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Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Joan Dawson, Psy.D.

Dr. Joan Dawson, Psy.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in trauma, post-partum issues, and depression. She is dedicated to providing top-quality care through telehealth services, catering to individuals from ages 8 to 80, couples, and families.

Dr. Dawson's therapeutic approach is multifaceted, encompassing a range of evidence-based techniques tailored to her clients' specific needs. She leverages cognitive-behavioral therapy, guided imagery visualization, and desensitization to address issues related to anxiety, social anxiety, and phobias. For couples seeking therapy, she employs object relations and behavior exchange therapy. In cases of depression, grief, role transitions, maladaptive social behaviors, and interpersonal conflict, she draws from family systems, interpersonal, and psychodynamic therapy. Her expertise extends to behavioral therapy for parents and children, and she incorporates art and play therapy for children.

Dr. Dawson holds certifications in Department of Mental Health Trauma Focused Therapy, MAP (multi assessment planning) for Depression, ADHD, Conduct Disorders, and Anxiety in Children, as well as Adult Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). These certifications highlight her commitment to staying up-to-date with the latest advancements in the field, ensuring that her clients receive the most effective and evidence-based treatments available.

At the core of Dr. Dawson's practice is her belief in the therapeutic alliance, emphasizing the importance of a strong and collaborative relationship between therapist and client. Her compassionate and empathetic approach fosters an atmosphere of trust and teamwork, where clients can actively engage in their journey toward improved mental health.

Dr. Dawson's career has been marked by impactful roles with the L.A. and Las Virgenes Unified School Districts and the Department of Mental Health. She earned her Ph.D. from Loyola Marymount University, solidifying her commitment to advancing her field and providing exemplary care to those in need.

Dr. Joan Dawson's dedication to addressing a wide range of mental health challenges, coupled with her commitment to a collaborative and empathetic therapeutic approach, positions her as a trusted ally for individuals and families seeking support in their journey toward well-being.

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