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  • About Me and My Therapeutic Approach

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    I am a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of California. I work with couples and individual adults in San Diego. During the pandemic, sessions are being conducted online through a secure, HIPAA compliant virtual therapy platform.

    I became fascinated by clinical science in college, and specifically how science facilitates our understanding about the biological, psychological and social contributors and treatments for psychological problems. After earning a Masters of Science (MS) degree in Clinical Psychology, I earned a PhD degree in Clinical Psychology from the San Diego State University-UC San Diego Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology. My PhD program focused on clinical science, with an emphasis on integrating research into clinical practice and training. I have a range of clinical experiences and training with children, adolescents, young adults, and adults in multiple clinical settings including private practice, VA hospitals and clinics, a university psychology clinic, and an inpatient child and adolescent unit. I was granted licensure as psychologist by the California Board of Psychology in 2003 (CA PSY19158).

    In my practice as a psychologist, my counseling approach integrates cognitive and behavioral assessments and interventions designed specifically for your current psychological needs whether you are coming in for individual therapy or for couples (marital and premarital) therapy. As a psychology professor, I stay informed and integrate the current scientific literature on mental health, including ethical and evidence-based treatment practices, in therapy. Given that thousands of scientific studies across multiple decades have shown the effectiveness of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for a variety of relationship problems and psychological disorders and problems including depression, anxiety, anger, PTSD/trauma, this is my treatment of choice in my practice.