Crossroads: Downtown Los Angeles, West Los Angeles, and Torrance Psychologists

Valeria Krocak, Psy.D.
Licensed Psychologist

Therapeutic Approach: We all experience emotional suffering in our lives. Psychotherapy can be extremely helpful and transformative in dealing with emotional pain. My therapeutic approach is primarily psychodynamic, and I also integrate cognitive behavioral and mindfulness and acceptance-based interventions into treatment. In therapy, I help clients explore current difficulties, past history, and relationships to gain a deep understanding of their distress and to help them develop fuller, more meaningful lives. I work collaboratively with my clients and tailor therapy to the unique needs of each individual. My therapeutic style is kind, warm and gentle, but also challenging. I encourage clients to move beyond their levels of comfort and safety to help them achieve real change in their lives.

I work with adults in individual and group therapy. I enjoy working with clients from diverse ethnic, racial, and cultural backgrounds and I specialize in working with immigrants. I am a well-versed generalist, and work with the following issues: depression, anxiety, eating disorders, life transitions, college and graduate student issues, trauma, grief and mourning, acculturation issues, and family/relationship difficulties. I also speak conversational Russian.

Background: I have had experience in the mental health field for over ten years and have worked in a variety of settings, including private practice and community mental health settings, college counseling centers, high schools, and a residential treatment center. I received my Doctorate Degree in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology and my Master’s Degree in Community Counseling from Loyola University Chicago. I completed my pre-doctoral internship at Grand Valley State University and my post-doctoral training at DePaul University Chicago. More recently, I became certified in psychoanalytic psychotherapy from the Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies (LAISPS).