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.
Over the past 9 years, I’ve worked in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings, including schools, hospitals, community clinics, and residential treatment centers. I earned my doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Yeshiva University in New York City and completed my APA-accredited internship at Nassau University Medical Center with a focus on psychological assessment and treatment of adolescents and families. I’ve recently been accruing continuing education through various organizations and conferences held throughout Los Angeles, including the Trauma Resource Institute (TRI), American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA), and the Group Psychotherapy Association of Los Angeles (GPALA). I am currently a member of the board of the Group Psychotherapy Association of Los Angeles (GPALA). For more information about my training and other thoughts on therapy, please visit my blog at https://www.thedailytherapist.com/ and see where I was quoted in Huffington Post discussing behaviors that can increase or maintain anxiety.
I don't believe that psychotherapy is about "fixing" you, so much as it is about enriching your life. My passion is helping others reconnect to their inner wisdom. I have found that what is most healing about therapy is uncovering parts of yourself that you did not have permission to know and accept in your early life. These may be strong emotions or parts of you that come out sometimes, but which may feel foreign to you, like a force out of your control. You might feel like something “comes over” you sometimes, leading you to react to things in a way you might not have expected, or may not fully understand. Other times, you might feel almost “numb,” until suddenly all of your emotions come surging through you at once.
A successful psychotherapy should help you to integrate these parts into your conscious awareness so that you can finally find safety and wholeness through connection with your authentic self.
Using our therapeutic relationship as a model for relationships outside of therapy can also help you to practice a number of important self-growth skills. For example, you will have a lot of opportunity to practice tolerating anxiety, managing conflict effectively, setting healthy boundaries, and experiencing healthy intimacy, so that you can show up for others in your life in a new way. It is my goal that you be able to replicate the satisfying attributes of our relationship outside of the therapy room.
In my practice, I aim to help you gain meaning from your life through self-examination, identification of themes and patterns, and the development of self-compassion and interpersonal intimacy. I believe that therapy helps you to learn that life is truly about the journey, rather than the destination.
Dr. Amanda Lomanov
Licensed Clinical Psychologist