Gary  Fisher
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Gary Fisher

Psychologist, PsyD
California Accepting Online
West Los Angeles Accepting In-person
Updated October 15, 2021

Specialties & Expertise

  • Addiction
  • Anxiety
  • Codependency
  • Couples
  • Family issues
  • Life transitions

Professional statement

Dr. Gary Fisher is an expert in the treatment of addictive disorders (both chemical and behavioral), having worked for the past 39+ years as a counselor, administrator and therapist with treatment programs in Texas, Hawaii, Australia, and California. Dr. Fisher's human touch has enabled him to work with persons of all ages and backgrounds, providing clear and concise direction in a warm, supportive environment.

Dr. Fisher uses his keen intuition to cut to the core of his client’s issues and helps them unlock their own intuitive voice. His casual, non-judgmental demeanor inspires his clients to open up and strive to reach their full potential. Through his own personal struggles and recovery, and the years of working with clients for addiction, he has developed a holistic approach, incorporating the four bodies: physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual. Many individuals believe that once they feel better, they will act differently. Research, however, indicates that the opposite is true: We feel differently, and consequently think differently, when we act differently.

Dr. Fisher employs this concept in his therapy, teaching clients to change their behavior in clear, practical ways, as a means to changing their mindset and their feelings. These concepts and approaches have proven successful with any difficulty a person brings into therapy, be they anxiety, depression, life transitions, etc.

In his work with highly creative and/or successful clients, Dr. Fisher has helped those individuals deal with the unique issues that arise for them, especially when the fame and fortune occur rather suddenly. Additionally, many very creative individuals fear that they will lose their creative edge as they attempt to heal from their chemical dependencies. Dr. Fisher aids his clients in learning to harness and channel their powerful creative energies in a productive and healthy manner.

Returning to school after many years as a certified counselor, Dr. Fisher obtained his BA in psychology in 1995 from Hawaii Pacific University in Honolulu and his MA in social psychology in 1997 from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. In Manoa, Dr. Fisher worked closely with his advisor Dr. Elaine Hatfield, a renowned researcher and author on attraction, relationships and sexuality, which has aided him in his work with individuals having difficulties in finding and/or maintaining healthy romantic and familial relationships. Dr. Fisher obtained his doctorate in clinical psychology at Ryokan College in Los Angeles in 1999 and has maintained a private practice since then, along with working in conjunction many of the addiction treatment centers in the Los Angeles area, including Authentic Recovery Center (ARC) Treatment Centers , Promises, and Clearview, either as a therapist, group facilitator, or supervisor.

Dr. Fisher has also gone through rigorous training in the use of Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) for both addictive- and trauma-related issues, as well as its use as a means of installing positive internal resources for individuals to call upon for strength and insight to help themselves. He is certified through the EMDR International Association to provide EMDR-based therapy.


Message to clients

If you are viewing this profile, then there is a great likelihood that you, or someone you love, are in need of some help, whether that is because of addiction, loneliness, anxiety, or something else.

You are not alone!

Unfortunately, tens of millions of others in the US and around the world are facing similar circumstances either presently or in their past. Those who have sought help have usually fared better than those who have tried to go it alone. You're here, so you understand that and are seeking help.

I have created this profile so that I can make myself available to a larger number of people, and it is my goal to be able to help you not need my services.

That may sound strange, but like parents, whose goal is to prepare their children for life without them, a therapist's goal is the same. To help you find the resources both internally and externally, that you need to help you navigate life successfully. There is hope, and there are people available to help. Please don’t try to go it alone.

Every client is unique – and one of the reasons I love my profession is that I get to meet and work with such a wide variety of incredible people. The human condition is a complex one, and our personalities are a combination of internal reactions based on chemicals, emotions/feelings, intellectual, and the unexplained. It brings me great joy to assist a client in the pursuit of their hopes and dreams, and to mend their individual hearts and spirits, as well as their family's.


Specialties

Addiction - Coping with emotional discomfort and suffering; reducing or abstaining from unwanted behaviors such as unhealthy gambling or shopping

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Codependency - Development of healthy boundaries in relationships; strategies for increasing individual self-esteem and autonomy; coping mechanisms for separation and individuation

Couples - Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love

Family issues - Promoting communication and supporting family members to address challenges and reduce conflict and distress

Life transitions - Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Parents
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Insurance

Gary Fisher is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.


Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $300 (50min)
  • Sliding scale: $200 - $300
  • Initial session: $300 (50min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Cash
  • Check
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
  • PayPal
  • Venmo
  • Zelle
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Monthly
  • Every other week
  • Multiple times a week

Location(s)

West Los Angeles practice
11340 West Olympic Boulevard, Suite 207, Los Angeles, California 90064
Accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 9:00am-10:00pm
  • Tue 9:00am-10:00pm
  • Wed 9:00am-10:00pm
  • Thu 9:00am-10:00pm
  • Fri 9:00am-10:00pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Online Sessions (California)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 9:00am-10:00pm
  • Tue 9:00am-10:00pm
  • Wed 9:00am-10:00pm
  • Thu 9:00am-10:00pm
  • Fri 9:00am-10:00pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Private Practice , 2001 - Present
Various Addiction Treatment Centers in Hawaii, Australia, and California, 1980 - 2019


Languages

English