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Ann Forisha Thiel, PhD
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Ann Forisha Thiel, PhD, Psychologist in Pacific Palisades, CA
Ann Forisha Thiel, Psychologist


I am a Clinical Psychologist, Marriage & Family Therapist, and chairperson of Malibu Global Awareness (A charity support organization for Doctors Without Borders).
I specialize in adolescents, children, families and married couples. I have written and taught in these areas. I have successfully worked with couples in marital therapy as well as couple group therapy. For years I have worked with individuals, in both psychotherapy and life coaching.
I also consult with schools and give workshop on many topics. I have written 11 childrens books, which are available on
My modality is psychodynamic and family systems. I work with all ethnic groups, gender and religious orientations. I have published, written, produced and taught throughout the world.
Although most of my clients are seen in the traditional 50-minute, exclusively via Zoom during the Covid-19 pandemic, I often conduct therapy in multiple sessions. In fact, I have found that a very effective means of treatment is actually to conduct family or couple therapy in marathon sessions. This requires scheduling 10 to 18 hours of work over a two or three day period. This method is particularly useful to help families breakout of a stalemate or work through an impasse in their relationship in order for members to move forward in their lives—together or separately as the case may be. Marathon sessions are often a very practical alternative whenever family members live far apart. In recent years, I have co-conducted such marathons along with my colleague, Dr. Bill Forisha, in San Francisco, California, Seattle, Washington, Hamburg, Germany, and Budapest, Hungary.

Ann Forisha is also listed in Best Marriage Therapists in Pacific Palisades


Ann Forisha Thiel received a bachelor’s degree from the Baylor and completed her PhD from the USC.

Licensing & Certifications:

  • Licensed: Practice License Verified
  • License State: California
  • License Number: PSY 11416 and MFC MQ9044, received 1984
  • Mediation


  • Anxiety
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Blended Families
  • Career Counseling
  • Child Therapy
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Family Conflict
  • General marriage
  • Intimacy
  • Life Coaching
  • Marital and Premarital
  • Panic Disorder
  • Parenting
  • Pre-marriage
  • Pregnancy
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Social Anxiety

Types of Therapy:

  • Family Therapy
  • Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Internal Family Systems Therapy
  • Marriage And Family Therapy

Services Provided Via:

  • Phone
  • Internet meeting
  • HIPAA compliant TeleHealth via Zoom

Works With:

  • Individual
  • Couples
  • Family
  • Group

Working With Marriages for:

  • 45 Year(s)

Free Phone Consultations?

  • Yes

Hourly Fees Range:

  • $200 - $250

Language(s) Spoken:

  • English

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