I have a doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology and am a Licensed Psychologist in the state of California. I began my graduate training in Chicago at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and after matching in Los Angeles for my pre-doctoral internship, I moved out west and decided the weather was nice enough to stay!
Although my specialty area is child and family psychology, I enjoy working with adolescents and adults experiencing such clinical issues as depression, anxiety, and management of ADHD symptoms. My other clinical interests include working with parents on establishing positive parenting practices and stress management.
My approach to therapy is person-centered, and trauma-focused; I draw from relational-cultural theory (RCT), cognitive-behavioral therapy, and other psychodynamic theories to help my clients reach their goals. Building insight, strengthening coping mechanisms, and identifying one's strengths to help work through various issues and alleviate symptoms are core tenets of my therapeutic approach.
I believe that establishing a strong working relationship with a therapist or counselor is an important first step toward making positive progress, and I value each of my clients and their individual experiences. The start of the therapeutic relationship is the beginning of a journey toward health and wellness, and I would be honored to make that journey with you.
- Stress, Anxiety
- Family conflicts
- Parenting issues
Relationship issues , Trauma and abuse , Self esteem , Coping with life changes , Divorce and Separation , Mood Disorders , Social Anxiety and Phobia , Young Adult Issues Read more...
Attachment-Based Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
Psychologist #PSY30599 (Expires: 2022-12-24)
PsyD #PSY30599 (Expires: 2022-12-24)
Dr. Kucaj is a really caring individual, and has offered me great insights into my issues in a short amount of time. I definitely feel validated and I'm excited to keep working with her.
Dr. Kucaj is extremely professional and personable. Her genuine nature and warmth exudes through the screen. She is validating and non-judgmental.