Gay Hybertsen, LCSW

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-BA University of California, Davis
-Master’s in Social Work, California State University, Sacramento
-Advanced classes in psychoanalytic psychotherapy from the San Diego
Psychoanalytic Institute and the San Diego Contemporary Psychotherapy Study Group.
-Level Two Certification from the EMDR Institute


Professional Organizations:

National Association of Social Workers
Academy of Certified Social Workers
San Diego Contemporary Psychoanalytic Study Group
San Diego Group Psychotherapy Association.


I have 33 years of psychotherapy experience, working with individuals, families, couples and groups. I work with people suffering from depression, anxiety, grief and adjustment to chronic illness. Helping couples find their way out of their unhappiness and into a deeper, more satisfying connection is a source of great personal and professional satisfaction. Over the last 20 years, I have developed a special interest and expertise in working with survivors of the chronic trauma associated physical and/or sexual abuse in childhood.

Philosophy: I believe that each person has the knowledge he or she needs to move toward a more fulfilling life. My job is to create a safe environment, allowing that wisdom to emerge. Trauma and the thought patterns common to anxiety and depression block access to what is deeply known. I use a variety of methods to help clients remove those blocks and move forward: talk therapy, EMDR, sand tray work, art, music, meditation and guided imagery.


591 Camino de la Reina, Suite 1217
(619) 295-7576