Crossroads: Los Angeles, Torrance, and Los Alamitos Psychologists

Heather LaFace, Ph.D. Licensed Psychologist

Therapeutic Approach: One of the most valuable experiences we can have in life is for another person to understand our feelings, thoughts, and experiences. In my work as a clinical psychologist, I believe in the inherent value of skilled listening and I work hard to create an atmosphere of privacy, respect, authenticity, and acceptance. All human beings have a need to be understood and recognized. In working with you, I am committed to understanding your experience of your life and the challenges you face. We will work together to discover the possibilities within both change and acceptance to develop new ways of thinking and being that can help you identify and meet your goals.

I specialize in therapy with adolescents, adults, and couples. Although relationships are one of the most rewarding aspects of life, they are often difficult and can be one of the most disappointing aspects of our lives. I take an engaged, interactive approach to the therapeutic relationship that works to expand possibilities within the other relationships in your life. One of the things I love about being a psychologist is participating in each person’s own unique process of discovery, change, and acceptance. I’m therefore especially concerned with tailoring my therapeutic approach to your own distinctive personal, cultural, historical, and immediate needs and circumstances.

I believe that you are the expert on you. My work with you will focus on developing the resources you need to access this expert wisdom and live a more satisfactory and fulfilling life. We all have frustrations, disappointments, and losses we have experienced in our lives and we can also easily get overwhelmed by how much we have on our plates with the increasing complexity of everyday living. Each of these challenging circumstances can offer valuable and useful new information about ourselves and it is good to have someone with the knowledge, expertise, and desire to talk about these things with you. I look forward to working with you, learning what your life is like, and helping you achieve what you want for it.

I work with a variety of psychological-life issues, including but not limited to:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Psychoses
  • Social pain/isolation
  • Developmental/relational trauma
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Personal and work-related
  • Couples’ therapy
  • Phase of life issues
  • Eating disorders and disordered eating
  • Personal insight and growth
  • Spiritual and existential conflicts and crises

 

Background: I received my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute and completed my B.A. in Theatre and Communications from University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. I completed my pre-doctoral clinical internship training at The Maple Counseling Center and Wright Institute Los Angeles and my post-doctoral training within a private practice setting and at an inpatient hospital working with people experiencing chronic and persistent mental illness.