About Dr. Godot

About Dr. Godot

Dr. David Godot earned his Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago. His clinical training and subsequent work has focused primarily on addictions, trauma, and mind-body medicine. He has extensive training in the treatment of chronic pain in both inpatient and outpatient settings, as well as other somatic disturbances such as fibromyalgia and IBS, and is experienced in the assessment and treatment of substance abuse and dependence, dual diagnosis, and both acute and complex PTSD.

Dr. Godot is an internationally recognized expert in the use of clinical hypnosis. He has been teaching workshops in hypnotherapy for professional societies since 2009, and currently serves as Education Chair for the Society of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis and as Book Review Editor for the American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis. In 2011, he received the Early Career Achievement Award from the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, and has received a Presidential Commendation from the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis.

Treatment Philosophy

My clinical work begins with the idea of holism — that the mind, body, spirit, and environment are all parts of the same system. To understand any psychological or physical problem, it is necessary to understand what aspects of that system are out of balance, in what way, and to what end. Symptoms emerge to compensate for those imbalances. The symptom is a solution. So in order to cure the symptoms, it is necessary to understand the core problem and help the patient find a better solution.

I use an integrative approach to accomplish that goal, drawing on cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused, narrative, existential, humanistic, psychoanalytic, and transpersonal strategies to assist my patients in upgrading their style of living. I aim for a balance between rapid symptom relief and lasting, broad-spectrum improvement in quality of life.


In addition to providing individual and group therapy in Los Angeles, I also work with patients on an intensive outpatient unit several days per week, and teach a number of undergraduate psychology courses on topics such as Motivation & Emotion, Human Development, and Counseling Skills.

Therefore, I have a limited number of times available each week to see patients in private practice and so tend to accept only patients who are highly motivated to achieve personal growth and change. Nevertheless, I strive to ensure that no one is turned away for strictly financial reasons, and so offer a sliding fee scale to accommodate patients’ income as needed.

To schedule an appointment, call (323) 942-9668, or email dgodot@gmail.com.