Here's My Story

I'm  Dovid Meshchaninov (That's pronounced – MEH-SHA-NEE-NOV)

A few years ago I was in a very different place than I am today. I remember celebrating one of my birthdays and feeling so broken and unclear as to how I would ever get past the pain and emotional struggles that I was experiencing.  I could not see myself being able to successfully build my life or attain the level of well-being and happiness that I wanted and new I could attain. 

I considered standard therapy but after a few unsuccessful attempts I knew that more awareness is not what I needed. 

I needed something deeper. I desperately needed something deeper.  

My breakthrough came when I fully invested in working with an amazingly talented mind-body practitioner. The mind-body approach allowed for the full release and healing of my emotions.

I learned that I didn’t need as much to “figure out” what was wrong with me as to experience letting go and feeling myself and emotions more deeply. Working together I was finally able to birth through the shell of my past pain and experience levels of happiness and calm that I never imagined. 

I spent the next couple of years learning everything I could about mind-body emotional healing. This included a three year masters in clinical psychology, a year long mind-body psychotherapy program, and advanced training in Somatic Experiencing® and Craniosacral Therapy (see full bio below)


I am a mind-body psychotherapist and have been working as a therapist for over 6 years. I am an Associate Professional Clinical Counselor (APCC) #2705 a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP) and a Craniosacral Therapist. I received my Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology through Prescott College and trained in Reidman College’s Mind-Body Psychotherapy program. I completed the three year Somatic Experiencing specialization program in trauma work and trained at the Upledger Institute for Cranio-sacral Therapy. I worked at The Maple Counseling Center and Airport Marina Counseling Service, both of which are psychodynamically focused counseling centers, and completed the Couples Counseling track at Airport Marina Counseling Service. I worked at the Chabad Rehab Center as a staff therapist counseling those struggling with addiction and worked in school based settings bringing mindfulness techniques to students.

In addition to the above advanced trainings I have participated in trainings related to EMDR, mindfulness and spirituality and self growth.

I work with individuals and couples and use a holistic range of modalities including psychodynamic theory, somatic psychology, existential and transpersonal psychology, systems and attachment theory, and mindfulness.

My approach is compassionate and non-judgemental and I aim to help each client address their issues at a core level that including all parts of who they are including mental, physical, transpersonal, and relational dimensions. I combine my life experience, education, and intuition and incorporate talk and touch techniques to help clients achieve maximum results.

I work with local clients in my Los Angeles office and with long distance clients over Skype.

Dovid is supervised by Marci Bezaquen, LSCW (#28223)

Cultural specialties and Languages

  1. Judaism

  2. Intersection of Jewish practice and emotional and mental health

  3. Navigating sexuality and Jewish values

  4. Fluent in Hebrew

Professional Organizations and memberships:

Member of American Psychology Association (APA)

Member of California Association of Professional Clinical Counselors (CAPCC)

Member of California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)

Member of Somatic Experiencing Practitioners (SE)

Member of International Alliance of Health Care Practitioners (IAHE)

Member of  Upledger International (UI)