Hello, I'm Deborah!
I am a clinical psychologist, licensed to practice psychotherapy in California. While psychologists often focus on a list of symptoms and diagnoses, I view you as a whole person with a unique background, strengths, challenges, and life experiences. My mental health care is grounded in empathy, collaboration and dialogue. I welcome the opportunity to be a part of your personal growth and healing.
Deborah Cosmetis, Psy.D.
Licensed Psychologist, CA PSY24117
You don't have to suffer alone. I am here to help.
My mission is to provide a warm and nonjudgmental space so that you feel comfortable sharing your personal experiences and challenges. As a relational therapist, I work to build a therapeutic relationship with the foundations of trust and safety. I do this by using my natural curiosity, direct yet warm communication, sense of humor, and belief in the essential goodness of all people.
Education and Training
Earned a B.S. in Biology from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA, and M.A. & Doctorate of Psychology (Psy.D.) from California School of Professional Psychology, a fully accredited program by the American Psychological Association.
Worked in a variety of clinical settings, including: pre-doctoral internships at Catholic Charities and Jewish Family Services, short term residential crisis center, eating disorder and substance abuse treatment program, functional restoration program for patients with chronic pain, and postdoctoral training at Douglas Young Biopsychosocial Center.
Current trainee of Contemporary Relational Gestalt theory through the Pacific Gestalt Institute (PGI), attending their weekend training and residential training programs.
Member of the American Psychological Association and San Diego Psychological Association.
Attended ongoing postgraduate training in a variety of courses, including Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Self Compassion, and Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention through UCSD Center for Mindfulness, as well as Gottman Method couples counseling, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Internal Family Systems, and more.
Because I believe in the importance of ongoing personal growth and development, I attend a yearly silent meditation retreat, maintain a regular yoga and meditation practice, and engage in regular stress reducing activities such as running, reading, watching movies, and spending time with family and friends.