Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Rodriguez earned both her Masters in Counseling and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, IL. She has worked in a variety of different clinical settings including inpatient, residential, community mental health, and private practice. She has also worked with a diverse group of clients with regard to ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, and age. Although she now works mainly with adults, she also has extensive experience working in early childhood education. Her special interests include group therapy, identity issues, and working with survivors of trauma.
In addition to her clinical work she has worked as an adjunct professor at both the Chicago School of Professional Psychology - LA Campus and University of the West in Rosemead, CA. She has taught courses in Group Psychotherapy, Psychotherapy and Diversity, as well as Professional Development. She is a former 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. She now trains pre-licensed clinicians in her private practice to provide integrative, trauma-informed care.
Dr. Rodriguez's statement on her clinical work: "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."
Abby earned her Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University in Los Angeles, CA. She has worked with a wide variety of clients including adults and children from diverse backgrounds. Abby has previously worked primarily in community mental health and is now establishing her private practice focused on long-term individual and couples treatment. She also is passionate about working with tweens and teens.
Abby works from an integrative, trauma and attachment-informed perspective. Her areas of specialty include grief and trauma, as well as parenting. She also has training in emotion-focused couples therapy (EFT) and is currently training in DBT and somatic approaches (SE) in her supervision with Dr. Rodriguez. Abby formerly worked in the film industry as a producer and brings her strong interpersonal skills and creative-problem solving abilities to her role as a psychotherapist.
Abby’s statement on her clinical work: “I can’t imagine a more fulfilling way to use my curiosity, life experiences, and interpersonal skills than supporting them in changing, growing and finding in purpose in their lives. I recognize the importance of creating an open, trusting, loving relationship in the room in order to help people bring that to the relationships in their life. If we have learned anything from the Covid-19 pandemic it is that we all need and thrive in relationships. Therapy is an important tool for developing and nurturing positive relationships within the yourself and with others in your life. I provide a safe, warm, non-judgmental environment, where together we discover and heal the obstacles to you having a deeper, more meaningful life. I believe that it is not the challenges or traumas that form us but how we respond to them. Collaboratively we can build resiliency to navigate life’s challenges.”
You can contact Abby directly at (323) 828-2589 or to speak with her further about whether she'd be a good fit for your needs.
Abby Goldstein, M.A.
Associate Marriage & Family Therapist
Registered Psychological Assistant
Dr. Locker earned both her Masters and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Denver Graduate School of Professional Psychology in Colorado. She has worked in a variety of different clinical settings including forensic community mental health, intensive outpatient, and private practice. Dr. Locker has also worked with a diverse group of clients with regard to ethnicity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and age. She now works mainly with children, particularly with young children and their caregivers. She also has experience in working with adolescents and young adults. Her special interests include attachment therapy, parenting skills, and identity exploration.
Dr. Locker's statement on her clinical work: “Our early attachment experiences with our caregivers shape our relationships throughout our lives. If we felt unheard or misunderstood by our families it can lead to difficulties in our adult relationships with friends, romantic partners, and ourselves. In working with young children and their caregivers, I hope to help parents understand how their own parenting impacts their identity as a caregiver as well as helping them understand their child’s needs and develop a deeper connection. Working with older children, adolescents, and adults, I strive to help you understand how your early caregiving experiences are impacting your current wellbeing. My goal is to create a secure relationship where you can feel understood and valued and better understand yourself through our work together.”
Nicola Persky, M.A.
Associate Marriage & Family Therapist
Nicola Persky is a Los Angeles based Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. She earned her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University in Los Angeles, CA. Before private practice she worked in community mental health. Nicola treats individual adults, couples and children. Her special interests include working with dissociation, depression, trauma and anxiety.
Nicola's statement on her clinical work: "I come from a psychodynamic perspective and bring somatic tools, EMDR training and mindfulness practice to the healing space. I offer a warm, open heart and deeply curious, intuitive mind, utilizing the therapeutic relationship to foster safe healing.
I understand that many of our symptoms today come from small, insidious, chronic, repetitive experiences we go through when young, which in turn shape our thoughts, feelings and patterns of behavior. These patterns dictate the way we relate to ourselves and to others. Often we aren't aware of these patterns and therapy provides the space to recognize and work through the old stories and unintegrated experiences that may be running our lives and limiting our choices."
To speak to Nicola directly call (424) 341-2709 or email .