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, trauma, gang involvement, substance abuse, domestic violence, child abuse, family conflict, eating disorders, autism, selective mutism, LGBT issues, teen pregnancy, 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.