Therapist West Los Angeles(310) 553-9020

Daniel Slavin Ph.D.

Daniel Slavin Ph.D., MFT

Education and background

I attended the University of Wisconsin and The Evergreen State College, receiving a BA in Psychology; an MA in Counseling Psychology from the University of Oregon; did my course work at the Fielding Institute, Santa Barbara, and finished my dissertation in Ericksonian Hypnosis for my PhD in Clinical Psychology at Sierra University, Los Angeles, California. I became licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in California which expanded my ability to offer effective tools when providing Couples Counseling, Family Counseling, and other modalities of therapy.

Training and Experience

My father, Dr. Joseph G. Slavin, former Head of the Psychiatric Institute of Washington, early in his career trained with the renowned Dr. Harry Stack Sullivan. Influenced by my father’s work, I trained and taught the Adlerian-Dreikursian Child Rearing Techniques (based on natural and logical consequences) which provided an improved learning experience for counseled parents on the televised "Saturday Circus."

I have also worked and studied extensively at the Mental Research Institute (MRI) of Palo Alto, California with Dr. Jay Hayley, Dr. Don Jackson, Dr. John Weakland, Dr. Paul Watzlawick, Dr. Richard Fisch and Dr. Gregory Bateson. I was privileged to be mentored for eight years by Dr. Milton Erickson at his home in Phoenix Arizona where I had the opportunity to work with Jeffrey Zeig. In addition, my work with Cloé Madanes, Virginia Satir, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross and Salvador Minuchin have proved invaluable to my practice.

I was Adjunct Faculty at Antioch University Seattle and at the John Bastyr Medical School. Over the course of my career, I have consulted at various drug treatment centers throughout the US and have been the substance-abuse therapist in attendance at major music festivals and events.

I have expanded into other areas of addiction including sexual addiction, gambling, eating disorders and any type of addiction that can be facilitated by the Twelve Step Program or the similar approach I have developed throughout my 30 years of practice.

I am trained in divorce mediation by Forrest S. Mosten.


During my professional training, I spent time in South America studying and researching the Inca Civilization. As one of the most advanced cultures of its time, I found the Incas to provide an excellent model for establishing pertinent, effective and obtainable goals. This model allows for a simple, step-by-step outline, is easy to understand and incorporate into patients’ lives to fit their needs, making it an effective tool for use in many therapeutic scenarios.

This research also led to my work with the Crisis Clinic of Thurston Mason Counties in Seattle Washington, which has since become a model program duplicated nationwide. At many of the clinics I established, I trained other professionals in the field to use and understand my innovative approach developed from my studies of the Incas. I also introduced techniques specifically for radio and television in order to benefit a wider audience and to help patients make relatively minor adjustments to solve their difficulties.

The most important relationship I help you with is with yourself. Once you are clear about who you are, rather than who you think you should be, all of your relationships will flow much more smoothly.

Contact me for a first session to see if we are a good fit, and if not I will try to refer you to someone who is.

I provide remote therapy via Phone, Skype or Facetime

Member of The California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (MFC 27522) & The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapists