Kati Breckenridge, Ph.D., Psy.D.
Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis


About me


Many years ago, having already finished my Ph.D. and without really seeking clinical work, I wandered into a job for Los Angeles County doing psychotherapy with firemen, policemen, and other county employees. I discovered I was good at it and that I liked it. What began as a temporary job led me to take more course work, do a post-doctoral fellowship, get licensed, and begin my private psychotherapy practice. That was in 1973.

For years I was more or less satisfied with my work, but eventually I felt a strong need to increase my competence and deepen the therapeutic work I was able to do. In 1991 I returned for a second doctoral program in contemporary psychoanalysis at an exciting, new, cutting-edge psychoanalytic institute. This further education and training has given me so much. It has renewed my excitement and gratitude for being able to do such rewarding work.

Over the years I have had extensive experience in working with adult individuals and with couples, dealing with all kinds of life issues and feelings. These have included the following: anxiety, depression, trauma, self esteem issues, relational problems, conflict issues, work and ambition issues and more.

I have taught psychology at various universities and am currently on the teaching faculty at the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles where I once studied. I have been both the President of the Board of that institute as well as chairing several of its major committees. I have given talks at major conferences and have published in various journals. After many years in west Los Angeles, I have relocated my practice to northern California. I have listed here a few of my professional milestones.



Private practice in psychology since 1973 and in
psychoanalytic practice since 1991.

Faculty at the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles.

Council member to the International Council of the International Association for Psychoanalytic Self Psychology.

Editor-in-Chief of the International Association for Psychoanalytic Self Psychology Online Newsletter now renamed the eForum.

President of the Board of Directors of the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles.

Doctorate in psychoanalysis.

Licensed in California as a psychologist.

Post-doctoral fellow in clinical psychology at Cedar-Sinai Medical Center.

Ph.D. in psychology awarded from the University of Texas at Austin




Kati Breckenridge, Ph.D., Psy.D.
Trinidad, California
Email: kb@katibreckenridge.com