I am honored when people come in to meet with me. I also respect the fact that this process can be difficult for some. I am happy to work at the pace with which you are most comfortable. The majority of my clients fit into 4 categories: 1.Adults trying to develop greater confidence. 2.Couples in conflict, needing to find a better way to connect and communicate. 3.Families experiencing tension, or going through a difficult change. 4.Children who need emotional support, and greater coping skills, and parents who are needing tools to help their children.
For over 25 years, I have helped former cult members and those who have loved ones in cults. I provide individual counseling, family counseling, and, when possible, group therapy for former cult members. I also help families who are trying to reach out to their loved one in the cult.
Two other areas of specialization are: 1. Helping the siblings of those with special needs. 2. Overexposure to pornography which can cause relationship and/or intimacy issues, or be the result of partners not feeling they can get what they need from their loved one.
Call or Email Rachel A. Bernstein for a free phone consultation now - (818) 835-5147


  • Years in Practice: 20+ Years
  • School: University of Southern California
  • Year Graduated: 1989
  • License No. and State: MFC28267 California


  • Accepts Insurance: Yes
  • Accepted Payment Methods: Cash, Check, Mastercard, Visa

Accepted Insurance Plans
  • Out of Network
Verify your health insurance coverage when you arrange your first visit.

Additional Credentials

  • Degree: Boston University/Teaching Credentials
  • Year graduated: 1987
  • Membership: American Assoc. of Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Member Since: 1991

Rachel A. Bernstein's Groups

Former Cult Member Support

This group the only on-going support group in Los Angeles specifically for those who have found themselves in controlling and/or cultic environments, and are dealing with the side-effects or after-effects of that experience. Friends and loved ones of those in, or recently out of these situations are welcome, as well.

More about this group


  • Self Esteem
  • Parenting
  • Divorce


  • ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • Asperger's Syndrome
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Child or Adolescent
  • Coping Skills
  • Depression
  • Family Conflict
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Narcissistic Personality
  • Recently out of Cultic Enviornment.
  • Relationship Issues
  • Sexual Addiction


  • Gay Issues

Client Focus

Religious Orientation: Jewish


  • Children (6 to 10)
  • Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13)
  • Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19)
  • Adults

Treatment Approach

Treatment Orientation

  • Family / Marital
  • Family Systems
  • Humanistic
  • Interpersonal
  • Intervention
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational
  • Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)


  • Individuals
  • Couples
  • Family
Last Modified: 13 Aug 2015
Rachel A. Bernstein, LMFT, MSEd, Marriage & Family Therapist in Encino

Rachel A. Bernstein

Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MSEd