John F. Grienenberger, PhD

Founder, Clinical & Executive Director

John F. Grienenberger, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist and developmental researcher. He is the former Clinical Director of Psychological Care and Healing (PCH) Treatment Center in Mar Vista, California (2012-2016), where he was Director of the Family Program, the Assessment Clinic, as well as creator of a Mentalization Based Treatment (MBT) track, which served emotionally dysregulated clients. He is the founder and program developer of the Reflective Parenting Program and the Reflective Care Program, core components of the non-profit Center for Reflective Communities, of which he is currently the Co-Director. He has extensive experience in psychodynamic psychotherapy and mentalization-based individual and family work, and has trained hundreds of therapists in his mentalization-based model of treatment.

Dr. Grienenberger has authored numerous papers and presentations, and developed training programs in the areas of psychotherapy, attachment, mentalization, and parenting. He conducts trainings and presentations nationally and internationally. Most recently, he was awarded a major federal grant from NICHD to do a randomized-control trial study of his mentalization-based intervention with at-risk families. He has a private practice in West Los Angeles conducting psychological and neuropsychological testing as well as providing psychotherapy to children, adults, families, and couples.