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Keith Valone, Ph.D., Psy.D. | Clinical Psychology | Psychoanalysis
One West California Boulevard Suite 321
Pasadena, California 91105
(626) 405-9066
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A licensed clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst in full-time private practice in Pasadena, California, Dr. Valone has over 20 years of experience in working with adults, college students and young adults, and adolescents in individual psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, couples therapy, family therapy, and group therapy.

He has a general practice in which he treats a wide range of problems such as depression and suicide, anxiety disorders (including obsessive-compulsive disorder, body dysmorphic disorder, panic disorder, and agoraphobia), drug and alcohol abuse and other addictions, self-esteem and self-image problems, personality disorders, career and job-related difficulties, marital, relationship and interpersonal conflicts, obesity and eating disorders, sexual disorders, and psychotic disorders such as bipolar illness and schizophrenia.

In addition to this general practice, Dr. Valone specializes in treating the psychological issues of men, and also specializes in treating professionals such as doctors, attorneys, corporate executives, academicians, athletes, and entertainment industry professionals. Dr. Valone is also an expert in treating dual diagnosis patients, which are patients who are suffering from a psychological disorder and a drug or alcohol problem at the same time.

Dr. Valone uses a contemporary psychoanalytic approach in which work with the patient unfolds as a mutual, collaborative process occurring in an atmosphere of safety and respect. The patient’s problems are understood within a life span developmental context, with a particular emphasis on past interpersonal experiences that might help clarify current problems and concerns. An integrative, systems perspective is used in which historical, biological, cultural, interpersonal, cognitive, and emotional factors are seen as combining to form an individual’s personality and sense of self. Creating a new and healthy relationship with the therapist is seen as the central "curative" factor in treatment using this approach. As such, Dr. Valone is open, interactive, and interested in finding ways to help encourage his patients to live the richest, fullest, most satisfying lives possible.

Dr. Valone can provide hospital-based treatment when necessary at Las Encinas Hospital, a private psychiatric and chemical dependency facility, and Huntington Memorial Hospital, a major medical/surgical hospital, both located in Pasadena.

Dr. Valone has office hours daily Monday through Saturday. He does not belong to any managed care or preferred provider organizations nor does he accept Medicare or Medical. Professional services are paid on a cash or credit card basis, and the patient is welcome to submit bills directly to the insurance carrier for reimbursement.

A native of Texas, Dr. Valone attended undergraduate school at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, receiving a B.A. in Psychology and graduating Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. He received an M.A. and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with an emphasis on personality processes.

He completed a hospital-based internship at the Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute at the University of California, San Francisco medical school. Dr. Valone next accepted a post- doctoral fellowship at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in the Department of Psychology and the Neuropsychiatric Institute, where he conducted research on schizophrenia and family dynamics. Dr. Valone later attended the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles, receiving a Psy.D. (Doctorate in Psychoanalysis) degree.

Upon completing the UCLA post-doctoral fellowship, Dr. Valone went into full-time private practice in Pasadena, California. Dr. Valone is on staff at Las Encinas Hospital, a private psychiatric and chemical dependency facility, and Huntington Memorial Hospital, a major medical/surgical hospital, both located in Pasadena. He has served as the Chief of Psychology on the Medical Staff at Las Encinas Hospital as well as the Director of Psychology at Ingleside Hospital. He has taught abnormal psychology at UCLA and various courses at the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis and the Newport Psychoanalytic Institute. In addition, he has supervised graduate students at UCLA and Fuller Theological Seminary; both APA approved doctoral training programs in the greater Los Angeles area.

Dr. Valone belongs to the American Psychological Association, the California Psychological Association, the San Gabriel Valley Psychological Association, and is listed in the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology. Dr. Valone is also a faculty member and a senior training and supervising analyst at the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis.

A psychologist is a scientist and/or clinician who studies psychology, the systematic investigation of the human mind, including behavior and cognition. Psychologists are usually categorized under a number of different fields, the most well-recognized being clinical psychologists, who provide mental health care, and research psychologists, who collect, investigate and analyze aspects of human behavior.

In the professional world 'psychologist' has two meanings. In the broadest of these two meanings, psychologist refers to anyone with an advanced degree in clinical psychology, counseling, industrial psychology, educational psychology, or one of several other subfields, and who makes professional contributions based upon that training, be it as a therapist, counselor, researcher, teacher, or consultant. This sense of the word is independent of licensing.

The narrower sense of the word 'psychologist' refers to licensing and to a legal context. In the United States and Canada, 'psychologist' is a protected professional title. In this sense, the title of psychologist means that the mental health professional has a doctoral degree (usually a Ph.D., Psy.D., or Ed. D.) in clinical, counseling, industrial, or educational psychology and has also met state or provincial licensing criteria. Those criteria typically include a period of post-doctoral practice under the supervision of a licensed psychologist, a licensing exam, and continuing education requirements. In most states in the United States and in most provinces in Canada, only licensed psychologists, licensed therapists (like Marriage and Family Therapists) and psychiatrists can legally provide psychotherapy and use this term to refer to aspects of the mental health treatments they perform. Most states exempt from licensing school psychologists who practice within employment by a school district - such psychologists must be certified by their state or province department of education. Licensing bodies also grant legal status under titles other than 'licensed psychologist', such as 'Marriage and Family Therapist', 'psychiatrist' or 'Substance Abuse Counselor'.

Clinical psychologists
Clinical psychologists and counseling psychologists often work in clinics, counseling centers, hospitals and private practices. They diagnose and evaluate mental and emotional disorders, and use tools such as cognitive-behavioral and interpersonal psychotherapy and hypnosis to treat patients. They conduct interviews and psychological tests, and may conduct complex treatment programs, sometimes in conjunction with physicians or other medical specialists. There are specialties within the field of clinical psychology depending on the focus in clinical medicine, including psychopathology, counseling, neuropsychology, medical psychology, clinical health psychology, and forensic psychology.

Medical psychologists
Medical psychologists are specialists in psychological and behavioral aspects of physical illness and have additional advanced training in psychopharmacology, physiology, and rehabilitation. Their clinical tools include assessment in general and specialist medicine (e.g., chronic illness management, pain treatment, brain injury), clinical psychophysiology (eg, biofeedback), psychotherapy, hypnosis, behavioral medicine, and psychosocial interventions; they are licensed to prescribe medication in certain countries. They tend to work in hospitals and private practice. The specialty is not recognized in all countries.

Health psychologists
Health psychologists are of two general types: clinical health psychologists (similar to medical psychologists) and community health psychologists (who specialize in psychological and psychosocial aspects of health in the larger community). Clinical health psychologists are oriented to biopsychosocial aspects of physical health and illness and their field overlaps that of behavioral medicine to a large extent. Clinical and community health psychologists work in a number of different roles: clinical diagnosis of problems that relate to physical illness, psychological, psychophysiological, and psychosocial interventions; clinical communication; organizational design in medical care; health promotion; teaching and training; consultancy; giving advice on health policy. The clinical specialty is not recognized independently in all countries (e.g., New Zealand).

School psychologists
School psychologist work in schools, state departments of education, hospitals, clinics and universities. They are primarily interested in applying psychological knowledge to the resolution of schooling and learning problems. They provide consultation to teachers, administrators, and parents; assessment of students (including assessment of disabilities requiring special education); intervention services; in-service education for staff; family intervention; program evaluation; and research.

Organizational psychologists
Organizational psychologists are concerned with the performance of people at work and in training, with developing an understanding of how organizations function and how individuals and groups behave at work. Their aim is to increase effectiveness, efficiency and satisfaction at work. This specialty can be highly lucrative.

Research Psychologists
Research psychologists study behavioral processes by experimenting on human beings and animals. They work in universities and private research centers, as well as for government organizations and often contribute to fields including marketing, design, and different forms of drug and chemical research. Common areas of research include perception, memory, motivation, and factors affecting development and behavior.

 

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