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About Dr. Harel

Dr. Harel Papikian

Coming from a multi-ethnic family and growing up in turbulent places all over the globe, I developed a profound interest in human psyche and the desire to understand what makes us tick. Throughout my undergraduate studies in Israel, and later, during my graduate work in USA, I explored the field of psychology in search of therapy approaches that work well and work fast. I became familiar with psycho-dynamic thinking and philosophy, humanistic approach to therapy, as well as cognitive behavioral therapy. I found these to be very valuable in understanding the complexity of human experience, however, neither one of these approaches offered an effective, versatile and comprehensive tools to assist clients in creating rapid and profound change. 

This left me wondering whether there is something else – a mind technology that would work well in the age of high-speed life-style; something that would allow for rapid, profound and lasting transformation. In my quest I came across NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) and hypnosis. I became fascinated with the richness of NLP and hypnosis. Both approaches are rooted in a monumental work of many profoundly gifted and renowned psychotherapists. My experience working with the most challenging populations and conditions proved the tremendous effectiveness of NLP in releasing past unresolved negative emotions, limiting decisions, and trauma, as well as helping clients build prosperous present and future through acquiring new resources, strategies, and tools. In NLP I found something that was effective, fast and sustainable. In other words, principles and technology based on NLP and hypnosis delivered results, rather than just “talked about it.”

My passion has always been working with couples of all backgrounds and configurations, including same sex couples. After moving to Los Angeles and living in the beautiful and vibrant West Hollywood, I founded the West Hollywood Couples Clinic. My mission is to bring the knowledge of NLP and the richness of my clinical experience to our communities, as well as to apply it to the unique needs of gay men and LGBTQI+ couples. Watching my clients grow and prosper fulfills my purpose and the purpose of West Hollywood Couples clinic. We grow together.


Clinical Psychologist in the State of California (PSY22807). 


2010 Trainer of NLP - Association for integrative Psychology (AIP), Los Angeles, CA

2010 Certified Master Practitioner of NLP, Hypnosis, and Time Empowerment ® - Association for Integrative Psychology (AIP), Los Angeles, CA 

2009 Certified Practitioner of NLP, Hypnotherapy, and Time Empowerment ® - Association for integrative Psychology (AIP), Los Angeles, CA 

2009 Licensed Clinical Psychologist, State of CA - PSY 22807 

2007 Doctor of Clinical Psychology, Florida Institute of Technology, FL 

2005 Master of Sciences in Psychology, Florida Institute of Technology, FL 

2000 Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Tel-Aviv University, Israel 

2000 Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Anthropology, Tel-Aviv University, Israel

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