Dr. McArthur is the President of the Independent Psychotherapy Network
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.
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.
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.
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