Dr. Priscilla Gales, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Dr. Priscilla Gales, Psy.D., LCSW

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I have a Doctor of Psychology, in Marriage Family Therapy, and currently work as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I am also Mediation Certified with The Los Angeles County Bar Association. My passion is in helping individuals and families, be in control of their emotions, and become the best versions of themselves.

I am a great listener with a kind heart, using insight with a holistic eclectic treatment modality style that works best for each individual client. I offer a safe non-judgmental atmosphere, which allows my clients to feel comfortable, secure, and safe to openly share their true emotions, and thoughts.
I have training, and experience with Trauma, Grief, Anxiety, Depression, Adjustment Disorder, Personality Disorders, and more. Using a Solution Focus Therapy approach, I work collaboratively with my clients to develop the best individualized treatment plan for them. Allowing the treatment plan to begin where the client is emotionally, helps facilitate treatment success. Treatment goals are accomplished when the client has acquired the coping skills, needed to gain control of their mental, physical, and emotional well-being.

Let's work together to set and achieve your goals, build healthy coping skills, and develop practical solutions that can empower you in your daily living. My Practice Motto: Be the “BOSS” of your life, so you can be the best version of yourself.

In sessions, I primarily use the following evidenced based treatment modalities; Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Eclectic Therapy (ET), Emotional Focus Therapy (EFT), Family Systems Therapy (FST), Motivational Interviewing Therapy (MIT), Psychodynamic Therapy (PDT), Solution Focused Therapy (SFT), Strength-Based Therapy (SBT), and Trauma Focus Therapy (TFT).

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a short-term approach that allows you to address your goals by considering the thoughts, feeling, and experiences that support desired behaviors. This is a great option for you if you have a short-term goal you want to achieve, and desire support and accountability.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) promotes healing by providing skills to manage difficult emotions. Therapist incorporates mindfulness, self-awareness, emotion regulation, and interpersonal communication into your treatment plan. DBT is a great modality if you are struggling with stress or anxiety, or if you find yourself overwhelmed by strong emotional reactions.

Eclectic Therapy (ET) is an open approach that adapts to your needs. It brings together a number of different therapies, depending on your goals. Eclectic Therapy is a great option if you are having trouble deciding with form of therapy may best assist you.

Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) is founded on the belief that the exploration and understanding of our feelings are key to our healing and identity. Your Emotion-Focused Therapist may observe patterns and help you recognize how your attachments impact your ability to have positive and healthy relationships with yourself and others. As emotional attachments vary with each individual.

Family Systems (FST) is a form of therapy that helps you find reconciliation within your familial relationships. Founded on the concept that each member of a family contributes to the health of the family system, Family Systems Therapy is a great option for families that are experiencing a level of dysfunction that feels unmanageable. The guidance of a therapist could accelerate the healing of each individual, and thus the relationships that you have with each other.

Motivational Interviewing (MIT) helps you make decisions for yourself with conviction, based on motivation and positivity. This is a great form of therapy if your quality of life is negatively impacted by your indecisiveness and uncertainty.

Psychodynamic Therapy (PDT) aims to treat mental disorders through talk therapy, as opposed to relying on medical means. Psychotherapy is a great approach for you if you can address your disorder and heal from it by talking about it or navigating your challenges, fears, thoughts, and emotions in other ways.

Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT) Focuses on arming you with problem solving skills by focusing on the impact of your present decisions on your future. Solution-Focused Therapy empowers you to become more goal oriented, rather that becoming paralyzed by problems. This therapy is recommended for anyone who struggles with managing and responding to their problems.

Strength-Based Therapy (SBT) focuses on your internal strengths and resources as tools for overcoming failures, pain, and trauma. Your relationship with your therapist is collaborative, open, and non-hierarchical. Your community is viewed as a support system of resources, as opposed to being viewed as an obstacle.

Trauma Focus Therapy (TFT) is designed to help you with your history of traumatizing experiences. Trauma Focus Therapy incorporates a variety of other therapies that your therapist may deem helpful to your specific circumstances.

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Specialties & Clinical Interests

  • ADHD
  • Anger Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Career
  • Depression
  • Divorce & Separation
  • Divorce Mediation
  • Domestic Abuse/Violence
  • Family Conflict
  • Grief & Loss
  • Law Enforcement/First Responders
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Life Coaching
  • Men's Issues
  • Mental Health Professionals
  • Nutrition
  • Parenting & Parent-Child Relationships
  • Personality Disorders
  • Pre-Marital & Marital Issues
  • Relationships
  • School Performance
  • Self-Esteem
  • Spirituality
  • Stress/Stress Management
  • Women's Issues

Therapy Types

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Emotional Focus Therapy
  • Mindfulness

Community Specialties

  • Black
  • Single Parents

Faith Based Specialties

  • Christianity

Fees & Insurance

Cost per Session
$250.00 - $275.00
Sliding Scale
No
Pay By
Cash, Check, Paypal, Venmo, Credit Card, American Express, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
Insurance Plans Accepted
Cigna
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United Healthcare
,

Licenses & Certifications

Years in Practice
16
License(s)
License #
state
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
79410
California
Graduate School(s)
Degree
Year Graduated
California State University Dominguez Hills
Master of Social Work
2008
Ryokan College
Doctor of Psychology in Marriage and Family Therapy
2015