Aileen Garibyan, Psy.D.
About Dr. Garibyan
Dr. Aileen Garibyan is a licensed clinical psychologist who views the purpose of psychotherapy as working collaboratively to grow insight, identify and cultivate resiliency, develop healthier coping mechanisms, and progress towards individualized goals of personal growth. She values individual therapy not only to address and reduce problematic thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, but also to improve and maintain well-being.
Dr. Garibyan believes in working collaboratively with individuals to empower them in reaching their goals. She utilizes elements of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness techniques, and Humanistic approaches. She utilizes a strengths-based approach, drawing on the individual’s own strengths, resiliency, and resources. Dr. Garibyan also strongly considers both the individual/their past experiences and environmental factors including family and culture in treatment. She values the patient-centered perspective, tailoring treatment with consideration of the individual’s unique needs, preferences, and values.
She believes individual therapy can serve as a safe haven to openly process past wounds, learn ways to cope with past, current, or upcoming stressors, and to identify and develop skills and traits to better tackle both unexpected or planned challenges that come one’s way.
Areas of Expertise and Treatment Modalities
- Anxiety (generalized anxiety, social anxiety, specific phobias, panic disorder, agoraphobia)
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Trauma (physical, emotional, sexual)
- Anger Management
- Adjustment to Illness (eg. cancer)
- Life Transitions and Adjustment
- Relationship Difficulties (marriage, communication)
- Minority, Cultural, and Identity Issues
- Insomnia and other sleep disturbances
Dr. Garibyan’s therapy treatment modalities include:
- Individual therapy for ages 18+
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
- Motivational Interviewing (MI)
- Seeking Safety for trauma
- Humanistic Therapy
- Strengths-Based Therapy
Dr. Garibyan earned a Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree from the University of Southern California (USC), majoring in Psychology and minoring in Law & Society. She completed her Psychology Doctoral degree (PsyD) in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) at Alliant University.
For over fourteen years, Dr. Garibyan worked in the community mental health setting as a Therapist, Program Director, Clinical Supervisor, and Administrator (focusing on program, policy, and staff development). She worked collaboratively with a multi-disciplinary team, to provide individualized and evidence-based mental health, targeted case management, and crisis services treatments to a culturally diverse population of underserved adult population. She has worked with individuals and their families who experienced challenges related to mood disorders, psychosis disorders, trauma, loss/grief, relationships, parenting, and anxiety disorders.
Dr. Garibyan also served as a Clinical Training Director for Doctoral Students from multiple local graduate programs, developing a training curriculum for psychologists-in-training to provide individual therapy, group therapy, and crisis intervention services to adults who had impairments due to severe mental health diagnoses.
Dr. Garibyan is licensed by the Board of Psychology in the state of California and her license number is PSY22856.