Therapist Profile

Name:
Scott M. Wood, M.A.
Professional Title:
Location:
2333 Camino Del Rio, S., #250 San Diego, CA 92108 UNITED STATES
Phone:
(858) 449-1835
License Number
LMFT81808
Practicing Since:
Additional Licenses:

Personal Statement

Personal Statement:
I am a licensed marriage and family therapist in private practice. I work with individuals, couples, and families to help develop secure connections, heal relationships, and craft manageable solutions. Since you are reading this, there is a good chance that you are looking for some support in coping with and working through some difficulties in your life. Most people have a number of questions when selecting a therapist. First, does the therapist have the training and knowledge to competently help with my needs? Second, do I feel the therapist has the life experience to understand my situation and has the therapist seen similar problems solved before? Third, opening your deepest hurts and fears to someone is difficult. You may be asking “is this someone who I can connect with, who can help make therapy feel like a safe place?” Fourth, is the therapist’s philosophy of therapy consistent with my own views of what I want from therapy? Allow me to address each of these. Education and Training. Abraham Maslow observed, “If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” We are all unique individuals and one approach is not right for every individual and situation. In addition to my formal education, I have received additional training in a number of areas of therapy. Formal Education • Master of Arts in Marital and Family Therapy, Bethel Seminary • Master of Business Administration, Pepperdine University • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, University of California, San Diego Additional Training • Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (Externship & Core Skills) • Gottman Method Couples Therapy (Level 1 and Level 2) • Solution Focused Therapy • Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist (CSAT) • Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) – trauma therapy • Certified in pre-marital and marriage counseling using PREPARE/ENRICH program • San Diego Hospice trained in counseling for bereavement and end of life issues. Affiliations • California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists • American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists • Christian Association for Psychological Studies Life Experience. My wife and I have been married for 30 years. We have two adult daughters. Prior to entering the field of therapy, I worked in banking for 25 years. I have been serving in a variety of Christian lay ministries for about 25 years. Prior to entering private practice, I was a counselor with San Diego Hospice. Between direct experience and the experience of others, I have understanding of the different stages and problems that couples, families, and individuals cope with throughout a lifetime. Relationship Between Therapist and Client. This is an area that is critical for therapy and one in which one really needs to speak with the therapist to assess your comfort with the therapist. I find that the choices individuals make and the way they respond makes sense when we understand the context and experience that they have. My intent is to create an environment in which clients can feel understood, supported, and accepted, and to help clients to achieve their goals for therapy. Philosophy of Therapy. My approach to therapy is reflective of my core belief in the resilience of my clients. My experience is that people are capable of creating and maintaining healthy relationships and are capable of taking positive action in their lives to solve their problems and to meet their personal goals. I have seen individuals, couples, and families exhibit tremendous courage and strength in the most difficult of circumstances and have witnessed lives and relationships healed and transformed through the therapeutic process. Therapy is not necessarily a lengthy process. How long we work together depends what issues you wish to address and what your goals are for therapy. My mission with each client is to work my way out of a job (i.e. you achieve your goals and no longer have need of my services). There is no time like the present. Call or email me and let’s talk about how I can be of help to you.

About My Practice

Office Hours
I have offices in Mission Valley and Rancho Bernardo. Hours are by appointment.
Services
Marital Therapy Are you coping with… • Arguments that never seem to be resolved? • Escalating tensions with your partner? • The discovery or disclosure of an affair or other sexual infidelity? • A loss of trust? • A loss of emotional safety and closeness? • Frequently feeling misjudged or misunderstood by your partner? If so, help is available. Among human relationships, marriage can be a source of great joy and connection. Often over time, negative cycles and patterns of interaction can develop that create pain and disconnection in the relationship. Adult love relationships are about creating secure attachment and a connection that allows each partner to feel emotionally safe. Through the counseling process, I assist couples in identifying and overcoming negative cycles and reconnecting emotionally. I have seen even very distressed couples reconnect and restore trust and emotional security. Sexual Addiction Treatment - I am a Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist Is your sexual behavior causing problems in your life? If yes, we should talk. One of the most painful traumas that occurs in marriage is when one (or both) partners is acting out sexually outside of the relationship. This can take many forms (e.g. pornography, affairs, online relationships, phone sex, prostitutes, etc.). Often there is a compulsive aspect to the acting out. Though not all sexual acting out is indicative of an addiction, very often sexual acting out and sexual addiction are found together. The course of recovery generally begins with a "developing stage" in which one begins to recognize the problem. Often it takes a crisis for one to seek help. Something bad happens (loss of job, arrest, or other problem develops) or a partner makes a discovery (affairs, pornography, online relationships) that results in a wake-up call. Help is available. This generally takes the form of individual therapy combined with group support. It is not an easy process, but reclaiming one's life and returning to sexual and relationship health is possible. Trauma Recovery In every life, there are experiences that have been traumatic to the individual. Life threatening situations and serious betrayals are obviously traumatic (Trauma with a capital "T"), but life can also be full of more subtle soul wounds (small "t" traumas) that block one from moving forward. Anxiety experienced in particular situations or recurring thoughts about a prior event are indicative of a traumatic experience. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) has been proven effective as a means of treating trauma. EMDR eliminates the power that past traumas can hold over one's life in the present. Pre-marital and Marriage Enrichment Counseling I am certified as a Prepare-Enrich facilitator. Prepare-Enrich is a scientifically validated online survey designed to help engaged and married couples identify strengths in their relationships and areas for growth. Areas covered include communication, conflict resolution, financial management, sexuality and affection, relationship roles, children and parenting, and spiritual beliefs. For engaged couples, the pre-marital counseling can help the couple to identify and build on their strengths and improve their growth areas. Marriage is entered with a better mutual understanding and shared expectations. For married couples, enrichment counseling is an opportunity to come to a deeper understanding of each other and to create a more fulfilling marital relationship. Grief/Bereavement Counseling "Grief is like the waves on the ocean; if you turn your back on it, it can knock you down and pull you under." Loni Ison. There is a sense in which all therapy involves an element of grief (i.e. a sorrow or anger brought about by recognizing the difference between how things are and how one wishes them to be). The death of a love one, the end of a relationship, the loss of health or ability, or losing a home or a job all are causes of mourning which can feel painful and overwhelming. Grief is simultaneously a uniquely individual experience and containing common aspects. A therapist can help clients work through the process of grieving and find their way forward.
Insurance
Credit Cards Accepted
American Express, MasterCard, Visa
Free Initial Consult
No
Offers Teletherapy
None

Education

Degrees
Master of Arts in Marital and Family Therapy, Bethel Seminary Master of Business Administration, Pepperdine University Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, University of California, San Diego

Area of Specialty

Specialites:
Addictions
Anxiety
Attachment Therapy
Communication Skills
Couples
Group Therapy
Individual
Pre-Marriage Counseling
Post Traumatic Stress Disorders
Relationships
Religious/Spiritual Orientation

Other

Theoretical Orientation
Attachment
Brief/Solution Focused Therapy
Cognitive-Behavioral
Emotion Focused Therapy
EMDR-Eye Movement Desensitization/ Reprocessing
Certifications
Additional Training • Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (Externship & Core Skills) • Gottman Method Couples Therapy (Level 1 and Level 2) • Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist (CSAT) • Solution Focused Therapy • Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) – trauma therapy • Certified in pre-marital and marriage counseling using PREPARE/ENRICH program • San Diego Hospice trained in counseling for bereavement and end of life issues.
Languages Spoken
Ethnicity

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