We had the good fortune of connecting with Crystal Bejarano, Psy.D. and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Crystal, Let’s talk about principles and values – what matters to you most?
Meaningful work has been a core value over my career. I feel like my response on this is cheating at bit. This value also incorporates other values such as love, happiness, contribution, authenticity, and service. The career path that I’m on has been an incredible privilege. I have had the benefit of working with youth, families, and dedicated professionals. It has been a wonderful balance between connecting with our clients and applying scientific principles of learning and development. The day moves very quickly in our office with meeting directly with our clients, coordinating with professionals, and managing the day-to-day business needs. The detail of the work and helping to support our clients is our “happy place” and the time passes without much notice.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
We are a small business supporting youth (ages 3-25 years) with mental health, developmental, and/or learning needs. Our goal is to provide comprehensive diagnostic evaluation services that lead to tangible solutions in a marketplace where the information is voluminous. It is easy to become lost in the online searches and treatments options available. We have invested in various tools and regularly train on current/best practices, equipping our providers to identify our clients strengths and needs. We then incorporate the challenges into the “big picture,” factoring in the client’s biopsychosocial functioning. We also maintain our Disney+ subscriptions to stay up on the “who’s who” of Marvel and Pixar.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
So, hands down, I love dim sum. One of the best additions in San Diego dining was when Din Tai Fung opened in UTC. Prior to their opening, I experienced their Shrimp Shao Mai and Xiao Long Bao (XLB) in their restaurants in LA & OC. Even when the wait is over an hour, it’s worth it! If we are wanting to get some relaxation time in, our home beach is Cardiff South Beach. There is a reef at low tide for exploration and it’s lovely to watch the surfers do their thing. We also love a challenging beach or mountain hike at places such as Torrey Pines or Monserate Mountain. This is especially necessary if we are going to eat multiple orders of Shrimp Shao Mai. Lastly, for a day of enjoying some history, cultural connections, and duck watching, Balboa Park is the place to be. Otherwise, I am quite satisfied with being at home, sitting in our backyard, watching the hawks and Mourning Doves vie for the bird feed in our neighbor’s feeders.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My family and colleagues!

I am thankful to Dr. Sylvia Mende and her excellent case consultation skills! Our staff at Connect4Kids are passionate about supporting our clients in achieving their goals. We wouldn’t be able to accomplish the work without multiple brains and perspectives working together the way they do. This includes Jan Casteel, Giniena Tan, and Karen de Bie.

Website: www.connect4kids.org

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/drcrystalbejarano

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