Diane Gaston

LCSW, Psychotherapist, Consultant

Diane Gaston

LCSW, Psychotherapist, Consultant

Telehealth Available
Professions: Clinical Social Worker, Psychotherapist, Social Worker
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Clinical Social Worker - 19064


San Diego, California 92131

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My Approach to Helping

In my 25 years of practice I have experience with a wide range of therapeutic modalities. I have an eclectic therapeutic style, but primarily I utilize the method known as client centered therapy. This approach was developed by Carl Rogers, a psychologist, who was one of the originators of the Humanistic therapy approach. Emphasis is on the importance of being your true self in order to lead the most fulfilling life. The core belief, is that people are innately good at heart and capable of making the right choices for themselves. Like Rogers, I believe that you are capable of change and possess the ability to find the solutions to your own problems. My role is to support and guide you as you face the obstacles that are causing disruptions in your life. I will help you identify obstacles that you don\'t have control over, and help you with acceptance of this. I will also assist you in identifying what you do have control over, which is how you react and respond to events in your life. I will use the technique of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, CBT, to help you recognize dysfunctional thought, feeling, and behaviors in response to events in your life. You will learn that you have been engaging in this process for many years, having created a cyclical, automatic pattern causing you to feel stuck. Originally developed by Aaron Beck, and then later expanded on by David Burns, this is primarily a psychoeducational technique. Written exercises are used to reveal these dysfunctional patterns, as well as learning healthier ways to respond. Over the years I have used these, and a multitude of other techniques to help clients in their growth process. But human beings are complex, and there is not one catch-all approach to therapy. There are so many variables such as culture, family of origin history, traumas and losses, physical and other mental health challenges.... I believe that the key to successful therapy is the therapist client relationship. I think it\'s important to demonstrate to you, the client, that I am a human being first. This helps to promote trust, and allows you to feel safe enough to share your vulnerability with me. So as I get to know you, you can become confident that with my training and clinical experience, I will be directed to the best approaches to help compassionately guide you through your journey.

More Info About My Practice

I know that this is a challenging time for clients as well as therapists. There is still a lot of apprehension in both these roles in engaging in the therapy process in the traditional. face to face, in-office for sessions. As a therapist, who is also a client I can personally relate to the concerns. I do strongly believe that the client therapist relationship is the key component in helping clients heal. I do have office space available to meet with those clients who feel the need to have in person sessions in order to really feel connected with me. It allows for the energy exchange between us, that can sometimes be one of the most healing interventions during particular therapeutic moments. However, I also respect any discomfort, anxiety you have about meeting in-person, especially if you have risk factors which prohibit close contact. I will be offering Telehealth, which I am working on establishing. I am also available to meet with you at your home in an outdoor area, or other outside space, and which allows for your safety and confidentiality.

Services I Provide

  • Chemical Dependency Evaluation
  • Clinical Supervision
  • Coaching
  • Consultation
  • Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Psychiatric Consultation
  • Psychological Evaluation
  • Telehealth

Ages I Work With

  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    Adults, families, couples, families with problem areas issues including, but not limited to, clients who are dealing with panic anxiety and depression, clients who are in recovery from addiction, specializing in nicotine addiction and smoking/tobacco cessation. I work well with clients who are dealing with adult children from dysfunctional families, i.e. substance abuse, emotional abuse, physical abuse and divorce, as well as those who are dealing with complicated bereavement, current divorce and separation issues, relationship issues involving current/history of codependency, living with and caring for family members with physical/mental health issues.

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Bipolar
  • Body Image
  • Breakup
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Chronic Illness / Disability
  • Chronic Pain
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Control Issues
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Developmental Disorders (Autism, Aspergers, etc.)
  • Disability
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Fear
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Narcissism
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Perfectionism
  • Phobias
  • Psychosis
  • Rejection
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Schizophrenia
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Shame
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Somatization
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation and Behavior
  • Suspiciousness / Paranoia
  • Terminal Illness
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Anger Management
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Existential Psychotherapy
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Humanistic Psychology (humanism)
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Journal Therapy
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian Therapy)
  • Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT)
  • Transactional Analysis

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