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Michael Castellana, LCSW
Business Address
Landmark Centre
Business Address 2
4550 Kearny Villa Road
Suite 214
San Diego
ZIP Code
Business Phone Number
Degree Name/Type
MSW-Clinical Social Work
Name of School
Boston University
Year Graduated In
Licensed In State
Certified in State

For many years, my practice has been focused on various types of psychological trauma. I have extensive experience treating male survivors of sexual abuse and have been closely associated with since its inception. I have treated both men and women, and their partners, with concerns related to the after-effects of sexual abuse in their childhoods, and the interpersonal difficulties that can arise from those situations in everyday life.

In addition to sexual abuse, for the last ten years, I have been working with combat-related PTSD, most specifically with Marine Corps, Army National Guard and Navy personnel from OEF/OIF, both in active-duty status and also, once they have separated from service, re-adjusting to civilian life. My knowledge of the culture and the ethos of military life, combined with my experience working with combat-related PTSD has provided me with a unique perspective and capacity to work with this group of remarkable individuals. I am a nationally-recognized authority on the concept of moral injury as a result of combat exposure, and the issues that result from this invisible wound.

I enjoy working with artists and creative people struggling with their work and the rest of their lives. Also, I treat people who are dealing with issues related to their sexual orientation, people dealing with unsafe sexual practices, and STD/HIV-infection and sexual acting out behaviors.

I work collaboratively with the client, most often from a combination of perspectives, from a pragmatic point of view. My approach is informed by my considerable trauma and psychodynamic work, and I have easy access to cognitive-behavioral and EMDR modalities to assist the client in resolving difficult, or resistant issues. Understandably, psychotherapy is at its core a relationship. I have been in practice for more than 25 years, and I welcome an inquiry to find out if you can achieve your goals by working with me. Please give me a call or send an email to request further information.

My general practice includes individuals, couples (both heterosexual and same-sex), women and men, from late adolescents and college-aged to adults.

I offer therapy groups for male survivors only
I offer a free initial consultation appointment.
I offer a sliding scale fee for survivors in need
I accept most major insurance carriers.
Other Information
Expertise with Marine Corps/military culture, combat-related stress reactions, PTSD, gay/lesbian issues. Certified in EMDR.
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