California

Dr. Stephanie Abel, Ph.D

Psychologist

Dr. Stephanie Abel, Ph.D

Dr. Stephanie Abel is a licensed clinical psychologist who graduated from Alliant International University. She possesses a wide range of skills. Primarily her ability to assess children and adults with psychological tests that bring to light an individual’s coping patterns, diagnoses, strengths, and weaknesses. All of which are used to advise treatments best suited to her patient’s needs. At Achieve Medical Center, she is also the Director of Neurofeedback.

Education

  • Doctorate of Philosophy, Psychology – Alliant International University
  • 4.5 years researching severe mental illness at University California San Diego.
  • 2 years conducting court-mandated Child Welfare Services and Juvenile Hall assessments for judicial review.
  • Assisting individuals at Bayview Behavioral Health Hospital and Jary Barreto Crisis Center.
  • Neuropsychological assessment therapy and HRV Biofeedback at Pacific Neurobehavioral Clinic

Awards & Certificates

Clinical Interests

Language(s)

English

What can patients expect from you as a provider? I am a compassionate, reliable, flexible, and transparent provider who provides a supportive and empowering environment, and challenges patients to explore and implement individualized strategies for self-improvement.

What do you specialize in?

  • Psychotherapy with a primary cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) focus, as well as mindfulness and dialectical techniques
  • Neurofeedback and biofeedback
  • Psychological evaluation

What makes you different as a provider? I love to take an empowering, strengths-based, and non-judgmental approach to therapy. This sets the stage for self-acceptance, which is crucial for happiness. Therapy is all about building a supportive relationship so an individual can gain insight into aspects of their life, feel more empowered to tackle challenges, explore past and current relationships, and develop greater levels of self-acceptance, coping, and balance in life. Additionally, I believe there is no limit to what you can achieve when you have the support to realize your potential. Each life-challenge we are presented, contains within it, the inherent tools to promote the very growth needed to overcome it.

How long have you lived in Southern California and what brought you here? Born and raised in Seattle, WA. Then followed the sunny path to San Diego for college and never left.

What sort of interests of hobbies do you have? In my free time, I enjoy traveling, being in nature, trying out new cooking recipes, going on hikes and visiting with family and friends.