Tatiana Pinkley, MA

Tatiana Pinkley, M.A.
Practicum Trainee; Program: Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology, Pepperdine University
Supervised by Melissa Johnson, Ph.D., CEO & Founder, Licensed Psychologist PSY13102

Culture affects us in many ways, and I am passionate about helping children and teens discover the ways in which their culture influences their relationships with themselves, others in their life, and the world around them. As a therapist at the Institute, I facilitate several weekly groups, including High School Grit and Compassion and Grit. The most rewarding part of this work is witnessing clients from diverse backgrounds connect with one another and form beautifully authentic relationships.

I am a pre-licensed therapist, and I use an eclectic, multiculturally-informed approach to working with individuals, families, and groups. This can include skill-building, mindfulness, expressive arts, and many other tools to help clients and families meet their treatment goals. I aim to find tools that work best for each individual client or family.

In my previous experience at Pepperdine’s community mental health clinic, I enjoyed collaborating with families to find the most effective tools and strategies to help them thrive in their world.  I also have prior experience helping survivors of domestic violence and intimate partner violence to process and heal from their trauma histories and become empowered to create meaningful and healthy relationships with themselves and others. I am trained in the administration and interpretation of psychological assessments and have worked with neuro- and culturally diverse individuals, helping them gain insight into their levels of functioning and become connected with needed services in the community. As a member of the Assessment team, I continue the work of helping clients find ways to thrive in their home, academic, and social settings.


I provide support for growth in the following areas:

  • Multicultural Psychology
  • Mindfulness
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Helping youth find tools for working effectively with anxiety and depression
  • Helping youth improve their self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Helping teens, young adults, and their families find tools to navigate college transitions
  • LGBTQ+ Affirmative Therapy
  • Psychological Assessment

Other Current Professional Activities:

  • National Latinx Psychological Association Member

Prior Experience:

  • Domestic Violence Resource Center (Hillsboro, OR)
  • Pepperdine Community Counseling Center, Encino
  • Olive View-UCLA Medical Center Neuropsychology Track


  • In Progress: Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology, Pepperdine University
  • Master of Arts in Psychology, Pacific University
  • Bachelor of Arts in Child Development and Minor in Psychology, California State University, Northridge

Mission:  My mission is to help youth and their families build healthy relationships with themselves and the world around them.

Pronouns: She / Her / Hers

Email: TPinkley@IFGD.care

Phone: 626-585-8075 ext. 104

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