About Me: Dr. Rebecca Bokoch, PsyD

Education: I grew up in San Diego, CA. I then moved to Los Angeles, and received my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles with a minor in Applied Developmental Psychology. Then, I received my Master of Arts (MA) Degree and Doctorate of Psychology (PsyD) in Couple and Family Therapy from CSPP Alliant International University. I have also completed my coursework for Alliant International University's Infant and Preschool Mental Health Certificate Program, and am working towards endorsement from the Center for Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health. 

Experience:  I have experience working as a therapist in school-based counseling programs for kindergarten through high school students. Because of my time working in school-based counseling, I have experience working with a broad range of presenting problems, including but not limited to: anxiety, depression, attention deficits, aggression, divorce and parent separation, blended families, trauma, gang involvement, substance abuse, domestic violence, child abuse, family conflict, eating disorders, autism, selective mutism, LGBT issues, teen pregnancy, adoption, and low self-esteem. I also specialize in working with families with infants and young children. This specialization developed based on my experience and education. In my time at UCLA, I interned at the Megan E. Daly Infant Development Program. I earned my certificate to teach early childhood education classrooms, ages zero to three years. I also have experience working as a child care provider for newborn infants to school age children.

Interests: I have a personal yoga and meditation practice. My passion for mindfulness has influenced my desire to incorporate it into therapy. In addition, I appreciate the use of art, play, music, drama, and storytelling during therapy. I believe that expressive arts therapies help to give children and adults a voice, when it is difficult for them to verbalize everything going on in their lives. Overall, I enjoy applying creative therapeutic modalities to all of my cases. My special interests include: mindfulness, art therapy, play therapy, parenting, sibling relationships, trauma, and infant and child development. 

Other Roles: In addition to working as a family therapist in private practice, I also work for a local non-profit, Young & Healthy Pasadena, as a mindfulness educator. In this position, I travel to various schools in Pasadena Unified School District and provide a mindfulness and arts-based curriculum as a pilot, preventative, trauma-informed care program for young children. 

I also work as an adjunct faculty at Alliant International University, where I have experience teaching several courses for the Couple and Family Therapy MA and PsyD, Organizational Psychology MA and PhD, and Clinical PhD programs, including: statistics, research methods, mindfulness, parent child psychotherapy, crisis and trauma, marriage and family therapy theories and techniques lab, individual and family life cycle, and psychopathology.