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Her practice is in Beverly Hills. 310-859-9007, dbsmommy@aol.com.

From the March 7, 2003 issue of the Jewish Journal:

While it is hard to cull out how many cyberaddicts are Jews, mental health professionals agree that there is no reason to believe the proportion is any different among the Jewish population than the general population.

"The Web site has become the opiate of the 21st century. It's a wonderful way to stay in your secret world, your fantasy world," said Donna Burstyn, a psychotherapist who has many Orthodox clients.

Donna says:

My main goal with clients is to foster a safe and nurturing environment so they may explore the fullest range of joy and healing. Many of us were raised by parents that were emotionally unavailable.I know that we internalize this information and create our own dysfunctional relationships with spouses, business partners and children & continue these unhealthy patterns. The information one learns about personal patterns and relationship is a valuable tool. From there we can make new choices. I work very compatably with 12-Step Programs and have been doing so for FIFTEEN YEARS.

In the beginning it is all about creating a comfortable place for people to be themselves. People that walk into a therapy office are very courageous to begin with and I tend to let things unfold rather than have my own agenda for them to step into.

Many clients of mine suffer from depression and anxiety. As an attempt to touch more people, I MAKE HOUSE SESSIONS when necessary (a rare find these days but much needed when working with clients in pain).

Here's some information on Donna from the Psychology Today website:

GENERAL
  • Gender: Female
  • Years in Practice: 10 Years
  • Avg Cost (per session): $80-$89
  • Sliding Scale: Yes
  • Accepts Credit Cards: No
  • Accepted Insurance Plans:
    • Aetna
    • BlueCross and/or BlueShield
    • Oxford
    • United
  • Please ask about your health
    insurance coverage when you
    arrange your first visit.
CLIENT FOCUS
  •  
  • Ethnicity: Any
  • Gender: All
  • Religious Orientation: Any
  • Gay/Lesbian Expertise: Yes
  • Alternative Languages: Hebrew
  • Age: Adolescents, Adults, Children, Elders
QUALIFICATIONS
  • Graduate School: Antioch University
  • Year Graduated: 1991
  • License No. and State: MFC 32445 California
SPECIALTIES:
  • Chronic Pain or Illness
  • Relationship Issues
  • Life Coaching
  • Depression
  • Anxiety or Fears
  • Addictions or Substance Abuse
  • Child or Adolescent Issues
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Abuse or Violence
  • Eating Disorders
  • Gay Lesbian Issues
  • Loss or Grief
  • Parenting
  • Sex Therapy
  • Spirituality
  • Impulse Control Disorders
  • Thinking Disorders
  • CHRONIC PAIN AND CONDITIONS
TREATMENT PREFERENCES
  • Orientation:
    Family/Marital Therapy
    Psychodynamic
    TRANSPERSONAL/SPIRITUAL
    LIFE COACHING
  • Modality:
  • Couples
  • Family
  • Individuals
EASY ACCESS

Donna Burstyn also hosts the following groups:

Looking for Him: Finding You : A Woman's Grp
9615 Brighton Way, Ste. 412, Beverly Hills, California
Every Wednesday at 8:15pm - 9:30pm
$30-$39 per session

This woman's group focuses on self-esteem, body image, relationship patterns and personal growth in a safe and confidential small group atmosphere. women in transition are particularly supported by such a group.
Chronic pain & Illness: I WILL SURVIVE
9615 Brighton Way, Suite 412, Beverly Hills, California
Every Sunday, Monday at 9:15am - 10:30am
$30-$39 per session

For adults suffering with chronic conditions such as M.S., fibro-myalgia., chrones disease., chronic migraines, pain due to surgeries, etc. We work on relaxation techniques, sharing strength, experience, referrals and empathy in a loving, safe environment.