Read about CSAM staff psychologists and therapists' training backgrounds and interests.
Jill A. Stoddard, Ph.D. (director)
Licensed Psychologist (PSY21852)
Dr. Stoddard received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Boston University where she trained at the highly regarded Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders (www.bu.edu/anxiety) under the mentorship of Dr. David Barlow. She completed an APA accredited internship and post-doctoral fellowship at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine. Thereafter, she worked as a staff psychologist at the San Diego Veterans Hospital in the Primary Care and Post-traumatic Stress clinics. In addition to her role at CSAM, she is also an Associate Professor at Alliant International University (www.alliant.edu). Dr. Stoddard specializes in the treatment of anxiety and related disorders and has expertise in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. She is an award winning teacher and peer-reviewed ACT trainer. Dr. Stoddard has presented at local, national, and international conferences and has coauthored articles on CBT, ACT, social phobia, panic disorder, late-life anxiety, chronic pain, non-cardiac chest pain, and surgical anxiety. She is a member of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (www.adaa.org), The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (www.abct.org), and The Association for Contextual and Behavioral Sciences (www.contextualscience.org). Dr. Stoddard's book, The Big Book of ACT Metaphors: A Practioner's Guide to Experiential Exercises and Metaphors in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, is available here.
COMING SOON To Carlsbad: Pet Therapy with Dr. Stoddard and her new therapy puppy, Biggie Smalls.
My name is Biggie Smalls. My personality is big, but my body is small. I love old school hip hop and my eyes look a bit like my namesake. I was born to cuddle. If you want me to join your therapy, I can sit on your lap (I'm very soft and pettable) or just lay at your feet and look cute. I promise I'll try not to snore *too* loudly.
MICHELLE LOPEZ, PH.D. (associate director)
LICENSED PSYCHOLOGIST (PSY27118)
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Dr. Lopez is a licensed clinical psychologist and the Assistant Director at the Center for Stress and Anxiety Management (CSAM). She has extensive training in evidence-based therapies, including Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), which she utilizes to help individuals overcome anxiety and depression. She has several years of experience treating social anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, generalized anxiety, panic disorder, agoraphobia, stress, depression, trichotillomania, and misophonia. Dr. Lopez also helps clients work on issues related to developing a sense of purpose, establishing healthy relationships, increasing self-compassion, and improving overall quality of life. Dr. Lopez is particularly interested in helping clients work through problems that interfere with living a meaningful, enriching life. In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Lopez is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Undergraduate Psychology at Alliant International University, where she teaches college courses and mentors students. In her spare time, Dr. Lopez enjoys reading, exercising, working on research projects, and spending quality time with family and friends.
Terra Fuhr, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist (PSY24017)
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Dr. Fuhr received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts. She trained in a variety of clinical settings, including inpatient and outpatient hospitals, forensic settings, university counseling centers, and substance abuse treatment programs. The focus of her clinical training has been providing individual and group therapy, as well as conducting psychological assessments (including neuropsychological, cognitive, personality, and ADHD assessments). Dr. Fuhr completed her APA accredited internship at Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital in Washington, DC. The scope of her career includes substance abuse treatment centers, an intensive outpatient program for depression and anxiety, and private practice. Dr. Fuhr also provides wellness and communication seminars in business and educational settings. She has spent over ten years working in private practice, providing cognitive-behavioral therapy and psychological assessments for children and adults. She specializes in treating adults with anxiety and mood disorders, including obsessive-compulsive disorder, social anxiety, generalized anxiety, phobias, panic disorder, agoraphobia, post-traumatic stress disorder, habit change, and depression. She also works with clients struggling to make difficult life transitions. Dr. Fuhr uses cutting edge techniques to overcome problematic thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Dr. Fuhr is trained in EMDR therapy for trauma and phobias. Therapy is tailored to meet each individual's specific needs and short term goals, as well as help clients build tools for long-term balance and well-being.
Janina Scarlet, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist (PSY26231)
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Dr. Scarlet earned her Ph.D. from the City University of New York. Her clinical experience includes using Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to help individuals with anxiety, depression, chronic pain, sleep, and other mental health and medical conditions, as well as using Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD. Dr. Scarlet also has experience working with a variety of mindfulness and meditation techniques, as well as compassion and self-compassion. In addition, she is fluent in Russian and can conduct therapy with Russian-speaking clients. Finally, Dr. Scarlet is a proud geek and is able to incorporate clients' interests into research-supported therapy, which she calls “Superhero Therapy,” using characters such as Batman, Avengers, X-Men, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Doctor Who, Sherlock Holmes, and many others. She has given multiple presentations on Superhero Therapy at different conferences, including the San Diego Comic Con. Above all, Dr. Scarlet believes in establishing an active collaboration with a client and working as a team in targeting the presenting problems.
Thi Wlodarski, M.S., LMFT
Licensed Marriage And Family Therapist #99701
Mission Valley Location
Thi Wlodarski is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She received her Masters in Science with a concentration in Counseling at San Diego State University. In her clinical practice, she uses evidenced-based practices such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Parent-Child Interactional Therapy, and Mindfulness. She has worked with adults and college students in a community health setting at the Center for Community Counseling and Engagement, focusing on anxiety, PTSD, panic, OCD, and stress management. She also has had experience with children and adolescents through her time at Rady Children’s Hospital Outpatient Psychiatry, San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center, and working at multiple after school programs in San Francisco. She has treated children and adolescents struggling with OCD, anxiety, depression, trauma, school avoidance, and gender dysphoria. In addition to her work at CSAM, she works with school districts to provide educationally related mental health services to students. Alongside, she enjoys working with families to help improve relationships through learning and practicing positive ways to communicate and interact. Above all, she creates a space in therapy that allows individuals and families to feel safe expressing themselves, gain insight and learn new ways to cope with their stressors.
Melissa Jenkins, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist (PSY29819)
Dr. Jenkins earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (clinicalpsych.unc.edu). Following her time at UNC, Dr. Jenkins joined UCSD and Rady Children’s Hospital where she completed an APA accredited internship and her postdoctoral training, as an NIH postdoctoral fellow. Dr. Jenkins has expertise in evidence-based interventions for youths, adults, and couples. In particular, she uses Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and often integrates strategies from other empirically supported treatments to meet the individual needs of her clients. She has advanced specializations in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) and in Cognitive Behavioral Couple Therapy (CBCT). Dr. Jenkins’ couple therapy expertise includes working with couples with relationship issues, couples in which one or both partners have a mental health issue, and premarital counseling. Dr. Jenkins also treats anxiety and mood issues in children, adolescents, and adults. In addition to her time at CSAM, she trains and supervises therapists in England as well as in Australia. Dr. Jenkins is a part-time professor at the University of San Diego (USD) where she teaches graduate courses in the Department of Counseling & Marital and Family Therapy. Dr. Jenkins has received several awards for her clinical research and she has several publications in high-ranking journals including the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, Psychological Assessment, and Sleep.
Annabelle earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. During her time as an undergraduate, she worked as a research assistant on a study examining the relationship between mood and perception. She also developed a passion for therapy and the clinical side of psychology. Besides her education and experience in psychology, she also held several internships working with social media as a marketing tool. She is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute, with the goal of becoming a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.