Everyone, at one time or another encounters challenging experiences, which can leave a lasting, negative effect. These challenging or traumatic experiences can leave wounds of shame that can hinder one from being their true, authentic self. I specialize in helping people to overcome and heal these wounds which results in living a more free, authentic and assertive life. We will journey and collaborate together to help you achieve the goals you have for yourself. I work with teens, individuals, couples and families on a variety of areas.
I started my career in the field of human services in the late 1980’s helping people with developmental disabilities. I realized my gifts of listening, critical thinking, insight, encouragement and motivation would be best used in the counseling profession. After receiving my masters as a marriage and family therapist, I entered the doctorate program of psychology at the Southern California Seminary. I finished my doctorate in 2011 and now work as a California licensed psychologist at the St. Joseph Psychological Clinic that I established.
I apply my knowledge, training and experience in scientifically proven psychological techniques with my Christian values to maximize the help I can give to achieve the client's goals. I am familiar and competent in a variety of counseling theories, including Cognitive Behavioral, Psychoanalytical and EMDR. I draw on a variety of styles and techniques to address the specific needs of each individual.
I have received and developed specialized training and skills in the areas of:
- Sexual Addiction
- Unwanted same sex attraction
- Generalized Anxiety
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Marriage/ Couples / Family Counseling
- Pre-marital Counseling
- Spiritual Counseling
I have been happily married for 14 years and have 2 beautiful children.
Dr. Paul Santero ReachesSan Diego CA