ambardar's office in Beverly Hills. Group topics include Anxiety, Depression, Family/Work Issues, Romantic Relationships, and Spirituality.
Dr. Ambardar has been a practicing psychiatrist and psychotherapist in Los Angeles for 10 years and was awarded the Top Doctor Award by Los Angeles Magazine in 2018 and 2017. She is also a Clinical Member of the Group Psychotherapy Association of Los Angeles (GPALA). For more information about Dr. Ambardar's award-winning private practice in Beverly Hills and Malibu, please visit HappinessPsychiatrist.com
Sheenie Ambardar, M.D. is a Physician specializing in Adult Psychiatry, with expertise in psychopharmacologic medication management as well as psychotherapy. Dr. Ambardar graduated with Honors in Biological Sciences from Stanford University where she served as Managing Editor of The Stanford Biologist, the university’s premier undergraduate journal of biomedical research. She completed medical school at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX, a top-ranked institution for Psychiatry training, and home of the Texas Medical Center, the world’s largest medical complex. Dr. Ambardar then did a clinical postdoctoral research fellowship at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, NY and completed her Adult Psychiatry residency training at St. Vincent’s Hospital Manhattan/New York Medical College where she was nominated for both the IAPA Outstanding Psychiatry Resident Award and the PRITE Fellowship.
Dr. Ambardar has worked for Kaiser Permanente Southern California as a full-time Attending Physician (where she consistently received near perfect MAPPS scores on Patient Satisfaction Surveys), is an active clinical member of the Group Psychotherapy Association of Los Angeles (GPALA) and has several publications to her credit. Dr. Ambardar is also a lifetime member of the Stanford Alumni Association.
In 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010, Dr. Ambardar was awarded the Compassionate Doctor Award, based on patient ratings and reviews and was identified as one of America’s Most Compassionate Doctors. In 2011, she was also awarded the prestigious Patients’ Choice Award. Of the nation’s 830,000 active physicians, only 5% are accorded these honors by their patients each year.
Dr. Ambardar was also named by Los Angeles Magazine as a Super Doctor Rising Star in 2017 and 2016 in the magazine’s annual “Best of LA” edition. She was also recently honored by Los Angeles Magazine as a Top Doctor in 2018.
In addition, Dr. Ambardar is a practitioner of Kundalini Yoga and Meditation and blends Eastern and Western treatment philosophies in her psychiatry practice. She has traveled to India on many occasions; during her last trip in 2011, she spent almost 3 months exploring the country, learning about Eastern spirituality and holistic medicine. One of Dr. Ambardar’s most memorable experiences in India was spending time in the northern Indian city of Dharamsala, home of the Dalai Lama, where she studied Hinduism and Tibetan Buddhism.
Dr. Ambardar is also a donor and active supporter of Akshaya, a charitable organization founded by Narayanan Krishnan based in Madurai, India which feeds helpless, mentally-ill street people. Akshaya was featured in CNN Heroes in 2010 and more information about this award-winning charity can be found here.
Dr. Ambardar is also a donor and active supporter of Sandy Hook Promise, a national non-profit organization dedicated to preventing the gun-related deaths of innocent children. Sandy Hook Promise strives to stop senseless gun violence and promote peace for all.
Cultivating Self-Compassion has been proven to reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety and to improve mental well-being. Self-Compassion involves being aware of our own suffering, treating ourselves with kindness and concern, and recognizing that as humans we all suffer. The opposite of Self-Compassion is self-criticism and self-judgment.
Self-Esteem is a basic confidence in your own intrinsic worth and capabilities. Self-Esteem involves having self-respect, self-regard, and a strong sense of person that is not dependent on external validation. Self-Esteem also involves liking yourself, recognizing yourself as the authority on your life, and accepting and appreciating all of yourself, both the good and the bad.
Codependency is an other-focused perspective in which people are out of touch with who they are and what they want in life. Codependency involves placing other peoples' needs and wishes above your own, excessive people-pleasing, self-abandonment, and a gradual loss of self. Codependency is strongly correlated with depression and anxiety.
While Dr. Ambardar is an out-of-network provider and does not accept insurance directly, Group Therapy is often partially covered by Insurance plans. If you would like to verify if Group Therapy is covered under your plan, the CPT code for Group Therapy is 90853.
The fee for each 90 minute Group Therapy session is $100, with a sliding scale available. Dr. Ambardar is happy to provide you with a superbill at the end of each month which you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.
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