I enjoy working with adults and couples and view the therapeutic relationship as a significant agent of change for those seking to work on long standing issues or every day difficulties. My psychotherapeutic style combines psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral interventions, depending on the needs of the individual or couple. This combination produces an empathic relationship that motivates, encourages and inspires clients to explore needed changes and helps to develop practical approaches to create those changes. I strive to create an atmosphere of acceptance and a safe place that fosters exploration, change and growth. Please call with any questions you may have.
I assist and guide clients in pin-pointing core issues and help them to focus on healthier aspects of their potentials. I enjoy working with both men's and women's issues as well as marriages/couples. I am fluent in Spanish (bilingual/bi-cultural) and conduct therapy in both languages.
In addition, I hold certifications in critical incident response and Biblical counseling (for those that are interested in combining the Christian biblical principles of their faith with the psychological aspects of their issues). I see clients dealing with work stress issues, minority issues and provide wellness seminars to companies and groups throughout Los Angeles.
Call or Email Teresita Berndes-Carlson for a free phone consultation now - (310) 400-5944


  • Years in Practice: 20+ Years
  • School: Pepperdine University
  • License No. and State: MFC23575 California


  • Avg Cost (per session): $120 - $160
  • Sliding Scale: Yes
  • Accepts Insurance: Yes
  • Accepted Payment Methods: Cash, Check

Accepted Insurance Plans
  • Aetna
  • Blue Shield PPO only, Magellan PPO only
  • BlueCross and BlueShield
  • Health Net
  • MHN
  • Magellan Behavioral Health
  • PacifiCare
  • United
  • ValueOptions
Verify your health insurance coverage when you arrange your first visit.

Additional Credentials

  • Membership: Int'l Critical Incident Stress Foundation
  • Member Since: 2001


  • Relationship Issues
  • Depression
  • Anxiety


  • Career Counseling
  • Codependency, Christian counseling
  • Coping Skills
  • Divorce
  • Family Conflict
  • Grief
  • Self Esteem
  • Spirituality
  • Trauma and PTSD

Client Focus

Ethnicity: Hispanic and Latino, Other Racial or Ethnic Background
Alternative Languages: Spanish
Religious Orientation: Christian


  • Adults

Treatment Approach

Treatment Orientation

  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
  • EAP/Workplace issues
  • Marital/Systems Therapy
  • Psychodynamic
  • Solution/Brief Therapy


  • Individuals
  • Couples
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2015
Teresita Berndes-Carlson, MA, MFT, Marriage & Family Therapist in Culver City

Teresita Berndes-Carlson

Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT