Psychotherapy for Individuals and Couples

Learn to Thrive


As your therapist, I will help you uncover your true potential so that you may lead a life that is more fulfilling and meaningful.  While we cannot change your past, we can work together to better understand and resolve challenges in life that seem to be getting in the way of your happiness. 

My treatment approach is primarily cognitive-behavioral, so once we understand what led you to this point, emphasis is placed on the "here and now."  I believe in addressing the root causes of a problem, and working together in a collaborative way in order to facilitate personal growth and necessary change that will be sustainable.  I also believe in a holistic approach that integrates every aspect of your life and relationships into this journey.  I am transparent and forthcoming and believe the best change happens in an environment of compassion, respect, and unconditional acceptance.

If you're looking for extra support and guidance through a challenging situation or you're just ready to move in a new direction in your life, I look forward to working with you to achieve your goals and LEARN TO THRIVE!

Please call or email me for an individual or couples therapy consultation today.

                Dr. Shiva Ghaed, PhD, MPH

                Dr. Shiva Ghaed, PhD, MPH

About Dr. Ghaed

Dr. Shiva Ghaed is a California-licensed (PSY23324) Clinical Psychologist specializing in both individual and couples therapy.  She has previously maintained a part-time private practice in Orange County, CA (but is not currently seeing patients in this capacity). 

Over the years, Dr. Ghaed has worked in the civilian sector (community sliding scale clinic) and has provided mental healthcare for active duty and retired service members from all military branches in both the San Diego catchment area and Los Angeles.  Currently,  she provides evidence-based treatments to patients in both individual and group settings, and facilitates multiple groups for trauma (Cognitive Processing Therapy), and panic and anxiety disorders (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy; Exposure Therapy).

Dr. Ghaed maintains involvement in academia and research, and has served as a voting member on an Institutional Review Board, overseeing and ensuring ethical protection of human rights for patients involved in research studies within the healthcare system.  She has provided subject matter expertise for the University of Southern California, Center for Innovation & Research on Veterans and Military Families, and is involved in creating online continuing education for other professionals.  Dr. Ghaed is a member of the American Psychological Association, and other professional organizations, and strives to maintain competency and excellence as a therapist and professional in her field.

“ Try not to resist the changes that come your way. Instead let life live through you. And do not worry that your life is turning upside down. How do you know that the side you are used to is better than the one to come? 

- Rumi

Education & Training

Dr. Ghaed’s formal education includes a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (Behavioral Medicine) from the Joint Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program at the University of California, San Diego and San Diego State University (2008), an M.P.H. in Health Promotion (2006) and an M.S. in Psychology (2006) from SDSU, a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Maryland (2001), and a B.S. in Zoology (Pre-medicine) from the George Washington University (1993). 

Dr. Ghaed's clinical experience includes several years of training and specialization in the Veterans Affairs Healthcare Systems of San Diego and Los Angeles.  She completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the San Diego VA, specializing in anxiety disorders, non-combat trauma, and combat Post-traumatic Stress Disorder in Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF)/Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) veterans. She has given presentations and invited talks at professional conferences, and grand rounds for a variety of mental health departments including the VA hospitals in San Diego and Los Angeles, the Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton, and the Naval Medical Center San Diego, as well as the University of Redlands, Psychology Department.

For the past 30 years, Dr. Ghaed has been involved in research ranging from bench research in the pure sciences to clinical research in the social sciences and psychology, and she has worked for world and nationally renowned organizations such as the National Institutes of Mental Health (NIH), the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, and the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research.  She was Project Director for an NIH-funded research study for several years, and has served in leadership positions at the Naval Center for Combat and Operational Stress Control, at NMCSD and Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton (NHCP).  She has numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals, and has received honors and awards for excellence in her field throughout the course of her career.