ABOUT

Why “Therapy for Results?”

You feel stuck, and that's not ok with you.

Your life isn’t going how you want it to go. Something’s holding you back.

You’re an intelligent, action-oriented person, and you’ve tried getting unstuck. You may have even worked with a therapist or two, but you still haven’t achieved your goals.

You want something, but what?

We're all after something we aren't getting on our own. People come to therapy for many reasons. 

  • Understanding and insight

  • Growth and change

  • Acceptance of self/others

  • A sense of clarity/purpose

  • Life skills/techniques

  • Peace/relief

  • Clearer objectives/direction

  • Confidence/courage

  • Or even simply a broader existence in general​

Picture yourself at the end of the story.

Imagine if life had a fast-forward button. What would you want your life to look like at the end of your time in therapy? What is it you’d be doing all this for? How would you know it’s time to bring your therapy to an end?

With our destination in mind, we begin the journey.

Before you can ask for directions or help getting to your destination, you have to have some sense of where you want to go.

With these goals in mind, you can gauge whether or not you’re making progress. And if your actions aren’t moving you closer to your desired results, you know it’s time to change things up.

Remember, therapy is an investment.

When you choose to come in for therapy, you’re not just doing it so we can hang out. You’re clearing time in your busy schedule and making a financial commitment to earn a payoff.​ 

You’re coming in to achieve, to arrive, to complete, to move forward.

So what’s therapy like when results are the focus? 

You know where you are, where you want to be and what you’re willing to do to get there. You set and achieve incremental goals, checking boxes as you go and feeling those wins along the way. 

Our Mission

Serve people who feel lost, stagnant, unsure, disconnected.

Teach people to identify and leverage their strengths to face challenges.

Inspire people to take action, build momentum and manifest  change.

Damon Dodge, ​Therapist & Founder

323-323-1325 | damondodge@therapyforresults.com

 

I wasn’t always a therapist.

I’ve worked with plenty of leaders over the years—first as a subordinate, then as a peer and eventually as a boss, mentor and coach. One phrase I collected along the way that has always stayed with me is “A ‘meeting’ ends with clear next steps and deadlines; otherwise, you were just having a chat.”

This reminds me to focus on what I’m working for and doing to make it happen.

Focusing on results got me here, to this moment.

In my early adult life, I felt like an observer—a passive player in my own story.

As I began to increase my focus on where I wanted to be, it became clear that I wasn’t anywhere near it. I had achieved all kinds of conventional success, but I hadn’t achieved what was important to me personally.

With a vision of the life I wanted to live, I began my journey towards the results I craved and found my way here.

Credentials, Education, Experience, etc.

While earning my Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology at Pepperdine University, I trained with multiple mental health professionals across Los Angeles.

In addition to my Private Practice, I’ve worked with various organizations, including the Los Angeles LGBT CenterParadigm MalibuEvolve Treatment CenterLyra Health and Camden Center.

When I’m not working directly with clients, I also teach Theories of Counseling +  Psychotherapy, Interpersonal Skills + Group Therapy and Clinical Practicum at Pepperdine University.

Corporate Survivor

Across my career, I’ve had the opportunity to work in Operations Services, Leadership, Performance-Coaching, Recruitment and Learning and Development. 

I’ve created, documented and implemented policies, standards and training programs across multiple global organizations. I’m also experienced in project/change management and leading cross-functional teams.

 

From ripples to waves.

As a documentary filmmaker, I had the chance to explore the depths of human experience. I learned of individuality, purpose and passion. Most of all, I realized there’s always more than meets the eye.

 

As a teen, I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. Later in life came chronic migraines. I had to work through the physical and psychological effects these triggered—all of which were invisible to outsiders.

 

These personal and professional experiences inspired me to make a powerful difference for a few, rather than a ripple in the lives of many.

The illusion vs. the solution.

OCD, anxiety and addiction once ruled my life. I attempted to mask my problems rather than find long-term solutions. I didn’t know any existed.

 

These “coping skills” stabbed me in the back, making things worse, not better. With help, I learned how to replace these behaviors with more effective ones. Now I have a better understanding of how to leverage strengths to improve satisfaction in the areas that matter most to me: health, wealth, love and happiness.

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The past, present and future.

After graduating from USC with a Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Anthropology, I worked full-time for a production house that made videos for the automotive industry. While shooting for companies like Toyota, Nissan and Subaru, we covered the lives of racing drivers. I was struck by their unique nature—willing to risk everything in the name of self-improvement and self-actualization.

 

Inspired by their passion and purpose, I decided to make a career change. I earned my Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University. I also received training at Children’s Institute as well as Exodus Recovery.

 

In addition to Private Practice, I'm currently a therapist at Muse Treatment. We help dual-diagnosis clients—people contending with substance abuse and mental health—overcome their challenges and live more fulfilling lives.