Chris Cooper PhD

Psychotherapy and Inner Journeys

I welcome men and women age 18 and over into my practice. In addition, I would like to emphasize my availability to the following groups:

Women are a major focus of my practice. I have studied the psychology of women and have taught Women’s Studies at the University of La Verne. Feminism is a very controversial term these days, however, in the sense that I value women and seek to empower them, I embrace that term. I try to understand women as individuals and help them find their path in a society which — sometimes blatantly, sometimes subtly — persists in relegating them to a secondary role.

Throughout my practice I have welcomed gay, lesbian and bisexual people. Again, my purpose is to value people as individuals, no matter what their sexual orientation, and to help them find their power and their path in what remains an often profoundly homophobic society. In addition, I understand that sexual orientation may or may not be an issue for discussion in therapy, depending on the particular individual and how they have integrated their sexual orientation into their lives.

Transgendered People
I welcome transgendered people and people with a variety of gender issues into my practice. Again, I seek to value the individual person and their individual path. I have separated “transgendered” from the usual GLBT here, because I believe that gender and sexual orientation are very different things. I believe they have been grouped together in our society because GLB people and T people are both “out” groups, but that sexual orientation and gender often get confused and confabulated in ways that obscure clarity.

Much of my practice has been devoted to working with Graduate and Professional Students. I worked for four years in the Student Health Center on USC’s Health Sciences Campus, and still have the pleasure of working with a number of students from that and other medical schools. Graduate school, medical school, law school and other professional schools are environments where people are put under huge amounts of stress for long periods of time, while generally discouraging people from getting help or relief for the stress. In addition to the effects of stress itself, stress puts pressure on coping mechanisms so that it is difficult for the stressed person to deal with things that, in another environment, he or she would be able to deal with effectively. It is my hope to help with this situation so the student can complete his or her studies in the most effective way possible. Lowered fees are available for students, and special arrangements exist with Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, CA for Psychological Assessment services (see Fees and Payment page).