Associates

kristen-mccarthy-paull-250x253Kristen McCarthy Paull, M.A.

Kristen McCarthy Paull, M.A., received her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University, with an emphasis on Marriage, Family and Child Centered therapy. While at Pepperdine, Kristen wrote an in depth position paper on Borderline Personality Disorder that explored its complexities, offering unique insights and treatment options for this challenging condition. Her paper continues to be used today as part of the recommended reading curriculum at Pepperdine’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology. Kristen was recognized by the National Honor Society in Psychology for her work and was inducted as a member of this prestigious organization upon graduation.

Kristen is dedicated to working with children, adolescents and young adults as well as couples and families. She provides psychotherapy and life coaching, using a collaborative approach for clients who may be struggling with feelings of depression, stress, anxiety, low self esteem, family conflict, loneliness or isolation, and relationship issues among others. By creating a warm, supportive, therapeutic environment she strives to help her clients gain a deeper understanding of who they are and how the patterns they’ve created in their lives may be holding them back from achieving their full potential. Although her orientation is Psychodynamic, she uses Cognitive Behavioral strategies tailored to her clients’ specific needs, often helping them transition from one stage of life to another.

Kristen’s clinical training is extensive. She has worked with severely mentally ill clients at Alcott Center for Mental Health Services for five years, providing individual, group and family therapy, as well as having worked with teenagers suffering from Oppositional Defiant Disorder at Camp David Juvenile Center in Malibu. At New Start, in Santa Monica, she helped clients who were struggling with a wide array of issues including, PTSD, depression, anxiety, and sexual disorders. Kristen has also worked as a consultant in the motion picture industry, advising writers, actors, and studio representatives regarding therapy techniques and therapeutic interventions for feature films.

Following a brief internship at Swanson, Conti and Associates in Encino California, Kristen commenced a four year intensive internship under the supervision of Dr. Stephen Johnson, Ph.D. where she has provided supportive psychotherapy to all age groups – from children as young as 3 years old, to teenagers, young adults, couples, families, and older individuals. As of July, 2016 Kristen is now fully licensed and offering her services through her own psychotherapy practice within The Center for Holistic Psychology in Beverly Hills. Dr. Johnson and Dr. Martin Snyder are the Directors of the Center.

As a mother of two children, Kristen has extensive hands-on experience and plenty of opportunities to utilize her therapeutic skills, incorporating appropriate modeling, setting of limits, and positive reinforcement strategies. Kristen was recently recognized by The Los Angeles Unified School District for volunteerism in her children’s school.

Kristen is available in our Beverly Hills office for morning, afternoon and evening appointments.

Call Kristen at 310-962-5092 to set up an appointment.

 

anthony-dimaggio-250x253Anthony DiMaggio, M.A., MFT Intern

Anthony DiMaggio, M.A., received his Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology in July, 2016 from Pepperdine University, with an emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy. He received his Bachelor’s degree in psychology, with honors, from California State University, Northridge in 2008.

Anthony has experience working with children, adults, couples, and families. In his training at Pepperdine Community Counseling Center in Encino he provided psychotherapy for individuals suffering from anxiety, stress, depression, low self esteem, behavioral problems, and relationship issues among others. He also has experience leading group parent training classes with a focus on mindfulness parenting skills.

Anthony utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, combined with mindfulness skills, to help clients overcome obstacles standing in their way to achieve their personal goals. He is collaborative in his approach and focused on supporting clients’ personal growth to help them reach their full potential. Anthony’s personal style combines warmth and acceptance with skill and dedication to his clients.

Dr. Stephen J. Johnson has officially commenced supervision of Anthony under his license on Saturday, July 9, 2016. Prior to his receiving his Intern number, Anthony will work under the auspices of The Men’s Center Los Angeles. To set up an appointment to work with Anthony, either contact Dr. Johnson or contact Anthony directly via: 415-579- 1694 or ajdtherapy@gmail.com.