Kathleen McGrogan, Psy.D

Licensed Psychologist Hermosa Beach

Psychotherapy for Adults;
Cognitive Screening for Older Adults
Servicios ofrecido en Español.

My Approach to Therapy

I have over 20 years of clinical experience serving culturally diverse populations in both English and Spanish. I would like to ensure that you get the support you need to successfully navigate the challenges or difficulties you are facing and help you create a better, more satisfying life.    I will guide and accompany you on your path to healing, help you learn tools and skills to cope in healthy ways so that you can thrive; help you examine your communication patterns so that you can learn to communicate more effectively in ways that get results and improve your relationships.  Together we can identify what’s getting in your way and develop strategies to overcome the barriers that hinder you from achieving your personal goals. I can also help you identify beneficial adjustments and keep you on track and accountable for taking the steps you can to build the life you desire.

Although pain and suffering, changes in our roles, relationships or health, life and career transitions, grief and loss are all a natural part of our human condition, we also have tremendous power to take the challenges life throws us as opportunities to create of our lives a beautiful tapestry that weaves together our challenges and our strengths. Therapy provides a safe space to help us explore how to grow through challenges, in the words of Victor Frankl, “…in that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” Psychotherapy helps us gain understanding & perspective on the events that have shaped our lives and the stressors that inform our mood; therapy also helps us to explore our role in co-creating our life and gently challenges our assumptions about ourselves, our thoughts, & our feelings, while supporting us to make beneficial changes, and come to terms with difficulties.

I look forward to collaborating with you to best meet your specific needs.

Areas of Treatment & Specialty:

I have experience addressing many mental health issues including (but not limited to)

  • Anxiety & Depression
  • Stress
  • work-life balance
  • career and role transitions,
  • life transitions such as motherhood, parenting and divorce,
  • family/relationship issues
  • interpersonal issues
  • coping with health challenges
  • trauma
  • grief and loss
  • infertility & pregnancy loss
  • adoption
  • I have a special interest in incorporating spirituality, faith and mindfulness into psychotherapy.
  • I also conduct screening for cognitive impairments, memory loss, and dementia, to identify if further neuropsychological services are warranted.

Treatment Modalities:

  • Individual and Group therapy for adults ages 18-80+
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Trauma focused Therapy with or without substance use (Seeking Safety)
  • Crisis Oriented Psychotherapy (CORS)
  • Interpersonal Neurobiology informed therapy
  • Humanistic/Existential informed psychotherapy
  • Culturally informed Family Systems therapy

Professional Experience:

Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, Psychologist, 1999 to present

Loyola Marymount University, Student Psychological Services, Psychologist
Catholic Charities of Los Angeles, Center for Psychological Services, Psychologist

Glendale Unified School District, LA Unified School District, Alhambra Unified School District: parent educator/Staff in-service Trainer, workshop presenter.

Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Department of Catholic Cemeteries, Bereavement Team training instructor and Tragedy Response Unit/Bereavement counselor; Regional Congress Workshop presenter.

Parish based Bereavement Group leader.

Education:

Rutgers University Graduate School of Applied & Professional Psychology (New Jersey)
Doctorate of Clinical Psychology, Master of Arts, Clinical Psychology

Rutgers University, Douglass College
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology Summa Cum Laude

Licenses and Certifications:

Licensed Psychologist, PSY16448, California Board of Psychology

Certified by Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health in: Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma focused Therapy with or without substance use (Seeking Safety), Crisis Oriented Psychotherapy (CORS)

Licenses and Certifications:

Psychological Services Development Committee: The Professional Work group for Public Service Psychologists employed by the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (past chair)

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