Jonathan Horowitz, Ph.D., Director
Hello, and thank you for your interest in the Center. I am a clinical psychologist and certified cognitive therapist who uses evidence-based therapeutic approaches (such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and mindfulness-based approaches) to help people who want to feel better, improve their quality of life, and achieve goals that are important to them.
Most of my clients are bright, ambitious, highly motivated people who feel stuck. Many are going through challenging times at work, in their personal relationships, or in other areas of their lives. They may be struggling with a range of problems: anxiety attacks, shyness, difficulty concentrating, or lack of motivation, to name a few. Some are in times of transition, or are considering making changes in their career or life situations. Others are seeking to improve their communication, relationship, or decision-making skills.
I enjoy helping people who are having trouble in the workplace, though many (if not most) of my clients have concerns that show up in their private lives. Intimacy, relationships, and sexuality are common areas of concern. In all cases, I help my clients set and define goals, and I use approaches that work, such as CBT. All the while I try to bringing warmth and a sense of humor into the therapy room.
Much of my work is short-term and solution-focused, though I do offer longer-term in-depth therapy when useful.
My Approaches to Therapy
Whenever possible, I use evidence-based therapeutic approaches that have been shown to be effective, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). These approaches tend to be more structured than some other approaches to therapy. I like these approaches not only because they work, but because I’m a fairly analytical person. I’m good at helping people break down thorny issues into manageable pieces.
At the same time, I try to stay grounded and personable. I’m in this line of work because I like connecting to people and helping solve human problems. I know it can be tough to open up to a therapist, so I try to be mindful of that. I’m a pretty easygoing person, but I’m comfortable applying benevolent pressure when necessary.
I want my clients to leave therapy with confidence that they can handle whatever life throws at them. I am passionate about helping my clients succeed, and I feel privileged to help them with very personal and significant concerns.
I should also add that I appreciate gender and sexual diversity, and I welcome clients of all backgrounds. I love working with people whose relationships are nontraditional. I believe that we all have the right and responsibility to determine the types of relationships that serve us best, and I aim to help my clients do this.
My Qualifications as a Psychologist
Since I started training as a psychologist in 2003, I have had a particular interest in helping people overcome anxiety. As a trainee at the University of Texas at Austin, I worked at the Laboratory for the Study of Anxiety Disorders, one of the nation’s premiere anxiety research laboratories. My training there was heavily focused on the research and delivery of CBT and other evidence-based therapies for clinical disorders.
I completed my internship and postdoctoral training at University of California at San Diego Department of Psychiatry, and VA San Diego, where I focused on the psychology of medical illness. I have worked as a clinician in a wide range of settings, include the Veterans Administration San Diego, Brackenridge Hospital (Austin), and the University of Texas Counseling and Mental Health Center.
As a researcher and consultant, I have contributed to federally-funded research projects at Harvard Medical School, UC San Diego Department of Psychiatry, and the Air Force Medical Operations Agency. I have also been interviewed as an expert by a number of popular publications, including Vanity Fair, the Los Angeles Times, NPR, Pacific Standard, and The Wall Street Journal.
In addition, I have trained and worked as an adjunct executive coach at the Center for Creative Leadership in San Diego. There I provided leadership development coaching to managers and executives from a wide range of organizations and industries. I have also provided executive coaching services on a federally-funded study of healthcare service provision through the UCSD School of Medicine.
I have a strong side interest in human sexuality. Though I am not an accredited sex therapist, I am a sex-positive, LGBT affirming therapist with an abiding interest in the topic. I have completed a number of AASECT accredited workshops and training activities, as well as the SFSI Sex Educator training program.
I am a diplomate of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, which means that I have met certain educational requirements and demonstrated sufficient competency as a cognitive-behavioral therapist. I have completed Level 1 training in Emotionally Focused Therapy, and I am a member of the The International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy, the Northern California Community for Emotionally Focused Therapy, and Bay Area Open Minds. I am a current member of Northern California CBT Therapists and California Psychological Association, and a past member of the American Psychological Association, Society for Consulting Psychologists, American Association of Sexuality Counselors and Therapists and Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.
Outside of work, my interests include: Fitness (especially CrossFit and running), playing drums and guitar, watching football, reading about politics and social issues, meditating, and exploring Bay Area beaches and trails.
Jonathan Horowitz, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist, PSY 24198