I am a clinical psychologist who has been licensed since 2008 but working in a therapeutic setting since 2002. I completed my Bachelors of Science (B.S.) degree in Psychology at the University of California, San Diego, with an emphasis in Child Development and Clinical Psychology. I completed my Masters of Arts (M.A.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in Clinical Psychology at Alliant International University, San Diego. I have a breadth of clinical experience in a variety of treatment settings. I have worked with individuals throughout the life span (children as young as 2 years old to elder adults as old as 95 years old) with a variety of clinical issues (ieeating disorders, emotional overeating, depression, anxiety, behavioral issues, parenting, OCD, grief, self-injurious behavior, ADHD, family conflict, relationship issues, academic stress). I have worked in outpatient, intensive outpatient, and inpatient psychiatric levels of care. I was a primary clinician in an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for adolescents who struggled with eating disorders for approximately 7 years. Adolescents in this program had a multitude of eating disorder symptoms (typical and atypical symptoms) with a variety of family dynamics and cultural backgrounds.
I use an integrative approach in my practice that draws upon several types of therapy, however there are four primary influences in my work: Dialectical-Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Family Based Therapy (FBT). I have also been trained in an effective parenting approach called Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and in a technique to help family members and friends most effectively support their loved ones battling and recovering from a mental health diagnosis called Emotion-Focused Family Therapy (EFFT). Since every individual is unique, some therapeutic approaches may be better for different people. I also believe in the power of having an authentic, compassionate, non-judgmental relationship (which I cultivate with all of my clients / families).
My goal is to not only help you through current issues and concerns but also prepare you to successfully manage them on your own in the future. A secondary goal I have for you is to help you appreciate your strengths, accept your weaknesses without judgment (have compassion for yourself), and to empower you to verbalize your wants and needs.
- Eating Disorders (specialize in ages 10 - 35) / Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, & ARFID
*I have specialized training in helping Athletes with Eating Disorders.
- Emotional Overeating / Binge Eating
- Body Image Struggles
- Mood Management (Anxiety, Depression) / Emotional Resiliency
*I have specialized training in helping with anxiety in childhood.
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) / Phobias
- Maladaptive Behaviors (self-injurious behavior, self-sabotaging)
- Childhood Behavioral Problems (aggressive behavior, tantrums)
- Parenting Strategies & Support
- Relationship Issues & Support
- Self-esteem building / Empowerment
- Life Transitions (ie transition into college, transition into parenthood, life/work balance)
- Stress Management
I provide individual, family, and co-parenting psychotherapy (in office or teletherapy if deemed appropriate). I offer 50 minute therapy sessions for $315 per session and 80 minute therapy sessions for $470 per session. I provide care coordination with your treatment team (if multiple providers are involved) on a weekly basis which is included in my session fee (within reason). I do not accept insurance directly; however, I am happy to provide you with an itemized invoice for third-party reimbursement (if you have out-of-network insurance benefits then your insurance may cover a percentage of your private therapy fees - please call and check!). I accept cash, check, credit card (Ivy App), Zelle, or Venmo. I see clients on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, & Fridays.
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Jeanine Pontes-Boelter, Ph.D.
therapy for children, adolescents, and adults