Maricela Gamboa, Psy.D.
Blue Cross Blue Shield, Educators Mutual, and Medicare/Medicaid., Molina Marketplace
Dr. Gamboa has experience providing therapy to primarily adult clients of diverse backgrounds, including those with histories of trauma/sexual abuse, depression, anxiety, relationship and interpersonal problems, adjustment issues, and serious mental illness (e.g., bipolar disorder, psychotic disorders). She also provides psychological testing to help clarify diagnoses and cognitive difficulties. She has experience providing therapy and assessment services in a variety of settings, including community mental health centers, inpatient psychiatric and state hospitals, correctional facilities, as well as field-based/in-home services. Dr. Gamboa is a bicultural/bilingual Spanish speaker and is adept at providing therapy and assessment services in Spanish. Her professional interests include treatment of sexual violence, forensic psychology, and multicultural identity issues.
Dr. Gamboa works primarily from a psychodynamic perspective and takes both a strengths-based and recovery oriented approach to therapy. Therapy is individualized to meet the distinct needs of each client; therefore, techniques from other orientations may also be utilized, including those from dialectical behavior therapy, relapse prevention, and interpersonal psychotherapy. Her belief is that the process of therapy is to help clients gain self-understanding, self-awareness, and the tools necessary to manage the challenges that may have brought them to therapy. Dr. Gamboa empowers clients to create positive change in their lives by acknowledging that each individual possesses unique strengths that can facilitate this process. She considers the therapeutic relationship as a key component to the efficacy of therapy. Thus, a strong focus is placed on creating a safe and nonjudgmental therapeutic environment with open communication and honest feedback.