Every month we chat with a different clinician about everything from what it’s like to see clients to how they cope with stress. Practitioners give us a glimpse into both their professional and personal lives. Plus, they share other tidbits, such as their thoughts on the biggest myth about therapy and leading a meaningful life.
This month we had the pleasure of interviewing Jennifer Kromberg, PsyD, a clinical psychologist with a private practice in Torrance, Calif. Since 2001 Kromberg has worked with a variety of clients, including individuals with eating disorders and their loved ones.
She also has a passion for writing about women’s issues and relationships, inspired by her work with women, couples and families. She explores how the unconscious influences our relationships in her Psych Central blog “Inside Out: Clean Out the Closet of Your Unconscious.”
Plus, Kromberg serves as a consultant to the Torrance Memorial Medical Center’s Medical Stabilization Program for eating disorders. And she’s taken four years of classes at the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles, and will continue her professional education at the Gestalt Institute of Los Angeles in Fall 2013.
1. What’s surprised you the most about being a therapist?
Probably the way people reacted to me outside of work in personal or social situations. After getting my undergraduate degree, I taught high school for three years before returning to graduate school to get my doctorate in psychology. When I was a teacher and people asked me what I did for work, everyone was delighted to talk to me about my profession.
After I started grad school and now that I’m a psychologist, when people hear what I do, they become nervous. They either assume I’m whacko or that I’m secretly trying to determine if they’re whacko. I always want to say, “Don’t worry, I won’t bite! I promise I’m not trying to analyze you!”
2. What’s the latest and greatest book you’ve read related to mental health, psychology or psychotherapy?