Grace M. Goodman, Psy.D.
Licensed Psychologist (PSY 28905)
Perinatal & Postpartum Program Coordinator
Program Evaluation & Advancement Coordinator

Welcome!   I am a psychologist in the Institute’s Child and Adolescent Specialty Program (CASP), with a specialty working with teens and young adults.  In addition, I bring my passion and experience to provide meaningful support for pregnant women and new moms and families in my role as Perinatal and Postpartum Program Coordinator. Drawing on my experience in a primary care medical setting, I value working with teens and young adults with ongoing health issues through our Health and Wellness Center.

My theoretical orientation lends itself to helping individuals and families navigate difficult situations with flexibility, self-compassion, and commitment to their values. Two of the approaches I utilize are Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT). In addition to my work with adolescents and young adults, I provide parent coaching. In this work, I support parents of adolescents who may struggle with harsh self-criticisms, perfectionism, and low self-compassion.

As part of the Institute’s leadership team, I am dedicated to facilitating effective program evaluation and enhancement. I utilize my training in the Scientist-Practitioner Model in my role as Program Evaluation and Advancement Coordinator.

Specialties:

• Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
• Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT)
• Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
• Anxiety
• Perfectionism
• Procrastination
• Self-esteem / self-compassion
• Highly sensitive persons
• College transitions
• Perinatal and postpartum support / maternal mental health
• Racism-related stress and trauma
• Racial/ethnic identity development
• Parent coaching

 

 

Additional Information about my Specialties:

I have significant experience working with clients with anxiety and panic attacks. My approach is CBT-based (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), in which I help clients recognize and break the connection between bodily symptoms and catastrophic thoughts. I also use Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to help clients give up the struggle with initial panic symptoms (which tends to make the anxiety and panic worse), and instead ride the wave of the attack.

 

Perinatal and Postpartum Program Coordinator:

As the Institute’s Perinatal and Postpartum Program Coordinator, I have the privilege of walking alongside new mothers and mothers-to-be as they navigate this major life transition with wisdom and resilience. Mothers may face myriad pressures and expectations from society, family members, health care providers, fellow mothers, and even a self-critical inner voice. They may also notice that hormonal changes associated with pregnancy and childbirth are impacting their moods, anxiety levels, and relationships. My goal is to support these mothers as they access their inner strength, self-compassion, and wisdom so that they and their families may flourish and thrive.

 

Program Evaluation & Advancement Coordinator:

As the Program Evaluation and Advancement Coordinator, my goal is to support our clinicians so that we are even more effective and helpful in our work with clients and their families. I coordinate staff trainings, facilitate reading and research groups, and gather valuable feedback from therapists and clients about our strengths and areas of growth. After carefully considering how we may best support our clinicians to serve clients effectively, I help our team to implement thoughtful and impactful change.

 

Presentations and Workshops:

Stand Up! Speak Out!™ Summer Workshop for elementary girls
Get Social Media Savvy for middle school girls and their parents

Articles:

Self-Compassion: The New Alternative to Self-Esteem
Embracing Gratitude
Gratitude Journals

Advanced Training:

• Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
• Maternal Mental Health
• Trauma Resiliency Model (TRM)
• Seeking Safety

Prior Experience:

• Adjunct professor at Fuller Theological Seminary’s School of Psychology
• Centerstone Kentucky
• San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health
• Augustus Hawkins Community Mental Health
• Hubert Humphrey Comprehensive Health Center
• Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services

Education:

• Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology, Fuller Theological Seminary
• Master of Arts in Psychology, Fuller Theological Seminary
• Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Amherst College

Mission:

My mission is to empower girls and women to face life’s opportunities and challenges in ways that foster resilience and compassion and enrich their interpersonal relationships and communities.

Email:  GGoodman@IFGD.care

Phone:  626-585-8075 ext. 105

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