Who I Am
I am Dr. Loretta Kroin, a clinical psychologist licensed as a Health Service Provider in Psychology. I am the owner and president of CHOICES: Psychology Consultation Center, Inc., a private practice of psychology in the Carmel & Indianapolis, Indiana area. I decided to become a psychologist when I was a senior in high school while taking a psychology class. One of the books I read at the suggestion of my teacher inspired me to become a psychologist to gain the skills needed to channel my desire to help others. (That was before I realized how many years of education it would take! 4 years of undergraduate college, 2 years for my master’s degree, and 5 more years to get my Ph.D. which included a year of specialized training in a formal clinical internship setting. I am really lucky that I was a good student and liked school!) This choice has been a good fit for my interests and personality as well. I enjoy using the process of psychotherapy to help others grow - to become confident, more effective, and to live more meaningful and fulfilled lives as they challenge and clarify their perceptions and beliefs to become the person they want to be.
Psychotherapy provides an opportunity to learn about yourself and to use this new understanding to make changes you have not been able to make in the past. When we understand ourselves more deeply and honestly, we can change how we relate to ourselves and others, how we handle distressing situations, and how we work toward meaningful accomplishments that are in line with our deepest values. Therapy can provide an opportunity to solve problems and heal wounds. It can be a place of hope and new beginnings. Within a trusting, collaborative professional relationship, I can provide structure for you to build strengths, support, and resources, and to discover and implement solutions.
I am flexible in providing space for an open exploration of issues and concerns when you are confused about what you need to do to make the changes you desire. I also am skilled at helping my clients create clear goals with realistic and achievable steps. My style is compassionate, client-centered, and interactive. I am direct and ask questions when I have them and acknowledge patterns when I observe them. My practice is informed by narrative, systemic, cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, solution-focused, psychodynamic, and depth psychology perspectives. I consider you to be the expert about your life and I think of myself as a consultant whose job it is to explore and clarify meanings and help you find answers consistent with your values and objectives. If you are looking for extra support and guidance through a challenging situation or are just ready to move in a new direction in your life, I look forward to working with you to achieve your goals.