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Dr. Naomi Wahler

Dr. Naomi Wahler (PSY28017) is a clinical psychologist with a private practice in the Sorrento Valley neighborhood of San Diego. She specializes in working with adults who feel overwhelmed with responsibility, frustrated that their life is not going as planned, and feeling increasingly distant from their family and friends. People who are successful yet still struggle with thoughts that they are not enough or that others will find out that they don’t know as much as they should. Often these struggles lead to one no longer enjoying things they used to such as spending time with friends, working out, or engaging in hobbies. What used to be fun becomes “just one more thing I don’t want to do.”

The truth is that success does not immunize one from feelings of anxiety, depression, or trauma. Success does not guarantee that people will feel emotionally intimate with their partner or not struggle with thoughts that they are a failure as a parent. It can be an invaluable lesson that the perfectionistic thinking that may play a role in one’s success can also be harmful. When what used to work is no longer working and the support of friends and family is just not enough, professional help can make change possible.

Dr. Wahler finds value in working collaboratively with her clients to identify what their unknown needs and boundaries are, then working together on how to assert these needs in order to improve both personal and professional relationships. She finds the healing power of laughter and trust to be an essential part of the therapeutic relationship in order to create healthy and sustainable change.

Dr. Wahler has had extensive training in working with trauma, acute care, and crisis intervention since 2004 and has worked with a broad range of client needs including those experiencing suicidal thoughts. She is LGBTQ+ affirming and understands the importance of how one’s ethnicity, gender identity, sexuality, and belief system contributes to one’s relationships and worldview. She is passionate about educating people about the benefits of mental health care in order to reduce stigma, improve overall health, and increase the willingness to seek treatment in order to be able to live a more authentic, fulfilling, and engaged life.

You can learn more about Dr. Wahler here.

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