About Dr. Underwood

Dr. Underwood is a licensed psychologist specializing in Humanistic-Existential psychotherapy, focusing on holistic well-being. He has had extensive training in mindfulness-based approaches and evidence-based practices. He uses this background to meet the individual needs of each person he works with.

Dr. Underwood has a strong interest in working with young adults and people who experience significant changes or traumatic events in their lives. He has a passion for helping others incorporate effective self-care and hopes to empower individuals to continue living fully during and after life’s difficult circumstances.


Dr. Underwood received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Pepperdine University. He completed his American Psychological Association (APA) accredited internship at the Institute for Multicultural Counseling and Education Services (IMCES). During his time at IMCES and Harbor UCLA Medical Center, he had the pleasure of working with patients and families dealing with various medical diagnoses, cultural backgrounds, and emotional concerns. He gained experience working with college and university students at California Lutheran University, Santa Monica College, and Harbor College. While at these institutions, he had the privilege of working with people struggling with identity, body and image concerns, depression and anxiety disorders, and those dealing with concerns about the future.

Dr. Underwood serves as an Adjunct Professor in Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology. He also serves on the Society for Humanistic Psychology’s Task Force on Hate Incidents.

In addition to his clinical background, Dr. Underwood’s publications include an article concerning Humanistic approaches to severe mental illness and a book chapter regarding existential consciousness. He has given presentations at national conferences on LGBTQ issues and self-care.

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

  • American Psychological Association

  • Society of Humanistic Psychology, Division 32 of the American Psychological Association

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