Erin Grimes, Ph.D. - Community Psychiatry

Erin Grimes, Ph.D.

Dr. Grimes has practiced in San Diego as a licensed clinical psychologist for 6 years. She loves what she do and has a special interest in working with clients on their relationships and identity and how to create change and growth through challenging life experiences. Dr. Grimes specialized in marital and family therapy in her doctoral training and enjoys working with families. Her post-doctoral work has focused on specializing in working with women with PTSD, women with eating disorders and the way in which family dynamics play a role in managing eating disorders, as well as in working with people who suffer from chronic health problems, including cancer, pain conditions, and neurological disorders. Finally, Dr. Grimes loves to teach graduate students, both in their classroom studies and in their clinical training settings. She has done this since she completed her doctoral degree in 2008 and her students have taught her quite a bit!

With a background in a variety of settings, including private practice, hospitals and classrooms at the University of California in San Diego (UCSD), as well as teaching and supervising doctorate students from across the Country and working at specialty outpatient clinics, including the Gifford Clinic, Eating Disorder Bariatric Clinic at UCSD and for the San Diego Veteran’s Hospital treating patients with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, I love what I do and draw from all of these professional experiences in my current private practice.

Finally, my experience as a wife and a mother have taught me quite a bit about personal growth, relationships and how to develop and respond to stress as life presents its joys and challenges along the way.

I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and English from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2001 and my doctorate degree in Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology in 2008.

My Approach
Dr. Grimes’ approach to therapy focuses on working with the client to meet the individual or family where they are in order to connect with their needs. With compassion and education and the belief that clients have the ability to independently make change happen, Dr. Grimes works with clients to strive toward improved functioning and well-being. Dr. Grimes offers individual and family therapy services, as well as couples counseling.

Three core treatment approaches are used in my practice, these are discussed below:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Focuses on changing unproductive belief systems and patterns of thoughts.

Parenting Education and Communication Skill Building
Develop strategies to more effectively communicate in relationships in order to improve relational health and happiness. Coaching and skills to help parents feel more effective and more successfully manage their roles as parents and meet the needs of their children.

Insight-Oriented Therapy, Family of Origin work
This theoretical approach focuses on understanding the factors and early-life experiences, that contribute to one’s feelings, thoughts, and behaviors. In developing insight into these areas, one can create change by creating new meanings and breaking old patterns of beliefs and behaviors.

Managing Traumas
Acceptance, letting go, and grief work as an ongoing process and one that promotes growth and moving forward while decreasing depression and sense of loss. This work involves cognitive and behavioral strategies as well as processing feelings of guilt, shame, sadness, and pain associated with trauma and loss.

Specialty Areas include

  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Family Therapy
  • Couples’ Therapy
  • Grief Work
  • Chronic Health Problems
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Eating Disorders
  • Addiction

Visit us at our Del Mar location

12835 Pointe Del Mar Way
Suite 1
Del Mar, CA 92014

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