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Michael Castellana, LCSW

Office: Landmark Centre
4550 Kearny Villa Road - Suite 214
San Diego, CA 92123
Phone: (619) 491-0434
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Profession: Clinical Social Worker/Therapist
Services: Psychotherapy/Counseling
Telehealth (Video/Phone) Therapy
Practice Description:
I am currently using HIPAA-compliant for all telehealth sessions as a result of COVID-19.

If you are looking for a therapist, you have already taken an enormous step toward change.

For many years, my practice has been focused on various types of psychological trauma. I have extensive experience treating male survivors of sexual abuse and have been closely associated with since its inception. I have treated both men and women, and their partners, with concerns related to the after-effects of sexual abuse in their childhoods, and the interpersonal difficulties that can arise from those situations in everyday life.

In addition to sexual abuse, for the last 16 years, I have been working with combat-related PTSD, most specifically with Marine Corps, Army National Guard and Navy personnel from OEF/OIF, both in active-duty status and also, once they have separated from service, re-adjusting to civilian life. My knowledge of the culture and the ethos of military life, combined with my experience working with combat-related PTSD has provided me with a unique perspective and capacity to work with this group of remarkable individuals. I am a nationally-recognized authority on the concept of moral injury as a result of combat exposure, and the issues that result from this invisible wound.

I enjoy working with artists and creative people struggling with their work and the rest of their lives. Also, I treat people who are dealing with issues related to their sexual orientation, people dealing with unsafe sexual practices, and STD/HIV-infection and sexual acting out behaviors.

I work collaboratively with the client, most often from a combination of perspectives, from a pragmatic point of view. My approach is informed by my considerable trauma and psychodynamic work, and I have easy access to cognitive-behavioral and EMDR modalities to assist the client in resolving difficult, or resistant issues. Understandably, psychotherapy is at its core a relationship. I have been in practice for more than 30 years, and I welcome an inquiry to find out if you can achieve your goals by working with me. Please give me a call or send an email to request further information.

My general practice includes individuals, couples (both heterosexual and same-sex), women and men, from late adolescents and college-aged to adults.
Practice Specialties or Interests:

(Strengths are
in bold text)
Male Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse/Molest
Combat Stress/PTSD
Gay/Lesbian Issues
Adjustment Disorder
Adult Children of Alcoholics
Anxiety Disorders/Phobias
Child Abuse
HIV/AIDS-related Issues
Impaired Professionals
Life Transitions
Men's Issues
Personal Growth
Relationship Issues
Sexual Abuse
Stress Management
Sexual Compulsivity/Addiction
Male Sexual Assault/Rape
Age Specialties: Adults
Session Formats: Individual
Treatment Approaches: Cognitive/Cognitive-Behavioral
Object Relations
Self Psychology
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
Additional Demographic Expertise: Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender
Education: BA, Brandeis University, 1977

MFA, Brandeis University, 1978

MSW - Clinical Social Work
Boston University, 1988
License #: LCS 17788
Licensed In: California
Additional Licenses/ Certifications: LCSW - Licensed Clinical Social Worker - California
LICSW - Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker - Massachusetts
EMDR- Level I and Level II
Professional Affiliations:
NASW - National Association of Social Workers
MaleSurvivor: National Organization against Male Sexual Victimization
ISTSS - International Soc. for Traumatic Stress Studies
Fee Schedule: $200.00 per 50-minute hour - NO INSURANCE BILLING
Accepted Insurance: Any Indemnity Plan
Any PPO (with Out-of-Network Benefits)
Insurance and Billing Instructions: Individuals can use their available out-of-network benefits and can be provided monthly statements of services, paid-in-full which can be submitted to your insurance company for reimbursement. This provider DOES NOT BILL insurance companies directly. You can make arrangements with your insurance company, if you wish.
Office Hours: Tuesdays
Driving Directions: Just east of the 163 at Balboa Avenue, as you come off the freeway.

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Additional Comments: EMDR- Level I and Level II
PE - Prolonged Exposure
Cognitive Processing Therapy

Michael Castellana, LCSW, Therapist in San Diego

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Years in Practice:  Over 30
Gender:  Male
Accepting New Clients:  Yes
Public Transportation:  Yes

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