Chad Pharnichyakul, LMFT
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

I became a therapist because since I was 13 years old, there was something inside me that said I would excel in this profession. From being curious about how the mind worked in making decisions to having my friends seek me out for advice, I knew it was leading me down a path towards psychology. I was fortunate enough to know from an early age what my calling was and since then, everything I have done both in education and professionally has been in the pursuit of becoming the best therapist I could be.

Our therapy session is a collaborative process in which we go through a journey of self-discovery. The goal of therapy isn’t necessarily to solve one particular issue but to become a better, more balanced self. Empowering the client plays a big role in our sessions because YOU ultimately decide when and how the change will take place within your life. I look to help my clients develop a strong sense of self that will assist in allowing them to be in the driver seat of their own lives. People come to therapy because some aspect of their life is out of control. I work with you to get back in control.

I believe that while we may have experienced different events in our lives, we share the same fundamental feelings and this is where I find common ground with my clients. I may not have walked in your shoes and experienced the same things, but my own issues in life have led me to those same feelings you felt. We’ve both felt those feelings of sadness, hopelessness, fear, anxiety, depression. Different events – same emotional outcomes. That is how we relate to each other. With that being said, since graduating from Pepperdine University in 2013 with my MA in Clinical Psychology I have worked with a wide array of clients with issues such as chronic mental illness, major depression, substance use, anxiety, relationship difficulties, academic problems, and career problems.