Trauma and PTSD Therapists in Sorrento Mesa, San Diego, CA

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Julie Trim, PhD & Associates
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
4 Endorsed
Verified
4 Endorsed
Hello! Our clinic specializes in eating disorders (EDs), PTSD , borderline personality disorder (BPD), anxiety, depression, and emotion dysregulation. We also have extensive experience in providing therapy to college students, athletes, and LGBTQ clients. Whenever possible, we use treatments that have proven efficacy, but we customize treatment to the particular needs of our clients. We approach our clients with respect, warmth, and cultural humility and feel that having a strong therapeutic relationship is central to the success of therapy.
(858) 295-0435
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Sorrento Mesa
San Diego, CA 92121
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Jill Maher
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
Verified
Welcome and congratulations on taking your first steps towards healing and growth! I have been working with individuals and families impacted by trauma for 17 years across a variety of environments. I specialize in complex trauma , and I have a passion for working with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. I also provide support for people who are struggling with addiction and co-occurring mental health issues in their recovery. I strive to help build a safe and non-judgmental space for you to cultivate your emotional well-being, develop healthy coping skills, and empower yourself.
(858) 295-1549
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Sorrento Mesa
San Diego, CA 92121
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Sarah A Zucker
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I serve all of California in person and via telehealth working with the Center for Motivation and Change to provide highly individualized addiction, trauma , anxiety, OCD, and general therapy to clients or their loved ones.
Hey! You’ve likely arrived here because you’ve been in a dark place and might be ready for a change. You’re tired of carrying around the burden of your trauma , anxiety, or the weight of your substance use or secret addiction. Or you’re concerned about a loved one’s unhealthy behaviors. Maybe you feel ashamed and alone but the fear of being judged is finally being outweighed by the possibility that things could be better. Life is really hard, but we can do hard things with support. How I can help: •We can collaborate if you have ever had substance use concerns or addictive behaviors - past or present, in recovery or ongoing.
(858) 465-4471
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Sorrento Mesa
San Diego, CA 92121
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Charles E Nelson
Psychologist, PhD, MFT
Verified
3 Endorsed
Verified
3 Endorsed
compulsive behaviors PTSD P.
Charlie is recognized as a seasoned, direct, warm, ethical, "practical" therapist with experience since 1973. He's licensed as both Psychologist & Marriage and Family Therapist, competently helping individuals, couples, and families. Along with a broad general practice, he also specializes in: Relationship Issues (premarital & marital problems, communication, co-parenting, financial stress, affairs, infidelity, divorce, sexual health); Substance Abuse and Behavioral addictions (alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, codependence, ACOA, enabling, gambling, "sex addiction", out of control sexual behavior); Trauma Recovery (crime victims, post traumatic stress, loss, death, dying, grief, identity theft); Men's Issues: ("Men behaving badly", fatherhood, communication problems, intimacy concerns).
(858) 376-7957
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Sorrento Mesa
San Diego, CA 92121
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Center for Motivation and Change:California
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Verified
The Center For Motivation and Change (“CMC”) is a unique outpatient private group practice with locations in NYC, Long Island, DC and San Diego. We are a team of experienced psychologists who are driven by an optimism about people’s capacity to change as well as a commitment to the science of change. Our clinicians are all deeply trained in research-supported therapies that target substance use/compulsive behaviors patterns as well as mental health issues such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder ( PTSD )/complex trauma and anxiety/mood disorders. The cornerstone of our approach is motivational.
(858) 212-0985
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Sorrento Mesa
San Diego, CA 92121
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Katherine Pica
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, Katherine Pica, LCSW
Verified
Verified
I do specialize in treating Anxiety, OCD and Trauma .
Maybe you are feeling overwhelmed and stuck? Have you tried therapy before with no success? There is hope and you are not alone. I specialize in compassionate evidenced based therapy for Anxiety, OCD and Trauma . I am trained in ERP, CBT, EMDR and Mindfulness Skills. These are tools that we can work on together, to help you live a more fulfilled life. Therapy can help you get freedom over issues that are holding you back from your true potential and goals in life. With over 15 years of experience I can help and guide you to learn to break free from old patterns and negative thoughts to tune into our true resilience.
(858) 266-9613
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Sorrento Mesa
San Diego, CA 92121
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Shaul M Saddick
Psychologist, MA, PhD, QME
Verified
Verified
Are you experiencing any of the following problems: psychological stress, psychological trauma , difficulties in coping, or depression as a result of relationship / marital issues, divorce, loss, job-related psychological / physical injury, or a motor vehicle accident in which you may have become physically or psychologically traumatized? If you are, I can assist in evaluating and psychologically treating these issues. I can help restore psychological wellness and improve the over-all quality of your life. I am proficient in the following languages: English, Arabic, Hebrew, and Farsi ( Persian).
(858) 207-6968
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Sorrento Mesa
San Diego, CA 92121
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Mellissa Giegerich
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
Are you someone who would like to have a better relationship with food and exercise? Or someone who is ready to heal from past trauma ? Using a HAES-informed approach, I specialize in helping clients utilize the skills needed to succeed in recovery. As a former collegiate athlete, I have great interest in how to incorporate athletic experiences, and one’s identity as an athlete, into therapeutic treatment for eating disorders. Additionally, I am trained in Cognitive Processing therapy and use this modality with clients with PTSD to help them adopt the thought processes needed to reduce the impact of their traumas on their wellbeing.
(619) 630-4670
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Sorrento Mesa
San Diego, CA 92121
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Cyndi Pulsinelli
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, EMDR
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I specialize in treating individuals with eating disorders, mood disorders and trauma .
What does it mean to thrive? The heart of my practice is the very essence of equipping individuals and families to live a life where they thrive. To thrive is a means of growth, to flourish, revive, change-state or turn.
(760) 965-3251
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Sorrento Mesa
San Diego, CA 92121
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Jazmine Lopez
Associate Clinical Social Worker, ACSW, PPS-C
Verified
Verified
I specialize in treating anxiety, depression, trauma , and the various presenting aspects of these conditions.
Welcome! My name is Jazmine and I am an associate clinical social worker with Diaspora Therapy Group. I believe in providing individualized therapy unique to you and your needs. I use a solutions-focused, strengths-based approach to therapy, among other techniques, to really seek to learn and improve the outcomes of my patients. My experience is broad and includes outpatient care, non-profits, and educational systems. Above all else, my goal is to provide an environment ripe for learning, healing, challenging, and problem solving.
(858) 727-5652
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Sorrento Mesa
San Diego, CA 92121
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Marriage & Family Therapy by Christina Ames-Cotto
Marriage & Family Therapist
Verified
Verified
I have 6 years of experience working with diverse populations with a multitude of different challenges; some of which include intergenerational trauma , substance abuse, domestic violence, relationship conflict, neurodiversity, LGBTQIA, and cultural identity.
Life provides happiness as well as its share of challenges. I believe individuals and couples are capable of navigating life but sometimes need a little extra help and compassion. Therapy can be that place where a person can discuss, learn and work through any past or present challenges that may be getting in the way of living a happy and hopeful life.
(619) 776-3039
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Sorrento Mesa
San Diego, CA 92121
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Michael Villanueva
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
No matter your symptoms and/diagnoses, counseling and neurofeedback can help you achieve your goals; whether they be increased productivity, better memory and focus, trauma work including PTSD , less anxiety, depression, or addictions, TBI's, or simply better sleep.
Dr. Michael Villanueva offers an unique approach to traditional counseling with an emphasis on Jungian psychology and two domains: Conditions more rooted in expressed psychological symptoms, and conditions more rooted in neurophysiological symptoms. This is a distinction reflecting years of experience in both counseling and analyzing the human EEG (AKA ‘brainwaves’). He can counsel and treat with various forms of talk therapy as well as analyze and train your neural pathways using neurofeedback. Dr. Villanueva also offers telehealth counseling.
(858) 877-9301
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Sorrento Mesa
San Diego, CA 92121
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Kelsey Lynn Paulson
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
Dr. Kelsey Paulson is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. She received her Bachelor’s of Science at Iowa State University, and her Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology at AIU with an emphasis in Forensics Studies. Over the past 17 years, Kelsey has received training and experience in working with children, adolescents, adults, older adults, families, couples, active duty service members, and Veterans. She has extensive experience working with severe mental illness, mood/anxiety disorders, co-occurring substance use disorders, trauma , and chronic pain.
(858) 943-6379
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Sorrento Mesa
San Diego, CA 92121
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Susannah Muller
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, JD
Verified
Verified
You seem fine on the outside, but inside you feel you are not good enough, a failure, never enough. You want to be able to go through the day without feeling anxious, overwhelmed, depressed or all on your own. You're your own worst critic. You don't want to need alcohol or pot or comfort food to cope. You want to be able to handle your emotions better. You're wondering if life will ever get better, or if this is as good as it gets. Deep down, you feel guilty or ashamed. Social events may be difficult for you. Maybe you've been through a trauma (abuse, car accident, relationship breakup, etc.) and are having trouble moving on.
(619) 324-3957
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Sorrento Mesa
San Diego, CA 92121
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Rita Romero
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
Board Certified as a PTSD clinician, with special expertise and training with evidenced based training in treatment of trauma , and psychological treatment of health related issues, you will know you are receiving the latest cutting edge approaches to your particular challenges.
It is an honor to have being recognized as one of the Three Best Rated Psychologists in San Diego in 2022 and 2023. With 25 years of experience, I have been able to successfully empower individuals o identify and transform their personal, relational and professional challenges and reach their desired goals. I will bring compassion, respect and unique insight into our work together. My license is at the doctoral level as a psychologist, as well as having been licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist. Treatment will be uniquely tailored to your personality to effectively alleviate discomfort and maximize your goal
(760) 303-4783
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Sorrento Mesa
San Diego, CA 92121
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Ezak Marquez
Counselor, LPCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
My name is Ezak and my pronouns are they, them, theirs. I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and Gender Specialist at Diaspora Therapy Group. I utilize a person-centered and strengths-based approach and I have been trained through a multicultural and trauma -informed lens. I work with adolescents and adults wanting to make a change in their life and I work collaboratively with my clients to identify their goals.
(619) 329-9950
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Sorrento Mesa
San Diego, CA 92121
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Naomi Wahler
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
I specialize in working with trauma , mood disorders, and addictive behaviors.
Sometimes life experiences leave us feeling overwhelmed or hopeless and we find that the ways we usually cope are not helping. Sometimes our personal journey involves difficult, seemingly impossible crises or losses. Sometimes we try to manage emotions with activities that help us feel better for a short time but then the cost starts to outweigh the benefits. I believe we all go through times like this when we are tired of struggling. The path towards recovering from these experiences seems more doable when we are able to find a renewed motivation and clear goals towards change.
(858) 943-2658
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Sorrento Mesa
San Diego, CA 92121
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John P Rettger
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
I specialize in treating depression, anxiety, trauma and relationship issues using research-based interventions from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, Existential-Transpersonal and Psychodynamic psychotherapy.
I have immediate availability and we return calls within 24 hours! Are you struggling to let go and heal from a traumatic experience? Do you feel stuck in sadness or overwhelmed with worry? Do things seem so stressful that it is hard to feel happiness? If any of these questions ring true for you, I have the expertise to guide you in overcoming these challenges. I utilize state of the art evidence-based treatment methods to directly work on your concerns and cut through the obstacles that are limiting your life. In my practice you will learn essential coping skills to apply in your life immediately to begin your transformation.
(858) 465-4492
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Sorrento Mesa
San Diego, CA 92121
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Tracey L Chester
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, MA
Verified
Verified
I am a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, and I employ the latest techniques that help with mood disorders and the effect chronic pain has on mood and quality of life.
I primarily work with patients who suffer from chronic pain or chronic illness. Simply put, patients need extra attention their loved ones may be unable to provide. I am the founder and clinical director of San Diego Pain and Trauma Institute, located in Sorrento Valley. The mission of this clinic is to provide an integrated approach, with primary care doctors, and doctors from different specialties, trauma -informed care, from physical therapy techniques to the most up to date evidence based practices. I am amongst a small group of professionals studying the relationship between trauma , grief and chronic pain.
(442) 237-5123
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Sorrento Mesa
San Diego, CA 92121
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Diana Neuner
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
Verified
As an EMDRIA certified EMDR therapist, I specialize in recovery from trauma , grief and loss, anxiety and depression.
Loss, trauma and negative experiences may impact us more than we realize. As we navigate life with such challenges, we may become overwhelmed and feel a variety of unwanted symptoms such as anxiety, fear, restlessness, confusion, guilt and depression. In therapy, I will help you gain clarity and eliminate these unwanted symptoms as you discover empowerment, hope, motivation and healing.
(858) 609-8336
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Sorrento Mesa
San Diego, CA 92121
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Trauma and PTSD Therapists

When should I seek treatment for trauma?

Not everyone who undergoes trauma needs therapy to heal, but many do. If, after experiencing a traumatic event, you find yourself struggling with symptoms such as nightmares, dissociation, irritability, or emotional numbness—especially if these symptoms last more than a month and are severe enough to interfere with your daily functioning—you may benefit from seeking out therapy with a trauma-informed provider.

How long does trauma therapy take?

Different types of therapy for trauma unfold on different timelines. Prolonged exposure therapy and cognitive processing therapy, for example, each take about three months, while trauma-informed CBT may last anywhere from 8 to 25 sessions. Other approaches, especially those that are less structured or that incorporate elements from multiple modalities, may be more open-ended, though many patients report feeling better within the first few months of treatment.

What happens if trauma is left untreated?

Unaddressed trauma can have serious—even devastating—effects on relationships, career, and day-to-day functioning. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can lead people to distrust or lash out at others, making it difficult to maintain intimate relationships; it can also trigger symptoms such as flashbacks or hyperreactivity that can interfere with a person’s ability to function effectively, personally and/or professionally. Some sufferers turn to drugs to find relief. Symptoms may lessen on their own with time, but there is no guarantee that PTSD will resolve on its own.

Can PTSD come back after treatment?

It is possible for PTSD symptoms to recur months or years after successful treatment. This is because, like most mental health disorders, it is not possible to “cure” PTSD, and stressful life events may cause symptoms to recur in even the most resilient individuals. There is no shame in re-experiencing PTSD symptoms nor in returning to therapy when such relapses occur; indeed, many forms of trauma therapy explicitly encourage periodic “maintenance sessions” to reinforce coping skills and ensure that symptoms stay manageable.