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Pat Alford-Keating, Ph.D., ABPP, CGP, Psychologist

Dear Potential Client,
Welcome and thank you for visiting our site.  To tell you a little bit about myself, I am a Board Certified, licensed psychologist who has worked with clients for over 20 years.  I work with two Psychological Assistants (Mackenzie Abraham and Megan Phillips) whom I supervise.  For many people, seeking psychotherapy is the first step towards resolving personal problems and creating a more satisfying life. If you decide to make an appointment, you will come to a safe, therapeutic environment where you can open up about your personal problems, so that we can work on them togethe. Recognizing that opening up to a stranger about intensely personal problems can be daunting, within the limits imposed by professional ethics and state law, we will do everything possible to preserve your confidentiality; it is a top priority for us.

Before getting started, it may be helpful to understand a bit about how therapy works.  Therapy can take several forms: individual, couples, families, or group.  Psychotherapy is an interactive process; we will work on your concerns as a collaborative team.  As we proceed, your well-being will be of the utmost importance; you will be valued.  Every effort will be made to respect your dignity and to honor all aspects of your culture and diversity.  Your needs and concerns will be taken very seriously.  To be most helpful, we will need to understand your problems in depth.  You will be asked to communicate with as much candor as possible.  This will allow us to meaningfully explore the nature, cause, and impact of your problems.  As we work towards your goals, we may have to touch upon painful or uncomfortable topics or feelings.  This will be done with support and at a pace that feels right for you. During the course of our work together, there may well be laughter, tears,
venting feelings, and analytical discussions.  

Therapy requires an investment on your part.  You may be asked to consider things from a different perspective, to alter thoughts or behaviors, to experiment with new ways of communicating, or to participate in activities designed to help you grow (e.g. journaling).  While you are encouraged to stretch yourself slightly beyond the comfort level, you have a right to say "no" to any suggestions.  Your thoughts, comments and concerns are always welcome.

if you would like to learn more or to set up an initial intake appointment for individual, couples, or family therapy, or group sessions, please go to our "Contact Us" page or call me at (310) 798-5289. 

Kind regards,

Pat Alford-Keating, Ph.D., ABPP, CGP



I am conveniently located in the Riviera section of Redondo Beach, just off PCH.

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