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Personal Growth Institute


Los Angeles CaliforniaThe Basics

 Founded in 2000 in Tarzana, California by Dr. Foojan Zeine, a Persian psychotherapist and licensed counselor, Personal Growth Institute is a non-profit facility, which provides multi-lingual outpatient services for clients suffering from chemical dependency, as well as those with co-occurring disorders. Personal Growth Institute provides affordable English, Arabic, Russian, Hebrew, Armenian and Spanish-speaking services to a multi-cultural clientele. Their belief is that honoring a client’s’ heritage, values and religious practices is crucial to the healing process, and helps a client form a strong sense of identity. Besides Tarzana, Personal Growth Institute has offices in Brentwood and Pasadena.

Treatment and Staff

At Tarzana, treatment takes place inside a single-family house, which provides a comfortable environment. The Brentwood and Pasadena facilities are inside office buildings. Prior to admission, clients undergo a comprehensive assessment with a counselor, and develop an individualized treatment plan. Treatment length varies per client’s needs, but between six and eight weekly individual sessions are recommended. Addiction counseling is offered during the evenings. Treatment includes individual therapy and medication management with a staff psychiatrist (if appropriate). Each Personal Growth Institute location sees between seven and 10 clients on a daily basis.

Clients are strongly encouraged, but typically not required, to attend 12-step meetings. Individual therapy is also provided for those with co-occurring disorders, as well as those with trauma, mood and personality disorders and other mental health issues. Though there is no formal program, occasionally, group therapy is offered in cases where it is deemed beneficial for several clients who face similar issues. Topics include anger management, parenting, art therapy and building social skills.

At Personal Growth Institute, an evidence-based practice, specifically, CBT is used as the primary mode of treatment. Additionally, therapists employ psychodynamic and alternative therapies including neurofeedback, biofeedback, EMDR and hypnotherapy. Zeine also uses the awareness integration model, a therapy that she created, during counseling sessions.

Besides CEO Zeine who is a clinical psychologist, as well as a MFT, the staff of 15 licensed professionals includes CADCs, a child development specialist, registered addiction specialists, administrative support and a psychiatrist. A majority of staff is bilingual.


Personal Growth Institute provides a sliding scale fee to eligible clients. Other services include child therapy, online and telephone counseling and family therapy.

In Summary

Personal Growth Institute offers comprehensive one on one treatment for clients suffering from chemical dependency, as well as those with co-occurring disorders. This unique facility fulfills the demand for  much needed services to non-English speaking clients. Staff really appears to care about their clients and will go out of their way to help. While they are primarily focused on providing individual therapy, this is still an excellent choice for those in the Los Angeles area seeking a culturally-sensitive option for outpatient care.

Tarzana Office
5536 Tampa Ave
Tarzana, CA 91356

Brentwood Office
11601 Wilshire Blvd, Ste 500
Los Angeles, CA 90025

Pasadena Office
2810 East Del Mar Blvd, Ste 3
Pasadena, CA 91107

Personal Growth Institute Cost: $40-$120, per session (individual therapy). Reach Personal Growth Institute at (818) 609-9989. Find Personal Growth Institute at Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+

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