Dr. Suzanne Pelka received her Bachelor of Arts Degree with honors from UC Berkeley and her Ph.D. in 2005 from The University of Chicago in Human Development.

She has been a Research Fellow at UCLA with The Center for Culture and Health, The Foundation for Psycho-cultural Research (the FPR) and The Center for Society and Genetics. Dr Pelka has been an instructor at UCLA, The University of Chicago, DePaul University and Santa Monica College, and has taught the following courses:

  • Medical Anthropology
  • Psychological Anthropology
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Specialized Courses Concerning Human Sexuality
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Children and Media Studies
  • Anthropology of Advanced Reproductive Technology

Dr. Pelka is a member in good standing with the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT), the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT), the American Anthropological Association (AAA), The Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH), and the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals.

Dr. Pelka has been in practice since 2003, having trained in New York City (Mental Health Services at The Gay and Lesbian Center), Chicago (The Center for Contextual Change) and in Los Angeles (The Center for Healthy Sex and at TEENLINE at Cedars Sinai Hospital). She is a Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist (CSAT) having trained under Dr. Patrick Carnes.

Dr Pelka is also certified to practice EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) which is a powerful short-term therapy often employed to help clients heal from traumatic experiences that cause PTSD-type symptomology. The use of EMDR has been very effective in helping numerous clients heal from all manner of “minor” and major traumas and anxieties. Dr. Pelka has also written chapters and articles for several publications concerning sexuality and reproductive technologies.

Dr. Pelka is a California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist; MFC 48129.