Professional Affiliations


Founded by a group of people with OCD in 1986, the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) is an international not-for-profit organization made up of people with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and related disorders, as well as their families, friends, professionals and others.

The San Diego County Medical Society (SDCMS) is a non-profit organization founded in 1870 and chartered by the California Medical Association (CMA).

The San Diego Psychiatric Society, a district branch of the American Psychiatric Association, represents over 400 psychiatrists, who are the primary mental health advocates for quality patient care. The organization works to improve the public’s awareness of mental illness and increase legislative and financial support of psychiatric care. Members serve in community mental health organizations, and advise the legislature on mental health issues.

The American Psychiatric Association, founded in 1844, is the world’s largest psychiatric organization. It is a medical specialty society representing more than 36,000 psychiatric physicians from the United States and around the world.
Its member physicians work together to ensure humane care and effective treatment for all persons with mental disorders, including intellectual developmental disorders and substance use disorders. APA is the voice and conscience of modern psychiatry.


Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP) is a unique form of psychodynamic treatment that facilitates the rapid resolution of a broad spectrum of emotional disorders. It is an evidence-based psychotherapy that is strongly supported by current clinical research studies. ISTDP interventions are specifically designed to resolve anxiety, depression, somatization and personality disorders, as well as alleviate a variety of self-defeating behaviors, many of which derive from unstable or troubled early life attachments.

The IEDTA (International Experiential Dynamic Therapy Association) is an international organization of psychotherapists who practice Experiential Dynamic Therapies (EDT). Well known forms of EDT are Affect Phobia Therapy (APT), Intensive Short Term Dynamic Therapy (ISTDP), Intensive Accelerated Experiential -Dynamic Psychotherapy (IEDP) Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP), and Accelerated Empathetic Therapy (AET), Unified Model of Personality Guided Relational Therapy, Attachment- Based ISTDP, Dynamic Emotional Focused Therapy (DEFT).