Welcome! Most people spend months to years thinking about reaching out for professional help before actually doing so. I applaud that you're considering finding ways to care for yourself. I offer both psychotherapy and mental health assessment/evaluation.
Psychotherapy / Counseling --
I take a lifespan developmental approach with my psychotherapy clients, particularly through promoting self-compassion, encouraging the discovery of personal resilience, and helping work through challenges on the pathways of life. My integrative approach is primarily informed by helping you develop insight and accumulate practical skills for symptom reduction that takes into account the cultural and familial context of your life. I see psychotherapy as a mutual and reciprocal exchange within the relationship between us, so our connection is of most importance!
People want straight talk from a psychologist, not psychobabble. They don’t want a passive therapist who just listens. Nor do they want a know-it-all to tell them exactly what to do. They want a competent psychologist who gives real feedback about what he sees going on. They want someone with real life experience who can relate to their problems. Throughout our work together, I will provide honest and direct feedback in a supportive and nurturing manner. I will help you learn how to problem solve and discover solutions to problems in your life that currently seem insurmountable.
I have been trained as a generalist at such institutions as USC, Stanford, and UC San Diego, but hold specific specialties in mood (depression, feeling down, and low self-esteem), anxiety (panic attacks, social anxiety, OCD, and PTSD), grief/loss, ADHD/ADD, relationship dynamics, men's issues, sexual concerns, identity/life confusion, diversity, and chronic health concerns. I can provide you with either brief or more open-ended treatment that borrows from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) strategies and Psychodynamic insight-oriented (TLDP) approaches. My clients range from adolescents and university students to professionals in such fields as healthcare, business, and law.
Psychological Assessment and Testing / Mental Health Evaluations --
Additionally, I concurrently focus my practice on providing psychological evaluation, assessment, and testing for ADHD and learning disabilities, as well as for personality and cognitive functioning. I can provide many different types of evaluations for a variety of required purposes, such as adoption, employment, immigration, and so forth. Psychological evaluation usually requires a clinical interview, a set of psychological tests, and a final report summarizing your results. These types of mental health evaluation are becoming increasingly required by courts, employers, and institutions. I'll explain each step and guide you through the your individual process to ease your concerns!
Visit my website for more information: http://drramotar.com
- B.A. in Psychology from California State University, Northridge
- M.A. in Clinical Psychology with emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University, Malibu
- Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology with emphasis in Multicultural Community Psychology, CSPP, Los Angeles
- APA Internship: Stanford University Counseling and Psychological Services
- San Diego Psychological Association
- CA License: PSY26571
Awards & Publications
- Postdoctoral Fellowship: University of California, San Diego
- OCCDHE Program Excellence Award 2014