Crossroads: Los Angeles, Torrance, and Los Alamitos Psychologists

Dr. Maria Pozo-Humphreys, Ph.D., LCSW Licensed Psychotherapist

Therapeutic Approach: My therapeutic approach is psychodynamic and humanistic, and incorporates mindfulness practice and cognitive behavior therapy. In addition, much of my work is largely informed by another modality called ISTDP (Intensive Short­Term Dynamic Psychotherapy). This is an accelerated approach that is quite precise, cutting directly to the site and origin of pain and suffering. It involves a body of techniques which allows character change to be accomplished within a short­term format.

I have over 35 years of counseling experience within multiple settings, such as hospitals, clinics, and private practices. I have also worked in a family service agency, an office of migration, a refugee resettlement camp, a university setting, and for the military; throughout the United States, Asia and Latin America. These rich and diverse experiences have provided me with the ability to address a wide range of cross­cultural issues and conflicts, as well as the emotional difficulties that transcend geographic borders and affect all of us as human beings.

I work with adults, young to mature, as well as with couples and adolescents. I deal with problems related to depression, anxiety, trauma, identity, transition, abuse and grief/ loss. In addition, I can work with those who are experiencing interpersonal difficulties and cross­cultural conflicts as they relate to mixed marriages and third culture kids/global nomads. I also speak Spanish, and would be honored to accompany you on your journey towards health, growth, and peace.

Background: I earned my Ph.D. in Behavioral Health from the International University for Graduate Studies, and my Masters in Social work from the University of Maryland.