Caroline de Pottel, PhD, LCSW
San Diego, California
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- Relationship issues
- Eating Disorders
- Fears & Phobias
- Gay & Lesbian Issues
- Loss or Grief
- Men's Issues
- Personality Disorders
- Substance Abuse
- Trauma & PTSD
- Women's Issues
- Couples Therapy
About My Practice
I have been in private practice for thirty years. I use psychodynamic psychotherapy to treat individuals and couples as well as intensive psychoanalysis for individuals seeking deep change. I focus on each individual and their unique challenge. I facilitate change by understanding each person's life history and psychological make-up to create a personal treatment plan.
Life can be very challenging. We all have difficult times in our relationships, in our work, and with ourselves. Old issues can reappear during adult transitions. I offer a warm and professional relationship to assist in the change process. I like to be practical, including a focus on behavior, as well as understanding the deeper meaning to problems.
Experience & Training
- Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Training (3 years)
- Adult Psychoanalytic Training (5 years) at San Diego Psychoanalytic Society and Institute-Clinical Emphasis
Over my thirty years in practice, I have studied and dealt with special problems: people from chemically dependent/dysfunctional families (ACA; Co-dependency), eating disorders, sexual abuse, grief, chemical dependency, panic disorder, anxiety, depression, life transitions, creativity blocks, and more.
I am experienced working with people from different sexual orientations. I understand the many conflicts involved in these matters and try to facilitate an adaptation in your culture, family, and relationships. I also am experienced with people from diverse cultural backgrounds and focus on your transition that includes working out the conflicts towards a melding of both old and new cultures.
I love psychoanalytic thought and enjoy bringing about change. I write about different topics and present nationally and internally at conferences. I have a special interest in envy as it appears in relationships and clinical practice.
I take insurance, but advise that payment for mental health treatment is increasingly more restricted. I adjust my fee and try to be considerate when setting up a longer-term plan for change.
Years in Practice
MSW San Diego State University
PHD Psychology Fielding Graduate Institute
Adult Psychoanalysis San Diego Psychoanalytic Institute
San Diego Psychoanalytic Institute
International Federation of Psychoanalytic Education
American Social Work (AAPCSW)
Accepting New Clients