Jessica Fisher, Psy.D.
Licensed Psychologist (PSY 30859)

I am a member of the Institute’s Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) program and the Child and Adolescent Specialty Program (CASP). I also bring a strong interest in psychological and cognitive assessment to my work on the Assessment Team.

I have worked with severely emotionally dysregulated children, adolescents, and young adults. My approach is DBT and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) based. I aim to help my clients learn the patterns that are getting them stuck, leading to unhelpful and/or unsafe coping skills, and them guide them through learning new responses to break the old patterns. I have a strong background in behaviorism and use that to help clients and families see unhelpful behaviors through the function, which can reduce feelings of shame and anger and allow space for healing and empathy. I model holding the dialectic of acceptance and change to motivate and support my clients in setting and reaching life worth living goals, with the hope they learn to internalize a more dialectical way of thinking and increasing their own self-acceptance. I believe that we are all doing the best we can, and we need to learn to do better.

Specialties:

  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • Trauma-informed therapies
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Psychological assessment
  • Mindfulness
  • Skills-based groups
  • Family therapy and parent coaching

Additional Information about my Specialties:

Within the CASP program, I combine my skills in DBT with my understanding of attachment theory to assist clients in developing stronger coping skills and interpersonal relationships. My hope is to support my clients in feeling confident and brave when working to reach difficult goals.

I’m passionate about helping individuals overcome traumatic and stressful life events. I use Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help clients process their trauma to move from surviving to thriving. Trauma can have a lasting impact on the way we handle emotions, create relationships, and feel about ourselves. In my work with clients, I want to help them process their fears and memories to better manage emotions and to learn to be vulnerable in new and safe relationships, increasing their capacity for self-validation. I believe the way we talk to ourselves is key, and increasing self-compassion is a big part of my work.

I am also passionate about my work with the LGBTQI+ community. I want to help my clients, and their families, learn to accept and embrace who they are and to navigate the paths within this community.  I am dedicated to supporting my clients as they build resiliency and pride around their identities.

Presentations and Workshops:

  • Co-leads presentations and DBT trainings at other therapeutic organizations and training sites

Articles:

Advanced Training: 

  • In 2018 – DBT Strategies for Treating Adolescents, Young Adults and their Families with Alec, Miller Psy.D.
  • In 2018 – Averting the Crisis: Coaching in DBT with Annie McCall, M.A., LMHC
  • In 2017 – Family Connections Training through The National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder with Alan Fruzzetti, Ph.D.
  • In 2017- Neuroscience & Yoga in the Treatment of Complex, Developmental, or Repeated Trauma
  • In 2014 – Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Training with the Community Research Foundation

Other Current Professional Experience:

  • Guest lecturer at USC, presenting on DBT and treating depression in children and adolescents

Prior Experience:

  • Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families, in the Residential Treatment Center
  • San Diego Center for Children, in the Residential Treatment Center
  • Areta Crowell Bio-Psychosocial Rehabilitation Center
  • Center for Autism Research, Evaluations, and Services

Education and Training:

  • Doctor of Psychology, California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University San Diego
  • Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology, California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University San Diego
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Chapman University

Mission: My mission is to support children, adolescents, and families to overcome challenging situations and become strong leaders for themselves and their communities.

Email: JFisher@IFGD.care

Phone: 626.585.8075 ext. 103

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