Danielle L. Greg | Pepperdine University
Danielle Greg

Dr. Danielle L. Greg

Calabasas, California

Title: Clinical Psychologist

Company: Private Practice

 

AT A GLANCE:

Seaver College Class of 2001

BA, Psychology

Graduate School of Education and Psychology Class of 2010

Doctor of Psychology

What does being one of Pepperdine's 40 under 40 honorees mean to you?

Being one of Pepperdine's 40 under 40 award recipients is a great honor. I am an enthusiastic alumna of Pepperdine who has worked hard in my years since graduation to live a life of purpose, service, and leadership. This honor is particularly meaningful to me because during my final year as a Pepperdine GSEP student, I was diagnosed with cancer. At that time, I was not sure that I would be able to carry out the career that I had long dreamed of and prepared for. I am extremely grateful for the work I have been able to do since then and for Pepperdine acknowledging my achievements.

Describe your success:

In the final year of my doctoral program at Pepperdine's GSEP, I worked at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a therapist serving university students and as a member of the Eating Disorder Treatment team. After graduating with my PsyD, I began working as the assistant clinical director at an autism treatment agency following my many years of work in the special needs field. I supervised recent psychology graduates and masters-level clinicians during these initial years after graduating. I have been very passionate about helping new therapists find their way.

A few years ago, I decided that it was time to begin working in private practice so that I could provide psychotherapy for a diverse range of people, including college students, families with children with special needs, and individuals with eating disorders and medical conditions. It is wonderful to be working in Calabasas, California, as I am able to stay connected with the broader Pepperdine University community. I regularly network with other Pepperdine graduates in the area, and I often receive calls from Pepperdine students and alumni looking for a psychologist.

How does Pepperdine play into your success?

I am incredibly grateful that I was able to attend Pepperdine University for my undergraduate and graduate studies. I have such fond memories of my time at Pepperdine and, in particular, of all of my professors and advisors who provided me with individual attention and prepared me for my career. I am also thankful that the faculty and staff at Pepperdine have continued to be helpful to me in my years since graduation as I still reach out from time to time for mentorship.

Who inspires you and why?

Dr. Anat Cohen, the clinic director at the Pepperdine community counseling center in Encino, inspires me tremendously! Dr. Cohen played a major role in my graduate education at Pepperdine. I completed my initial interview for the program with her, started my beginning training as a psychotherapist at her clinic, and served as her graduate assistant, and she was also a part of my dissertation committee. I learned so much from her over the years at Pepperdine. What inspires me the most about Dr. Cohen is the energy and attention that she gives to all of her students as she helps them find the confidence and learn the skills to begin the work of being a psychotherapist.

What's next for you? What's your five year outlook? What's your ten year plan?

I plan to continue my work in private practice and perhaps begin teaching some university courses soon. I would also love to write a book about developing a healthy body image. I am currently brainstorming about a children's book focused on helping young girls appreciate their bodies for all of its magnificent abilities! Additionally, I would like to do some advocacy work related to the need for more mental health services in our society.

How do you prepare for a busy day?

I wake up nearly every day at 5:30 AM and either go to a pilates class or take my two-year-old labradoodle, Reef, for a walk around the neighborhood!

What is one of your hobbies?

Reading, traveling (I hope to visit all of the seven continents of the world during my lifetime), trying out new restaurants, hiking, going to the beach, and spending time with my nieces and nephew.

What is your favorite quote?

"Your task is not to seek for love but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it." –Rumi

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?

Medical research scientist (in another life!). Or, when I retire, it would be fun to run a bakery storefront.