Del Mar - Community Psychiatry

Del Mar

12835 Pointe Del Mar Way
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Del Mar, CA 92014

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Scott Cologne, M.D.

Scott Cologne, M.D., is a board-certified psychiatrist and sleep specialist. He completed his psychiatry residency at Washington University in St. Lou … Read More

is, Missouri, followed by a sleep medicine fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is particularly interested in insomnia, as well as underlying depression and anxiety disorders. He has co-authored a book chapter on insomnia for physicians. Dr. Cologne uses a comprehensive approach to psychiatric well-being, incorporating psychotherapy and medication that is tailored to the individual.

Robert M. Gerstle, Ph.D

Robert M. Gerstle, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist who has been in private practice and public service since 1976. Dr. Gerstle treats children, adul … Read More

ts, and older adults. He specializes in children and family therapy. He performs psychological evaluations for all ages. He uses psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral and mindfulness in his psychotherapy.

Additionally, Dr. Gerstle is a Vietnam combat veteran and offers a unique perspective when treating veterans’ issues. Dr. Gerstle’s evaluations are respected by schools, the courts, families and other professionals. He is often called to testify in court as an expert witness on psychological matters. He has earned Master’s degrees in both Education and Psychology, as well as a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.

In addition, Dr. Gerstle loves baseball and is a loyal Padres fan. He enjoys spending time with his family, his dog, hiking, and going for walks on the beaches of San Diego.

Erin Grimes, Ph.D.

Erin Grimes, Ph.D. has practiced in San Diego as a licensed clinical psychologist for 11 years.  Dr. Grimes has a special interest in working with cl … Read More

ients on their relationships and identity.  She specializes in working with women with PTSD,  as well as in working with people who suffer from chronic health problems, including cancer, pain conditions, and neurological disorders.

Dr. Grimes has a background in working at hospitals and in classrooms at the University of California in San Diego (UCSD), as well as teaching and supervising doctorate students at UCSD.

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

My Approach:

Dr. Grimes’ approach to therapy focuses on using compassion and education and the belief that clients have the ability to independently create change.  Dr. Grimes works with clients to improve well-being.  Dr. Grimes offers individual, couples, and family therapy.

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

Parenting Education and Communication Skill Building

Coaching and skills to help parents to more successfully manage their roles as parents and meet the needs of their children.

Family of Origin work:

This theoretical approach focuses on understanding how early-life experiences can 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.  This work involves CBT and processing feelings of guilt, shame, and sadness associated with trauma and loss.

Specialty Areas Include:

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

Steven P. James, M.D.

Steven P. James, M.D. has an enduring interest in helping patients with mood and sleep complaints. These dual areas may appear complex and involve mu … Read More

ltiple medical and psychiatric conditions. Finding solutions requires understanding the patient and the impact of these problems on their quality of life and satisfaction. Compassion for suffering, engagement of the whole individual, and up-to-date medical knowledge are the elements of successful treatment.

He has appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America and local television, presented at medical congresses in North America and Europe, and published in scientific journals on the topic of mood and sleep disorders.

Dr. James trained in Psychiatry at The New York Hospital/Cornell University/Westchester Division followed by a Psychopharmacology fellowship at Stanford University and Research fellowship at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Upon completion of training, he held research and teaching positions at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and the University of Southern California Medical School. After leaving his academic career, he pursued his interest in research and psychopharmacology within the pharmaceutical industry for over 20 years at several companies including Eli Lilly and Company, Merck Serono, and Allergan.

Steven P. James is a Fellow of both the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and the American Board of Sleep Medicine (ABSM)

Areas of Expertise:

  • Mood and Sleep Disorders
  • Treatment-Resistant Depression
  • Neuropsychiatry
  • Psychobiology Research

Kristin Lulich, DNP, PMHNP-BC

Kristin Lulich, DNP, PMHNP-BC is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, providing care to children, adolescents, and adults … Read More

. She received her BSN at Washington State University, MSN from the University of San Diego and is currently a Doctor of Nursing Practice candidate at the University of San Diego. Her experience has encompassed a variety of settings and specialties including inpatient, outpatient, crisis stabilization, consult-liaison psychiatry, and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). She has a strong belief in holistic care and creates individualized treatment plans using combinations of pharmacotherapy and individual therapy as well as complementary and alternative approaches such as mindfulness, meditation, and nutrition.

Ann Massion, M.D.

Ann Massion, M.D. is board certified in and practices adult psychiatry with a particular interest in mind-body approaches, mindfulness-based stress m … Read More

anagement, anxiety disorders, and spiritual issues in healing.

She graduated from medical school at Mayo Medical School (part of the Mayo Clinic) in Rochester, Minnesota and completed her psychiatry residency at the University of Massachusetts in Worcester, Massachusetts where she also trained and did research with Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. who pioneered the development of mindfulness-based stress reduction programs in mainstream medical settings.

After completing her residency, she joined the University of Massachusetts faculty where she worked for over 20 years doing clinical work, teaching and research. She has worked with a wide range of people in different settings, both outpatient and inpatient.

“My approach is to try to meet people where they are, to foster wholeness by looking at the ways in which we exile parts of ourselves, and the ways in which we can call ourselves home. My hope is that this work will enable people to enlarge the possibilities for being alive.”

Preeti Mathur, M.D.

Preeti Mathur, M.D. is a board certified Adult Psychiatrist. She has completed her residency at Westchester Medical Center, New York Medical College, … Read More

NY. She was appointed to the position of Chief Resident, during the final year of her residency.

Dr. Mathur has worked at the San Diego County Psychiatric Hospital for three years and has a rich experience in managing a wide range of complex psychiatric disorders. Her philosophy is to treat her patients in a comprehensive manner and integrate various issues like family dynamics, abuse, relationship problems, physical health, cultural, sexuality, and substance abuse issues. It is extremely rewarding for her to see her patient’s progress and reach their full potential. She is also fluent in Hindi and Urdu.

She enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends. Her hobbies are singing, cooking, traveling, and being involved in community activities.

Dr. Mathur’s patients describe her as considerate, empathetic, and dedicated doctor who goes above and beyond to ensure the best patient care. It is extremely rewarding for her to see her patient’s progress and reach their full potential.

Ruth McKercher, Ph.D.

Ruth McKercher, PH.D. is a licensed psychologist practicing in San Diego. She received her Ph.D. in 2003 from the San Diego campus of California Schoo … Read More

l of Professional Psychology. Ruth has been working in the field of mental health since 1989. Her work has included residential treatment facilities for teenagers, crisis centers, psychiatric hospitals, community clinics, and clinical trial research coordination. Her primary practice has been in the treatment of mood disorders; depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorders. Dr. McKercher uses experienced based practices whenever possible when working with individuals in therapy. She is familiar with the 12-steps and works with those committed to their recovery. She has received training in Cognitive Therapy, Contemporary Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Sand Tray Therapy, Family Therapy, and holds a certificate in Older Adult Mental Health.

She works with adults of all ages and some older adolescents,
Dr. McKercher is a member of the San Diego Psychological Association and American Psychological Association.

Joyce Prince, LMFT

Joyce Prince, LMFT, is a graduate from California State University Fullerton and a  Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Although she specializes … Read More

in working with addictive behavior, she has a diversified background. She works with individuals, couples, seniors, and children age 10 and older.

Joyce has been working as a therapist for 25+ years. In therapy, her treatment modalities include CBT, DBT, and insight-oriented therapy. She employs behavioral therapy to help stop the negative, destructive behaviors and then combines DBT and insight therapy to examine and resist the impulse to act negatively toward oneself or others.

Joyce has 8 years’ experience tutoring and teaching in special education. Her years of working as a tutor/teacher unique perspective on working with children and families.

Areas of Expertise:

Anxiety, Depressive Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, Psychotic Disorders, Co-Dependency, Trauma, Substance Abuse, Social Anxiety, Eating disorders, Grief and Loss, Self-Harm, ADHD, Chronic pain or illness, Dual Diagnosis, Blended Families, and LGBTQ issues.

Art Rosengarten, Ph.D.

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Art Rosengarten, Ph.D. has over 30 years of experience in North County San Diego working in private and group practice settings. His approach with ind … Read More

ividuals and couples is eclectic, warm, penetrating, and illuminating. He is grounded in many mainstream therapeutic philosophies, and additionally, has training and experience in Jungian psychology and active imagination, as well as mindfulness and various awareness approaches to personal and interpersonal problems, stemming from many years of Buddhist study and meditation practice. He received his doctorate at the California Institute of Integral Studies in 1985 and also has a Master’s degree in Integral Counseling from the California Institute of Asian Studies. As an undergraduate, he was a double English major.

Dr. Rosengarten is the author of three books on spirituality and Jungian psychology and has been an Adjunct Psychology Professor at a number of Universities in the area. Additionally, he has expertise in the areas of addiction and recovery, marriage & family therapy, as well as in-patient and residential treatment experience with young adults suffering major mental illness. Dr. Art did his Post-doctoral Fellowship at Alvarado Parkway Institute in La Mesa where he received advanced training in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Chemical Dependency, Men’s and Women’s Issues. He now lives in Solana Beach and has two children who have recently graduated from the University of California.

Sheila Xi Cai, M.D.

Dr. Sheila Cai graduated from Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine. She practiced as a pediatrician for a few years in Shanghai, China be … Read More

fore moving to the US to attend graduate school at Arizona State University for a Master of Science in Nutrition. After graduate school, Dr. Cai completed a general psychiatry residency at Maricopa Integrated Health System (MIHS), and then a two-year fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in the same institution. She is board certified in both general psychiatry and child & adolescent psychiatry.

Dr. Cai has worked in various clinical settings throughout her career. She served as the medical director for a residential treatment center and worked in an adult inpatient psychiatric hospital as well as psychiatric consultation services for a medical facility. She was a faculty member of MIHS Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Training Program, where she taught psychopharmacology and supervised fellows for over 12 years. Dr. Cai is a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, Phoenix Campus, and Clerkship Director of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. Before Dr. Cai relocated to San Diego, she was the Medical Director for Behavioral Health at the Children’s Rehabilitation Services in Phoenix, an integrated pediatric multi-specialty clinic. She has extensive and diverse experience in treating patients with complex medical and psychiatric conditions.

It is her belief that the essence of psychiatric treatment should focus on therapeutic alliance, integrated biological, psychosocial, and wellness approach to achieve optimal function for her patients.

Steven B. Alden, PMHNP-BC

Steven B. Alden, PMHNP-BC is a Board Certified Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioner (PmhNP). He graduated with honors (STTI) with his Master’s degre … Read More

e in Nursing Science from California State University San Marcos and his Bachelor’s degree from Loma Linda University. His career has spanned over a decade with experience in managing the critically mentally ill as well as emergency patients throughout the lifespan with a focus on mood and psychotic disorders including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia.

Steven is trained in a variety of psychotherapeutic and pharmacological treatment modalities with the ultimate goal of achieving balance, harmony, and a return to a previous high functioning level in the community and home setting.

Steven also treats opioid and alcohol use disorders with Suboxone and other evidenced-based practice methods to achieve current and future sobriety, a return to health and wellness and improved daily life.

Carly Blalack, LCSW

Carly Blalack, LCSW graduated from the University of California Irvine receiving her BA degree in Psychology and minor in Education in 2005. In 2007, … Read More

she graduated with honors from the University of Southern California with her Masters of Social Work, School Social Work Credential, and Pupil Services and Attendance Credential. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

Carly has experience working in a variety of settings including schools, hospitals, and community agencies. She specializes in working with children, adolescents, adults, and families. She believes in providing a comfortable space where clients of all ages can feel valued, respected, and acknowledged. Carly finds joy in helping others to see their own strengths and using those strengths to find a better sense of self. She believes that working in conjunction with the client to create and understand their own life goals is the purpose of the therapeutic process. “When you walk into my office, I want you to feel like you can be yourself without judgment. This is where your true work can begin.”

Carly has experience treating a variety of issues including:

  • Life Transitions
  • Depression
  • Grief/Loss
  • Bipolar
  • Addiction
  • Trauma
  • Anxiety
  • Issues in School or Work environments
  • ADHD
  • Parenting
  • Behavioral Challenges

Carly utilizes tools from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Play Therapy, and Family Therapy.

” Together we will start where you are and get you to where you want to be.”

Ramin Shahla, M.D.

Ramin Shahla, M.D. is married with 2 children. After finishing medical school, Dr. Shahla completed his first two years of training in psychiatry at … Read More

the University of Maryland, and the last two years at Louisiana State University. Dr. Shahla completed his training in 1998 from Maryland and Louisiana State universities.

From 1998 till 2003, Dr. Shahla worked as an outpatient psychiatrist, with the last three years as one of nine regional medical directors of the Louisiana Office of Mental Health. After one year of experience in Canadian mental health, Dr. Shahla returned to New Orleans and had a busy practice, which was interrupted by Hurricane Katrina. As a result, he moved to San Diego.

Dr. Shahla’s practice philosophy is helping his patients reach their fullest potential. He has found a combination of the following activities most beneficial for optimum integrative mental health:

  • Healthier lifestyle including a healthy relationship,
  • Diet, exercise, etc
  • Addressing drug and alcohol abuse
  • Medications and exploring maladaptive coping skills and behavior

Dr. Shahla is licensed and regulated by the Medical Board of California.

April L’Heureux, LMFT

April L’Heureux graduated from the Phillips Graduate Institute with a graduate degree in Family Counseling Psychology and has been a Licensed Marria … Read More

ge & Family Therapist for more than 20 years. She began her career as a Case Manager for the Los Angeles County Department of Children & Family Services. She then joined a Private Shelter Care Facility as their Program Director and oversaw the operations and delivery of services to a specialized client population. She has subsequently held leadership and therapist roles in several community-focused organizations, as well as maintained a private practice for many years. She has continued her training during her entire career, earning a Certification in Plant-based Nutrition from Cornell University, Certificate in Ericksonian Hypnotherapy, and Certificate as an RTT Therapist from Marissa Peer. Outside of work she expanded on her personal skill set through the study of music and opera at the University of North Texas, which led to performing with the Riverside Opera, Los Angeles Master Chorale, and Danny Daniels Dance America.

Jason Richardson, Psy.D

Dr. Jason Richardson’s specialty is helping people in transition. More specifically, helping people get clear on what they want, what is important … Read More

to them, and how they can achieve their ideal life. His straight forward approach to therapy and life directly stems from his unique background as a World Champion professional athlete with an MBA and Doctorate in Psychology.

Jason is a sought after motivational speaker and trainer. He is the author of the book, “It’s All BS! We’re All Wrong, And You’re All Right!”, which Belief Systems and how one’s beliefs (and changing them) have a direct effect on one’s outcomes and overall happiness in life.

If you are a business professional that seems to be stuck, a student working through some tough times, or a parent that feels like you are failing your family, Jason is ready to get in the trenches and work with you until you find yourself smiling on the other side.

Maria Sadeghi, Ph.D.

Maria Sadeghi, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist with expertise in behavioral medicine, women’s issues, addictive disorders, and family the … Read More

rapy. Dr. Sadeghi has over a decade of experience working as a clinical director at various outpatient and residential programs. Previously, she worked as the clinical director for an eating disorder program in Carlsbad, California, as a program director for a dual diagnosis residential program in Berkeley CA, as a clinical director for a health-based psychological services agency in Auckland, New Zealand, as a chief of psychology for the state of Idaho, and as an assistant professor at Central Washington University.

Dr. Sadeghi has been described as a master therapist due to her ability to connect with clients, conceptualize problems, and offer strategies to overcome those problems. She graduated from the University of Idaho with a Ph.D. in counseling psychology in1998 and a master’s degree in clinical psychology in 1993. Dr. Sadeghi’s clinical experience has focused on working with clients who have a variety of persistent mental health issues as well as addictive behaviors. Dr. Sadeghi helps her clients to work through the emotional difficulties that underlie the problems they are experiencing. She is also skilled at psychological assessment, diagnosis, and crisis intervention. Her approach to therapy integrates a variety of modalities including existential, interpersonal, humanistic, and cognitive-behavioral therapy. Dr. Sadeghi is committed to providing comprehensive and personalized care that optimizes the discovery of self and recovery from emotional and behavioral dysregulation.

Kristen Clayton, LCSW

Kristen Clayton, LCSW graduated from UMASS Amherst with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology in 2006 and Master’s Degree in Social Work in 2009 from … Read More

San Diego State University. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a member of the National Association of Social Workers.

Kristen believes everyone can find happiness, love, and balance in their lives. Her approach is compassionate, yet direct and tailored to comfort. She promotes an environment of shared learning and safe communication.

Kristen’s focus is helping children, adolescents, adults, and families achieve their highest level of functioning by offering education, strategies, and perspective to assist in personal growth. Throughout her career as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, she has had the privilege of working with a variety of clients. She offers couples work and individual therapy for mild to persistent symptoms. Kristen is experienced in relieving challenges with depression, anxiety, behavioral challenges, OCD related behaviors, ADHD and substance abuse. She works in both inpatient and outpatient mental health facilities, hospitals and schools. Her diverse background allows her to extend a unique approach. Her backpack of tools includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Family therapy. Kristen’s certification in EMDR for those struggling with trauma will occur within this year.

Stephanie Carter, LCSW

Stephanie Carter, LCSW graduated from Columbia University with her Master’s in Social Work (MSW) in 2001 after receiving her Bachelor’s degree in … Read More

Social Work (BSW) from San Francisco State University in 2000. She received her LCSW in 2003 and has worked with a variety of individuals across the life span to facilitate their growth and happiness. Stephanie assists adolescents, adults, couples, and families navigate the areas in life that are impeding them from living their best life.
Over the course of her 19-year career, she has been privileged to work with clients to overcome and minimize the effects of trauma, substance abuse, anxiety/depression/mood disorders, adjustment disorders, and behavioral or relationship challenges, among many other areas.
She believes in helping every person go from surviving to thriving in their lives focusing on an integrative, holistic, whole-person wellness approach. Together you will custom tailor your therapy to meet your needs to live your best life.
Common focus of therapy includes:
• Depression, Anxiety, and other mood disorders
• Grief/Loss/Bereavement
• Sexual health and Intimacy/ Sexual dysfunction / Sexual trauma
• Addiction (substance use/abuse, internet/gaming, sex/pornography, etc.)
• Trauma / PTSD
• School or Work stressors
• Parenting / Divorce / Blended families
• Life Transitions (engagement, marriage, new baby, retirement)
• Medical Crisis / New Diagnosis / Family Illness

Carol Lynn Trippitelli, M.D.

Dr. Carol Lynn Trippitelli is a Board Certified Psychiatrist and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. She treats adults and … Read More

adolescents ages 15 and older. Dr. Trippitelli has strong experience in the treatment of all general psychiatric disorders and particular expertise in the treatment of Mood Disorders (depression and bipolar disorder), Eating Disorders, and Anxiety Disorders. Dr. Trippitelli did her psychiatry residency training at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and a fellowship in Eating Disorders at The Center for Eating Disorders in Towson, MD. She received her medical degree from the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, and a BA from Rice University.

Prior to joining Community Psychiatry, Dr. Trippitelli’s primary responsibility for eighteen years was to the clinical care of patients in her private practice in Washington, DC. She was also Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University Hospital where she taught medical students and residents. She has been named as one of the top doctor’s in the Washington DC, Baltimore, and Northern Virginia area in the Washington Post’s rankings based on peer review. She has also received the Vitals’ Patients Choice Award (most recently in 2019).

Dr. Trippitelli has served on the Board of Directors of The Washington Psychiatric Society and as a member of multiple committees with the American Psychiatric Association. She has published in the American Journal of Psychiatry on the topic of ethical and social issues relating to potential genetic testing for bipolar disorder. Dr. Trippitelli recently relocated to the San Diego, CA area to join Community Psychiatry and to be closer to family in the area. In her free time, she enjoys exercise, boating, downhill skiing, most outdoor activities, and cultural events.