We had the good fortune of connecting with Diana Beck and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Diana, we’d love to hear more about your end-goal, professionally.
I’m a licensed clinician and I provide mental health services to the people who reach out to me for psychotherapy. Therapy is my platform to connect, be creative, and bear witness to the interactions and experiences that impact my clients. This is a mutually beneficial process – I learn just as much from my clients as they do from me. So, my end goal you ask? Well, I don’t have an end goal. I plan to continuously discover, then re-discover, and identify new meaning when new meaning presents.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
It’s weird to tell you about “my career.” I don’t really think of what I do as a “career” – it’s my lifestyle, my purpose, and perhaps the greatest source of my fulfillment. I’m proud to say that I’m a licensed psychotherapist – I work with individuals, couples, families, and groups. My work is ever evolving and shifting. This is what guides me forward. Recently in my private practice, the focus amongst my sessions with various clients has been related to attachment, racial issues and violence, safety planning, and confronting loneliness and isolation.
In addition to psychotherapy, I’m also an adjunct professor at Pepperdine University. I teach Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy at the graduate level to the next generation of therapists enrolled in Pepperdine’s clinical psychology program. I love teaching this course! You won’t get a PowerPoint in my class. My intention is to foster my students’ ability to discuss as a group, strengthen active listening skills, and build each student’s confidence through giving and receiving feedback, while also finding his or her own voice and unique therapeutic style.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I live in Santa Monica, California. I’m always excited when a friend or family member comes to visit! The best activity I could share with someone is to spend time with my Dalmatian pup, Dalia. She greets everyone with a toothy smile, excited sneezes, and a loving tail wag. We love taking our visitors outside for adventures to the beach and walks down Main Street. We would grab a bite to eat while we’re out and then later I might challenge them to count her spots!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Shout out to the love and support from my mom! I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for her. Love ya, mom!
Michelle King and Jackson Rayfield