Ginger Clark, Ph.D.
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Works at: Long Beach
Ginger Clark is a licensed psychologist
specializing in work with both men and women on issues around identity, career, family, fertility, parenting,
meaning, and purpose.
She is a full-time Associate Professor of Clinical Education in the Rossier School
of Education at the University of Southern California. Ginger is the Program Coordinator of the
Marriage and Family Therapy Master's Degree Program there. In addition to her administrative
duties in running the program, she has taught the Introduction to Counseling Skills course, the Counseling Theories
course, the Group Counseling course, the Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy course, the Career Development course,
as well as supervising the Practicum and Fieldwork courses.
Ginger holds her clinical hours in the Long Beach office only on Thursdays
from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. She typically sees clients every two weeks; during the same time
slot every other Thursday. Unfortunately, she does not have evening hours, nor is she able to
schedule appointments on any other day than Thursday.
She has been trained to work with survivors of sexual abuse, with a particular
interest in helping clients to weave their histories of trauma and abuse into their stories such that they no
longer define the client, but become only a part of what has informed the person they are
She works from an Existential/Feminist approach, where her primary focus is on
helping clients to identify what meaning they want their lives to have, and then identify the options available to
them in reaching that goal.
She is expressly focused on helping clients gain access to resources that can help
them create options and make choices. Her goal is to work so that all clients, including those
with few resources or support, can get the help they need to reach their goals. The idea of
having to make hard choices and being responsible for the consequences of those choices often leaves clients
frozen; fearful of making the wrong choice, or of losing other options.
In her work in helping clients to act in spite of their fear, she uses a number of
techniques pulled from Cognitive Therapy, Gestalt work, as well as other humanistic and empirically supported
Probably the most important element of her work in therapy is the therapeutic
relationship, where Ginger works closely with the client to develop an intimate, trusting, safe relationship in
which the client is able to explore painful experiences and feelings, as well as freely express joy without
judgment or expectation.
Her client load is almost evenly split between women and men, with slightly more men
than women. Although her approach includes feminist ideals (evening the playing field for all
clients, providing resources and options to empower clients, teaching clients to be advocates for others), she
connects very well with her male clients; helping them to feel comfortable, respected, and
understood. Many of her male clients were referred by previous male clients because they felt
supported and not judged, but challenged by her work with them.
New clients, please call office number. Do not call therapist.
Administrative information needs to be
gathered before scheduling.
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