Pasadena Counseling and Psychotherapy
About Sharon Chen, Psy.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Chen graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where she received a Bachelors degree in Psychology with Departmental Honors, and was elected into the Golden Key and National Scholars Honor Society. Dr. Chen also Minored in Asian American Studies, and completed a Specialization in Education. While at UCLA, she volunteered with various service organizations, researched married couples, and served several terms as the clinical director of the UCLA Peer Helpline, a hotline working in conjunction with UCLA's Student Psychological Services. At graduation, Dr. Chen was awarded the Chancellor's Humanitarian Service Award.
She earned a Masters of Art and Doctor of Psychology degree in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology-LA. Dr. Chen completed her practicum at Project Sister where she provided individual and group psychotherapy to women and children who have been sexually assaulted and abused. This training experience inspired Dr. Chen's Doctoral project where she created a workshop for professionals working with traumatized children. Her doctoral project was presented as a poster at the American Psychological Association's conference. There she was recognized with a Travel Award for her presentation.
Dr. Chen did her psychological internships at Hillsides Family Center and Airport Marina Counseling Center. She provided outpatient and school-based psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and adults. In addition to her training internships she worked in private practice as a psychological assistant to Dr. Tammy Ichinotsubo-Ezzi for three years.
Dr. Chen completed a two-year postdoctoral training program at the Reiss-Davis Child Study Center. There she received intensive psychodynamically-oriented training and supervision in working with children and families. She continued to work at Reiss-Davis as a consultant for an additional third year.
In addition to private practice, Dr. Chen has worked as a staff psychologist in a medical group working with adults and older adults in outpatient and inpatient settings. She has also coordinated mental health services for a private college and served as adjunct psychology faculty.
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