PHILOSOPHY: We are a full service psychological healthcare practice offering counseling and psychotherapy to individuals, couples, and families. With our diverse staff of mental health professionals, we are able to provide our clients with the most up-to-date treatment methods to help them successfully address their issues and achieve their personal goals. We are dedicated to providing our clients with a professional, respectful, and positive environment in which personal growth and healing can be achieved.
ESTABLISHED: 2018 marks our 27th year of practice. Due to the support of the community, schools, physicians and patients who utilize our services, our office has grown from an individual practice into an almost 20 member team. I am proud of all our associates each of whom is described on our profiles page.
GROWTH: As the demand for our services has increased, we have opened offices in surrounding communities. In addition to our main office in Long Beach on 7th Street, we have offices located in Cerritos, Signal Hill and Los Alamitos.
LONG BEACH FIRE DEPARTMENT– We are the sole provider to the Long Beach Fire Department for mental health services. We are proud to have been chosen to be the psychology group the LBFD trusts to treat their members and families. This is a badge of honor for our group as, like the rest of our community, we appreciate all of our firefighters and their families sacrifice for us.
KAISER PERMANENTE– Kaiser Permanente has chosen us to be an Outside Provider Group. We are happy to partner with Kaiser to provide mental health services for their members.
Main Office: 4137 E. 7th Street
Long Beach, CA
Cerritos Office: 18000 Studebaker Rd., 7th Floor
Cerritos, CA 90703
Signal Hill Office: 2301 E. 28th St.
Long Beach, CA 90755
562-433-7652 2301 E 28th St.
Los Alamitos Office: 5182 Katella Ave., Ste. 202
Los Alamitos, CA 90720
Areas of Practice
ADHD (With Or Without Hyperactivity)
Each of our Associates is well versed in this most common childhood issue. Accurate diagnosis is crucial as many disorders share symptoms with ADD. If your child has ADD we not only treat him/her but we educate you as well. An informed parent (and child if he or she is old enough) is an extremely useful ally in therapy. For further information, please read the article Dr. Duggan has written, "Understanding ADD/ADHD" in the Clinical Corner section.
In order to qualify as an addiction a behavior must be both pronounced and interfering with one's way of life. Addictions can occur not just with drugs and alcohol, but with things such as gambling, the internet, pornography, etc. It is vital to get the addict to see how his/her life is being damaged by the addiction. "Helping" the addict often means allowing him/her to suffer the consequences of their behavior. Only when they develop insight can true help begin.
Commonly referred to as "the Great Deceiver", depression can take a number of forms. With children and adolescents, acting out and frustration are often signs of depression. In adults depressed mood and negative thoughts are commonly seen. With early detection, depression can be just a passing phase rather than a way of life.
There are numerous anxiety disorders which affect both children and adults. On the Clinical Corner page are articles addressing Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. In all cases of anxiety, balancing what the patient can achieve by using cognitive controls with a careful assessment of medication is vital.
The diagnosis of Bipolar disorder has increased dramatically in the past ten years. This increase is most likely due to a new awareness of the disorder rather than an increase in its prevalence. Therapy combines cognitive training, education and support for both the client and family. In addition, working with the client's physician to develop a comprehensive program is a key to successful treatment.
Most relationships have ups and downs. However, sometimes the ride gets so hectic that one or both partners consider moving on. When this occurs most people want to stop and to be sure that they have done all that can be done. A number of our therapists specialize in helping couples confront and heal the wounds that sometimes occur in a relationship.
Dr. Duggan’s book, Breaking the Adolescent Code, offers 33 ideas to help parents raise children. It was written to make it easy and fun to add to your parenting 'tool chest' and is available on Amazon.
Breaking the Adolescent Code
10 Truths Parents Should Know
10 Things Parents Should Do
10 Traps Parents Should Avoid
Tools to Empower Parents With Children of all Ages