Monica Shahbaznia Alvarez
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Monica Shahbaznia Alvarez

PhD

License: PSY 20704

I PRACTICE IN

California

AND WORK WITH

Adults (18+)
Children (12 and under)
Couples
Families
Teens (13 - 18)

ON THESE ISSUES

ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Divorce, Learning Disabilities, Loneliness, Parenting, Relationships, Stress Management

Anger Management, Bereavement, Bipolar Disorder, Body Image, Chronic Pain, Coping Skills, Existential Crisis, Grief, Infertility, Mood Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Panic Attacks, Self Esteem, Social Anxiety, Social Cues, Stress Management, Suicidal Ideation

ABOUT ME

CA Licensed Psychologist with 23+ years of experience successfully treating: families, individuals, couples, kids, and teens. Specializations: Health Psychology & Pediatric Psychology - supporting those with chronic illnesses & medical problems.

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APPROACH & MORE ABOUT ME

Since 1997, it's been a true honor to provide the highest quality clinical psychotherapy for families, couples, individual adults, children, and adolescents with utmost care for all of my patients.

Each family being unique, I provide a tailored intervention plan for each member as the entire family can benefit from the growth and healing of each individual. Providing psychotherapy to individuals (adults, adolescents, or children) is also a great interest of mine. Personal growth and clarification of anxieties, strengths, and goals is part of the incredible therapeutic process!

As a Pediatric Psychologist, I provide psychotherapy to children whose difficulties are related to a medical diagnosis. A medical diagnosis is also experienced by the entire family, so I also include parents, siblings and extended family members in the treatment process, if need be. I extended my specialization to Health Psychology after much experience also working with parents and adults who also had their mental health affected by chronic illness or medical issues. I work with those battling cancer, diabetes, obesity, depression, anxiety, medical non-compliance.

My great interest in Health Psychology and quality of life issues led me back to my alma mater, UCLA. As an instructor at the David Geffen School of Medicine, I taught my medical students that proper physicianship must incorporate ethical medical science but more importantly, it must include compassion and respect towards patients.

EXPERIENCE & EDUCATION

Independent Clinical Practice
Clinical Psychologist providing psychotherapy, case management, resources, and group support in Spanish and English for children, adolescents, and adults affected by diabetes, cancer, chronic illness, or combinations of medical issues. Psychotherapy is also provided for medically well families, couples, children, adolescents, and adults struggling with family problems, depression, anxiety, attention, conduct, and/or learning disorders, etc. Give presentations at local schools, parent associations, and community mental health centers.

American Diabetes Association – Los Angeles Chapter
Member: Community Leadership Board
Chair: Advocacy Committee

Doctoring / Clinical Skills 1 Program
Clinical Faculty (VOL)
University of California, Los Angeles
David Geffen School of Medicine
Dept. of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences

Children's Hospital Los Angeles
Cancer and Blood Disease Institute

Children's Hospital Los Angeles
Fellowship: Pediatric Psychology

UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland
Internship: Pediatric Psychology

San Francisco Psychoanalytic Institute
Practica: Child/Family Psychology

The Multicultural Psychotherapy Training and Research Institute
Practica: Child/Family Psychology

PhD, Clinical Psychology, California School of Professional Psychology, San Francisco
MA, Clinical Psychology, California School of Professional Psychology, San Francisco
BA, Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles

MAIN THERAPY TYPES

Art Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Couples Counseling, Marriage Counseling, Play Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy