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Karen L. Sorensen, Ph.D. APC

Office: Karen L. Sorensen, Ph.D. APC
5252 Balboa Avenue
8th floor, Suite #803
San Diego, CA 92117
Phone: (858) 395-7121
Cell Phone: (858) 395-7121
Profession: Psychologist
Services: Psychotherapy/Counseling
Consultation Services to Employers
Psychoeducational Evaluations
Case Management
Addictions Assessments
Phone sessions
Office calls
Practice Description: As a psychologist, the type of work that I do draws from the best of numerous psychotherapies. Much of my work is more behavioral in that I provide practical and individually specific tools for change to all my clients. This reflects my sincere belief in the uniqueness of each person and their ability to learn to lead happier and healthier lives. As such, I tend to focus more on the present and the future with emphasis on motivation and solutions that lead to greater awareness, and the confidence needed to move forward in solving their issues. Depending on my clients' needs, in general I use a variety of behavioral and person centered therapies, including as appropriate CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), Motivational Interviewing, Behavioral Couples Therapy, Stress Management Therapy, Mindful Management Therapy, and Positive Psychology.

I have several educational areas of additional emphasis in the field of psychology. My post graduate work included a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, in addition to an extra specialization in Chemical Dependency, and a Masters in Psychology with a specialization in Stress Management.

In addiction treatment, I work both with clients and their families and friends. In my 20 years of experience working with dual diagnosis and addictions, I have had the benefit of working in every level of care -- from substance abuse prevention to in-patient rehab treatment programs, PHP, IOP, and outpatient. One of my sincere beliefs is that there is no one way that works for everyone. Not everyone needs rehab and each situation deserves special consideration. In short, that means there are no "have to's", "must's", or "should's." What is important, however, is individualizing treatment, and never giving up.

In the pain management work I do, my experience is with headache disorders of all types (migraine, cluster, tension, etc.) and diffuse pain such as fibromyalgia. Additionally I work with pain patients who have become addicted to opioids due to various pain conditions. Here again I use behavioral and holistic therapies to help pain sufferers, as well as work with their other health care providers as appropriate.

In Behavioral Couples Counseling, I see my work as helping to develop healthy person-to-person emotional connections. In sessions, much of my initial focus begins with changing communication style and learning to negotiate conflict. To restore or develop trust and connection, I find that people need to first literally learn to talk to each other differently. This is not as easy as it may sound, but it is possible and it is the foundation of maintaining healthy relationships. Each person's individual personality must be recognized and acknowledged. Once respectful and caring communication is established, improved emotional connections become possible and problems can be resolved.

In the Stress Management work that I do, I see handling stress as a gateway to preventing difficult problems as well as some psychological disorders. The beauty of Stress Management training is that the skills can be taught and the results can be obvious in a relatively short period of time. Stress Management can be a tool that keeps issues from developing into more serious psychological distress. I find that all persons, regardless of age or background, are able to benefit from Stress Management approaches.
Practice Specialties or Interests:

(Strengths are
in bold text)
Relationship Issues
Pain Management
Adjustment Disorder
Adult Children of Alcoholics
Anxiety Disorders/Phobias
Bipolar Disorder
Dually Diagnosed Individuals
Impaired Professionals
Impulse Control Disorders
Personal Growth
Smoking Cessation
Stress Management
Substance Abuse
Headache Disorders. Fibromyalgia.
Age Specialties: Adults
Session Formats: Individual
Treatment Approaches: Behavioral
Family Systems
Social Learning
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
Positive Psychology
Motivational Interviewing
Additional Demographic Expertise: Buddhist
Latter-day Saints/Mormon
Education: Ph.D., Alliant International University, 1998

M.A., Alliant International University, 1990
License #: PSY23540
License State: California
Professional Affiliations:
American Psychological Association
San Diego Psychological Association
American Society of Addiction Medicine
Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force of San Diego County
American Institute of Stress
National Headache Foundation
Fee Schedule: $160-180/session. . PPO's accepted with Super bills provided for billing reimbursement. Reduced fees available for financial hardship.
Accepted Insurance: Any PPO (with Out-of-Network Benefits)
Driving Directions: The office is located in the Professional Building on the corner of Balboa and Genesee. There is free parking all around the building. Take the elevator to the 8th floor, Suite #803. The sign on the door reads Health and Wellness Consultation Center. Come into the waiting room and turn the light switch on the wall underneath my name, which will let me know you have arrived.

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Karen L. Sorensen, Ph.D. APC, Psychologist in San Diego

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San Diego, CA 92108
(858) 395-7121

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Years in Practice:  16-20
Gender:  Female
Accepting New Clients:  Yes
Sliding Fee Scale:  Yes
Prescribe Medication:  No
Wheelchair Accessible:  Yes
Public Transportation:  Yes

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