West LA Therapy: 2730 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 650 Santa Monica, CA 90403

Psychotherapy and Counseling

with Dr. Daniel Slavin, psychotherapist

Education and Background

I attended the University of Wisconsin and The Evergreen State College, receiving a BA in Psychology; an MA in Counseling Psychology from the University of Oregon; did my course work at the Fielding Institute, Santa Barbara, and finished my dissertation in Ericksonian Hypnosis for my PhD in Clinical Psychology at Sierra University, Los Angeles, California. I became licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in California which expanded my ability to offer effective tools when providing Couples Counseling, Family Counseling, and other modalities of therapy.

Training and Experience

My father, Dr. Joseph G. Slavin, former Head of the Psychiatric Institute of Washington, D.C., early in his career trained with the renowned Dr. Harry Stack Sullivan. Influenced by my father’s work, I trained and taught the Adlerian-Dreikursian Child Rearing Techniques (based on natural and logical consequences) which provided an improved learning experience for counseled parents on the televised “Saturday Circus."

I was Adjunct Faculty at Antioch University Seattle and at the John Bastyr Medical School. Over the course of my career, I have studied with and trained many other professionals in the therapeutic modalities using hypnotic approaches with people who are caught up in the hamster wheel life we have found ourselves. 


During my professional training, I spent time in South America studying and researching the Inca Civilization. As one of the most advanced cultures of its time, I found the Incas to provide an excellent model for establishing pertinent, effective and obtainable goals. My studies of the origins, behaviors, physical, social, and cultural developments of the Inca and various similar civilizations allowed me to pursue and develop a model of therapy based on some simple and yet very important premises. This model allows for a simple, step-by-step outline, is easy to understand and incorporate into patients’ lives to fit their needs, making it an effective tool for use in many therapeutic scenarios.

My research also led to my work with the Crisis Clinic of Thurston Mason Counties in Seattle Washington, which has since become a model program duplicated nationwide. At many of the clinics I established, I trained other professionals in the field to use and understand my innovative approach developed from my studies of the Incas. I also introduced techniques specifically for radio and television in order to benefit a wider audience and to help patients make relatively minor adjustments to solve their difficulties.


What is the problem?

Identify your specific problem and situation.


Ongoing Discussion.

Through therapy, I will assist you in defining achievable goals.


Solving the Problem.

I will help you learn simple, understandable procedures that will become second nature to help you reach those goals.

Make an Appointment

If you are seeking to change your life’s direction, improve your career, or enhance your relationships, I can teach you how to have a better insight about your own life. Don't wait, Contact me today!

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