Dr. Allyn Rodriguez
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
I earned both my Masters in Counseling and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, IL. I have worked in a variety of different clinical settings including inpatient, residential, community mental health, and private practice. I have also worked with a very diverse group of clients with regard to ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, and age. Although I now work mainly with adults, I also have extensive experience working in early childhood education. My special interests include group therapy, identity issues, and working with survivors of trauma.
In addition to my clinical work I have worked as an adjunct professor at both the Chicago School of Professional Psychology-LA Campus and University of the West in Rosemead, CA. Courses I typically teach include Group Psychotherapy, Psychotherapy and Diversity, as well as Professional Development. I am currently a board member of the Group Psychotherapy Association of Los Angeles and a member of the American Group Psychotherapy Association, the Los Angeles County Psychological Association, and the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.
As a psychologist, I see mental health as inherently linked to our earliest experiences with care giving. From my perspective, patterns developed within early relationships are adaptations to one’s original environment, but may become problematic later in life if inflexible. In my experience, this inflexibility often leads to psychological symptoms. Therefore, I believe that change occurs through the exploration of past relationships patterns within the context of a uniquely supportive relationship that can serve as a new model for relating to self and others, and a new way of understanding your symptoms.
Because we become who we are through relationships, discussing interactions and making meaning of how others perceive us is an important focus of therapy. This involves reconstructing personal experience in a way that helps individuals move towards accepting all parts of themselves, both “good” and “bad.”
Although thoughtful exploration of past experiences can be an important and powerful aspect of therapy, I also encourage my clients to consider ways in which they would like to develop in the future, including but not limited to, feeling more able to handle life’s challenges. In particular, the knowledge and skills I have learned from the DBT approach are aimed at strengthening an internal foundation from which to help this part of you evolve. Ideally, this combination of future and past focus helps pave the way for a more authentic version of your self to emerge.