Training and experience
Dr. Joan Calandra is a licensed clinical psychologist practicing in West Los Angeles. She is a graduate of California School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles with a doctorate in clinical psychology, and an emphasis in health psychology. She has extensive postdoctoral training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Dr. Calandra is also a psychiatric clinical nurse specialist with an advanced degree in nursing from the University of California, Los Angeles. She has over 20 years experience working in mental health.
Dr. Calandra specializes in psychodynamic psychotherapy. This approach focuses on helping the client become consciously aware of what unconsciously influences behaviors, leading to symptoms such as depression and anxiety. During regular meetings clients are encouraged to speak freely in order to access thoughts, feelings and memories. The process involves exploring past experiences and relationships in order to understand their influence on present life. The connection between therapist and client is critical in the promotion of growth and healing. Relief occurs through the recognition and bearing of painful emotions, and development of self awareness and self acceptance. In addition to symptom relief, this type of treatment can lead to deeper relationships and a sense of meaning and direction in life.