Paul McLaughlin, Psy D. (La Jolla)
Licensed Clinical Psychologist specializing in individual psychotherapy.
Dr. McLaughlin is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in individual psychotherapy for people with depression, anxiety, relational problems, and existential issues. He also treats those who are looking to enhance their overall quality of life and well-being. Dr. McLaughlin has worked in various settings including universities, community mental health, correctional facilities, and private practice.
Dr. McLaughlin practices from a psychoanalytically informed model of psychotherapy. This insight-oriented approach looks to go beyond symptoms with the hope of identifying underlying causes, by allowing thoughts and feelings to emerge that have been previously unrecognized and out of awareness. A key feature of this approach is the way that the therapeutic relationship between the therapist and the patient informs treatment and provides crucial information with the goal of fostering growth and positive change.
Dr. McLaughlin has specific training, education, and clinical experience working with religious and spiritual issues in psychotherapy. He has worked with church communities and provided psychotherapy and psychological assessments for seminarians. He has worked with people from various religious traditions and diverse backgrounds, and has distinct experience working within the Catholic and Protestant faiths. Additionally, Dr. McLaughlin has a particular interest working with university students and those facing obstacles in emerging adulthood. He has worked in several university counseling and testing centers.
Dr. McLaughlin graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, with a bachelor’s degree in religious studies and a minor in philosophy. He went on to receive a master’s degree in theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio, before obtaining a doctorate in clinical psychology from George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon. Dr. McLaughlin completed his predoctoral internship at Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont.