Kim Cox Marriage & Family Therapist at Straight Up Treatment in Los Angeles

Kim Cox

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Clinical Training Director

I know the power that anxiety and discomfort can have over the way we live our lives both personally and through my work with kids, teens, parents and adults. The reality is that unhelpful anxiety and depressive narratives don’t usually start when we are adults. Oftentimes, I am sitting across the room from someone who has been attempting to deal with the issue for long enough, to no avail, that it has gotten them to a place of readiness to do something different to address it.

Whether you are a child, teen or adult, anything that gets in the way of you living the life you want to live, impacts the way you see yourself, others and the world abound. It takes a lot of courage to seek guidance from someone else when you are used to dealing with things the way you are used to dealing with them. We will work together collaboratively to find helpful ways forward to rewire and manage those old unproductive ways of coping and replace them with new learning that stems from your values, what’s important to you and what you are motivated to move towards. Through my work with others, I have learned that people can cultivate courage, growth and resilience that allows them to reengage in life in meaningful ways.

Whether you are parents looking for guidance on anxiety management in your household; or a child, teen, or adult dealing with anxiety, OCD, depression living in a neurodiverse world, the process of therapy is a collaborative one. You are the expert in your life, and I am a fellow traveler that is part of your journey who can guide, support, relate, encourage and teach.

“I believe that we all have inherent resources and strengths that can be accessed and utilized with the right guidance and support.”

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (#115817). I have over 10 years of experience working with children, adolescents, adults, parents and families in clinical settings as well as in senior management positions in clinical programs and services.

My approach to therapy is integrative and relationship-based. I use methods such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (ACT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP). I am highly specialized in treating anxiety, OCD-spectrum, autism spectrum, learning disabilities, ADD/ADHD, depression, phase of life stressors, and parenting challenges. My treatment approach focuses on working with the person to harness their inherent resources, get in touch with their values and what drives them forward, while enhancing their understanding of whatever the presenting issue is so that they can manage and respond in healthier and values-driven ways.

I would be glad to speak with you about how I can help you or your child overcome challenges with anxiety!

“You are braver than you believe, stronger than you feel, and smarter than you think.”

Having grown up in the “land of fear and stress” as a child myself, I understand the power that fear has on our minds. The experience of chronic fear and stress in childhood and adolescence can have major impacts on how we view ourselves and the world. However, when provided with therapeutic guidance, collaboration, skills training, education and support, I have learned that children, adolescents and adults can cultivate courage, growth and resilience that allows them to approach life in more empowered and meaningful ways.