Hello! I’m Tammy.
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Choosing a therapist is an important decision. The relationship between client and therapist is one of the main predictors of a successful outcome. I want you to feel comfortable with your choice of therapist, and to that end, I am happy to share some information about myself with you. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of California. I have earned a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology, a Master’s degree in Business (Human Resources Specialty), and a PhD in Cognitive Studies. Additional training includes Gottman Couples Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, treatment of Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors, hypnotherapy, and I pursue continuing education in my field on a regular basis. I value the ideas of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and I believe that our physiology and our psychology are linked in more ways than we realize. That knot in your gut when someone is angry with you? That’s the mind-body connection in action. I utilize a number of mind-body techniques, such as mindfulness, relaxation, guided visualization, and meditation, along with traditional psychotherapy.
I am a Clinical Supervisor for interns in marriage and family therapy, social work, and clinical counseling, and I’m one of the few licensed psychotherapists in California with training and experience in treating Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors, such as trichotillomania and dermatillomania. In addition, you will find me listed as an “HSP-Knowledgeable Therapist” on Dr. Elaine Aron’s Highly Sensitive Person website. My areas of special interest include anxiety disorders, chronic pain and illness, relationships, and end of life issues (including hospice). My professional background includes experience working in private practice and acute care hospital settings with families, couples, children, adolescents, and adults.
I see clients for individual, couples, and family counseling, and offer daytime, evening, and weekend appointments for your convenience. My office is centrally located in the Mission Valley area of San Diego, CA. Your counseling session will be held in a quiet, comfortable, private setting, with individual attention and a custom treatment plan based on your needs. In my office, you are a person…not a diagnosis. I look forward to learning about you.
Professional Background and Training
-Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
-PhD: Cognitive Studies
-Master of Arts: Counseling Psychology
-Master of Arts: Management, Human Resources specialty
-Graduate: Trichotillomania Learning Center, Professional Training Institute
-Completed the following couples therapy trainings with Drs. Julie and John Gottman: “Gottman Method Couples Therapy,” “Bridging the Couples Chasm,” “Strengthening Relationships through Resurfacing Trauma and PTSD,” “Making Relationships Work,” “Benefits of Integration, Insight on Flooding and Dealing with Resistance with Couples in Therapy,” “Storytelling, Life’s Deeper Meaning and Dream-Within-Conflict Strategies to use with Couples,” “Infidelity,” and “Healing After an Affair.”
-Career counseling, management training, and workplace issues
-Mental health professional, career counselor, and Certified Coach since 2001
-Member at Large: California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists – San Diego Chapter 2009-2010
-Topic Expert – GoodTherapy.org: Health/Medical Issues and Body-Mind Psychotherapy 2010-2014
-Professional Member: Association for Contextual Behavioral Science
-Professional Member: Trichotillomania Learning Center