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Pasadena Healing — Our Story

Dr. Kenneth Skale founded Pasadena Healing in 2017 as a general psychotherapy practice dedicated to providing professional clinical services and public education to the local community. At a time when rates of addiction, depression, and other psychiatric conditions are increasing, Pasadena Healing intends to educate the public about mental health issues and work with those who struggle with them toward health and wellbeing. Dr. Skale's vision is that Pasadena Healing earns a place as a trusted pillar of the community and contributes substantively to the betterment of society.

 
 
 

Mission Statement

Pasadena Healing seeks to foster health and wellness within the community by providing professional, relationship-driven psychotherapy and public education.”

 
 
Kenneth Skale, Psy.D.

Kenneth Skale, Psy.D.

Kenneth Skale, Psy.D.

Dr. Skale is a licensed psychologist in the State of California and specializes in the treatment of addiction, personality disorders, and men’s issues. He earned his doctor of psychology degree from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP) and completed his predoctoral internship at Canyon Ridge Psychiatric Hospital.

Dr. Skale completed his postdoctoral fellowship at Rose City Counseling Center in Pasadena, where he received extensive training and supervision conducting long-term psychodynamic psychotherapy. Dr. Skale serves as President-Elect of the Los Angeles County Psychological Association (LACPA), and he is an active member of LACPA’s Diversity and Early Career Psychologist Committees.

 
 

Theory

I practice Long-Term Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (LTPP) with individuals and couples facing depression, anxiety, addiction, trauma, relationship problems, and personality issues. I incorporate elements of mindfulness practice into both individual and group therapy, and I encourage my clients to develop a meditative practice independent of our work together.

I believe enhancing personal wellbeing, improving relationships, and maintaining sobriety can be achieved when a person embarks on a courageous journey of self-exploration within a secure therapeutic relationship. I strive to empower my clients to make sense of their life stories; integrate uncomfortable thoughts, feelings, and memories into awareness; and live more effective and meaningful lives.

 

 

First Session

During the first few sessions, we will discuss your reasons for seeking therapy in a warm and nonjudgmental space. We will also explore your goals for treatment and identify specific areas of growth. Afterword, I will offer an honest assessment of how your problems may have developed and how we can work to resolve them. We will then decide whether and how to move forward with therapy together.

 

 

Effectiveness

A growing body of research shows LTPP to be an effective treatment for many mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety, personality disorders, somatic/pain conditions, trauma, and chemical dependence. In addition to improvement in the symptoms that bring people to therapy, those who engage in LTPP report increased self-understanding, enhanced ability to manage emotions, and improved social relationships. Most notably, people who complete LTPP continue to improve for years even after therapy has concluded.

The most important aspect of LTPP is the relationship between client and therapist. Psychotherapy offers the opportunity for you to engage in a secure, empathic, and collaborative therapeutic relationship as you come to know yourself more deeply. This kind of relationship is necessary for developing healthy boundaries, working through difficult issues, and achieving emotional wellbeing.

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