Ivan Ayala

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About Me

Hello. I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and Marriage and Family therapist with over 10 years of experience working as a clinical psychotherapist. It is a priority for me to provide teens with a space where they can be themselves and feel genuinely understood regardless of what issues they may be facing. From there, we begin to do the work to heal and grow individually and as members of their family, school and community. Throughout my career I have worked with teens and families from various backgrounds with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, self-harm, school/social issues, parenting/family problems, LGBT+ issues, low self-esteem and addiction/chemical dependency.
My therapy style is relational and warm. I believe in hearing everyone’s story from a place of compassion and respect. My therapeutic approach combines cognitive-behavioral, acceptance and commitment, solution-focused, narrative, humanistic and psychodynamic therapy. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your young adult where they are so I can help them regarding their unique and specific needs, as well as the needs of the overall family.
The teenage years are filled with significant developmental and social changes in a very small window of time. I believe it is important to offer teens help in a way that does not add further stress to their busy lives.
I look forward to working with your family.


  • Stress, Anxiety
  • LGBT
  • Relationship issues
  • Family conflicts
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Addictions , Trauma and abuse , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Sleeping disorders , Parenting issues , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Coping with life changes , Coaching , ADHD , Aging and Geriatric Issues , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 11

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video





LMFT #2837 (Expires: 2022-12-31)

LICSW #23335 (Expires: 2022-03-31)


Written by P.E. on Jan 24, 2022 after therapy with Ivan for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, coping with life changes, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, and lgbt

I'm new to this and Ivan has made me feel extremely comfortable sharing very personal information. He pays attention to a lot of the details and helps me open up about things that are weighing on me. I feel confident that in time I will be able to work through everything with Ivan's help.

Written by A.N. on Jan 07, 2022 after therapy with Ivan for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Ivan is wonderful he makes me feel listened and really engages in conversation asking key questions getting to the root of things, his energy and engagement make therapy sessions proactive. Also is very understanding, nonjudgmental and compassionate , I'm so glad my healing journey has started. Forever thankful Ivan!

Written by B.J. on Jan 06, 2022 after therapy with Ivan for 2 weeks on issues concerning lgbt, relationship issues, and family conflicts

I had lots of questions right off the bat and Ivan help me change and turn to the right direction immediately! Very professional very knowledgeable very straightforward and listens and cares. I trust you with my life change Ivan thank you for your caring and support you're wonderful thank you!

Written by D.E. on Jan 05, 2022 after therapy with Ivan for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, depression, self esteem, relationship issues, coping with life changes, trauma and abuse, grief, and lgbt

Ivan is so nice ! Glad to have him at my first therapist. recommend 10/10 and asks if I’m okay or if i need to talk he is here for me!

Written by L.U. on Dec 31, 2021 after therapy with Ivan for 2 weeks

Ivan shows great concern for my son's situation. It is greatly appreciated and I feel supported in this difficult circumstances