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Laguna Niguel Psychologists

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DK W.
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Helped with Relationship Counseling. My girl friend and I were going through a difficult time. We heard from others about the benefit of choosing a life coach over a MFT or a Psychologist. Our problems were communication about here and now. We didn't want to have to spend so much time individually sitting in "couch therapy " with a psychologist. Patti gets right to the underline issues. Her experience in this field is second to none. Our relationship including that of our teenage children that each of us has from our previous marriages has gotten so much better. Everyone in our family has benefited from we call her " our life coach" She is so easy to talk to. My fear and anxiety trusting to talk to someone with our issues went away the moment we met her. Our relationship has never been better thanks to Patti

Helen Hillix
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    Irene B.
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    Helen is a gifted therapist who brings compassion, integrity, a great sense of humor and amazing therapeutic skills to the healing and strengthening of all of us who come to her for help. Irene Brennan Clinical Psychologist and client of Heien Hillix

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    Dr. Taylor specializes in psychotherapy and EMDR Trauma Therapy for adolescents, adults, couples, and family. Mental health treatment for: Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, Fears/Phobias, Addictions, ADHD, Grief and Loss, Relationship issues, Stress, Anger, and Life Transitions.

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    I do individual, couple and family counseling and life coaching. I have decades of experience in all issues. I am a licensed California psychologist. I am bilingual and speak English and Spanish. I do university teaching online or on ground. I also do organizational consulting for corporate or nonprofit. I am a change agent. Tell me what changes you want in your world, and together we will design how we will accomplish those changes.

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    My work stands out as I have many years of experience conducting original research in Anxiety Disorders. I addition, I have received specialized training from international experts in Aniety Disorders. I bring this specialized research and training to each of my patients in a caring and compassionate atmosphere. The most important step is to call me so that we can see if we are a good fit. Anxiety can limit your life. Take that first step today on your journey to breaking free from the grips of anxiety.

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    Don't be depressed, afraid, or worried even one more day. I am here to help you with confidential, rapid, and goal-directed therapy. I have been helping people for 33 years! As a licensed clinical and sport psychologist, I am fully qualified to diagnose your issues quickly and design a program perfect to helping you overcome all of your issues.

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    I offer the following services: * individual * couples * marital * life coaching * humanistic * neuroscience * addiction * anger * human design * core emotional work * strategy for life training * conflict resolution * parenting * teenage issue * eating disorders * low self-esteem * identity issues * general life issues

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    Having worked as a licensed psychologist (#psy14664) for over 25 years, I understand that choosing a therapist is one of the most important decisions you will make. I know that if you have questions in your life and if you're feeling "off balance" that you want answers, and you want them as soon as possible. My goal is to help people — men and women, old and young, single and married, straight and gay — create fulfilling lives free from anxiety, stress, and depression. I believe that the relationship that develops between a client and a therapist is the most important aspect of a therapy's success. That is why I provide personal care — no answering service or receptionist — and why I will set up an initial meeting with you at no charge, so that we can meet and make sure we can work well together before you make any commitment. If you would like more information about me and my practice, feel free to contact me or check out my website.

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    I am dedicated to helping people form healthy, productive and satisfying lives and relationships. People who are trying as hard as they can to get through a rough time - family troubles or relationship issues - find that they just can't cope by themselves. That is when I can help. I listen and help you learn about who you are, how you would like to be and to develop the courage and tools to change. I provide a welcoming environment to assist individuals as they negotiate the often unique and difficult challenges and transitions they encounter during difficult times. I can help you navigate through stressful times to create more balance, harmony and fulfillment in your life. Call me for a free phone consultation.

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    I am an experienced and highly trained licensed clinical psychologist and marriage and family therapist who has been in private practice in Huntington Beach, Orange County for many years. I specialize in helping my patients regain the peace of mind and confidence that they deserve. I have worked with many from the Orange County area who suffered from depression, anxiety, panic, family or marital issues, troubles with procrastination, phobias, and anger management issues. I am confident in my ability to accurately and quickly understand what's going through your mind, and I am sure of my skills in the application of cognitive behavioral treatment. Perhaps my most important skill as a psychologist is my ability to stand in your shoes and help you by using the skills I've learned from helping others, including myself. I, too, once experienced painful anxiety and have applied my own understanding and training to help others learn to become their own therapists. If you are experiencing pain and suffering, anxiety, depression, or fear, do not hesitate to contact me. I look forward to teaming up with you to overcome your challenges and help you live the life you know you should be.

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    My approach is based on the observation that individuals are often unaware of many of the factors that determine their emotions and behavior. Treatment seeks to uncover unconscious motivations and find the past conflicts causing current emotional problems. Dr. Hewlett is a clinical psychologist/psychoanalyst with post-doctoral training in psychotherapy, psychoanalysis and counseling, and has been working for the past twenty-five years. Dr. Hewlett is considered an expert witness for the Superior Court of California and adult/juvenile and expert reviewer for the Board of Psychology, Sacramento, California.

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    I have successfully helped hundreds of people overcome difficult challenges in their lives, often times exceeding their expectations. Therapy can give you tools but also expand your understanding and experience of a fulfilling life.

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    I have credentials beyond those typically held by other psychologists. I am a Certified Addiction Counselor, A Master Addiction Counselor, Board Certified in Biofeedback, and have a Master's Degree in Psychopharmacology. I also provide practical tools to empower you to make changes in your own life.

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    Dr. Gilbert Chalepas, a psychologist in Laguna Beach, can help you if you answer "yes" to the following questions: * Are you feeling overwhelmed and stressed out? * Is the fear of failure holding you back? * Do you wish you felt better about life? * Are you trying to please everyone else but you? * Are you professionally successful yet still not fulfilled? * Is stress making your life unbearable? * Are you longing to be in a loving relationship? * Is partying becoming problematic? * Are you struggling with your sexual identity? * Are you terminally single and uncomfortable on dates? * If nothing changes, what are you going to do? Take the first step in redesigning your life to be what you want it to be, and give yourself the gift of happiness. You can do it, and Dr. Gilbert Chalepas can help you get there. P.S. Please keep in mind that Dr. Chalepas offers evening and weekend appointments for your convenience, in addition to a free initial consultation.

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    My expertise is performance enhancement academically, professionally, and athletically. I have 20 years of experience in treating psychological trauma including Vietnam Veterans, OIF and OEF Veterans, physical and sexual assaults, and adults who grew up in chaotic homes. My job is to provide a comprehensive clinical assessment, collaboration with other professionals involved with the client's care, and establish mutually agreed-upon objectives, goals, method(s) of treatment within a reasonable time frame.

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    The Association for Compassionate Transformation is dedicated to empowering individuals, enriching lives, promoting personal growth and development by providing professionally competent and personally compassionate services for children, adults, couples and families through life coaching, psychotherapy and education with the intent of achieving a productive life, a meaningful existence and reaching one's highest potential.

    Q & A

    Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

    What are the types of psychologists?

    Psychologists are healthcare professionals who use scientific methods to understand the relationships between the brain, environment and behavior. Psychologists may focus on research — studying how the brain and various environments drive behaviors to better understand the issues that trouble patients and society as a whole — or they may focus on practice — interacting with people using therapeutic methods. The American Psychological Association shares some of the more prevalent types of psychologists:

    • Clinical psychologists assess and treat mental, emotional and behavioral disorders.
    • Cognitive and perceptual psychologists study human perception, thinking and memory.
    • Community psychologists work to strengthen the abilities of communities, settings, organizations and broader social systems to meet people’s needs — such as improving support for victims of natural disasters, or working to improve health policies.
    • Counseling psychologists help people understand and take action on everyday issues, career and work problems, and serious adversity.
    • Developmental psychologists study the psychological development of the human being throughout life.
    • Educational psychologists concentrate on how effective teaching and learning take place.
    • Engineering psychologists conduct research on how people work best with machines.
    • Environmental psychologists study the dynamics of how people interact with their environments.
    • Evolutionary psychologists study how evolutionary principles such as mutation, adaptation and selective fitness influence human thought, feeling and behavior.
    • Experimental psychologists study cognitive processes, comparative psychology (cross-species comparisons), and learning and conditioning.
    • Forensic psychologists apply psychological principles to legal issues.
    • Health psychologists specialize in how biological, psychological and social factors affect health and illness.
    • Industrial/organizational psychologists apply psychological principles and research methods to the workplace to improve productivity, health and the quality of work life.
    • Neuropsychologists and behavioral neuropsychologists explore the relationships between brain systems and behavior.
    • Quantitative and measurement psychologists focus on methods and techniques for designing experiments and analyzing psychological data.
    • Rehabilitation psychologists work with stroke and accident victims, people with mental disabilities, and those with developmental disabilities caused by such conditions as cerebral palsy, epilepsy and autism.
    • School psychologists assess and counsel students, consult with parents and school staff, and conduct behavioral interventions when appropriate.
    • Social psychologists study how a person’s mental life and behavior are shaped by interactions with other people.
    • Sport psychologists help athletes refine their focus on competition goals, become more motivated, and learn to deal with anxiety and fear of failure around competition.

    What is a psychologist?

    A psychologist is a professionally trained mental health professional who helps patients navigate challenging life situations or mental health issues. To become a psychologist you must earn a doctoral degree; qualifying degrees include a Ph.D., Psy.D. or Ed.D. To actively practice, a psychologist must be licensed in their state and maintain good standing. Psychologists are trained to administer tests that can evaluate a patient’s cognitive strength and weaknesses, intellectual skills, vocational aptitude and preference, personality characteristics, and neuropsychological functioning, explains the American Psychological Association (APA).

    A psychologist meets with patients in an office and may work with a variety of methods, depending on patient need, such as cognitive, behavioral or interpersonal.  According to the APA, common reasons a person may visit a psychologist include:

    • Dealing with depression, anger or anxiety over a long period of time.
    • Help with a chronic condition that is interfering with their lives or physical health.
    • Help with grieving and other abrupt transitions.
    • Overcoming addictions.
    • Managing chronic illness.
    • Breaking old and harmful patterns of thinking or behavior.

    Can a clinical psychologist write prescriptions?

    To be able to write a prescription, a clinical psychologist must practice in a state that permits them to do so, and must either have a master’s degree in psychopharmacology or have completed the required advanced training program. According to the American Psychological Association (APA), five states currently permit psychologists to write prescriptions: Idaho, New Mexico, Illinois, Iowa and Louisiana. Many psychologists who are not able to write prescriptions work in partnership with psychiatrists, pediatricians or primary care doctors to help their patients who need medication.

    How much do therapists cost?

    If you are experiencing a challenging time, have mental health difficulties, or just want professional guidance as you move through life, a therapist can provide relief, tools and structure. The national average cost for a therapist is $80-$100 per hour, although prices may be higher or lower depending on geographic location and the experience and training of the therapist.

    Psychiatrists, psychologists and licensed therapists are all health professionals who offer various modalities of therapy. Ask questions about the type of therapy they specialize in (such as cognitive or behavioral, etc.) and their area of expertise (such as grief, anxiety, body image disorders, etc.) to help you find the right fit for your needs. Therapy sessions are typically 50-60 minutes long.  The patient usually meets with the therapist in their office; sessions may also be held remotely (via Skype, etc.) or in a clinical setting. Psychologists, psychiatrists and other therapists who have earned advanced degrees will typically charge higher rates than other licensed therapists. Depending on your diagnosis, your health insurance may cover your therapy costs.

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