Addiction treatment focuses on helping you understand the relationship between your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, primarily using cognitive-behavioral therapy from a non-12-step perspective. 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 my primary focus. 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 Substance Abuse Counselor (SAP), Master Addiction Counselor (MAC), and a Certified Addiction Treatment Counselor (CAADE), as well as my Psychology Doctorate (PsyD). 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, Stress Eraser, or Healing Rhythms. My primary focus is Heart Rate Variability (HRV) Biofeedback, which is particularly useful for anxiety, stress and attentional disorders. I am one of a handful of clinicians in California providing Passive Infrared Hemoencephalography (pIR-HEG) and am proficient in multiple biofeedback techniques. I have a long history of working with computers.
Integrated Care - Behavioral Health Care Consultation
After receiving my Doctorate in Psychology I obtained a Masters in Clinical Psychopharmocology. I also completed a Certificate in 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. I am currently in training as a Nurse Practitioner (NP).
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)