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Craig M. Hands, Ph.D.


Dr. Hands draws upon a rich array of psychological research, approaches and experience to assist in understanding the underlying causes of emotional distress. He views symptoms as emotional messengers that have important stories to tell. Learning about these stories and their emotional meanings are a crucial step in the direction of lessening and eventual elimination of psychological symptoms and emotional pain. Through cognitive and insight oriented therapeutic approaches, focus is directed on problems related to the unique life circumstances that are associated with relationship issues, self-destructive life patterns, trauma, anxiety, depression, personal loss, insomnia and work related difficulties.

Dr. Hands’ expertise is working with individuals, couples and families experiencing especially challenging life situations. For over 20 years, Dr. Hands has provided non-judgmental assistance to individuals by addressing conscious and unconscious blocks that can lead to years of self-destructive behavior and silent emotional pain. Once the cause and effect of personal challenges are understood in their proper context, a new sense of freedom and control emerges, which empowers healthier life choices.


  • State Licensed Psychologist 
  • Doctorate of Philosophy, Psychology-Ph.D. (emphasis on Object Relations,
  • Master of Science, Counseling Psychology-MS (Family Counseling)
  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology – BA (General Psychology)


  • Associate Member of the American Psychological Association (APA) Since 1995
  • Former Member of Red Cross Disaster Response Team


  • Assistant Professor/Adjunct California School of Professional Psychology, Alhambra, CA
  • Faculty Instructor Ryokan College, Los Angeles, CA Research Methodology, Family Systems Therapy
  • Critical Incident Debriefing in Various Firms
  • Media Consultations NBC, CNN. Business Channel, KCAI., Los Angeles Times, KPCC
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