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Bio


About Dr. Protzel

20 Years of Professional Experience

 

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Bio


About Dr. Protzel

20 Years of Professional Experience

 

Providing assessment and psychotherapy to a wide range of multicultural clients in outpatient and inpatient settings

Dr. Protzel earned his Bachelor's in Psychology at California State University, Long Beach in 1995. During this period he studied Cognitive-Behavioral & family therapy methods. In 1999, Dr. Protzel earned his Masters in Social Work (M.S.W.) at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor campus. Family, group, and individual therapy techniques with adults were the main focus of study during this period. In 2005, Dr. Protzel began work on his doctorate in psychology (Psy.D.) at California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP)-Alliant International University. During this period, Dr. Protzel researched ways in which to integrate music into the therapy process, psychological assessment, and individual, group, family, and couples therapy with adults.

 

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Approach


APPROACH

Using an Integrative Approach Based Upon Theory, Research & Practice

Approach


APPROACH

Using an Integrative Approach Based Upon Theory, Research & Practice

Dr. Protzel's approach to therapy is an integrative one weaving together evidenced based practices, neuroscience research, and psychological theories.

The core theoretical elements utilized in Dr. Protzel’s therapy are sourced from Cognitive-Behavioral therapy, Humanistic psychology, Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing, and Gestalt therapy.

Cognitive-Behavioral techniques are used to examine the thoughts, perspectives, and core beliefs which operate within the client that affect their emotions, behaviors, and decision making. Through cognitive restructuring, the therapist and client work collaboratively to help change problematic thinking patterns. This can result in immediate symptom alleviation, and through continued practice this symptom alleviation can last a lifetime.

Humanistic psychology elements are incorporated in Dr. Protzel's relationship building style. This is of utmost importance as one of the most important factors in successful therapy is a positive, productive, and collaborative working relationship. To foster this type of therapeutic relationship, Dr. Protzel interacts with a style that is authentic, genuine, honest, straightforward, empathetic, and energetic. A non-judging stance is taken with the focus being on understanding and acceptance, not fault finding or criticism.

Mindfulness informs ways in which the therapy process operates. Dr. Protzel has extensive personal and professional experience utilizing mindfulness techniques. In session, integration of guided meditations, breath training, somatic experiencing (body focused awareness exercises), and teaching of mindfulness principles help to develop compassion, concentration, empathy, insight, cope with cravings, and skills to tolerate/regulate emotions more effectively.

Motivational interviewing is the primary method used to help clients to work through ambivalence and mental barriers which are holding them back from making big changes in their lives.  Itis a non-judgemental, client centered, & directive way in which Dr. Protzel will help clients breakthrough on issues they may have failed to change in the past.  The change process is not about being manipulated, coerced, punished, or aggressively confronted, it is about working collaboratively to uncover what the resistance to change is about. These insights help transform the change process.

Creative interactions based upon Gestalt therapy are incorporated to connect with clients and to bring their personal process into awareness. The use of the "here and now" is a central focus as a way to understand how the past continues to live on through memories, bodily sensations, images, symbols, and rituals. A deep look is taken at a client's "unfinished business" and ways in which they can attain closure and learn from their experiences.
In addition, efforts are made to not focus exclusively on "problems" or "negatives" that a person may experience.

A strengths based-positive psychology focus is utilized to uncover the person’s positive ways of coping, talents, creativity, interests, hope, passion, and love that may have been buried while they were struggling with their issues. To help understand the client as they exist in their environment, a systems approach is utilized to ascertain how social, environmental, religious/spiritual, cultural, economic, family, and work forces impact their development and functioning. To truly understand and help a client, a thorough examination of the circumstances they live in is crucial. Ultimately the work helps to develop a new/healthy/sustainable lifestyle.

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Experience & Affiliations


Experience & Affiliations

Dr. Protzel is currently a California Licensed Clinical Psychologist (PSY24612) and California Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCS26028)

 

 

Experience & Affiliations


Experience & Affiliations

Dr. Protzel is currently a California Licensed Clinical Psychologist (PSY24612) and California Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCS26028)

 

 

Professional Experience

* Dr. Protzel is currently employed at Passages Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center & at Protzel Therapy

1995 - 1997, HAYWARD, CA  
Counselor/Assistant Site Manager at Charis Youth Center

1997 - 1998, MOHAWK, MI  
Clinical Social Worker at Keweenaw Academy Youth Treatment Facility

1998 - 1999, DETROIT, MI  
Family Consultation and Treatment Services at St. John’s hospital

1999 - 2000, DETROIT, MI  
Psychotherapist at Eastwood Outpatient Mental Health Clinic/St. John’s hospital

2000 - 2005, WHITMORE LAKE, MI  
Psychotherapist at Bureau of Juvenile Justice - State of Michigan, W.J. Maxey Training School

* 2006 - PRESENT, MALIBU, CA  
Clinical Psychologist at Passages Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center

2006 - 2007, LOMITA, CA  
Psychotherapist at Kaiser Permanente Hospital Department of Psychiatry

2007 - 2008, BEVERLY HILLS, CA  
Psychotherapist at Sexual Recovery Institute

2008 - 2009, CARSON, CA  
Psychotherapist at California State University Dominguez Hills, Psychological Services

2008 - 2009
Clinical Psychologist at Private practice at Family Resource Counseling Center

2009 - 2010  
Clinical Psychologist at California State University, Fullerton

* 2009 - PRESENT
Private Practice Psychotherapist/Clinical Psychologist at Protzel Therapy

 

Affiliations

APA is the leading scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States. Our mission is to advance the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people's lives.

The Los Angeles Psychological Association (LACPA) represents over 4,000 licensed psychologists within Los Angeles County by responding to the mental health needs of the community.  Its purposes are to advance the science and profession of psychology and promote human welfare while educating the public about psychological issues.

The California Psychological Association supports the psychologists of California in their efforts to promote the health and well-being of all citizens through volunteer association members and professional staff.