Lisa Kantor | Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT

My specialty is relationships. Not just the relationships you have with those around you but the relationship you have with yourself. If you are feeling unsatisfied, stuck, and not sure where to go from here, then I am the person to reach out to. I can help assist you, give you feedback, listen, and support you on your journey to self discovery. I am confident that if we work together you will get to where you want to be. Life should not be a struggle. Reach out and let’s get started.





What makes me unique and different from any other therapist is my character and essence. It’s all about the connection you have with the person you are working with. If you don’t feel a connection then you won’t feel safe to really explore the depth of what’s going on. Scratching the surface will not get you to where you want to be. I can help you get real.

I know taking the first step can be the scariest part. You can always come up with reasons and excuses as to why you don’t just pick up the phone and reach out. It doesn’t have to be scary, in fact the end result should feel great. Take the first step with me.

Topics of her expertise include a broad-spanning topics including anxiety, depression, relationships, creativity, co-parenting, and dating.

Take the First Step with Me.



  • Abuse & Trauma
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Bipolar
  • Chronic Pain
  • Relationships
  • Dating
  • Sexual issues & Kink
  • Bipolar
  • Chronic Pain & Illness
  • Divorce & Blended Families
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Grief, Loss, And Bereavement Therapy
  • Inner Child Therapy
  • Interior Design for Wellbeing
  • Life Transition Therapy
  • Men’s issues and Therapy for Men
  • Parenting Issues & Therapy for Parents
  • Premarital Therapy
  • Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PDD)
  • Rape & Sexual Assault
  • Self-esteem Issues in Therapy
  • Social Anxiety
  • Social Media & Gaming Issues
  • Stress Management
  • Teen Therapy
  • Therapy for Creative Blocks and Artists
  • Women’s Issues
  • Young Adult Therapy
  • Art Therapy
  • Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Interpersonal Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing Therapy
  • Person Centered Therapy
  • Psycho Dynamic Therapy
  • Strength Based Therapy
  • Solution Focused Therapy
  • Problem Solving Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

Lisa Kantor, MS, LMFT
Licensed marriage Family Therapist
Specializing in Art Therapy, Adolescents and Families.


3231 Ocean Park Blvd, Suite 205
Santa Monica, CA 90405

Lic# MEC 48263

Therapy for Creatives

I came to therapy by way of working in the arts. I remain passionate about artistic expression, and provide specialized services for creative professionals who are ready to get inspired and thrive. 

Those in creative industries experience a unique set of issues that sometimes make life feel chaotic and put pressure on close relationships. My background in the arts affords me special insight into the stresses and nuances of the inner world of the creative, making me uniquely positioned to help those in creative spheres tackle the specific challenges they face in life, business, and art.


  • Healing stress, anxiety & depression

  • Reducing performance / public speaking anxiety

  • Dissolving creative blocks

  • Eliminating self-doubt & negative self-talk

  • Overcoming perfectionism & imposter syndrome

  • Expanding creativity & performance

  • Dealing with rejection

  • Learning the art of self-compassion

  • Developing a healthy relationship to money

  • Maintaining life/work balance

  • Navigating the highs & lows of acting, entrepreneurship & creative industries

  • Cultivating healthy relationships


There is a strong connection between creativity and psychological health. For those impacted by trauma and painful past experiences, creativity can play an important role in survival, resilience, restoration, and recovery. In turn, creativity and confidence flow more freely when inner obstacles and blocks are dissolved. Trauma, when not processed and released, is often the root cause of creative and performance issues.

I have adapted contemporary models of trauma treatment to the creative dilemma and use these techniques daily in my practice. I am excited to offer state of the art tools from EMDR, Positive Psychology, and Mindfulness to reduce the effects of trauma often experienced by creative professionals, including the symptoms of performance anxiety, fear and depression often at the root of creative and performance blocks.

Brain-body therapy is ideal for helping creatives heal from the past, ignite their talent, and pursue their dreams and career with all cylinders.

Ultimately we are all creatives, whether our art is a recognized discipline, or a way of showing up for ourselves and in the world. I combine psychotherapy with somatic and experiential treatments to serve the personal, professional, and creative growth of folks in any life stage, field or discipline.

Why Focus on Therapy for Artists?

I do not believe it the romantic notion that artists need to suffer in order to make art.  Suffering is part of the human condition, and the cost of caring about anything is pain. Sadness, disappointment, shame, anxiety, grief — those are all part of being a person.

However, artists are often very temperamentally perceptive and sensitive, which can make a person more vulnerable to depression and anxiety. Artists also face a variety of issues such as:

  • Impostor syndrome
  • Writers’ block
  • Frequent rejection (submitting art, auditioning, etc.)
  • Performance anxiety
  • Struggle with work/art/life balance
  • Depression or anxiety interfering with creative motivation