The Info

About Me

I earned my Masters in Counseling Psychology with Marriage and Family Therapy emphasis from the University of San Francisco in 2003.  From there I underwent 3000 supervised hours on my way to becoming licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist by the State of California.  While earning my hours toward licenture I also worked in private and public school settings, co-facilitating anger management groups, a methadone clinic, and counseling victims of crime.

I believe education and personal growth are important.  To this end, I returned to graduate school in 2005, going on to earn my Ph.D. in Arts and Sciences from Union Institute & University in June, 2010.
Blending psychology and sociology with disability awareness, I specialized in the Culture of The Visually Impaired.  My dissertation focused on the experience of employment and unemployment of people with visual disabilities.

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Working with...

 My work with teens may focus on resolving issues related to trauma,
abuse, anger, anxiety, sadness, socialization, communication and
coping. As with my work with couples may focus on stress reduction,
parenting issues, resolving conflicts, improving communication and lost
trust. Individual therapy may focus on areas such as excessive worry, grief
and loss, managing anger, trauma, abuse, sexuality, gender, life
transitions and quality of life challenges related to disability.

Areas of interest

Anxiety and depression
Grief and loss
Trauma and PTSD
Life transitions
Stress reduction
Anger management
Couples/relationship difficulties
Managing disability/chronic illness
Internet addiction, including cyberbullying, cybersex, and online/video games

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  • Masters of Arts, Counseling Psychology (2003)
  • Ph.D in Arts and Sciences, Psychology (2005)
  • Licensed by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist since February, 2010.
  • In 2013, I earned certificates from the Zur Institute as an Internet Addiction therapist, and also in TeleMental Health & Digital Ethics.
  • Licensed by the Nevada Board of Examiners for Marriage and Family Therapist. Clinical professional counselors as a Marriage and Family Therapist since October, 2017.
  • Member of the American Counseling Association.

Important information about communications

It’s important to be aware that computers and unencrypted e-mail, texts and e-faxes communication can be relatively easily accessed by unauthorized people and hence can compromise the privacy and confidentiality of such communication. E-mails, texts and e-faxes, in particular, are vulnerable to such unauthorized access due to the fact that servers or communication companies may have unlimited and direct access to all e-mails, texts and e-faxes that go through them.

E-mails and e-faxes are not encrypted. Upon password negotiation, documents can be password protected. Nevertheless, keep in mind that it is always a possibility that e-faxes, text and e-mail can be sent erroneously to the wrong address and computers.

If you communicate confidential or private information via unencrypted e-mail, texts or e-fax or via phone messages, I will assume that you have made an informed decision, view it as your agreement to take the risk that such communication may be intercepted, and I will honor your desire to communicate matters via the above technologies selected.

Please notify me ( Dr. Robert Pellerin) if you decide to avoid or limit, in any way, the use of e-mail, texts, cell phone calls, phone messages, or e-faxes.