Joanne Wendt, Ph.D.

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Do you feel lonely, ignored or belittled in a relationship that used to be loving, safe and fulfilling?
Does your communication consist of relentless bickering or deafening long silences that you can't seem to remedy no matter how hard you try?
If this sounds like you, you are not alone.
Dr. Wendt, a clinical psychologist, specializes in helping couples and families find the love that got lost along the way through the acquisition of skills that lead to respect, validation and enhancement of their relationship/s.
            EARLY HISTORY:

Dr. Wendt's journey to become a psychologist, specializing in marriage and family, began in Niagara Falls, New York where she enjoyed many outdoor activities and gymnastics in a small rural town community emphasizing family values.  As a young teen she was intent to fly the friendly skies to explore the world while providing a sense of safety and comfort to passengers on an airplane.
Unfortunately her dreams of becoming a flight attendant were shattered when at the age of 15 she became partially paralyzed by a spinal cord tumor.  She went through a lot of pain and frustration while trying to adjust to this life-changing moment and knew that she had to find something else in life to do. What helped her to survive and succeed through those difficult years were the love and encouragement of her family. They would never let her give up, particularly her mother, who she considers her source of strength.
            HER MISSION:
Dr. Wendt felt that a highly positive outcome of her illness was that it taught her how to meet life's tough challenges rather than being defeated by them. Her mission is to teach others how to love life and capture one's dreams in the midst of overwhelming adversity, pain and heartache. By focusing on an individual's strengths rather than deficits, Dr. Wendt brings a more hopeful outlook to the client's perspective for resolving difficult issues and achieving the joy, peace and happiness that she had come to find within herself during her most challenging moments.
While going to Niagara County Community College in Sanborn, NY, where she earned an A.A. degree in Liberal Arts/Sciences in 1975, Dr. Wendt fell in love with the study of psychology, stating, "I was truly fascinated by why we do what we do." She continued her studies at Buffalo State University, earning a B.A. degree in Psychology in 1978. She wanted to continue her education but wanted a warm climate if she couldn't be living at home. This decision brought her to Malibu, CA where she earned an M.A. degree in Community/Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University in 1982. Her studies at Pepperdine exposed her to family systems theory and family therapy, which, then, became her focus for further learning. Pursuing the last leg of her journey from Niagara Falls to San Diego to further this knowledge, Dr. Wendt earned an additional M.A. degree in Marriage & Family Therapy in 1988 and a Ph.D. in Psychology, Specializing in Marriage and Family Therapy in 1993 from United States International University in San Diego, CA. 
Dr. Wendt began seeing clients and families in 1986 as part of her internship at the Escondido Youth Encounter in Escondido, CA. In 1993 she received her MFCC License (MFC30989) and began a private practice in 1994. After completing a second internship at United States International University Counseling Center, she received her Psychologist License (PSY15145) in 1997. In 2001 her business became a corporation known as Joanne J. Wendt, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist, Inc. She is, also, a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist after receiving training from the Grief Recovery Institute, Sherman Oaks, CA in 2010.
Dr. Wendt's professional memberships include the San Diego Psychological Association and the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT).

For the past 27 years Dr. Wendt has been using a cognitive/behavioral approach grounded in family systems theory as a basis of her clinical interventions to help individuals, couples and families. She views all individual issues as stemming from or impinging upon the environment in which one lives and her goal is to provide her clients with a more comprehensive understanding of their concerns in order to structure a clear framework for implementing positive change.
         Issues Treated:
               Relationship/Family Issues
               Marriage Counseling
               Conflict/Anger Management               
                  Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
                  Oppositional Defiant Disorder
               Communication Skills
               Emotional/Physical/Sexual Abuse
         Populations Treated:

Dr. Wendt uses formats such as books, articles, CD's and videos to promote healing in an atmosphere of trust and safety. Giving the sense of hopefulness is imperative to helping clients try to see the "silver lining" that may be hidden in the difficult situation at hand. Optimism and respect for an individual's readiness to meet challenges that may appear to be overwhelming are the hallmarks of Dr. Wendt's therapeutic approach to helping clients gain a better understanding of who they would like to be.
Dr. Wendt has been an expert contributer to 3 articles in internet magazines concerning relationships and parenting:

Take Charge: Why You Should Let Your Boyfriend Make All Your Decisions: (September 16, 2013).

Sibling Rivalry Stressors: (August 13, 2013).
  Does a Stressed-out Mom Give Her Kids an Edge? (July 16, 2013).


Dr. Joanne Wendt Reaches

San Diego CA