DR. Trevor Olson, PSY.D PSY28474
I was born and raised in San Diego and went to UCSD for college. I may be the only former State Beach Lifeguard you know who can also drive a Zamboni. I majored in Math & Economics until I studied the wrong material, had a panic attack during the final and flunked the test. Soon afterwards, I changed my major to Psychology and found I liked it. I went to graduate school at Regent University in Virginia. Recently I spent several years living and working in a community on a farm in rural New Hampshire. I lived with the people I counseled, taught, chopped wood and played basketball with. And I loved it.
I have worked clinically and corporately in a number of capacities. I have published on life stories and faith and am in the process of writing a book on the daily practice of virtue. Surfing and reading books ranging from history and philosophy to children's fiction are favorite pastimes. Spending time in A-grade conversation with loved ones is another.
Dr. BRIANNA PEPITON
Brianna Pepiton, PsyD is a licensed psychologist who graduated from Alliant International University in 2008 with a degree in Clinical Psychology, specializing in forensics. She obtained her BA from Louisiana State University in 2004. Dr. Pepiton has an extensive background in working with trauma, addiction, parenting issues, legal issues, and chronic mental illness. She is a published author in the area of ethics in child custody cases. She believes that everyone can benefit from a safe place to process the past and present as well as work on goals for the future. She strives to meet people where they are at, and help them to reach their potential and be the person they envision. Dr. Pepiton currently works at a residential crisis center as well as in an outpatient clinic during the week. She is available for weekend appointments at Learning to Be Human.
Dr. zohreh kermani
Dr. Kermani is a pre-licensed psychologist who graduated from California School of Professional Psychology. She is working under Dr. Olson’s supervision. She is dedicated to working collaboratively with adults and adolescents contending with challenging situations. Her experience working with a wide variety of client challenges - substance abuse, relationship issues, depression, anxiety and dual diagnosis - has equipped her to have the skills and compassion necessary to help clients understand themselves and to heal.
She is bicultural and bilingual, having lived in both Iran and the U.S. She offers flexible appointment times and is also available for weekend appointments.
Kyle is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist working under Dr. Olson’s supervision. He has experience with teens, adults, and couples battling stress and anxiety, depression, relational complications, substance abuse, and spiritual issues. He works to create a safe environment in a supportive and collaborative relationship aiming to meet each individual where they are. Born in San Diego, Kyle also spends his time surfing, enjoying coffee, and having quality conversations.
Dr. Jasmine Alexander
Dr. Jasmine Alexander is a pre-licensed psychologist currently working under the supervision of Dr. Olson. She has had the pleasure of devoting over a decade to providing culturally competent individual, pre-marital, couples, family, and group psychotherapy to San Diego’s diverse communities. Her approach is client-focused, highly empathic, creative, non-judgmental, and motivating. She aspires to develop a genuine connection with her clientele and tailors her sessions to accommodate each individual’s unique needs. Dr. Alexander believes that establishing a strong therapeutic relationship is essential and serves as a powerful catalyst towards positive change. She works collectively with her clients to optimize their overall emotional, mental, and physical well-being. Her research, clinical interests, and areas of expertise include: Eating Disorders, Clinical Perfectionism, Trauma /PTSD, Adult ADD/ADHD, Women’s Issues, Relationship Conflict, and Addiction.
Dr. Mary DeWitt
Dr. Mary is a pre-licensed psychologist currently working under the supervision of Dr. Olson, and completing her Doctor of Psychology degree from California Southern University. Dr. DeWitt holds a Doctorate in Education and Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University and an Advanced Certificate in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Long Island University. She brings a diverse range of professional experience and clinical training in primarily evidence-based therapies for individuals, couples, and families. Her approach is client-centered and a central focus of her clinical work involves children, adolescents, and young adults who may be suffering from symptoms related to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and deficits in executive functioning skills, as well as anxiety and depression. Her research, clinical interests, and areas of expertise include but are not limited to: Executive Functioning Skills Coaching/Training (Organizational Support, Time Management, Impulse Control Training, Affect Regulation Skills, Social Skills Support), Hypnotherapy and Mindfulness technique, Comprehensive Treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder including Hoarding Behaviors, Stress Management, Career Assessments & Counseling, Grief, Loss and Bereavement, and Solution-Focused Family Therapy. Dr. DeWitt is available weekday evenings for appointments.