My mission is to help people to live their best lives. To improve relationships between individuals and his/her family of origin, partner, offspring and business associates.
Psychologist and professor Dr. Gregory Canillas, known to friends and colleagues as “Doc”, takes a “keep it real” approach to his work both with clients and in training the next generation of therapists. His easy going attitude, coupled with a sharp insight that misses nothing, has made him popular with students and clients alike. His clinical work, research and teaching have focused on the entire range of relationship issues from trauma, abuse and infidelity to conflict resolution, spirituality and self esteem. He has worked with children, adolescents, adults, couples, students, foster parents and anyone who needed help to better understand themselves, their relationships and their place in the world. Doc’s goal is to use his considerable education and experience to help people to live their best lives.
With a double major in Psychology and American History from the University of California, Santa Cruz and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the California School of Professional Psychology, Doc is currently an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (Los Angeles campus). He is a frequent presenter at national and international conferences on children/adolescents, community violence & trauma, culture & health, dating/relationship issues, diversity & mental health, family issues, foster care, pedagogy and substance abuse. He served as a Program Director at several nonprofit organizations, overseeing the child and adult therapy programs and pregnant/parenting teen programs. Doc has also served as a Children's Social Worker with the Department of Children and Family Services, as a Clinical Psychologist with the Department of Mental Health, and later as the Clinical Director of a family preservation program. Doc has taught at Pepperdine University, Loyola Marymount University, Antioch University-Los Angeles, National University and the University of California, Santa Cruz. Doc also serves as the Co-Chair of the Commission for Youth and Children (Long Beach, California), a body that advises the Mayor and city council on issues of importance to children, adolescents and families in that city. He is the author of two forthcoming books: “Sticks and Stones: Healing from Verbal Abuse” and “Cheaters: Recovering from Infidelity.”
An avid traveler, Doc has visited thirty-three of the fifty states and abroad to Europe, Canada, the Caribbean and Mexico.