Chris D. Cooper, PhD

Chris D. Cooper, PhD

I have been licensed since 2001 in both California and Massachusetts.  Since then have provided individual therapy to adult clients and older teens.  I am also the Consulting Clinical Director of the Assessment Program at the Institute for Girls' Development in Pasadena, CA.  At the Institute we provide psychological and neuropsychological assessments for people of all gender-identities aged 6 or older.

In addition, I am able to provide some consultation services in both psychotherapy and assessment as well as case consultation.

Currently, because of the coronavirus, all of my work is being done online via a secure Zoom platform.  This means I am able to see new clients who live in either California or Massachusetts.   My home office is in Pasadena, CA but in normal circumstances I travel to Massachusetts several times each year.

My background includes a masters degree in Biological Sciences and eight years of teaching in the Department of Biological Sciences at Wellesley College.  My focus there was in cell physiology and my interest in neuroscience developed there.  In 1989 I began a PhD program at the University of Southern Californa in Clinical Psychology.  I obtained my degree in 1995 and interned at LA+USC County Hospital.  This was followed by a 4-year post-doctral postition in clinical/counseling psychology at the USC Medical Campus.

My theoretical focus in psychotherapy draws from feminist theory and the Relational-Cultural theory developed by Drs. Jean Baker Miller, Judith Jordon and other women at the Stone Center at Wellesley College.  My belief is that people grow through relationships and I strive to grow over the years as I work with my clients.  My work is LGBTQ/Nonbinary affirming and I strive to be a positive force in combatting racism and ethno-centrism.

Contact Information

  • 95 N Marengo Ave
    Suite 100
    Pasadena, California 91101
  • Phone: 626-744-9472
  • Hours Currently Open

    Monday 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Tuesday 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Wednesday 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Thursday 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Friday 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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Other Information


Gender: Female

Populations Served: Gay Men, Lesbians, Bisexuals, Non-Gay Men, Non-Gay Women, Transgender, Gender Non-Conforming, Adults, Seniors

Theoretical Orientations: Client Centered, Depth Psychology, Developmental, Feminist, Humanistic/Existential, LGBT-Affirmative Psychotherapy, Psychodynamic, Solution Focused, Other

Therapy Modes: Brief, Long Term, Individual Psychotherapy

Degrees: MA, PhD

Academic Institute 1: Wellesley College

Year Graduated 1: 1975

Academic Institute 2: University of Southern California

Year Graduated 2: 1995

License Number: CA: PSY17395, MA:PY7896-PR

License State: California and Massachusetts

Years in Practice: 19+

Currently on Staff at: Independent Practitioner

Private Practice: Yes

Available for Emergency: No

Accept Interns: No

Insurance Accepted?: No

Fee Range: $100-$185

Foreign Language(s): none

HMO's / PPO's Accepted: I will provide forms for you to send to PPOs for reimbursement. I am not part of any insurance networks.

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