Play Therapy

Play therapy is founded on the assumption that a child’s play will exhibit or display any problems, consciously or unconsciously, and any developmental deficits that the child may be dealing with. The therapist develops a relationship with the child through play and the child is able to demonstrate or verbalize any occurring issues in a way that is non-threatening to the child.

Read more about play therapy here.


People’s feelings and behaviors are motivated by a variety of unconscious factors. Unknowingly, these factors lead people to develop responses that don’t solve problems. Despite the fact that these responses don’t work, they become habitual responses. No amount of empathy or advice from friends and family can help people find relief from these repeated unsuccessful responses.

Read more about psychoanalysis here.


Most people view their lives as as series of experiences; some good, some bad.  Often times, they don’t see the patters of behavior or repeated responses that create problems, or underscore stress.  In some cases, people blame their experiences on causes outside themselves, or refuse to accept that some of the things that happen to them might be as a result of things that they, themselves, actually  do!

Read more about psychotherapy here.

For Adults

  • Psychological Consultation and Referral
  • Individual Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Psychological & Neuropsychological Evaluations
  • Couples Therapy

For Children and Adolescents

  • Psychological Consultation and Referral
  • Individual Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Parent Guidance

For Mental Health and Primary Care Professionals

  • Peer consultation and second opinions for complicated patients
  • Individual clinical consultation and supervision
  • Supervision Groups (see my website for current groups
  • Professional Supervision Group, Saturdays 10AM-12PM)

Seminars and Workshops — we offer a variety of Seminars and Workshops, including the following:

  • Understanding and Managing Depression
  • Working with Latino Patients in Psychotherapy
  • Disruptive Behavior Disorders
  • Adolescent Development
  • Assessment and Treatment of Suicidal Adolescents
  • Forensic Evaluation

Other Services

  • Psychological & Neuropsychological Evaluations
  • Peer Consultation
  • Child & Adult Case Consultation

Please see additional services located in the San Diego Psychology Center (SDPC) section of this website. Adolescent Assessment and Military Assessment.