About Dr. 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, acute and chronic pain, interpersonal difficulties, and the after-effects of brain injuries, strokes (CVAs), medical complications, acquired disabilities/functional deficits, and neurodegenerative conditions/dementias.

She has provided individual and group psychotherapy primarily to adults in inpatient, residential, and outpatient settings, including psychiatric hospital, community mental health, long-term care/skilled nursing, and substance abuse treatment programs. She also has experience conducting psychological and neuropsychological assessments with adults and older adults for diagnostic, care planning, and capacity evaluation purposes.

Dr. Aquipel primarily utilizes an existential-humanistic, person-centered, biopsychosocial, and strengths-based approach in psychotherapy that integrates aspects of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), psychoeducation/skills training, mindfulness, and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT). She is dedicated to providing trauma-informed, as well as multiculturally affirming and responsive care.

“Every person is a world to explore.” – Thich Nhat Hanh


“In life, we each face challenges, uncertainties, heartaches, and transitions, as well as opportunities to grow in awareness and action, reconnect with ourselves and others, and adapt to change. It is my honor to bear witness to and assist others in taking ownership of their personal stories, including finding meaning and perspective, discovering strength in vulnerability, making new choices, and cultivating curiosity with fresh eyes and an open heart.” – Dr. Aquipel

Education and Experience:

License and Certifications:
CA License PSY28518

Training and Education:
Postdoctoral Geropsychology Fellowship
Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital, San Diego

Predoctoral Internship
Sharp HealthCare, San Diego

Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (PsyD)
Arizona School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Phoenix, AZ

Master’s in Clinical Psychology (MA)
Arizona School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Phoenix, AZ

Bachelor’s in Psychology (BA)
College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA

Professional Memberships:
American Psychological Association (APA)
Asian American Psychological Association (AAPA)