Crossroads: Los Angeles, Torrance, and Los Alamitos Psychologists

Kyrie Sankaran, Ph.D. Licensed Psychologist

Therapeutic Approach: In the work that I do, the focus is on the dyadic relationship. I provide feedback on the unique dance-like interactions that take place between the parent and the child, and that include moments of smiling and giggling with each other, to the child disengaging by crying or falling asleep when he/she needs to take a break or has other needs. Since many of us parent the way we have been parented, one of my key component in therapy is for parents to gain understanding into their inter-generational patterns and the family dynamics, and gain empathy for themselves as they work concurrently with their relationships with their babies and children. A successful outcome is when the parents gain skills in reading their babies’ cues, deepen their understanding into the meaning of the baby’s or young child’s behaviors, and as a result, develop empathy in their relationship with their baby or young child. I help facilitate and support parents’ reflective processes in gaining insights into and repairing mis-attuned moments between the parent and the baby or young child through narrative or play. Over time, the baby’s and young child’s brain will grow to know the security and predictability of the parent’s love and protection.

Background: I am a Ph.D. graduate from the California School of Professional Psychology and a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who, for the past eight years, developed a specialty in working with young children ages birth to five and their families. I am an endorsed Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist and a Reflective Practice Facilitator II in California, and currently direct and supervise the birth to five clinical programs at the Children Institute, Inc. (South Bay area). I am also a trainer for Brazelton’s Touchpoints approach and Child-Parent Psychotherapy, an evidence-based treatment for young children who are exposed to trauma.