Del Mar - Community Psychiatry

Del Mar

12835 Pointe Del Mar Way
Suite 1
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.

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 wit … Read More

h 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

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 Scho … Read More

ol of Professional Psychology. Ruth has been working in the field of mental health since 1989. Her work first started in clinical research and has taken her to residential treatment facilities for teenagers, crisis centers, psychiatric hospitals, community clinics, clinical trial coordination and back to private practice. Her primary practice has been in the treatment of mood disorders–depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorders. Over the years, she has had a special interest in Manic Depressive illness. Her dissertation was on the role of insight in the self-report of manic symptoms for those individuals experiencing a manic episode. 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 is currently receiving training in EMDR.

Suicide is always of interest to psychologists working with people who suffer from depression and mania. Prevention of suicide has been a primary focus of her work with individuals. Ruth is also interested in the effects on community and family when a loved one, friend or acquaintance is lost to suicide. She actively participates in Survivors of Suicide Loss (SOSL).

She works with adults of all ages, and adolescents.

Joyce Prince, LMFT

Joyce Prince, LMFT graduated from California State University Fullerton in 1982 and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Although she special … Read More

izes in working with addictive behavior she has a diversified background. She works with individuals, couples, seniors, and children age 14 and older.

Joyce has been working in the addiction field since the mid-’80s in outpatient settings, private practice, partial hospitalization, inpatient, and residential treatment facilities. Her expertise includes dually diagnosed patients. 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. She has been trained in mediation which helps with her couples work as well.

Joyce has 8 years experience tutoring and is currently instructing grade school children in piano keyboards. Her years of working as a tutor/teacher and her experience helping to raise her step-grandchildren give her a unique perspective on working with children and families, specially blended families.

  • Areas of Expertise
  • Anxiety
  • Depressive Disorders
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Co-Dependency
  • Victims of abuse
  • Substance abuse or addiction
  • Eating disorders
  • Grief and loss/ Bereavement
  • DBT
  • Couples therapy
  • Chronic pain or illness
  • CBT
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Blended Families

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

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

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.