Dr. Christy Pascual-Smith has earned her Doctor of Psychology Degree (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Family and Children as well as her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at Alliant International University, California School of Professional Psychology, San Diego.
Dr. Pascual-Smith has experience working with children, adolescents, transitional age youth (ages 16-24), adults, couples, and families. She has provided clinical support for individuals struggling with managing daily stressors, relational disconnection, stress relating to multiple life roles, parenting and/or step-parenting challenges, forgiveness, loss, trauma, depression, and anxiety.
She has gained a wealth of knowledge about the importance of utilizing each individual's strengths, in order to provide the necessary tools to instill a sense of empowerment for achieving stability and discovering an individual's true authentic self. Dr. Pascual-Smith utilizes tools and techniques that stem from evidence-based treatment approaches including Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Strength-Based Therapy.
Her primary goal as a therapist is to provide you with a safe, caring, and supportive space that will allow you to focus on your journey towards creating positive change. She believes that insight, self-care, and therapeutic connection helps foster the necessary steps in discovering your potential, highlighting your strengths, and developing effective ways to work through stress.
She has 13 years of experience in the mental health field; 7 years of pre-doctoral clinical training and 6 years of post-doctoral clinical training at places located in San Diego: Harmonium, Inc., Union of Pan Asian Communities, San Diego Job Corps, St. Vincent de Paul Village, Vista Balboa Crisis Center, and Private Practice. She is currently a Registered Psychological Assistant (PSB94024560) and is under the direct supervision of Licensed Psychologist, Dr. Kirstin Filizetti, Ph.D. (PSY25099) as she pursues her licensure in California.