Kathy MacLeay

Kathy MacLeay

Department Faculty
  • Associate Professor
    Department of Psychology
  • The Chicago School Los Angeles
Applied Clinical Psychology
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
617 W 7th St Los Angeles, CA 90017
617 W 7th St
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I have been practicing in a private practice setting for almost 30 years. When I first started to do clinical work I became interested in eating disorders because the problem became so widespread and debilitating. I developed a treatment using Psychosynthesis a spiritual holistic aapproach to doing therapy. I did a study and then presented my findings at an International Conference and was approached to do trainings on the method after that which I did offer. I grew up in a family that got involved in helping people less fortunate, namely foster children, emotionally disturbed children, cognitively challenged children which has been very rewarding. I have had extensive experience working with the mentally ill.
Currently I am involved in equine and pet therapy being an animal lover and seeing the power of healing between people and animals. I also want to do a research study on the effects of pet therapy with the elder to see if the use of pets can reduce the need for antidepressants with the elder.
  • BA, Lyndon State College, Lyndon, Vermont
  • MA, California State University Northridge, Northridge, California
  • PHD, California Graduate Institute, Westwood, California
  • Marriage Family Therapy
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Certificate in Modern Psychoanalysis
Areas Of Expertise

Community Involvement

  • Helping the homeless 
  • Working with Handicapped Children & Adults


  • Psychosynthesis Retreat for Women 
  • Documentary for the daughter of a Schizophrenic Patient

Professional Memberships

  • APA 
  • NAAP

Q & A

Q. What is my teaching philosophy? 

A. I believe that humans are driven to learn and grow. As a teacher I am interested in learning how students learn. We need to make the classroom as much as possible like real life. Learning that is stimulating and enjoyable is apt to leave a more lasting impression. I think if I look for the best in my students they will show it to me. I want to teach my students about the importance of learning cooperation and I model that in my classroom by consulting with them about their learning needs and how we can work cooperatively together to get those needs met. 

Q. Describe your philosophy regarding the practice of psychology.

A. In psychology we have a very important job to do to make this world a better place to live. We need not only to train qualified students, we need to help our field and the environment where learning takes place to be healthier. We are in the business of bringing out the best in people with the goal of enhancing people’s lives which is an enormous challenge, responsibility and satisfaction. 

Q. Why did you choose to enter the field of psychology? 

A. I grew up in an environment working with troubled adolescents from the city and I watched these young people become more confident in themselves and from this and other life experiences I have been blessed to have have convinced me that I want to contribute to this field. 

Q. What advice would you give a student entering the Chicago School of Professional Psychology? 

A. There is so much the field has to offer a professional so find an area that you are passionate about and study that area, become an expert in that area and help make our field as powerful and important as it is capable of being. Be a model for how you feel the field should present itself to the community and society in general so that our actions match our words. Be flexible because the world itself needs this and all our patient will need this skill not only to survive but to thrive.