Richard Achiro, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist (license #PSY29444) who specializes in providing empirically supported psychodynamic psychotherapy for a variety of problems, including depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, creative blocks, loss and grief, and past/ongoing trauma. He has over a decade of experience in treating a racially, socioeconomically, and generationally diverse client-base for a broad range of behavioral and mental health issues.
Dr. Achiro earned his B.A. in Psychology and Social Behavior (Magna Cum Laude) from the University of California, Irvine and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Health Psychology from the APA-accredited California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University. He has received clinical training and conducted psychotherapy at multiple settings including the Wright Institute Los Angeles, USC Student Counseling Center, and Pasadena Prototypes REACH Program. He also worked as a Crisis Responder and Therapeutic Behavioral Specialist for the South Coast Children’s Society.
He is the recipient of numerous awards such as the Scholars Grant from the American Psychological Association Division 39, Dennis Klos Professional Psychology Scholarship, Alliant International University Diversity Scholarship, Early Career Achievement Award from the American Psychological Association, Arthur Kovacs Academic Merit Scholarship, Franco Tonelli Prize for Best Critical Writing Essay, Alliant International University I-MERIT Service Award, and the California School of Professional Psychology Dean’s Award of Excellence. Dr. Achiro is also a published researcher. His study on psychological factors underlying risky use of over-the-counter workout supplements has gained international recognition from sources such as the National Institutes of Health, CBS News, Reuters, WebMD, and the BBC.
Dr. Achiro is a member of the Los Angeles County Psychological Association for which he has served on the Colleague Awareness Resources and Education (CARE) Committee and the Continuing Education Committee. He is also an active member of the Society for Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychology (Division 39 of the American Psychological Association).
His extensive training has provided a foundation for being able to discern and treat psychological maladies holistically and to appreciate the critical interplay between environmental, behavioral, cognitive and unconscious factors.