Dr. Monica Powers is a licensed psychologist (PSY 29991) in the state of California. She enjoys helping people discover themselves, their personal resilience and rewrite their stories to ones of survival and strength. She began working with patients of all ages and backgrounds in 2007, and found that the life stories and experiences of people were unique and personal, and deserved individual attention and support. She has worked in the community-based setting, with adolescents and adults ranging from 18 to 80, struggling with psychological issues, relationship difficulties, substance abuse, grief and loss, and traumatic experiences.
This interest was carried in her dissertation work with survivors of Hurricane Katrina, focusing on individual strengths and resilience. In addition to her work as an adjunct faculty member, she is the Program Director of an Adolescent residential treatment facility for Discovery Behavioral Health where she guides a therapeutic team in treating patients from 11-18 with a variety of mental health concerns. She also has a small private practice in Pasadena CA, where she works with patients navigating everyday struggles. Her interests lie in working with individuals that have experienced a traumatic event, either personally or on a global perspective.
Dr. Powers has a passion for education and mentorship, and loves the ability to share her knowledge and experience with Antioch students. As a practicum instructor, mentorship is important to her, and she feels that helping to shepherd early career clinicians through their process of both obtaining and clinical site and the experience of their initial forays into clinical work. She enjoys having practicum students in her facility setting, and is able to share firsthand experiences with students about working with patients from many perspectives.