About Cheryl Tarnofsky

Enduring.

You’ve tried to endure on your own for so long, that it can be hard to know when it’s time to get support. 

It takes a lot of courage to ask for help. 

I’d be honored to walk alongside you on your journey.

My aim within the very first session of working together is to get to know you and what you are hoping to achieve in therapy so that we have a game plan moving forward. 

We get to the root causes of your pain and stress so that we can set goals for how you would like your life to change. 

Working through the tough stuff together.

By helping you identify and implement effective skills and challenge thought processes in and out of session, you can gain a completely new perspective on life, free from the constant burden of intrusive thoughts. 

We constantly work on balancing both acceptance and change to keep you motivated in the work we do together.

By helping you to let go of those inner battles, you can gain a completely new perspective on life, like opening a window you never knew existed.

We don’t just stop there though, I then show you how to actively choose beliefs that support you in your life instead of hold you back.

The better you feel, the more action you take, the more confidence you feel in an upwards spiral.

But it all starts with taking that first step.

What does therapy actually look like?

First, we’ll have a 20-minute consultation call to determine that we are the right fit to work together. I’ll ask you about why you’ve chosen to reach out at this time, what your challenges are and what your goals are for therapy.

From there we'll have our first session, in which we’ll dive in and understand from your history what has contributed to feeling stuck. We’ll look at how you’ve been coping and what obstacles are keeping the problem alive.

There may be some obvious reasons as to why you are suffering today, however, we will go really in-depth to understand, feel, and process these pain points that have occurred in your life.

This exploration process in and of itself can be both challenging and exciting as you can start to see the patterns and look at your past with a new set of eyes. You start to see why you have certain thoughts and behaviors you repeat.

Once we’ve identified these areas that aren’t helping you, then we get to work on accepting, grieving, and letting go of old habits. 

The final piece of the puzzle is building new habits, thinking patterns, and emotional regulation skills that are effective and provide you with a sense of relief and empowerment over your life.

Does it take work? Absolutely.

Is it worth it? Yes, it can be one of the best investments you ever make in yourself.

What do I use to help you make the transformation happen?

It's my belief that most of the healing begins and ends with a genuine, trusting therapeutic relationship.

I use a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) as well as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) to help make the transformation a reality.

Art therapy is also another set of interventions that I pull from and clients of every age have found it to be enjoyable and cathartic.

Ultimately, I use therapies that have been shown to be scientifically effective at helping people change how they experience life quickly.

And that’s my priority, to help you get where you want to be, soon.

Wondering whether now is the right time for therapy?

The fact is you’ve probably been considering trying therapy for a long time…so really ask yourself, why not now? 

Getting started today, gets you one day closer to feeling better tomorrow.

I understand that it can be scary, and I’m here to honor and hold you through that journey. 


About Me

How I got started in therapy…

In my early twenties, I was working in an industry that left me completely depleted of energy working long hours and emotionally abused and manipulated by my supervisor. 

I wasn't enjoying my life from Monday-Friday, I wasn’t happy in my relationships, and I didn’t like what I felt as the lack of control over my circumstances. 

I always loved listening to people’s stories and helping my friends, so the prospect of combining art and therapy was like magic to me. 

Once I was finally let go from the difficult job I was in, I knew exactly what I wanted to do, become an art therapist!

I absolutely love what I do now. Helping people grow, heal, and be empowered is a gift I try to not take for granted every single day.

My background experience

  • Graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a MA in Marital and Family Therapy with a Specialization in Clinical Art Therapy in 2016
  • Previously worked with teens in foster care for 6 years 
  • Engaged in on-the-job intensive DBT training at an outpatient center for 1 year
  • Became a Registered Art Therapist and a Licensed MFT in 2019

What do I do when I’m not doing therapy?

I train Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu about 5 days a week.

I spend a lot of time with my 3 cats (Piper pictured here).

I love reading and spending time outside on my deck that overlooks the Verdugo Mountains.

Taking the first step

I know it can feel hopeless like nothing might ever help you feel better. I've been there as well. But if you’ve read over this, if you’ve resonated with my story and how I can help you here, then I’d highly recommend you reach out for therapy. 

I also know that I am not the right fit for every client, and I encourage you to not give up hope if that’s the case. 

Getting your mind to work for you instead of against you, can be the most important thing you do in your life, as it completely changes your perspective on the world.

And I’d be happy to help guide you through it.

You can book a time to chat with me below and I can’t wait to start working with you. 


Enduring.

You’ve tried to endure on your own for so long, that it can be hard to know when it’s time to get support. 

It takes a lot of courage to ask for help. 

I’d be honored to walk alongside you on your journey.

My aim within the very first session of working together is to get to know you and what you are hoping to achieve in therapy so that we have a game plan moving forward. 

We get to the root causes of your pain and stress so that we can set goals for how youwould like your life to change.

Working through the tough stuff together.

By helping you identify and implement effective skills and challenge thought processes in and out of session, you can gain a completely new perspective on life, free from the constant burden of intrusive thoughts. 

We constantly work on balancing both acceptance and change to keep you motivated in the work we do together.

By helping you to let go of those inner battles, you can gain a completely new perspective on life, and be much more equipped to manage the constant burden of anxiety.

What does therapy actually look like?

First, we’ll have a 20-minute consultation call to determine that we are the right fit to work together. I’ll ask you about why you’ve chosen to reach out at this time, what your challenges are and what your goals are for therapy.

From there we'll have our first session, in which we’ll dive in and understand from your history what has contributed to feeling stuck. We’ll look at how you’ve been coping and what obstacles are keeping the problem alive.

This exploration process in and of itself can be both challenging and exciting as you can start to see the patterns and look at your past with a new set of eyes. You start to see why you have certain thoughts and behaviors you repeat.

Once we’ve identified these areas that aren’t helping you, then we get to work on accepting, grieving, and letting go of old habits. 

The final piece of the puzzle is building new habits, thinking patterns, and emotional regulation skills that are effective and provide you with a sense of relief and empowerment over your life.

What do I use to help you make the transformation happen?

It's my belief that most of the healing begins and ends with a genuine, trusting therapeutic relationship.

I use a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) as well as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) to help make the transformation a reality.

Art therapy is also another set of interventions that I pull from and clients of every age have found it to be enjoyable and cathartic.

About Me

How I got started in therapy…

In my early twenties, I was working in an industry that left me completely depleted of energy working long hours, and emotionally abused and manipulated by my supervisor. 

I wasn't enjoying my life from Monday-Friday, I wasn’t happy in my relationships, and I didn’t like what I felt like the lack of control over my circumstances. 

I always loved listening to people’s stories and helping my friends, so the prospect of combining art and therapy was like magic to me. 

Once I was finally let go from the difficult job I was in, I knew exactly what I wanted to do, become an art therapist!

I absolutely love what I do now. Helping people grow, heal, and be empowered is a gift I try to not take for granted every single day.

My background experience

  • Graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a MA in Marital and Family Therapy with a Specialization in Clinical Art Therapy in 2016
  • Previously worked with teens in foster care for 6 years 
  • Engaged in on-the-job intensive DBT training at an outpatient center for 1 year
  • Became a Registered Art Therapist and a Licensed MFT in 2019

Taking the first step

I know it can feel hopeless like nothing might ever help you feel better. I've been there as well. But if you’ve read over this, if you’ve resonated with my story and how I can help you here, then I’d highly recommend you reach out for therapy. 

I also know that I am not the right fit for every client, and I encourage you to not give up hope if that’s the case. 

Getting your mind to work for you instead of against you, can be the most important thing you do in your life, as it completely changes your perspective on the world.

And I’d be happy to help guide you through it.

You can book a time to chat with me below and I can’t wait to start working with you. 

LET'S TALK

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Cheryl Tarnofsky

Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT

Registered Art Therapist, ATR

California

Phone: (323) 641 4535

Email: cheryl@resilienthearttherapy.com