Existential Concerns and the COVID-19 Pandemic

Written by Beverly Sharifian, MA, APCC The COVID-19 pandemic has had incredibly devastating and often lasting impacts both globally and on an individual scale. For some, it has even provoked a sense of chaos, making it increasingly challenging to make sense of the world. Historically, philosophers have tried to answer questions about the meaning of …

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What is Coronasomnia and What Do We Do About It?

Written by Sarah Jurick, Ph.D. For most of us, the last year and a half has been difficult for many reasons. Many have lost loved ones, fallen ill, cared for sick individuals, found themselves out of work, and missed celebrations of important milestones with friends and family. Not surprisingly, these adjustments have led to ‘tandemics’—epidemics …

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Long-Haul COVID-19: What We Know, and What We Don’t

Written by: Delia Silva, PsyD, ABPP-CN What is Long-Haul COVID? “Long-Haul COVID” is a term that has been used extensively in the media to describe people who have experienced persisting physical, cognitive, or emotional symptoms for months following recovery from the acute phase of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) infection. The reported symptoms have included: “brain fog,” …

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Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic Series: Work-Life Balance, Going From Survival Back to Thriving

Written By: Angela J. Patino, Psy.D.   The future is unwritten, 2020 is history, and one way we can improve our present is by reflecting on the lessons learned thus far. The following PNBC blog series will focus on highlighting lessons learned from the pandemic, with an emphasis on mental health.   While we continue …

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NOW HIRING: Spanish-Speaking Psychologist or Therapist (Master’s or Doctoral-Level; Interns Considered) and Neuropsychological Technician

Seeking a Spanish-speaking psychologist, licensed master’s level counselor, or intern (either doctorate or master’s level) to join a small and thriving mental health practice in San Diego (Pacific Neurobehavioral Clinic). The clinician would be working collaboratively alongside a neuropsychologist and other psychologists. Depending on the level of experience, supervision and/or consultation would be provided. This …

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Welcome, Dr. John Nguyen!

We’re pleased to introduce Dr. John Nguyen to the PNBC team! Dr. Nguyen is a clinical psychologist licensed in California (PSY32365). He has over 10 years of experience and has worked in a variety of clinical settings including community mental health, medical, and outpatient clinics. In addition to providing psychotherapy, Dr. Nguyen has a vast …

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Welcome, Dr. Stacy Ann Aquipel!

We at PNBC are pleased to introduce our new psychologist to the practice, Dr. Stacy Ann Aquipel. Dr. Aquipel is a clinical psychologist licensed in California (PSY28518) with specialty training in geriatrics and health psychology, including treating individuals experiencing mood disorders, anxiety, grief and loss, emotional trauma (including acute stress and PTSD), substance abuse issues, …

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Clinician Highlights at PNBC

For this week’s blog post, we would like to highlight some recent accomplishments for some of our clinicians at PNBC, as well as their extracurricular work activities. Dr. Takisha Corbett, Psychologist Dr. Corbett is a steering committee member of the California Psychological Associate Division 1 Health Psychology Section and worked with the steering committee to …

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Empowering Holiday Rituals

In a year full of uncertainties and the continuing need for social distancing, the holiday season in 2020 may not feel very festive. You may feel that there is not too much to celebrate about 2020 and may choose to forego in this holiday rituals altogether! If you do that, however, you might be missing …

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Welcome to Alexia Salcedo, Patient Care Coordinator

Introducing Ms. Alexia Salcedo, recently hired at PNBC as an Administrative Assistant and Patient Care Coordinator! Prior to working at PNBC, Alexia worked as a Paralegal for just over a year resolving fire claims.  Before receiving her Paralegal certificate she had been in the medical field for a decade where she has worked with various types …

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CBT-I for Troubled Sleep

Having trouble sleeping lately? Whether it involves difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, and/or feeling restless the next day, it is no wonder that with the ongoing pandemic, there has been a surge of troubled sleepers worldwide. Some experts are even coining the term “coronasomnia” for the increased COVID-19-related sleep issues, creating a vicious “insomnia-causes-stress-causes-more-insomnia cycle” …

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Making Self-Care a Priority 

It is hard to believe 2021 is less than 90 days way. This year, with all of the many challenges, seems to be flying by. With the transition to working from home, many employees have found themselves even busier than when they were working in the office. Add to that, school-aged and/or college-aged distance learners, and perhaps another adult or two also working from home, you can begin to feel like an afterthought in …

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Emotional Effects of Traumatic Brain Injury

Survivors of traumatic brain injury are often left to deal with unforeseen changes and symptoms. Impact to various regions of the brain, such as the area responsible for regulating emotions, can cause survivors of TBI to sense a lack of control over their feelings. Adjusting to life after brain injury may also trigger stress and …

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Pre-Surgical Psychological Clearance for a Spinal Cord Stimulator (SCS) Trial

Have you been recommended a spinal cord stimulator (SCS) trial implantation by your treating physician? Are you wondering what to expect from the required pre-surgical psychological evaluation? Are you asking yourself, why is a psychological evaluation even required? Well then, read this article, you shall.   What is a Spinal Cord Stimulator? In brief, an …

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