"People only seriously consider change when they feel accepted for exactly who they are."

    Carl Rogers

    Olga Zysman, LMFT

    Olga Zysman, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University. Olga has conducted research in the area of Autism under the direction of Dr. Ivar Lovvas at UCLA, while obtaining her degree in Psychology. Since 1996, Olga specializes in treating children with special needs, emotional problems, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, PTSD and adults with depression, anxiety and relational problems. Olga is passionate about working on Prevention and Early Intervention in the community through parent education, positive parenting and comprehensive family system’s approach to treatment. Olga works in clinical and administrative capacities at The Help Group and is a passionate advocate for improving lives of children and families in L.A. County and the local San Fernando community. In addition to treating children, adults and couples in private practice, Olga provides supervision to interns and clinicians. She encourages a strength-based, evidence-driven approach to parent education and mental health services.

    Vera Gisis, LCSW

    Vera Gisis is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who received her Master’s Degree from Columbia University. Vera has conducted research and worked in the area of Autism – specifically, on the publication of the Autism Diagnostic Interview under the direction of Dr. Marian Sigman at the Semel Institute at UCLA, where she obtained her undergraduate degree in psychology. As of 2005, Vera has worked as a clinician, supervisor and administrator at non-profit mental health agencies – most notably, The Help Group, providing therapeutic services to children, adolescents, adults and their families, as well as supervision to interns from universities (as a certified field instructor) and those collecting their BBS hours. Vera specializes in diagnosing and treating children/individuals with special needs – including, identification of early warning signs of Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, depression, anxiety and relational problems. Vera utilizes various treatment approaches tailored to the specific, unique needs of her clients and their families.



    What we offer to individuals and families:

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    Recognizing that the challenges in our daily lives are complex, Optimal Psychotherapy offers an array of services to address the unique needs of young children, adolescents, adults, couples and families.

    Children and adolescents:
    Developmental assessment, diagnostic evaluation, individualized treatment, therapeutic behavioral treatment, parenting psycho-education and intervention, child-parent psychotherapy, special needs/special education observation, consultation
    Assessment, diagnostic evaluation, insight-oriented treatment, as well as short- and long-term evidenced-based individualized treatment models, including present focused strategic behavioral, trauma focused CBT

    Marriage counseling, relational/intimacy issues, conflict resolution, parent conflict

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    Consultation services for MFT and MSW interns and licensed staff

    Consultation services for preschool and elementary school teachers, counselors, behavioral aids, special education teachers, advocates

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    Clinical supervision of MFT and MSW interns in accordance with BBS requirements

    Clinical supervision of MFT and MSW trainee students in accordance with California university requirements (UCLA, USC, Pepperdine, APU, CSUN), field instructor certifications

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    IEP/504 consultation for parents/caregivers

    Assistance with obtaining appropriate services for individuals with developmental delays and special needs

  • Contact Us


    16260 Ventura Blvd., LL30
    Encino, CA 91436
    Please contact us for hours and availability
    Olga - (818) 635-1889 | Vera - (818) 679-4170