My name is Lukas Prokes, and I was born in the Czech Republic. I graduated with a degree in Technical Engineering from a prestigious school in the Czech Republic, but found no fulfillment in this accomplishment. I later moved to the United States to pursue my passion in psychology. I received my Masters Degree in Art Therapy from New York’s School of Visual Arts and Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from Los Angeles’ Ryokan College.
My educational and professional experience, background in Human Services, Psychology, Art Therapy, and Clinical Psychology has helped me to integrate didactic material and transform them into an effective practice with people in a variety of settings, backgrounds, and issues.
I understand the responsibilities that are involved when working with children, adolescents and adults. I have served as a child therapist for children with autism, adolescents and adults with a focus on behavior, communication, and self help skills.
I believe that in order to be effective and encourage positive change, a psychologist has to modify their approach to meet the individual needs of their clients. I am proficient at and concentrate on The Humanistic approach, which supports my inner belief that people will strive to reach their full potential if given the opportunity. Through the Psychodynamic approach, I examine and work to help individuals recognize and better understand their interpersonal and relationship patterns, defenses, and the unconscious factors that can obstruct a person’s ability to achieve desired goals. Implementing the Cognitive Behavioral approach benefits clients in therapeutic treatment with thinking patterns and addressing and identifying cognitive distortions, which can lead to anxiety and depression. Unrealistic thoughts, misinterpretation of events and global attributions about individuals based on these events are the main objective throughout this approach.
My goal and passion is to work with people, not only to help them obtain high personal achievement and help others to recognize their potential, but also to realize their abilities, hopes and dreams.
There are many forms of therapy. Some types of treatment work better than others when handling different issues. I personally combine ideas from different approaches when addressing a person's needs.
Even if therapy cannot cure a condition, it can help people develop healthy coping skills. Determination to be active in therapy and heal is essential for meeting therapeutic goals and fostering a positive therapeutic relationship. Finding the right therapist is also crucial to the treatment process.
I personally look at the ins and out of the couple's relationship and give the couple insight into their shared strengths and weaknesses, as well as their individual ones. I act as a neutral mediator and give advice to both partners and promote more two-way communication, create more positive ways of interacting and thinking and different ways the couple can show their love and support for each other.
I strongly believe, for couples therapy to work, both individuals must be committed to improving their relationship, while looking inwardly at their own individual strengths and weaknesses. Knowing their traits and habits that make their partner tick could have a positive effect on making personal and relationship changes.
Couples therapy isn't meant for one partner to unload anger, resentment and other damaging behaviors toward his or her partner. It's about unlocking solutions based on love, dedication and more.
Group Therapy provides benefits that individual therapy may not. Groups can act as a support network and a sounding board. Members of the group often help you come up with specific ideas for improving a difficult situation or life challenge, and hold you accountable along the way.
Talking and listening to others also helps people to their your own problems in perspective. Many people experience mental health difficulties, but few speak openly about them to people they don't know well. Oftentimes, you may feel like you are the only one struggling — but you're not. It can be a relief to hear others discuss what they're going through, and realize you're not alone.
Groups are designed to target a specific problem, such as depression, panic disorder, social anxiety, or substance abuse. Other groups can focus more generally on improving social skills, helping people deal with a range of issues such as anger, shyness, loneliness and low self-esteem. Groups are often beneficial to those who have experienced loss of a spouse, or someone by suicide.
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (PsyD), Ryokan College
Masters in Art Therapy (MPS), School of Visual Arts
B.A. in Psychology and Studio Art, Hunter College
Licensed Creative Art Therapist (LCAT)
CPR and AED
School of Visual Arts: Faculty
Half Full Institute, Inc.: Founder and Director of Clinical Services