Stress and anxiety disorders are two challenges many clinicians will have to help their clients navigate. On today’s episode, Megan is joined by Dr. Jill Stoddard, who is a licensed clinical psychologist with her own private practice in San Diego, California that specializes in the treatment of stress and anxiety.
Dr. Stoddard completed her doctorate in clinical psychology at Boston University and her post-doctoral fellowship at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine before starting work as a staff psychologist at the San Diego Veterans Hospital. Soon after, she decided to open her own private practice, The Center for Stress & Anxiety Management (CSAM), which has grown to include three locations and six other staff therapists since its inception in 2008. In addition to seeing clients, she also conducts frequent presentations and trainings on the treatment of anxiety, is an award-winning teacher and peer-reviewed Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) trainer, and has authored a book on the use of experiential practice in ACT.
“CSAM began ten years ago when, bitten by the entrepreneurial bug, Dr. Jill Stoddard realized her dream of starting her own clinic. She opened CSAM on her 35th birthday, in April, 2008. Being more risk averse than her entrepreneur dad, she chose to sublet an office one day per week while holding down another full time job consisting of four ten hour days at the VA.
But soon, CSAM began to grow. Jill hired a psych assistant, and later moved the center to its own larger space in the same building. CSAM continued to grow, and Jill hired more staff, including an administrative Clinic Coordinator to streamline the scheduling process for potential clients. In 2014, after moving her family to North County, Jill opened a second location in Carlsbad to reduce her commute time. It soon became clear that this second location was a great way to serve more of San Diego. In 2016, Jill promoted Dr. Michelle Lopez to Associate Director. Michelle noticed a need for services in Northeast San Diego, including Temecula, and suggested opening a third location in Rancho Bernardo.
Today CSAM has three locations so that members of the community can reach them from anywhere in San Diego in no more than 20-25 minutes. Their team includes six licensed psychologists, one licensed marriage and family therapist, one pre-doctoral psychological assistant, and one clinic coordinator. At CSAM, they continually try to anticipate the needs of the community and grow appropriately. For example, their recent hiring decisions have been aimed at having specialists for both adults and children in all three of their locations. Their next goal is to obtain specialized training in treating selective mutism, as we have identified this as an unmet need in the community.”
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