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Meet Your Clinician

Dr. Jessica Watrous

I am passionate about helping people feel more connected to their own lives. Too often, we can feel that life is happening to us, instead of feeling like we are full and active participants in our own lives. Many of my clients have found me because they are looking for someone that can help them change behaviors that no longer serve them, so that they can live their most vibrant lives. 


I use principles of health psychology to understand the complex relationships between all of the domains of my clients’ lives and develop plans that move them toward their therapy goals. The foundation of my approach is culturally- and client-centered care. I use evidence-based treatments that incorporate mindfulness, focus on the connection between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, in order to support my clients in living a values-driven life. 


I understand that stepping into a new therapist's office can feel vulnerable, and I strive to create a strong collaboration in which you feel safe to open up and do the work because therapy is an active process. I like to believe that I bring to the table an expertise in psychological healthcare and you bring an expertise in your life. When we work together we can create a plan that allows you to meet your goals on your timeline in a supportive and compassionate environment. I strive to practice cultural humility and create a compassionate and non-judgmental space.


My Experience

I’m a licensed psychologist (PSY26756) in California, a scientist-practitioner, and the owner of Intention Health Psychology. I received my PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Memphis with a specialization in Health Psychology. I completed my APA-accredited internship and post-doctoral fellowship at the VA San Diego Healthcare System/University of California, San Diego.


Since 2006, I have been working with clients dealing with issues like reducing their substance use, PTSD, sleep problems, anxiety, stress, and life transitions. I’ve also worked in health promotion roles, meaning I’ve helped clients change health behaviors like increasing their physical activity, or coping with physical health issues like acute or chronic illnesses, injuries, or pain. I’ve worked in a variety of settings including hospitals, outpatient medical practices, psychology clinics, and private practices.


I have also spent more than 15 years working with veteran and active-duty military clients helping to address commonly-faced issues like transitioning to civilian life and managing mental health concerns while balancing a military career. I’ve published numerous scientific papers and spoken nationally and internationally about my work. 

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