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My name is Dr. Seth C. Kadish, and I’m a licensed California clinical psychologist (PSY 19261). I offer individual and group psychotherapy, and have been practicing since 1998, using my own unique approach, which I call Pattern Identification and Reduction Therapy™ (PIRT).
I am from Brooklyn, New York, and can best be described as straightforward and no-nonsense. My clients find me warm, empathic, and caring, a blend of firmness, strength and compassion.
I began my professional career doing foster care social work, and then later group home counseling with Probation adolescents, male and female. I next spent five years as a prison psychologist at the maximum security California State Prison-Los Angeles County, counseling a caseload of murderers, armed robbers, drug dealers, hit men, thugs, and bank robbers. I found it all rewarding and exciting.
Simultaneously with that work, I became Clinical Director of Milestones Ranch Malibu, a nationally-renowned treatment center specializing in the care of dual diagnosis clients (this means people who suffer from chemical dependency and a diagnosable psychiatric disorder).
During those years, I began to forge my own style which I now call Pattern Identification and Reduction Therapy™, based on traditional and proven methodologies. I became known as the therapist who “popped people's patterns.” I looked at my clients’ negative patterns of thought, emotion and behavior, such as people-pleasing, intimidation, aggression, talkativeness, seduction, blame, self-pity, etc., and pointed these out to them.
I then gave them new behaviors to practice - both in the group and outside of the group - to help them diminish, and many times rid themselves of, these negative patterns. While I believe it's beneficial to understand and recognize the patterns (insight), I strongly believe that the client has to do something different in order to make a difference in their lives.
[For clinicians, the Pattern Identification and Reduction Therapy™ approach is a blend of psychotherapies – Rogerian, brief psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused, motivational interviewing, and Erickson (Milton).]
A few more things about me that you may find of interest: I have lectured to audiences in Canada and America, taught at the graduate school level, spoken to numerous community organizations, groups, and schools about my work, and supervised and trained other clinicians in a variety of professional settings. I’m a member of the Los Angeles County Psychological Association and co-founder of the West Valley Psychology Club.
On a personal note, my wife Sochi is from Venezuela and I continue to root for the New York Giants and Yankees, though other family members remain Jets and Mets fans.