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Kenneth Skale, Psy.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

California License Number: PSY 29006

 

About Me

I am a doctor of psychology licensed with the State of California. I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a Minor in Religious Studies from San Diego State University and both my Master of Arts and Doctor of Psychology degrees from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. I completed my pre-doctoral internship at Canyon Ridge Psychiatric Hospital working with cases of severe and chronic mental illness.

Recently, I completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship at Rose City Counseling Center, where I received in-depth training and supervision conducting long-term, psychoanalytic psychotherapy. In addition to maintaining my private practice in Pasadena, I am the program director of the Psychological Care Institute's dual diagnosis intensive outpatient program in Westlake Village, treating addiction and severe mental illness. I also serve as Treasurer of the Los Angeles County Psychological Association's (LACPA) Board of Directors, and I am an active member of LACPA's Diversity and Early Career Psychologist Committees.


My Approach

I practice psychodynamic, depth-oriented psychotherapy with people suffering from depression, addiction, anxiety, posttraumatic stress, relationship problems, and personality pathology. I integrate aspects of many other schools of therapy when I believe they could be helpful, including cognitive therapy, behaviorism, and family systems. I also incorporate elements of mindfulness practice into both individual and group therapy, and I encourage my patients to develop a meditative practice independent of our work together.

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