Clinical Virtual Reality (VR)
Although virtual reality has been around for years, it has recently emerged as a powerful tool to address certain mental health conditions. Unlike most VR systems used for entertainment, Clinical VR used for psychotherapy is carefully controlled by the clinician. I have been using the Psious system (https://psious.com) with good success, treating phobias, PTSD, obsessive/compulsive disorder, and other anxiety issues. The system also offers immersive relaxation/meditation environments. Using a combination of the VR and Cognitive Behavior Therapy, you can learn to change your response to feared situations.
Alexander Papp, MD and I work closely together to achieve the most out of ketamine therapy, by timing psychotherapeutic interventions with the ketamine administration to take advantage of brain changes that can occur after the ketamine administration. After receiving my Doctorate in Psychology I obtained a Masters in Clinical Psychopharmocology. I also completed a Certificate in Integrated Primary Care, designed to seamlessly integrate mental health care with health issues. This approach recognizes that a person’s medical, psychological and social challenges are interrelated. It integrates evidence-based psychological and medical principles for the purpose of diagnosing and treating emotional, behavioral, substance abuse and cognitive issues.
Addiction treatment focuses on helping you understand the relationship between your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, primarily using cognitive-behavioral therapy. I believe that there are many paths to change addictive behaviors. My interest in addiction recovery and alcohol treatment in San Diego was sparked by my search to help family members with addictive behaviors, and it has become one of my primary focuses. I've held different positions at intensive outpatient addiction treatment centers, including staff psychologist, post-doctoral fellow, supervising addiction counselor, clinical coordinator, biofeedback specialist, and recovery buddy. My credentials include Master Addiction Counselor (MAC) and Psychology Doctorate (PsyD). I have also held credentials of Substance Abuse Counselor (SAP) and a Certified Addiction Treatment Counselor (CAADE). I volunteered with SMART Recovery (a non-12-step self-help group) for seven years, serving in a variety of positions. I have a copyrighted addiction scale, which I developed with Donal Meichenbaum, PhD.
I have a Psychology Doctorate (Psy.D.) I treat adults, children, families, groups, and couples. My specialties include addictive behaviors, anxiety, trauma and traumatic grief, mood disorders, and relationship problems. I have specialized training in bipolar disorders, sleep issues, psychopharmacology, and trauma. I use an eclectic approach that includes cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), exposure therapy, biofeedback and breath-retraining, EMDR, and psychoeducation. I have published work in the field of complicated grief. I have broad life experiences and extensive educational background in multiple subject areas, which helps me understand my clients more fully.
I have a Post-Doctoral Masters Degree in Clinical Psychopharmacology. I can help you better understand the medications you have been prescribed and provide communication with your physician about medications. Although psychotherapy can bring about remarkable change on its own, some individuals may want or need pschotherapeutic medications. I have passed the prestigious Psychopharmacology Exam for Psychologists (PEP), a national qualifying exam in psychopharmacology. I have served on the Board of the California Psychological Association, Division V (Clinical Psychopharmacology) since 2012.
I am Board-Certified in Biofeedback, Associate Fellow. My state-of-the-art biofeedback equipment provides accurate and reliable training. You may also choose to learn about home training on the Em-wave PC, Emwave Home Unit, Resperate, and Stress Eraser. My primary focus is Heart Rate Variability (HRV) Biofeedback, which is particularly useful for anxiety, stress and attentional disorders. I have a long history of working with computers.
EMDR for Trauma and PTSD
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. Repeated studies show that by using EMDR people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference. I am a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (by IATP)