About

If there’s one thing I would wish for you – and for all people – it’s this:

May you live a life of emotional freedom.

Emotional freedom gives you full access to your creativity, your passion, and your joy.

When you have the freedom to be who you are and express your true self, you feel comfortable and connected, and all of life opens up to you.

I’m Mihaela Ivan Holtz, Doctor of Clinical Psychology, and I’m here to help you heal and find true emotional freedom in your life.

In my two decades as a psychotherapist, I have witnessed my clients struggle with emotional conflicts, creative blocks, and trauma. People from all walks of life, particularly creative professionals, come to me with signs of anxiety, depression, PTSD, performance anxiety, addictions, and relationship struggles.

At the root of these issues I see one consistent theme: people have lost touch with who they really are.

When you come to me for help, I will support you as you recover the lost parts of yourself, including aspects of you that may have been disowned, abandoned, neglected or abused. The goal of our work is to enable you to heal and transform from inside-out so you return to your whole self.

When you feel free to see, inhabit, and express your whole self, you’ll be ready to build connections, create meaning, and achieve your dreams.

Am I the right therapist for you?

The majority of my clients are highly creative people. They value depth and the vast potential of the mind. Passionate and ambitious, they want to invest themselves in their creative pursuits and also strengthen their relationships.

Many come to me when they feel disconnected from their inner drive and from the people they love. Instead of feeling a sense of purpose, they are stuck in old stories of conflict, limitations, and suffering.

I love working with people in the arts, particularly screenwriters, actors, musicians, dancers, and fine artists. It’s an honor to help them overcome emotional challenges and to navigate the tough world of being an artist, especially here in Los Angeles.

My practice is not limited to performers and professional creatives, however. I also work with those who have an untapped creative fountain inside them. Such clients may yearn to uncover their creative minds,live fuller lives, and maybe even find the artist within. They all seek greater thoughtfulness, innovation, and insight in their everyday lives, including in their therapy sessions.

mihaela ivanUltimately, I believe that we are all creative beings. Unresolved conflicts and mental health challenges will disconnect us from our emotional creative space. Through therapy, you can make your way back to your talents, skills, inspiration, and sense of agency.

Wherever you are in your journey as a highly creative mind, I am here to help you heal so you can devote yourself to creating your life with your whole heart.

More About Me

As a psychotherapist, I consider myself to be both a scientist and an artist. While my extensive clinical training gives me the tools to help you, it’s my unique approach to the craft of psychotherapy that creates a healing and transformative emotional space for you to make deep and meaningful shifts.

With a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology, I am certified in psychoanalytic therapy and am licensed as a marriage and family therapist. Additional training and certifications include: psychodynamic therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and the neuropsychology of psychotherapy and relationships.

If you are a working creative, please read more about how I provide Psychotherapy for Creatives and Performers.

Begin to live a life of emotional freedom. Let’s begin today.

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