Tanya Dughman-Chala Psy.D
I am a licensed clinical psychologist (PSY25180) providing psychotherapy to the East Bay Area in Northern California. I was raised in Northern California and moved to Southern California to pursue undergraduate studies at the University of California, San Diego. Upon completing my undergraduate degree and deciding to pursue a career as a psychologist, I moved to Los Angeles where I earned both an M.A. and Doctorate of Psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) at Alliant International University. At CSPP I focused my studies on diversity and multiculturalism and completed my doctoral research on the topic of Acculturating Arab American Women. I have given cultural competency seminars on acculturating Arab Americans at various universities and hospitals. It was both through my research with this specific population and training at CSPP that I learned about the importance of assessing the influence of a person's cultural background on their ideas, beliefs and thoughts which in turn affect the course of a therapeutic treatment plan..
My clinical training includes a practicum at the McKinley Children's Center working with disadvantaged children and pre doctoral internships at both Mt. St. Mary's College and California State University, Northridge - both college counseling centers. In the two years spent training with college and graduate students I became particularly attuned to the struggles of the young adult population which include identity and individuation confusion, anxiety, eating disorders, depression, and addiction. After internship, I furthered my training with a postdoctoral residency at Kaiser Permanente in Santa Clara, California, where I worked with a diverse adult population and also cofacilitated groups for body image concerns, women with low sexual desire and also female sexual concerns for survivors of sexual abuse. An additional focus of my training at Kaiser included working with my supervisor as a liaison between the department of Psychiatry and Obstetrics and Gynecology at Kaiser Santa Clara to help to ensure that women who were coming in for post and peri partum checkups were also being screened for depression and safety concerns.
Since completing formal training, I have worked primarily in private practice. Working in private practice has allowed me the oppurtunity to provide my clients with premium care while minimizing treatment constraints that can sometimes arise in other clinical settings. I love what I do and feel honored everyday that my job entails initiating positive change in others' lives.