Rochelle Perper, Ph.D.

Rochelle Perper, Ph.D., is the founder and Principal Psychologist of Therapy Changes. Dr. Perper established the practice in 2011 with the philosophy and approach of providing focused guidance when you need it most. Dr. Perper is a licensed clinical psychologist in California recognized for her compassion and skill in helping clients better navigate and manage life’s most difficult transitions.

Dr. Perper provides in-office and teletherapy services for adults, emerging adults, adolescents, and children.

Areas of Specialization

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Grief, traumatic grief
  • Healthcare workers, first/emergency responders
  • Life transitions
  • Trauma
  • Victims of crime

My Philosophy and Approach

My approach to therapy is caring, collaborative and action oriented in a Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) framework. If you’ve experienced a profound life experience, I know how empty, lost, and alone you may feel. I am passionate about treating trauma using self-compassion skills and mindfulness-based techniques to help you move past guilt and become more accepting and present.

I believe that recovery is possible, even from the most painful experiences. I work closely with my clients to regain strength and develop strategies to move forward and find happiness again.

What You Will Experience Working With Me

In times of crisis, we can easily judge ourselves and be overly critical. In our work together, I encourage an attitude of curiosity and gently help you identify and move through the “stuck points” that keep you from feeling safe.

You won’t hear me say “get over it” or “move on.” I understand that healing happens gradually and that there’s no one “right” way to grieve. I respect your unique circumstances and honor the path that is right for you. I am attentive, open, flexible, and willing to adapt therapy to meet your needs. At Therapy Changes, we value providing you with an environment where you feel comfortable, safe, and heard.

Forensic Services

Dr. Perper provides expert witness opinions and consultation on federal and civil lawsuits. She has experience working with both defense and plaintiffs’ attorneys and has worked on cases involving: 1) suicide deaths; 2) standard of care; 3) negligence; and 4) emotional distress.

Dr. Perper is known for being responsive, thorough, knowledgeable, personable, and able to communicate complex clinical information in a concise and accessible manner.

Professional Training and Seminars

Dr. Perper is uniquely qualified to provide professional training and lecture sessions, as well as community speaking engagements on a variety of topics. To learn more about professional training services and workshop topics, click here.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University, San Diego

Professional Affiliations & Duties

  • Chair, San Diego Psychological Association (SDPA) Ethics and Standards Committee
  • Presenter, Coastal Continuing Education Professional Standards of Law, and Ethics
  • Invited speaker, USD Counseling Center, UCSD Counseling and Psychological Services, Alliant International University, San Diego County District Victim Services, SDPA

Professional Memberships

  • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • California Psychological Association (CPA)
  • San Diego Psychological Association (SDPA)

For a copy of Dr. Perper’s Curriculum Vitae, click here.

To view blog articles written by Dr. Perper, click here.