the ‘art and science’ of psychology and medicine
Our providers are board certified, licensed and credentialed to practice:
Clinical Psychology — Educational Psychology — Adult and Child Psychiatry —
Medical Psychology — Neuropsychology — Health Psychology — Geriatric Psychology — Psychopharmacology — Health Promotion/Disease Prevention — Family/Child Psychology — Forensic Psychology — Behavioral Medicine — Pain Management — Chemical Dependency and Emergency Services
Sean Hodges, Ph.D., MSCP
Clinical, Health, Geriatric, Medical Psychologist PSY20658
Education and Licensure: Dr. Hodges earned his Ph.D. in Health Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology in San Diego, CA (an American Psychological Association accredited program). He received his undergraduate degree in Psychology with honors and a minor in Spanish from the University of Hawaii at Hilo. He also holds an advanced practice post doctorate Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychopharmacology. He completed internships and postdoctoral fellowships at numerous San Diego medical centers in the areas of inpatient/outpatient psychiatry, health psychology, pediatric psychology, and behavioral medicine. He is licensed to practice psychology in California and Hawaii.
Specialty: Dr. Hodges treats a wide range of emotional, mental, and physical health problems in psychological practice. His specialties include Primary Care/Integrated Behavioral Health Care, Complex Medical Problems, Pre-Surgical Evaluations, Geriatrics, Chronic Pain, Stress/Behaviorally related Medical Disorders, Weight Management, Psychological and Neuropsychological Testing, Personality Disorders, PTSD, Depression, Bi-Polar Disorder, Schizophrenia & Psychotic Disorders, Dementia, Hospital Care, Nursing Home Care, Conservatorship & Legal Issues Related to Healthcare, Child/Family, Emergency and Crisis Management and Psychopharmacology.
Dr. Hodges’ advanced training in psychopharmacology allows him to consult with patients and physicians on the use of medication therapy.
Affiliations: Medical staff member at Sharp Coronado Hospital, Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital, Paradise Valley Hospital. Contracting psychologist for Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) San Diego. He is an active member of the California Psychological Association and San Diego Psychological Association. He makes rounds at various skilled nursing and assisted living facilities throughout San Diego.
Personal: A native of Southern California and living/going to school in Hawaii, Dr. Hodges likes to surf, ride his skate board, do boot camp, spend time with friends, watch old movies and be with his family.
Philosophy: “seeing the strengths/assets in people”, “we all have the responsibility to make things better”, “taking into account extenuating circumstances to understand the complexity in people and issues”, “presence and breath, the meaning of life”.
Jada Cade, Psy.D.
Clinical & Consulting Psychologist PSY21915
Education and Licensure: Dr. Cade earned her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from George Washington University. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Spanish from the College of William and Mary. She completed internships and postdoctoral fellowships at medical centers in New York City as well as University of California, San Diego in the areas of inpatient/outpatient psychiatry, neuropsychiatry, and behavioral medicine. She is licensed to practice psychology in California.
Specialty: Dr. Cade treats a wide range of emotional, mental, and physical health problems in psychological practice. Her specialties include Trauma, Anxiety, couples work, Eating Disorders, and performance enhancement. Her primary work also includes Psychological and Neuropsychological Testing, Personality Disorders, PTSD, Depression, Adolescent/Family, Emergency and Crisis Management and Bipolar Disorder.
Affiliations: Dr. Cade is a tenured faculty member at San Diego State University. She continues to teach psychology courses there as well as works with the students on campus. She also provides consultation to sports programs and athletic teams in the San Diego area.
Personal: Dr. Cade is originally from the east coast. She played Division I sports in college and now enjoys being outdoors. She likes to read, travel, and play the piano in her free time.
Philosophy: “becoming aware of ourselves in the present moment” and “if it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you”
Stephanie Abel, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist PSY28932
Education and Licensure: Dr. Stephanie Abel earned her Ph.D. in 2014 from the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) at Alliant International University in San Diego, CA. She obtained an undergraduate degree in Psychology and was awarded distinction in her major from San Diego State University. Dr. Abel is licensed to practice psychology in California.
Specialty: Providing supportive, compassionate and culturally sensitive therapy for individuals and groups to promote growth, self-acceptance, and enhanced coping abilities. Dr. Abel also administers a wide range of psychological tests for enriching awareness of individual coping patterns, strengths and weaknesses, and personality features to inform treatment recommendations that are best suited to an individual’s specific needs. Dr. Abel assists male and female clients from a variety of cultural, ethnic, racial, age and socioeconomic backgrounds. She helps people overcome and manage anxiety, depression, sleep-disturbances, adjustment challenges, ADHD, bipolar disorder, trauma history, substance use challenges, schizophrenia, crisis management/stabilization, chronic pain and injury, personality disorders, legal issues, difficulties in relationships, and coping with loss and grief.
Dr. Abel currently conducts individual therapy and psychological evaluations with children, adults, members of the geriatric population and families involved in the Military. Additionally, Dr. Abel has spent over 4.5 years at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) conducting research and providing therapy for individuals who experience severe mental illnesses (SMI). She also has worked at Pacific Neurobehavioral Clinic (PNBC) providing individual therapy, HRV Biofeedback, and neuropsychological evaluations for individuals with workers compensation injuries as well as those recovering from traumatic brain injury. She has also worked at Practical Recovery Inc. providing inpatient group and individual therapy to people who experience substance use life-challenges. During her training, Dr. Abel has had an additional 2 years of experience as a Psychological Assistant conducting court mandated Child Welfare Services and Juvenile Hall assessments. She has worked at Bayview Behavioral Health Hospital/Paradise Valley and Jary Barreto Crisis Center assisting individuals in crisis. Dr. Abel has assisted homeless veterans gain access to resources and support at the annual VVSD Stand Down in San Diego, CA.
Affiliations: Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Director of Neurofeedback at Achieve Concierge in La Jolla, CA, providing psychotherapy and Neurofeedback (EEG Biofeedback) services to adults and children to address concerns with sleep, anxiety, focus and concentration, trauma, executive functioning, physiological over-arousal, TBI, substance abuse, disordered eating, enhancing sports performance among other life challenges. She is a member of the California Psychological Association (CPA).
Personal: Born and raised in Seattle, WA, Dr. Abel followed the sunny path to San Diego for college and never left. On her time off, Dr. Abel enjoys traveling, being in nature, trying out new cooking recipes, going on hikes, and visiting with friends.
Philosophy: According to Dr. Abel, “I believe therapy is all about building a supportive relationship so an individual can gain insight into aspects of their life, feel more empowered to tackle challenges, explore past and current relationships, and develop greater levels of self-acceptance, coping, and balance in life.” She also believes, “there is no limit to what you can achieve when you have the support to realize your potential.”
Stephanie Wolfe, Psy.D.
Clinical & Consulting Psychologist PSY29136
Education and Licensure: Dr.Stephanie Wolfe earned her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Family Therapy from Azusa Pacific University. Prior to her clinical work, she earned a Master’s Degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas. She received her undergraduate degree from University of Texas, San Antonio. Her internships were in community mental health and residential rehabilitation. She is currently licensed as a Clinical Psychologist in the state of California.
Specialty: Dr. Wolfe’s specialty is in providing evidenced-based treatment to groups and families. Specifically, she has extensive training and experience in providing Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and has been developing DBT related training programs for clinical and corporate environments. Her work involves using DBT and elements of attachment and psycho-dynamic therapies to treat a variety of issues including relationship difficulties, family problems, women’s issues, addiction, stress/anxiety, and depression.
Personal: In her free time, Stephanie enjoys traveling, running, cycling, cooking and spending time with family and friends. As a Texas native, she also enjoys football season.
Philosophy: “Therapy is not always about ‘fixing’ a problem. Sometimes, it is about learning how to work with the problem by creating awareness, strengthening insight, developing skills or broadening skills you already have. It is a joint effort between the therapist and the client, working together, to impact change and bring balance to what may otherwise feel out of control.”
Carol P.M. Tyler, Psy.D.
Forensic & Clinical Psychologist PSY23922, PSY783
Education and Licensure: Dr. Tyler earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from American School of Professional Psychology, Hawaiʻi. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Political Science from the University of Calgary, Canada; Masters in Clinical Psychology from ASPP, HI. She completed practicums and internship at HIV clinic, correctional facilities, private practice, non-profit organizations, and state hospital in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi in the areas of inpatient/outpatient psychiatry, trauma, forensic, substance abuse, and psychodynamic therapy, specifically Object Relations. She is licensed to practice psychology in California and Hawaiʻi.
Specialty: Dr. Tyler works with adults, adolescents, and families addressing a variety of mental health issues with a special interest in women and LGBTQ. Her specialties include Trauma, Abuse, Custody, Parenting, and Life Issues. In addition, Dr. Tyler has extensive experience in assessment including psychological, psychosexual, and custody evaluation as well as providing workshops, trainings, and supervision of graduate students.
Affiliations: Dr. Tyler is a supervisor with the American Red Cross disaster team and clinical member of APA, CPA, HPA. While in Hawaiʻi, she was an adjunct professor at ASPP, member of Sex Offender Management Team, and consultant to Child Protective Services, Department of Health, and Youth Correctional Facility.
Personal: Dr. Tyler is originally from Canada, immigrating to Hawaiʻi where she resided for the past 30 years before moving to San Diego in 2016. She is proud to be a dual citizen and loves the ocean, paddle boarding, dancing hula, and traveling.
Philosophy: “it is so important to enjoy the journey” and words from the Dalai Lama “If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.”
Robert Zalewski-Zaragoza, M.D.
California Licensed Physician & Board Certified Psychiatrist A85005
Education and Licensure: Dr. Zalewski-Zaragoza graduated from UCSD School of Medicine in 2002 and completed his residency in Psychiatry at the Naval Medical Center San Diego where he was Chief Resident. He deployed to Afghanistan as a psychiatrist in 2006. He has served as the head of psychiatry at the US Naval Hospital in Naples, Italy prior to going into private practice in 2011 where he provides a mix of inpatient and outpatient services. Prior to medical school he served as a nuclear submarine officer in US Navy for 5 years. He is certified by the American Board of Neurology and Psychiatry.
Specialty: Dr. Zalewski-Zaragoza treats a wide range of mental health issues including depression, anxiety, PTSD, dementia bipolar disorder and schizophrenia in both adult and geriatric populations. He practices both psychopharmacological and individual psychotherapy.
Affiliations: Medical staff member at Tricity Medical Center. Contracting psychiatrist for Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) San Diego. He makes rounds at various skilled nursing and assisted living facilities throughout San Diego.
Philosophy: I believe in an individualized approach to treatment. Although many patients may present with similar symptoms, the causes and context underlying those symptoms can be very different and thus the treatment plans are unique. Some patients may benefit from psychotropic medications either for a short period of time or for long maintenance treatment. Others would gain more benefit from psychotherapy or talk therapy, where some of the root causes underlying the symptoms can be addressed and healed. The choice to use medications, therapy or a combination of both depends on the context and severity of symptoms or behavior patterns and ultimately the patient’s wishes. By having ability to provide both psychotherapy and medication management, I feel that patients will have a more comprehensive treatment that can address all issues
Tatiana A Chircop-Rollick, Ph.D.
Clinical-Industrial-Organizational Psychologist PSY 23619
Education and Licensure: Dr. Chircop-Rollick earned her B.A. in Counseling Psychology graduating Cuma Sum Luda from Hawaii Pacific University. She received her M.A in Counselling Psychology from Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA. Dr. Chircop-Rollick completed her Dual PhD in Clinical Psychology and Industrial Psychology from California School of Professional Psychology in San Diego, CA. Dr. Chircop-Rollick is currently licensed to practice psychology in California.
Specialty: Dr Chircop-Rollick holds a dual specialty degree in clinical and industrial/organizational psychology. She has extensive experience working with law enforcement, corrections, military service members and their families. Her experience includes psychological assessment, individual/group therapy, CBT, DBT, psychopharmacology, health psychology, inpatient psych, substance abuse, biofeedback, telemedicine, geriatrics, chronic pain management and PTSD. She has served as a multi-site project director at the VA hospitals in La Jolla, Long Beach and San Francisco. At the VA she supervised multidisciplinary teams and interns. She was program manager for the involuntary medication program serving as a liaison with the judicial court system, criminal defense attorneys and administrative judges. Dr Chircop- Rollick was involved in pharmaceutical research funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH). Dr Chircop-Rollick is still affiliated with the VA, La Jolla and University of San Diego. She is published in peer reviewed journals with research on military service members and chronic pain.
Affiliations: American Psychological Association
Personal:Dr. Chircop-Rollick is originally from the Maltese Islands in the Mediterranean near Italy. She has lived internationally including Munich, London, Paris, Rome, New York, New Jersey, Kentucky, Hawaii and California. Having been raised on an island, living in Oahu, Hawaii and spending time at the beaches in California, Dr Chircop-Rollick is a person who gets her energy from the ocean. She is a certified scuba diver, an avid swimmer, and played water polo in high school. She was on her high school’s gymnastics and soccer teams. She also studied classical ballet until moving to the United States until 1989. Dr Chircop-Rollick enjoys a balanced life and cherishes spending time with her family. She enjoys cooking homemade dinners, live theater, going to Anaheim Ducks hockey and attending local San Diego Gull and Padre games with her family. Dr Chircop-Rollick leads a healthy lifestyle and enjoys working out daily. Dr Chircop-Rollick is passionate about rehabilitating abused dogs. She has piloted programs in correctional settings that train suitable rescued dogs as service animals for veterans and active duty disabled military service personnel. Dr. Chircop-Rollick speaks Maltese, French and Italian.
Philosophy: My core philosophy is ‘Focus on the journey not the destination.’ It is best to focus on what is realistically controllable, tolerable and that which can feel good. I provide a nurturing safe environment where a person cam start to experience confidence and hope. My therapeutic approach is always ‘person centered’ and my core tenants are to practice “Positive Psychology” This approach helps to demystify confusing and often non-descriptive ‘medical’ diagnosis terms. My goal is to provide evidence based therapeutic interventions using CBT, DBT, MI, bio feedback, and ACT. Treatment plans are structured to fit a person’s individualized health needs.
Murray Rudenberg, Ph.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist PSY 12844
Education and Licensure: Dr. Rudenberg earned a B.A. in Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley before earning his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Alliant International University in San Diego in 1990. He completed internships and fellowships at Alvarado Parkway Institute and Scripps Mercy Hospital respectively, working with adult and child and adolescent populations.
Specialty: Dr. Rudenberg has treated a very wide range of complaints over his 30+ years of practice. While he employs a variety of methods, including cognitive and behavioral therapy, his approach gravitates toward psychodynamic and existential theories. Since 1992 he has worked in physical medicine rehabilitation settings in hospitals and health care centers. He has been on the medical staff of several hospitals as well as maintaining his private practice. Dr. Rudenberg works with individuals and families who have experienced complex and debilitating medical problems, PTSD, a wide range of mood disorders including depression, anxiety, somatoform and personality disorders and substance abuse. Dr. Rudenberg performs psychological assessments, forensic evaluations in criminal and civil actions, and has provided expert testimony in the California Superior Courts for plaintiff and defendant in landmark elder abuse cases among other matters. Dr. Rudenberg has consulted on a multidisciplinary task force on elder financial abuse. He has also conducted employee assistance counseling and crisis debriefing in many settings, including for first responders.
Personal: Dr. Rudenberg was a gymnast and debater/extemporaneous speaker in his Chicago area high school. After moving to California, he became an avid skier and martial artist, enjoying and instructing in both for over 35 years. He enjoys traveling the world and hiking, scuba diving, gardening, cooking and reading fiction. Dr. Rudenberg’s dog Girly often works alongside him, providing much companionship and support for people suffering from physical and emotional injuries.
Philosophy: Socrates said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” It takes courage to enter a process of self-examination, and this decision is regarded with great respect. The goal of the helper is to provide opportunities for others to gain more fulfillment and joy in living.
Kristin Steele, Psy.D
Licensed Clinical Psychologist PSY 26112
Education and Licensure: Dr. Steele earned her Psy.D in Clinical Psychology in 2012 from the California School of Professional Psychology in San Diego. She completed internships working with children, adolescents, and adults across multiple inpatient, residential, outpatient and clinic settings. She then went on to complete her postdoctoral training, treating patients with Substance Use and Co-Occurring Disorders. Dr. Steele has spent the past 10 years in healthcare leadership, managing and developing new behavioral health programs for underserved populations. She enjoys supervising practicum, intern, and postdoctoral trainees. Dr. Steele is licensed to practice psychology in California.
Specialty: Dr. Steele has more than fifteen years of professional experience and has worked with children, teens, and adults throughout her career in hospital, outpatient and private practice settings. Her specialties include psychological testing and treating a wide range of conditions including: behavioral, stress-management and emotion regulation issues with Children, as well as depression, anxiety, substance use disorders, trauma and stress-related conditions with Teens and Adults. Dr. Steele takes an integrative and individualized approach to treatment, working collaboratively with patients to cultivate a plan that adapts evidence-based practices in a solutions-focused manner to help empower the individuals and families she serves to make the changes needed to promote greater wellness and recovery. She holds certifications in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), trauma treatments, crisis intervention, and organizational psychology approaches.
Affiliations: Dr. Steele is an active member of the American Psychological Association (APA), San Diego Psychological Association (SDPA), and the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM).
Personal: Dr. Steele is “nearly” a San Diegan native, having lived in San Diego for most of her life. Her passion for mental health work was ignited at the age of 12 when she began volunteering for local community-based agencies that served individuals with mental illness. Having been a volunteer and professional for numerous community-based, non-profit, and private mental health organizations in the San Diego region, Dr. Steele is dedicated to connecting patients, family and friends with resources that foster improved mental health.
As a mother, Dr. Steele is also passionate about parenting and maternal mental health. In her “free time,” she enjoys exercising, yoga, and an occasional road trip to spend time exploring and adventuring outdoors.
Philosophy: “Life can be challenging and we can find ourselves in a place of suffering for a myriad of reasons. We are all worthy of support and hope. We are all capable of resiliency and growth.”
Sharon Tawfilis, MA, LMFT, EEM-CP
Marriage and Family Therapist BBS36801
Education and Licensure: Sharon Tawfilis earned her Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology with honors from Chapman University. She received her Bachelors Degree in International Business from San Diego State University. She completed internships in inpatient drug and alcohol rehab in Oakland California, in counseling teens at the middle and high school levels focusing on such areas as ADHD and drug and alcohol prevention and worked in San Francisco with homeless youth with HIV/AIDS. Sharon is licensed, in marriage and family therapy, by the Board of Behavioral Sciences in the state of California. Sharon is also a certified Energy Medicine practitioner.
Specialty: Sharon Tawfilis has expertise in cognitive behavioral, solution-focused, family systems and person-centered therapies. She also utilizes groundbreaking methods that break through the barriers to success such as meridian tapping and energy clearing techniques. Her focus includes but is not limited to, depression, stress, grief and loss, divorce and separation, life stage issues, and drug and alcohol issues.
Personal: Sharon was born and raised in San Diego, California. She has also lived in England and in northern California. Sharon loves being a mom to twin boys, and enjoys yoga, hiking, boogie boarding, movies and relaxing at home with a good book.
Philosophy: Healing and lasting change happens more quickly and deeply with a heart centered approach.
Laurie Chapman, M.S.
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist LMFT35559
Education and Licensure: Laurie earned her Master of Science in Marital and Family Therapy from San Diego State University. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology with a Business Minor from the University of California at Los Angeles campus. She is also certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), an evidenced-based trauma-focused intervention and is extensive training in Brief Strategic Therapy and Solution-Focused Therapy. Laurie is licensed in the state of California as a Marriage and Family Therapist.
Specialty: Laurie can treat a wide range of emotional problems. Her specialties include trauma, addiction, women’s issues, anxiety, depression, performance enhancement, family therapy, stress-management, and couples in transition. Laurie has extensive training in trauma-based approaches and has set up effective therapeutic programs to address such issues. She has been licensed for 16 years and has provided therapy services for over 20 years.
Affiliations: She is an active member of the following associations: the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, the EMDR International Association, and the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction.
Personal: A native of California and a former All-American Distance Runner, Laurie likes the outdoors and enjoys being physically active. She also likes to experience cultural and artistic events that reflect the diversity of San Diego. On her spare time, she likes to travel and explore other places with her family.
Philosophy: “Live life as it was intended” and the “Point of Power is in the Present Moment”
Andreas Marwick, Ph.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist PSY32304
Education and Licensure: Dr. Marwick earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2016 from Massey University in New Zealand. He completed his internship at a hospital-based substance and alcohol abuse unit, later working for New Zealand’s Department of Corrections. Dr. Marwick is licensed to practice psychology in California.
Specialty: Dr. Marwick provides holistic treatment for a wide range of emotional, mental, social and physical health problems in psychological practice. He has previous experience working in the area of alcohol and substance abuse, motivation and correctional rehabilitation. His primary work includes Psychological and Neuropsychological Testing, Personality Disorders, PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, and Substance Abuse.
Affiliations: Contracting psychological assistant for Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) San Diego.
Personal: Dr. Marwick hails from New Zealand. He moved to the United States in 2018 after backpacking the world for a year. He represented New Zealand in the sport of underwater hockey and currently plays for San Diego’s Sea Dragons underwater hockey team. He enjoys travel, hiking, surfing, cooking and playing the ukulele in his free time.
Philosophy: “Effective therapy is not ‘one size fits all’. It needs to be carefully, deliberately and respectfully tailored to the person being seen and founded upon a strong therapeutic relationship.”
Jacob A. Paulsen, Ph.D., PSB94023775
Registered Psychological Assistant Under the Supervisions of Sean Hodges, Ph.D. PSY20658
Education and Licensure: Dr. Paulsen earned his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN, which is consistently ranked among the top ten psychology doctoral training programs in the nation and throughout the world. Dr. Paulsen also completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Minnesota, a High Distinction graduate with a Psychology major and a Latin Language minor. He has been awarded numerous academic research and travel fellowships, and his scholarly works have appeared in such outlets as The Oxford Handbook of Psychological Assessment, The International Handbook of Testing and Assessment, The Oxford Handbook of Emerging Adulthood, the Journal of Anxiety, Stress, and Coping, and the Journal of Counseling Psychology.
Dr. Paulsen completed his Doctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology at Sharp Mesa Vista Psychiatric Hospital in San Diego, CA, where he provided clinical care and psychological assessment services across the facility’s locked inpatient units. He completed two years of specialty training within the University of Minnesota’s Department of Psychiatry, and has also worked within a private forensic psychological assessment firm.
Specialty: Dr. Paulsen specializes in general psychological assessment and testing, neuropsychological evaluation, assessment of developmental disorders, evaluation of severe and acute mental illness in adults and adolescents, and crisis intervention. Dr. Paulsen prides himself on completing thorough and exacting evaluations and in providing direct, practical, and meaningful feedback and recommendations to individuals, families, and organizations. With respect to psychotherapeutic practice, Dr. Paulsen treats a wide range of emotional, mental, and physical health problems. Dr. Paulsen received advanced training in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Exposure with Response Prevention (ERP) treatments at the University of Minnesota Department of Psychiatry’s renowned Anxiety Disorders Clinic. He specializes in the treatment of Depression, Anxiety Disorders, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Panic Disorder & Social Phobia, Bi-Polar Disorder, Personality Disorders, Schizophrenia & Psychotic Disorders, Chemical Dependency, as well as Emergency and Crisis Management.
Affiliations: Dr. Paulsen is an active member of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the San Diego Psychological Association (SDPA). He also serves as adjunct faculty at San Diego City College, where he teaches Statistics and Data Analysis.
Personal: In his free time, Dr. Paulsen enjoys reading, exercising, traveling, spending time with family and friends, and playing board and card games. Dr. Paulsen has basic conversational abilities in Spanish Language and is working towards an official certificate of proficiency.
Philosophy: Dr. Paulsen believes that psychological and psychiatric treatment ought to be a balance between acquiring practical, useful, tangible skills for enhancing mood and general mental health, and an exploration of our existential drives and dilemmas.