Charlie Aquilina, PsyD - California Psychologist at Grow Therapy

Charlie Aquilina

Charlie Aquilina

(he/him)

PsyD
9 years of experience
Solution oriented
Open-minded
Direct
Virtual

Hi there, I primarily work in substance use recovery (abstinence and harm reduction) and trauma recovery. I also have specialized training in treating anxiety, depression, and sleep issues/insomnia. My treatment orientation is based in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy concepts, however the foundation of my early training was Psychodynamic. I have been trained in Cognitive Processing Therapy, Prolonged Exposure, STAIR (Skills Training in Affective and Interpersonal Regulation), and Seeking Safety for trauma treatment. When treating anxiety, I take a CBT, or exposure approach with skill-building. For depression I utilize CBT concepts, or behavioral activation with skill-building. For sleep issues, I work with the CBT for insomnia treatment model. These are just a few examples of treatment approaches I utilize. I am relational focused, which to me means finding a plan that works best for you, practicing cultural humility and not trying to fit a round peg in a square hole. I look forward to working with you.

What can clients expect to take away from sessions with you?

If you are struggling with substance or alcohol misuse, it is important to walk away from our first session with a sense of hope. Similarly, with trauma treatment I focus on you coming out of our first meeting with a sense that you deserve healing and recovery. With relational-focused treatment, my main priority is to gain your trust and for you to feel safe in our sessions.

What treatment methods and tools do you utilize?

CBT, CPT, CBTi, PE, STAIR, diaphragmatic breathing, box breathing, 54321 grounding, mindfulness, behavioral activation, exposure therapy, DBT, emotional intelligence education, anger management, psychoanalysis etc.

Explain to clients what areas you feel are your biggest strengths.

My biggest strength is being relational focused (gaining your trust and helping you feel safe). I could know all the treatment models there is, but if you do not feel safe, those techniques do not matter. You feeling safe and comfortable in our sessions is the main priority.

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