Dr. Diana Rivera is a Registered Psychological Assistant (PSB94022021) who practices individual, couple and family psychotherapy under the supervision of Paula Bruce, Ph.D. (PSY16248). She holds a M.A. in Psychology with a specialization in Creativity Studies; she completed her Master's-level research on the impact of recession on female creative professionals living in Los Angeles, which won most popular research for Division 10 of the American Psychological Association (APA) in 2015. She holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and is also a Certified Personal/Professional Development Coach. Her doctoral dissertation explored imagination in human development and in creative process. Dr. Rivera is multi-lingual with knowledge of Spanish, Italian and Catalan, and has former professional experiences in the arts, education and professional development.
Dr. Rivera believes that personal healing and social transformation go hand-in-hand. She values those qualities that make one human, while recognizing those issues that impact one's vitality, passion, purpose and ability to live at the highest level of potential within oneself, with loved ones, at work, in society. Dr. Rivera is dynamic, intuitive and committed to serving her diverse clients of all ages and of various ethnic backgrounds. Her clients are students, entrepreneurs, attorneys, parents/grandparents, artists and entertainment professionals, healers, activists, people in the LGBTQIA community, etc. She has successfully supported clients in regulating emotions, reducing moodiness, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts. She has helped clients understand relational conflict, identity struggles, sexual disturbances, abuses and others traumas that impact daily functioning. She has worked with clients to improve their social-emotional skills at school, at work and in relationships, as well as other health related-concerns such as binge-purge eating disorders and cancer. She has also served to help clients make the most out of life transitions, tap into one’s passion and purpose and go after one’s dreams.