Adrian Larsen Sanchez, PsyD
Individual Psychotherapy & Assessment with Children, Adolescents and Adults
I am a clinical psychologist and have experience working with adults, adolescents and children from diverse backgrounds to address various struggles, including depression, anxiety, trauma, unstable moods, grief, relationship struggles, personality difficulties, and problematic behaviors. I earned my doctorate in clinical psychology at Pacific University and completed my clinical internship at Jacobi Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine in NYC. I completed my postdoctoral fellowship at Kaiser Permanente, NW Division and a fellowship in psychoanalysis at the Institute for Psychoanalytic Education/NYU School of Medicine. I am currently a third year candidate in the four year Psychoanalytic Training program at the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles, California.
I approach therapy as a collaboration, rooted in understanding each person as an individual in the context of their family, history, culture and daily life. I value the vital role of deepening insight into emotional issues, developing satisfying relationships and realistic self-esteem for healing, growth and sustainable symptom relief. I primarily practice psychoanalytic psychotherapy, an evidence based treatment, though I am also able to integrate techniques from other therapy models (e.g. cognitive and dialectical behavioral therapies, mentalizing based therapy). [Read more about psychoanalytic psychotherapy.]
As a part of my practice, I offer collaborative/therapeutic psychological assessment (testing). In collaborative/therapeutic assessment, patients are engaged to develop questions about themselves to be addressed through the assessment. Validated psychological tests are used to help illuminate underlying factors contributing to distressing symptoms and behaviors, including emotional, personality, or cognitive strengths and vulnerabilities. The outcome of such assessment is an relatable and personalized written document, i.e. a letter or formal report including recommendations, and therapeutic session to review results. For children, developmentally appropriate metaphors may be used to help engage them in the process and understand the assessment results more fully.
Note: I offer forensic psychological assessments for immigration cases, e.g. Asylum, Extreme Hardship, U-Visa, Disability Exceptions, VAWA. I do not offer forensic evaluations for any other reason.