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Behavioral Therapy in San Diego, CA

Start living life without the stress and anxieties that take control of it when you are seen by M. Gene Ondrusek, Ph.D for behavioral therapy. Throughout the San Diego, California area, I help people who are having personal issues, problems at work, difficulties in their relationship, and overburdened with stress. The journey is overwhelming at first, but we uncover everything, allowing you to confront some of your feared issues and improve on the psychological problems you are suffering from.

Individual Counseling

Overcome depression, anxiety, panic disorder, and OCD with expert application of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Research has shown that even more crucial than using evidence-based therapeutic techniques is the quality of the relationship you have with your counselor, and clients will enjoy an easy, humorous style, but be challenged to confront different issues. Through my specialized training in Psychopharmacology, I provide critical medication management for clients with a prescribing physician.

Partner and Marriage Counseling

Couples who see me improve their relationship by learning techniques pioneered by John Gottman, Ph.D, a leading researcher in what makes a marriage work. Here, you and your significant other will learn to increase the amount of "positive transactions" you have, rather than just analyzing your relationship to death! To quickly deepen your understanding of your partner, a highly informative and illuminating couple's assessment tool is used to highlight compatibility. This web-enabled tool produces an easily understood report that gives couples a unique "lens" to bring their relationship into sharper focus. This assessment is a springboard to a customized treatment plan.

Employee and Executive Coaching

Behavioral Therapy in San Diego, CA

Motivated and successful executives and entrepreneurs realize that the skills and competencies that got them to where they are in their organization are not getting them to the next place! Only by applying professional business and management coaching delivered by a seasoned coach will an executive attain, and sustain, peak performance. Using my coaching techniques and best practices acquired through working with executives at the elite Center for Creative Leadership, "coachees" will see their leadership take off!

Psychological Evaluations

Unique to the field of psychology is the expert application of psychological testing and assessment. In many areas of medicine, such evaluations are key elements for quality medical treatment. Patients needing pre-surgical evaluation for bariatric surgery or cosmetic surgery often find these conducted in a timely fashion, with helpful reports delivered to referring physicians. Also, clients considering surrogacy or becoming egg donors will find these evaluations required. Evaluations are also available for various vocational and career choices. Through this, I use the highest technological advancements available and the most modern and advanced instruments for these needs.

Dr. Ondrusek also offers expert forensic psychological services for immigration needs. Clients seeking various immigration services will find that specialized psychological evaluations are required for situations such as Extreme and Exceptional Hardship, Political Asylum, Spousal Abuse, U Visas, Citizenship Waivers and Marriage Fraud. He can also be available for expert witness testimony, should this be required.

Speaking Engagements

As a much sought-after and highly experienced speaker on a broad range of compelling topics in human behavior and psychology in a contemporary society, I have appeared on television in a variety of roles, providing my expertise in the production of a wide range of television programming, with special expertise in reality shows. If you are looking for a keynote speech, motivational talk, or professional commentary for a news story, count on my seasoned professionalism and expertise to be an entertaining guest! I have also been quoted in a large number of traditional and print media, offering concise and user-friendly input for several relevant topics as of today. If you need expert commentary for your article or news story, I am available for my invaluable resource information, as well as a delightful interviewee.

Treatment Preferences

Client Focus
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Religious Orientation: Any
Age: Adolescents to Seniors

Common Issues


Historically, addiction has been defined with regard solely to psychoactive substances (for example, alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs) that cross the blood-brain barrier once ingested, temporarily altering the chemical milieu of the brain.

Many people, both psychology professionals and laymen, now feel that there should be accommodation made to include psychological dependency on such things as gambling, food, sex, pornography, computers, video games, internet, work, exercise, idolizing, watching TV or certain types of non-pornographic videos, spiritual obsession, cutting, and shopping, which deem these behaviors count as 'addictions' that cause guilt, shame, fear, hopelessness, failure, rejection, anxiety, or humiliation. Several of the most common symptoms associated with them, among other medical conditions, are depression and epilepsy.

Anxiety and Fear

Anxiety is a psychological and physiological state characterized by cognitive, somatic, emotional, and behavioral components. These components combine to create an unpleasant feeling that is typically associated with uneasiness, apprehension, fear, or worry. Anxiety is a generalized mood condition that often occurs without an identifiable triggering stimulus. As such, it is distinguished from fear, which occurs in the presence of an observed threat. Additionally, fear is related to the specific behaviors of escape and avoidance, whereas anxiety is the result of threats that are perceived to be uncontrollable or unavoidable.

Another view is that anxiety is "a future-oriented mood state in which one is ready or prepared to attempt to cope with upcoming negative events," suggesting that it is a distinction between future verse present dangers, which divides anxiety and fear. Anxiety is considered to be "a normal" reaction to stress. It may help a person to deal with a difficult situation, for example at work or at school, by prompting one to cope with it. When anxiety becomes excessive, it may fall under the classification of an anxiety disorder.


Depressive disorder (also known as reactive depression, clinical depression, major depression, unipolar depression, or unipolar disorder) is a mental disorder characterized by an all-encompassing low mood accompanied by low self-esteem, and by loss of interest or pleasure in normally enjoyable activities. It can have physical symptoms such as insomnia, fatigue, memory, concentration problems, and weight loss.

Other Issues

Life Coaching

Life coaching is a future-focused practice with the aim of helping clients determine and achieve personal goals. Life coaches select from among several methods to help clients set and reach goals. Coaches are not therapists, nor are they consultants, as psychological intervention and business analysis are outside the scope of their tasking. Life coaching has its roots in executive coaching, which itself drew on techniques developed in management consulting and leadership training. Life coaching also draws inspiration from disciplines including sociology, psychology, positive adult development, career counseling, mentoring, and other types of counseling philosophy.


Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder characterized by intrusive thoughts that produce uneasiness, apprehension, fear, or worry, by repetitive behaviors aimed at reducing anxiety, or by a combination of such thoughts (obsessions) and behaviors (compulsions). Compulsions can include excessive hand washing, counting behaviors, and many other ritual behaviors.

Mental Health

Personality Disorders

Personality disorders, formerly referred to as character disorders, are a class of personality types and behaviors that the American Psychological Association (APA) defines as "an enduring pattern of inner experience and behavior that deviates markedly from the expectations of the culture of the individual who exhibits it."

Cognitive Behavioral

Cognitive Behavioral (CBT) is a psychotherapeutic approach that aims to solve problems concerning dysfunctional emotions, behaviors, and cognitions through a goal-oriented, systematic procedure. It is based on the idea that our thoughts determine how we feel, and ultimately, how we react. The title is used in diverse ways to designate behavior therapy, cognitive therapy, and to refer to therapy based upon a combination of basic behavioral and cognitive research.

Family and Marital Therapy

Also referred to as couple and family therapy and family systems therapy, this is a branch of psychotherapy that treats families and couples in intimate relationships to nurture change and development. It tends to view change in terms of the systems of interaction between family members. It emphasizes family relationships as an important factor in psychological health.

Employee and Executive Development

Traditionally, leadership development has focused on developing the leadership abilities and attitudes of individuals. Just as athletes require coaching to sustain high performance, so too must executives use coaching to develop their "game."

Personnel Assessment

Personnel Assessment is a systematic approach to gathering information about individuals. This information is used to aid in employment or career-related decisions about applicants and employees. Every organization must solve the problem of finding the right person for the right job. The use of valid, objective testing as part of pre-employment screening helps organizations improve their overall effectiveness during the hiring process.