Crossroads: Los Angeles, Torrance, and Los Alamitos Psychologists

Natalia Peczkowska, Psy.D Psychological Assistant

Therapeutic Approach: The decision to seek psychotherapy is deeply personal and may be intimidating at first. As a therapist, my priority is to provide my clients with a supportive, culturally-sensitive, and compassionate environment within which they feel safe to explore their unique struggles. I believe that building a trusting and collaborate relationship is imperative for meaningful therapeutic change to take place.

My approach to psychotherapy is integrative in nature. I incorporate concepts from a number of therapeutic orientations, including Humanistic/Existential, Interpersonal, Mindfulness-based, and Cognitive-Behavioral theories. I tailor therapy to best address my clients’ needs, hopes and expectations, as well as their unique personalities, histories, and emotional struggles. Through a collaborative process, I help my clients recognize their strengths, and guide them to find solutions that I believe already lie within them. I support my clients in reaching their goals, teach them healthy and effective coping strategies, and promote personal growth and increased self-awareness. My goal is to help my clients heal by regaining a sense of hope, balance, and inner peace.

Amongst others, I have experience working with individuals suffering from depression, anxiety, interpersonal and intimacy issues, low self-esteem, adjustment or acculturation difficulties, and grief. I also have a special interest in providing psychotherapeutic services to survivors of childhood and adult trauma, including sexual abuse and assault. I can conduct therapy in English and Polish.

Background: I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Southern California, and my Doctorate in Clinical and Forensic Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Los Angeles. I have experience working with diverse populations in a variety of settings. I completed my Predoctoral Internship at the Orange County Health Care Agency’s Neurobehavioral Testing Unit, where I conducted neuropsychological evaluations to assist therapists and psychiatrists with differential diagnosis, treatment planning, and screening for neurological disorders. During my graduate training, I also provided psychotherapeutic services at Los Angeles Valley College, Los Angeles Child Development Center, Casa de la Familia, and Westwood Counseling Center.