Dr. Regina specializes in life transformation. She is qualified to help people integrate and overcome some of life’s most challenging circumstances and traumas. She has a wide range of experience with drug and alcohol addiction treatment, health crisis integration (e.g. cancer, HIV/AIDS, migraines, chronic pain), depression, anxiety and loss.
Dr. Regina completed her B.S. in Nutrition at Florida State University. She then moved across the country to Los Angeles in 1997 and began her graduate training in clinical psychology with Pepperdine University. After completing her Masters degree in clinical psychology in 1999, Dr.Regina then completed two years of clinical internships with community mental health centers where she worked mostly with people suffering from depression and anxiety disorders.
She then worked for the next four years in psychological research with UCLA on alcohol and drug addiction. At this time, she also began doctoral studies at Pacifica Graduate Institute, a school dedicated to Jungian and depth psychological research and practice.
She later moved to San Diego where she completed two additional clinical internships, one of which was a specialized trauma internship with UCSD helping women suffering from both alcohol addiction and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). She co-authored a book on this research which was released in 2011: ”Drinking among women of intimate partner violence: Mechanisms and Intervention (Women’s Issues)”.
She also authored a chapter on the psychological experience of living through the trauma of cancer for the book “Hope Begins in the Dark”, by NEWSWEEK journalist Jamie Reno. Dr. Regina is a cancer survivor herself and completed her doctoral research on the trauma of living with cancer. Dr. Regina was also the founder of the Mindfulness task force group within the San Diego Psychological Association.
Currently, Dr. Regina is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in private practice in San Diego, the Del Mar/Carmel Valley area, Additionally, she offers group classes on “Re-visioning cancer” for the newly diagnosed, family members and those facing life “after cancer”.
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