The Talisman Institute provides Therapy and Counseling services for the South Bay and Westside of So. California including: Malibu, Santa Monica, Venice, Marina del Rey, Beverly Hills, West Los Angeles, Westwood, Century City, Culver City, Beverly Glen, Bel Air, Hollywood, Long Beach, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, Torrance, El Segundo, Westchester, San Pedro, Gardena, Harbor City, Hawthorne, Lawndale, Lomita, Palos Verdes, & more…



Marriage, Relationship, & Couples Therapy / Counseling | Hypnotherapy | Depression | Substance Abuse | Premarital Counseling | Infidelity / Adultery | Anger Therapy | Family Counseling | Stop Smoking | Lose Weight


South Bay: 310-374-0372 / Santa Moncia: 310-827-7986  |  | |


We Are Committed to Help You Get Lasting Results For Your Problems In the Fewest Number of Sessions




Fred R. Talisman M.F.T.



Talisman Institute
Fred R. Talisman M.F.T.
Director #8924
CA State Licensed Psychotherapist for over 31 years
• Insurance/Payment Plans
• All Credit Cards Welcome
• Day & Evening Until 10pm
• Weekend Appointments Available
• On Call  virtually 24/7
Call Fred Now:
South Bay: 310-374-0372
Santa Moncia: 310-827-7986








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Why Should You Trust Your Care to
Fred R. Talisman M.F.T. and the Talisman Institute?
Some therapists are good at giving their clients understanding and insight on why they have their problems.  Others are gentle and caring.  They listen to their clients and respond with compassion. And some actually teach their clients practical skills.
Yet some therapists like Fred Talisman combine all three.  Fred has been helping people with problems for over 28 years. Fred has done his homework. He has a master’s degree in counseling and guidance, educational psychology and education.  He is a California State Licensed Marriage, Family and Child Counselor.
He never stops learning so that he can be more effective in helping you. You receive the full benefit of his commitment to personal growth and professional excellence.

What others have to say about Fred Talisman MFT
“How do you think of two hours? A long commute? A quarter of some people's work day? The typical length of a Hollywood movie?
Fred Talisman, a licensed psychotherapist of over twenty eight years, thinks of two hour in a totally unique way. It's the time it takes him to save, repair and revive a dying relationship. That's right. Two hours.
How does he do it? Well he's not the stereotypical therapist who sits back and says "uh huh" and watches couples get more and more polarized as they further talk themselves out of relationship by giving their laundry list of built up hurts and resentments.
If a couple is drowning , he's the lifeguard and he jumps in and does whatever it takes to save them, to buy them a second chance, a turning point.
I think he's a brilliant strategist. He uses his strategies to turn around years of pain. He uses them to defuse years of tension. He uses them to get the couple reconnected to the love and magic that brought them together in the first place. He demonstrates to them a path, a hope, a vision of the possibility of actually thriving together, and he does it in less than two hours.
To me, Fred is The Relationship Wizard. His ability to save dying relationships is his brilliance and magic. He forged it out of the heartbreak he witnessed countless times in his early years as a traditionally trained marriage counselor experiencing over and over how that training was grossly inadequate in assisting him to save couples in crisis. He's a practical man. He knows from hard experience that by the time most couples go to a relationship counselor one or both may be ready to end the relationship and the window of opportunity to save that relationship is now, or never.
When it comes to saving a relationship he's a bulldog. If there is a way to do it, he won't let go until he finds it. I think his strategies are a gift to couples.”
Joel Roberts, Former Prime Time Host, KABC Radio, Los Angeles, California

What You Can Expect When You Work With Fred
Many couples spend months or years in counseling with little to show for their efforts. Fred works in a direct practical, result oriented way.  In the first session he looks for the structure of the pattern of problems you are having.  By the end of that session, he can usually give you a clear idea of what help you are going to need from him to get lasting results for your problems. For most, that session is their “turning point.” Most couples leave that first session feeling very hopeful. They realize that with Fred’s help, their relationship really can be saved. By the end of the second session most leave with skills they can immediately begin to use to dramatically improve their relationship.

Simple and Direct
He goes for the most simple and direct way to give you results and only gets more complex if necessary.
Doesn’t Dwell on the Past
Fred’s approach starts with the here and now rather than assuming that all of your problems are related to your childhood.  He first gives you skills and strategies to help you get results in the here and now.  He only explores your past if it is obvious to both of you that the here and now approach is not enough.
On Going Positive Reinforcement of Your Changes
Taping your own sessions is welcomed and encouraged.  Many of Fred’s clients find that each time they play back the solution part of their session on tape they find that:
    1. So much is included in a session they catch learnings
     they may have missed during the session
    2. It is a wonderful tool for positive reinforcement.
    3. They progress more rapidly
    At your request; Fred will tape record the sessions for you at no extra charge.
Tools for Lasting Results
Whenever Fred helps you to resolve a problem, he also teaches you the skills to maintain that change.
Help Designed for the Busy Person
Fred tailors his practice for busy people.  He has evening appointments available so people don’t have to take time from work or school to see him.
He teaches his clients skills and strategies in a way that they can incorporate them into their daily life without having to take time out to practice them.