Elizabeth Kromhout, MFT

Elizabeth Kromhout is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Lic 92416. Elizabeth began working at PDI six years ago and has specialized in adolescents ever since. She developed an expertise in helping kids as well as the family system.

The goal in life isn’t just to be happy. It’s to feel the entire span of human emotions and be okay with it. By gaining this strength, we can stop reacting to the outside environment and sit with emotions as they come and go allowing us to remain centered and become who we truly are.

She believes the therapeutic process should be interactive and is aggressive, while empathic, in her attempts to help people search for their truth. She’s most interested in human connection. What makes you you? What do you think about? What hurts?


Sarah Poyourow, MFT

Sarah Poyourow is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Lic 85500. Her expertise is working with older teens and college students. Students are bogged down with so much pressure to be great that they’ve forgotten to consider their own happiness. They’re chasing an idea and a goal, but overwhelmed with anxiety and stress while doing it. This westside bubble can be a monster of it’s own with unlimited pressure to be the very best. Good often never feels good enough.


Sarah works with each client to help better experience and express their emotions, to enhance motivation, improve communication, and build self-esteem. She can assist with the difficult transition from adolescence to adulthood. Her approach is integrative, building upon your strengths and incorporating creative and practical tools tailored to your unique circumstances. Each person is different and therefore she has been trained in a range of modalities including DBT, CBT, Psychodynamic Therapy, Family Systems, and Humanistic Therapy, to accommodate the individual goals of each person.twofold. She enjoys working with adolescents as well as parents. Due to the rapid and numerous changes that occur during this time period it is easy to feel overwhelmed. This westside bubble can be a monster of it’s own with unlimited pressure to be the very best student, but also the very best mom. Good often never feels good enough. This can cause anxiety, depression, sleep disturbance, relationship issues, substance abuse, and low self esteem, to name a few.


Kristen Welke, AMFT

Kristen Welke is a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist 104059 supervised by Elizabeth Kromhout, MFT. Her favorite kiddos to work with are younger adolescents and children. She has an innate ability to connect and communicate with them while at the same time being able to form a relationship with their parents to assist in the work they are doing in therapy. She creates a safe, non-judgmental space that allows clients to be themselves. As a therapist, she shows up authentically and establishes a real connection using empathy, creativity, and humor. She is well versed in LGBTQ issues as well.


Her approach is humanistic and strength-based while drawing on other theories such as psychodynamic, CBT, and Gestalt, while also incorporating mindfulness and awareness into sessions.








1821 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 647
Santa Monica, CA 90403

Our Approach

Our extensive clinical training in different approaches allows us to be flexible and practical in my approach, helping you attain your individual goals.

Cognitive Behavioral
Family Systems
Los Angeles Teen Therapist

What We Do

Individual Therapy

50 min Sessions tailored to your individual needs and goals

Therapy for Parents

Individual therapy for those who are parenting an adolescent and looking for support

Process Group for High Schoolers

We currently have weekly co-ed process groups for high schoolers. Tuesdays 4:15-5:45 and Wednesdays 4:15-5:45. Click to read more.

Individual Therapy for Moms

We work with moms who are in a difficult phase of their own lives raising adolescents.

Process Group for Middle Schoolers

We are in the process of forming a weekly process group for students in middle school. This will be Mondays from 4:15-5:45pm. Click to read more.

Process Group for College Students

We are also beginning a group for college students on Wednesday evenings 6:30pm-8:00pm. Please contact us to see if you would be a good fit. Click to read more.

Personal Development Institute

LA Teen Therapist is a Division of Personal Development Institute. Ronald Furst, PhD is the President and Founder of PDI and has been a psychotherapist for 49 years. He trained with many of the famous analysts back in the day and specializes in seeing couples and executive level business professionals. His desire is to pass his knowledge on to the younger generation. We have group consultation with him weekly in order to expand our knowledge and consistently grow as clinicians.