We had the good fortune of connecting with Clarissa Gosney and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Clarissa, what principle do you value most?
Honesty is the most important principle in both my personal and professional life. I believe in full transparency. Honesty leads to trust, and trust and open communication are the foundation of any solid relationship. I’ve always been one to want to hear the truth, even if it’s hard to handle, because it is only from there that I can grow and mature into a better version of myself. My clients tend to appreciate my honesty in session, as it brings us closer in our therapeutic relationship and propels them to move forward by making positive changes that will affect their life forever.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I love this question! I’ve worked in a number of different settings throughout my training and early career, and what I’ve learned is that variety is the spice of my career! While I love therapy, psychological testing, and teaching, my passion for psychology is not fueled merely by doing one of those things full-time, but incorporating all of them in to my practice. I currently provide therapy to children, adults, and pre-teens who struggle with anxiety, depression, PTSD, and OCD; I conduct a variety of psychological and developmental evaluations with clients of various ages; and I serve as Core Faculty and Wellness Director for a medical residency program in Temecula, CA. Variety helps me to prevent burnout by adding a level of excitement and flexibility to my day-to-day professional life. Establishing my career and molding my practice in such a way that it has this much variety was not easy, but I’m so glad I put the work into making it happen! Now that these programs and services are established, it makes it that much more enjoyable to go to work. And when the phone calls come in, we never know what we are going to get… will it be an Autism Evaluation? A psychological clearance evaluation for a Federal position? A child with Selective Mutism? Or an adult who needs exposure therapy for panic attacks while driving? Every great practice needs a great team. While it’s not easy to find other clinicians who are like-minded, have a passion for their work, are trained and skilled in treating anxiety disorders, and who value honesty and integrity in their personal and professional lives, our team at Pinnacle Counseling and Testing Center is just that! Our team is something I’m very proud of and is another reason I love showing up to work. Our clinicians are great at what they do, and it shows in both their treatment outcomes and in the positive feedback we get from our clients.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If my best friend were visiting, we’d head over to Cafe Gratitude in Little Italy for breakfast and tea before walking around Seaport Village, gawking at all the monster yachts, and enjoying the local talents popped up along the boardwalk. After that, we would dawn our swimsuits and head down to Coronado Beach. It’s such a large beach that, even when physical distancing, you can find your own spot in the sand. While the waters are often too cold for me to submerse myself, I love walking along the waterline and getting my shins wet. Don’t forget to look down! The glittery-gold sand is something that inspires awe each time I see it. Of course, to cool ourselves down we would head over to Moo Time Creamery off Orange Ave. for some store-made ice cream. And their hot fudge? Sooo good with some coffee ice cream! We’d be sure to take a picture with the iconic Elvis and cow statues outside the front door of the shop. After taking a little nap on the grass under the shade of the tall palm trees in Sprekels Park on Coronado, we would freshen up and head over to C-Level to enjoy happy hour pupus while we watch the sailboats and sunset over the water on San Diego Bay. This casual dining restaurant is in the same building as Island Prime, where we would head for dinner after happy hour ended. The building is on stilts over the Bay, so you are literally eating over the water. Island Prime is my absolute favorite place to eat in San Diego. There, I always go for the steak and vegetables with a glass of red wine. This may sound like a lot of food, but I wouldn’t leave without digging into the Retro Island Prime Mud Pie. Hey… while on vacation (or having visitors), it’s OK to indulge. The psychologist said so. ūüôā That being said, we’d probably burn off all the extra calories rock climbing in Joshua Tree National Park the next day. It’s my favorite place on the planet.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to give a HUGE shout-out to my husband, Bryce. He is my biggest supporter and has been an amazing encouragement from the beginning. We got married right before I started my Doctorate program and we knew we wanted to start a family right away. We had 2 children during grad school, and our third daughter was born just a week before we got to move Pinnacle Counseling and Testing Center into it’s first suite of its own! My husband did all the moving and decorating of the office, and it couldn’t have been more perfect! Bryce is an amazing father, husband, and business partner. His support has been insurmountable to the success of my business and our family.

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Image Credits
Brenda Boyd Photography

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