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May 2017

FEATURED THERAPIST OF THE MONTH


Dorothea McArthurDorothea McArthur, Ph.D., ABPP
2362 Cove Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90039-3123
(323) 663-2340
email: dmca@ucla.edu
Psychology License: #PSY5301

Dr. McArthur is the President of the Independent Psychotherapy Network

Psychotherapy Services Offered:
Brief-focused to Long-term Psychotherapy
Individuals, Adolescents,
and Adults
Couples
Families
Groups - Parenting and Second Adulthood
Specializations:
Critical Incidence Stress Debriefing
Crisis Intervention
Adoption
Abuse - sexual, physical, psychological
Work with sabotaging family of origin
Parenting
Adoption
Retirement

Dr. McArthur has been in private practice for 34 years.  She holds Diplomate Status from the American Board of Professional Psychology and has served two terms on their board to help recreate the oral examination.  She has two Masters degrees in Art and Psychology, a PhD in Clinical Psychology and has been President of the Independent Psychotherapy Network since its inception in 1994.

Personal Statement

Psychotherapy appears to me to be a private, privileged and creative process. It is dedicated with respect and without judgment to reviewing some of life's inevitable pain and vulnerability.  We do this together to erase misconceptions from past unresolved issues and reach the unique strengths and goals of each individual.  The tough parts of life well understood often result in growth and depth of character. I am constantly amazed at the courage, adaptability, and uniqueness within each person's story.

My office is in a separate, quiet, peaceful residence overlooking Silverlake Reservoir.

My educational training has given me experience in being both a psychologist and an artist. In both fields, I was taught to observe accurately and to understand what I see.  I learned how to take pieces of life experience and creatively weave it into a whole that explains  a central issue, a chronic feeling, an unresolved question, or a misconception. I enjoy talking with people of all ages individually, as a couple, or as a family unit. We solve only what each person wishes to go on with life satisfactorily in the present and the future.

The artistic side of me also turned to writing as a way of integrating and then sharing what I'd come to learn from doing psychotherapy with people I've respected.  In the 1980's I co-authored the first edition of Robert's Apperception Test for Children (RATC) a nonthreatening story telling test that helps therapists to understand how each child thinks and feels about family and school. Later, I wrote a five star book entitled Birth of a Self in Adulthood for the purpose of understanding the covert messages from psychologically vulnerable parents who unconsciously sabotage their children’s growth.  This book has been written for clients, therapists and educated lay public.

I am currently completing a book entitled Love Beyond Love: An adoptive Familie's Journey through Closed, Open and Cooperative Adoption.   I'm an adoptive mother.  I also have a specialty in adoption, seeing adoptees regarding adoption issues and reunion possibilities with birth family, adoptive parents about child management, and birth parents about their long lasting grief over relinquishment.

I am especially interested in helping families to reorganize so that they can better handle the demands of a long work week to preserve time for children, relaxation, refueling and family intimacy. To this end I have created a set of Children’s, Parents’ and Teachers Rights and a Parent-Child Checklist of ideas and case examples that contribute to healthy family time.  This book is entitled Tomorrow’s Child.

Defining Moments: Breaking Through Tough Times has been written for people who are managing a tough time so as illness, natural disaster, loss of employment, death of significant other, or home foreclosure. It has also been written for anyone who wants to expand their life in some concrete ways.  There are sixty-six essays to read about defining moments that help persons to see their lives from a new perspective.  This book has earned nine awards and seven very positive reviews.  It can be easily purchased from Amazon, eBay, Google Books, and Barnes and Noble. 

As a psychologist and an artist, I have a specialty in seeing artists to help them to maximize their talent; and, at the same time, earn the income needed to go on being creative.  The artist’s world is filled with the inevitable ups and downs for most artists generating, at times, moments of creative joy; and, at other times,  depression and lack of validation for their work.  Therefore it is an usually complex profession deserving special care and support.    

For individuals over age fifty-five, we begin to look at their second adulthood or retirement issues.  We organize skills already acquired in a new way.  I see older citizens as both available and experienced in making a difference within our communities, especially with children. I'm available to help with overcoming health problems, creating a safe, financially secure, and physically and psychologically healthy life.  I also consult with couples who are taking care of elderly parents, and their own children concurrently.

As president, I've created and led the Independent Psychotherapy Network since its inception. This group was organized to make experienced, and specialized psychotherapy available on a sliding scale basis to those without insurance or limited managed care coverage. This group has also provided valuable training and consultation for all fourteen therapists for the purpose of keeping our individual practices at the highest level of quality, integrity and ethics.

Articles by Dr. McArthur:
IT IS TIME TO GIVE ARTISTS A CHANCE TO CHANGE THE WORLD
WHAT MAKES ROMANTIC LOVE LAST ANYWAY?
A TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIAL NETWORKING CHALLENGE-Part One
A TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIAL NETWORKING CHALLENGE-Part Two
OUR MOST POWERFUL ELIXIR
WHEN SOMEONE HURTS YOU - Finding Your Way to ForgivenesS
FOUR KINDS OF WORKERS INTERACT; WHICH ARE YOU?
IF YOU ARE HIT YOU DON'T HAVE TO FALL
REALIZING AND INTEGRATING FEELINGS ABOUT ADOPTION
HELP FOR PARENTS OF CHILDREN WHO RESIST HOMEWORK
HOW TO HELP MORE DIFFICULT CHILDREN
THINGS TO DO AND NOT TO DO WITH DIFFICULT CHILDREN
MIDDLESCENCE AND SECOND ADULTHOOD
Introductory Letter: COPING WITH PSYCHOLOGICAL AFFECTS OF TERRORISM
YOUR ADOPTEE TURNS EIGHTEEN
PARENT-CHILD CHECKLIST FOR RAISING HEALTHY CHILDREN AND TEENAGERS
IN MEMORIUM
DEFEATING BULLIES WITHOUT GETTING INTO TROUBLE
PROTECTING SEXUAL ABUSE VICTIMS FROM FURTHER TRAUMA BY EXTENDED FAMILY
ARTISTS AND SOCIETY



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