La Jolla - Villa La Jolla - Community Psychiatry

La Jolla – Villa La Jolla

8950 Villa La Jolla Drive
Suite B-206
La Jolla, CA 92037

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Please contact our new patient intake line to check provider availability: 855-427-2778

Joseph Mawhinney, M.D.

Dr. Mawhinney did his undergraduate work at Georgetown University. He went on to St. Louis University Medical School with a special interest in psychi … Read More

atry. Upon graduating in 1967, he entered the Air Force Flight Surgeon program and did his internship at Travis AFB. He served in Taiwan as the Base Medical Director. Dr. Mawhinney completed his Community and General Psychiatry residency in San Mateo County at Chope Hospital and his Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Coming to San Diego in 1975, he was Chief of the Children’s Inpatient Services for San Diego County Department of Mental Health for three years. During those years, he consulted with the Probation Department, Juvenile Court and the Department of Social Services.
He has been in private practice since 1979. During his career, Dr. Mawhiney has been involved with many community-based programs, including residential and day treatment programs. He has extensive experience with hospital treatment. Most recently he has worked with two eating disorders programs in San Diego and done research on methamphetamine addiction with a UCLA/NIDA project.
As an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at UCSD, he has supervised residents in the General Psychiatry and Child Psychiatry programs.

He is a past president of the:
California Psychiatric Association
California Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
San Diego Psychiatric Society
San Diego Society for Adolescent Psychiatry
Currently, he is serving on the American Psychiatric Association Assembly Executive Committee.
He has had experience in dealing with most major psychiatric disorders as well as developmental disorders, autism spectrum, and Tourette’s disorder.

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.

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

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.