Psychological Interventions for Growth

Services Provided 

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Individual and Group Therapy for Adults, Couples, Families, and Adolescents

 

 

 

 

Treatment specializations include:

  • Addiction & Recovery/Substance Abuse treatment

  • Anxiety Disorders & Worry

  • Bipolar Disorder

  • Couples/Marriage/Relationship Therapy

  • Depression & Mood Disorders

  • Family Counseling

  • Group Therapy

  • Holistic Health

  • Multicultural Issues

  • Parenting Coaching

  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

  • Psychosis & Thought Disorders

  • Stress Management

  • Women’s Issues

The clinicians at Wellness Therapy of San Diego work with a wide range of emotional and behavioral issues providing therapies that have been shown to treat the specific concern or disorder. Our therapists are highly trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and associated treatments (click here for more information about benefits of CBT and here to learn why CBT is considered the “Gold Standard” of treatment).  In a comfortable and supportive atmosphere, we offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each of our client's individual needs to help attain the personal growth they’re striving for. Our team is committed to serving all individuals despite gender, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, social economic or citizenship status.

Rates 

Rates are $175 per 50-minute session. However, as Ebony is an associate MFT working to obtain her licensure hours, she is able to provide lower cost/sliding fee scale services. Please contact us for more information about cost and services that Ebony provides if you are interested in lower cost treatment.

Insurance 

Dr. Anderson is currently participating in a limited capacity with insurance companies including Tricare/Triwest, Veteran's Choice, and Cigna. However, even if you do not see your insurance listed here, services may be covered in full or in part by your health insurance or employee benefit plan. Please check your coverage carefully by asking the following questions:

  • Do I have mental health insurance benefits?

  • Do I have out of network provider benefits?

  • What is my deductible and has it been met?

  • How many sessions per year does my health insurance cover?

  • What is the coverage amount per therapy session?

  • Is approval required from my primary care physician?

  • Do I need an authorization before seeing a provider?

Reduced Fee/Sliding Scale 
Reduced fee services are available on a limited basis.

Payment 
Cash, check and all major credit cards accepted for payment.

Cancellation Policy 
If you do not show up for your scheduled therapy appointment, and you have not notified us at least 24 hours in advance, you will be required to pay the full cost of the session.

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Parenting; It’s not Rocket Science

This is an ongoing, weekly group geared toward helping parents, co-parents, guardians, grandparents, and care-takers of all kinds learn more about parenting techniques and how to improve their relationships with the children in their lives.

Each group session, the topic changes to cover a wide range of areas that commonly affect children and parents. The group sessions are both education and participatory so that parents/care-takers can practice skills they are being taught, ask questions relevant to their own family, and apply the skills in a meaningful way.

This group takes place at the Valencia Park/Malcolm X Branch Library (5148 Market St, San Diego, CA 92114) in downtown San Diego to open this invaluable group to the community and allow for easy access. You must pre-register for each session due to space constraints and each session is $10.

The next group session takes place on Tuesday January 22nd from 6:00pm-7:45 p.m. This session will focus on Positive Discipline where you will;

  • Learn different techniques/strategies of parenting

  • Learn various techniques for each age group

  • Lean what positive discipline looks like.

  • Become more effective with your parenting style.

To register for the upcoming session follow this link:

Parenting; It’s not Rocket Science: Positive Parenting

Recovery from depression and mood disorders is possible.

Recovery from depression and mood disorders is possible.

What are Depression and Mood Disorders?

Depression is a category rather than one specific type of diagnosis or any one set of symptoms. Different types of depression may be more mild, such as Adjustment Disorder, more moderate such as Persistent Depressive Disorder, or more severe, such as Major Depressive Disorder.

Depression disorders are part of a broader term called mood disorders. Additionally, mood disorder include other diagnoses such as Bipolar Disorder and Seasonal Affective Disorder.

Distinguishing between these different diagnoses can be difficult at times, but a thorough assessment can help determine if what you’re coping with is depression or a mood disorder. More importantly, once you and your therapist know what you’re experiencing, an individualized treatment plan can be put into place to help you with beginning to feel better again.

You can find out more about depression here as well.

 What are Anxiety Disorders?

Worry and stress are completely normal from time to time. Everyone experiences anxiety, but for some, there is a point at which the anxiety begins to impact one’s life and enjoyment indicating a more serious issue. There are multiple types of anxiety disorders. Often times when someone thinks of anxiety, they think of constant worry or stress. This is certainly one symptom of anxiety. If you find that you spend much of the day, most days of the week worrying, you may benefit from therapy.

Anxiety disorders include diagnoses such as Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Panic Disorder, Phobias, Social Anxiety, and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder.

Many of these mental health concerns include worry, tension, beliefs about something bad happening (e.g., the worst case scenario), or thoughts that feel out of proportion for the situation. These thoughts and feelings can lead to difficulty with sleep, feelings of exhaustion, difficulty with concentration and memory, and increased feelings of irritability.

These thoughts and feelings can be difficult to cope with and confusing to sort our. Working with a well-trained therapist can help you obtain the skills and strategies needed to overcome these issues. It is also helpful to know that Cognitive Behavioral and associated therapies have been shown to help all of these conditions. You can learn more about CBT for anxiety and depression here. There is no reason to believe that therapy would not be useful for you as well.

Learning the skills to cope with anxiety is possible.

Learning the skills to cope with anxiety is possible.

Thought Disorders/ Psychosis

Thought disorder, or psychotic disorders also include a variety of symptoms and diagnostic categories. Most commonly, people think of Schizophrenia when discussing this category of diagnoses. However, much like other diagnoses (e.g., depression or anxiety) there are multiple different types of thought disorders/psychosis which vary in severity, intensity, and associated disability.

Psychotic disorders involve the presence of symptoms that others do not experience (termed “positive symptoms”) including delusions (thoughts/beliefs that are not based in reality, have no evidence, and/or bizarre or unusual), hallucinations (seeing, hearing, feeling or smelling things that others cannot), paranoia, and change in behavior usual changes that are unusual or unorganized. Additionally, thought disorders usually involve the absence or reduction of typical behaviors (termed “negative symptoms) including social withdrawal, lack of feelings of enjoyment, difficulty with organizing thoughts, reduced speech, confusion.

You can find more information about Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective Disorder two of the most commonly diagnosed thought disorders at the links above. It’s important to keep in mind that there are other psychotic disorders as well. Importantly, individuals may also have psychotic symptoms as a result of other disorders. For example, it is not unusual for people with severe depression or PTSD to also experience psychotic symptoms.

Although these symptoms may feel very unusual and often frightening, there is treatment available that can help you or your loved one reduce or eliminate these symptoms and cope with symptoms more effectively.

In addition to medication and other behavioral strategies, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is highly effective in the treatment of Schizophrenia, psychosis and other thought disorders. More information about the effectiveness of CBT and related treatments for these disorders can be read here, here, and here.