About Me


My Approach

You may be wanting relief from specific symptoms or help reaching specific goals.  Or maybe you’re struggling with how it feels to be you in the world, and longing to feel more comfortable in your own skin.  Perhaps you’re seeking a new way of relating to others that feels more genuine and fulfilling.  Psychotherapy and psychoanalysis can help you find relief and achieve a more authentic way of living.  By working together in the context of a safe therapeutic relationship, we can help you become aware of what’s contributing to your difficulties, which can help you find the freedom to feel and live in a more satisfying way.  

We build our Selves out of the relationship “lumber” that surrounds us as we grow and develop.  Research shows that much of this happens on an implicit or unconscious level in our brains, which is why it’s so hard to create significant lasting change even when we want to change.  That’s also why it can be so helpful to have a compassionate, empathic therapist trained to identify implicit/unconscious thoughts, feelings, and patterns that may be keeping you stuck.  Once we identify and understand them, you’re better able to see when they’re occuring, which enables you to choose new, healthier and more adaptive outcomes.  

Please feel free to call me if I can provide any information to help you decide if this is a good fit for you.

About Me

Gerard Sobnosky is a licensed marriage and family therapist with private practices in Manhattan Beach and Rolling Hills Estates.  He’s been studying psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy at the postgraduate level for the past 11 years.  He runs small groups teaching dream analysis to therapists in the South Bay, and teaches psychodynamic psychotherapy to Chinese therapists via Zoom as part of the Chinese-American Psychoanalytic Alliance.  He is an Advanced Clinical Associate at the New Center for Psychoanalysis, and is an active member of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the International Psychoanalytic Association.  He is also a musician, performing locally with his rockabilly trio Those Sunsabillys.