Dr. Jennifer Vanderburg, Psy.D
I graduated cum laude from the University of Denver in 1994 earning my bachelors degree in psychology. During my undergraduate work, I developed a strong respect for the field of psychology. It was at this time that my intuitive understanding around human emotion and behavior began to flourish. As a result, I continued to pursue my doctorate degree in clinical psychology. I completed my doctorate degree in 1998 from Alliant University (aka: CA School of Professional Psychology-LA; accredited by the American Psychological Association). More specifically, my doctoral studies provided a clinical focus working with individuals and families along with a strong emphasis on cultural diversity training. I became licensed as a clinical psychologist by the state of California in 2001.
In addition to my private practice, I have worked in a variety of settings ranging from psychiatric hospitals to outpatient mental health clinics to college counseling centers. Some of these settings include: The Wright Institute LA (a psychoanalytic pre-doctoral training program); College Hospital-Inpatient Psychiatric Services (serving adults, children/adolescents, & geriatric clientele in acute crisis); Southern California Psychological Services (individual and families); Long Beach City College-Student Counseling Services; California Family Healthnet (psychological services with foster children, foster parents, and family reunification); Sylmar Health and Rehabilitation Center; and Associated Therapists, Inc (Group Practice-Adults, Children and Families).
In 2004, I had the opportunity to provide psychological services in Germany, to military families and active duty soldiers. I have provided in-service seminars to community based programs on the topics of post-traumatic stress, depression and suicide. I have also been involved in training and providing clinical supervision to psychology interns and newly licensed therapists. In 1996, I received my certification as a bereavement facilitator.
In addition to my clinical work, I have enjoyed serving as an adjunct professor in the Marriage and Family Therapy Master's program at USC and in the Graduate Counseling Program at CSU- Dominguez Hills. Working with graduate students, eager to become therapists themselves, has been very rewarding for me. Whether it is happening in the classroom or during the psychotherapy hour I have always considered it an honor and privilege to be a part of someone's growth process.