I am a licensed psychologist in the State of California (PSY19238) and owner of both Kaneeza Lafir Psychological Services in Norwalk and Prepare to Change Counseling in Tustin, where I also serve as Clinical Director. I offer psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, testing and assessment services, and clinical supervision.
Education & Training: Clinical Psychology & Psychoanalysis
I earned Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in Psychology at the Presidency College, University of Madras in South India. After moving to the U.S., I earned my Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) in Clinical Psychology at Rosemead School of Psychology, and completed my second Doctorate (PsyD) in psychoanalytic training at the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis.
I have extensive experience in working with families and children, and completed a 2-year internship with USC’s University Affiliated Program, Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles. I also specialize in working with individuals who have experienced abuse and trauma, or who are struggling with substance abuse issues.
In my years of experience as a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst I have found that each client comes with a unique set of experiences. Keeping this in mind I join my client in the journey of understanding and exploration. With this expanded view of the world and the relationship we form so are alternatives. I have expertise in working with many different cultures and ethnic backgrounds, personality issues, bipolar disorder, guilt and shame, trauma, depression, anxiety and psychotic thought processes. I have extensive training in psychoeducational evaluations and assessments of children and adults. I work with individuals, couples and families. I offer short term and long term therapy for children, adults and seniors. I assist my clients in exploring how their interpersonal relationships have impacted their emotional development, as well as how their previous relational experiences are affecting their current relationships
My work focuses on early childhood and understanding how these primary relationships affected the individual’s ongoing emotional development and how we form relationships today. This developmental process grows and changes throughout our life-cycle. This is based on the theories of relational psychoanalysis and object relations. My work with families is similar in that together we look for patterns of perspective and how they influence the family structure.