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Therapist in Pasadena, California,
Rachael Polokoff, PhD

Provider Type: Therapist

Manages Medications: No, provides therapy only

Provider Gender: Female

Serving: 15-65+

Therapist in Pasadena, California, Rachael Polokoff, PhD

Rachael Polokoff, PhD

Many of us feel overwhelmed with demands of work, health issues, family life, financial pressures and ask- “Where is the space for self-care?” Maladaptive coping skills (addictive behaviors, substance use issues, avoidance of activities) can easily take the place of healthy self-care techniques. However, there is a healthier path to walk down, which I can help you to master. I have spent my career helping teenagers and adults cope with difficult behavior patterns, and I can attest that once the source is uncovered, these behaviors can be changed to more accurately reflect your authentic self (artistic, creative, social, etc). I use Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) to treat mood disorders, addictive behaviors and codependency. I am also well versed in treating chronic pain and health issues. I work in individual and group treatment modalities. am certified in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Mindfulness-Based Self-Compassion (MSC) and versed in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). As a creative in the Los Angeles community, I also use poetry and music to encourage more mindful participation in the world around us. As a psychologist, I can provide cognitive, psychological and personality testing to help differentiate between conditions that have similar symptoms but different treatments.


  • Alcohol & Drug Use Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Depression
  • Gender Identity
  • Medical Conditions/Health Psychology
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Pain Management
  • Women's Issues

Insurances Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross of CA
  • Cigna
  • Magellan
  • MHN
  • Optum


  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Exposure Therapy
  • Mindfulness


  • LGBTQ+
  • Women


  • English
  • Spanish



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