Michelle Massi (Otelsberg), a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (MFC 48857), and her associates specialize in the treatment of anxiety and mood disorders using a cognitive behavioral approach.  With two offices, one located in West Los Angeles with convenient access from all over Los Angeles and the second office located in Encino with convenient access from the San Fernando Valley, Santa Clarita and Thousand Oaks, Ms. Massi provides quality individual and family treatment for clients. In addition, we offer teletherapy to clients located in California.  Individuals (ages 3-99), Families and Couples may be seeking treatment for a wide variety of psychological issues, including:

  • Anxiety/Worry

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

  • Panic Attacks

  • Compulsive Hoarding

  • Tourette’s/Tics

  • Social Phobia

  • Health or Illness Anxiety

  • Paruresis

  • Post-Partum OCD and Anxiety

  • Misophonia

  • Specific Phobias

  • Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors

  • Body Dysmorphic Disorder

  • Depression

  • Relationship Problems

  • Family Issues and Dynamics

  • Personal Growth

  • Stress Management

  • Trauma

  • Sleep Issues

To set up an appointment or for more information, please contact Ms. Massi by email at info@anxietytherapyla.comor by filling out the google form on our contact page.

Anxiety Therapy L.A. also offers case consultation to therapists, rabbis and pastors.  Please call for more information.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an empirically supported treatment that focuses on patterns of thinking that are maladaptive and the beliefs that underlie such thinking. Studies of CBT have demonstrated this type of therapy as an effective treatment for anxiety and mood disorders. CBT is structured, goal-oriented, and focused on the present as opposed to the past.  CBT utilizes between session assignments to help the client apply the new skills and techniques into daily life as well as to help augment the treatment.

The Practice

Together, we will build a personalized treatment plan designed specifically for your needs, which will allow you to progress at your own pace.  Our approach is focused and structured to help you learn techniques which will allow you to better adapt to life’s challenging situations more effectively.  If you have questions about our policies and procedures, you can find more information here.

Areas of Practice

Anxiety, mood and other related disorders are highly treatable using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).  We know that thoughts, feelings and behaviors are all connected and influence one another.  CBT is a short-term treatment option that aims to solve problems concerning dysfunctional emotions, behaviors and cognitions through a goal-oriented, systematic approach focused in the present.  In other words, CBT challenges the patterns of thinking and behavior that maintain the anxiety and mood difficulties.  We use exposure and response prevention (ERP) to challenge the behaviors.

CBT is structured, goal-oriented, and focused on the present as opposed to the past.  CBT utilizes between-session assignments to help the client apply new skills and techniques into daily life as well as to help augment the treatment.

Occasionally an individual may need medication in addition to psychotherapy.  Combining medication with CBT can be an effective way to deal with more severe problems or to help a person use CBT more effectively.  I frequently collaborate with psychiatrists who are also experts in anxiety and mood disorders from a medication perspective.

Together we will design the most effective treatment plan for your specific needs.  The approach is active, focused and structured to help you to understand and master your problem at your own pace.

Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety is considered a normal reaction to a stressor.  Some individuals experience anxiety that is persistent, seemingly uncontrollable, and overwhelming. If it’s an excessive, irrational dread of everyday situations, it can be disabling. When anxiety interferes with daily activities, you may have an anxiety disorder.

Mood Disorders

Mood disorders refer to a group of diagnoses in which the disturbance in mood as the predominant feature. These include Major Depressive Disorder, Bipolar Disorder and Dsythymic Disorder.

Life Management

Sometimes individuals, couples and families need help with managing everyday life stressors.  Issues that often come up include stress management, need for assertiveness skills, need for parenting skills, family conflict and personal growth.

A Look at Our Practice

Anxiety Therapy L.A. is a group practice founded by director Michelle Massi, LMFT.  We specialize in the treatment of Anxiety Disorders using cognitive behavioral treatment.  Our cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) treatments are individualized for a full range of psychological disorders.  Each of our clinicians are licensed to practice in the state of California.  Michelle Massi, LMFT, Gabi Deak, LCSW, Reed Farrer, LMFT, Nicholas Jewell, PsyD, and Nadine Shoukry, LMFT are trained and practice with the most current treatments supported by empirical research.


Treatments are available for a range of mental health conditions including anxiety, OCD, depression, life stressors and other mood disorders.  These include cognitive-behavioral treatments for individuals, couples and families.  Home visits are available, when appropriate, for maximum effectiveness.  Effective CBT will help you break free from old habits, develop healthy coping skills and find new ways to respond to life’s challenging situations.

For additional treatment services not mentioned here, please feel free to contact me.

Individual Therapy

Weekly individual therapy sessions last approximately 50 minutes and are conducted in the office. Additional sessions or exposures in the home or elsewhere in the community may be warranted depending on the needs of each individual client.

Couples Therapy

Couples therapy sessions are available to help individuals improve their relationship with their partner.

Family Therapy

Anxiety and mood disorders do not just affect the individual, they make an impact on the entire family. Family therapy sessions are available to help both children and parents develop the skills needed to cope with their particular situation.

Consultations & Other Services

Consultations are available for therapists, rabbis and pastors in need of a second opinion or specialized training for their existing clients.
Additional training seminars or presentations are available for the treatment of OCD and OC-Spectrum Disorders.