Daniel Blaess, Ph.D. and 
Metro Psychological
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Daniel Blaess, Ph.D. founded Metro Psychological as a general psychology practice.  He specializes in individual and couples psychotherapy, and has extensive training beyond his clinical psychology doctorate, including training in adult psychoanalysis. He is particularly interested in the treatment of depression and anxiety, relationship problems, and personality issues. He recently graduated from the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research with a certificate in Transference Focused Psychotherapy (TFP).  TFP is an empirically supported treatment for Borderline and Narcissistic personality disorders.  Dr. Blaess also conducts psychological assessment for several local companies and the Defense Counter-Intelligence and Security Agency.

Dr. Blaess is currently an instructor for the U.S. Navy Psychiatry Residency Program, where he also provides clinical supervision to psychiatry residents.  He has also been an adjunct faculty member at the Center for Creative Leadership, where he has worked extensively with corporate executives and leaders.  He has been on the faculty at the California School of Professional Psychology and the San Diego Psychoanalytic Center, and has been a voluntary clinical faculty member at the UCSD Department of Psychiatry.
Daniel Blaess, Ph.D.

Chris Schmelzle, Ph.D., Metro Psychological Senior Psychologist, is a licensed psychologist and has been working in the mental health field for more than 13 years. He has experience working with diverse groups in a variety of settings.  He completed his doctorate in clinical psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology, and has additional training post-doctorally in psychoanalytic psychotherapy at the San Diego Psychoanalytic Center.

Dr. Schmelzle provides individual and couples therapy, and also conducts psychological assessments. He is committed to helping persons work through a range of difficulties, and has particular interest in clinical work with military members and their dependents.         Dr. Schmelzle offers some flexibility in fees and appointment times, and can be reached directly at 619-455-8689.
Chris Schmelzle, Ph.D.
Miguel Castro, Psy.D.
Dr. Miguel Castro, Metro Psychological Senior Psychologist, has over 30 years of experience providing individual therapy and assessment services to adults and couples.     
Dr. Castro has worked in a variety of settings, including private practice, psychiatric hospitals, skilled nursing homes, educational, and correctional systems. Dr. Castro has performed psychological testing and assessments during in a variety of settings, and served as an expert witness for the courts. Dr. Castro’s treatment expertise includes work with depression, anxiety, stress and anger management, relationship problems, and personality problems.

Dr. Castro can offer flexible appointment times, including weekends, and provides services in both English and Spanish.  He can be reached directly at 760-604-4885.​

Etianne Manetta, Psy.D. is a Registered Post-Doctoral Psychological Associate. She earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from California Lutheran University and has worked extensively in inpatient psychiatric and correctional settings. Dr. Manetta provides individual and couples therapy, as well as conducts psychological assessments. She has worked with individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds who suffer with severe and persistent mental illness. Dr. Manetta has experience in treating a variety of conditions including depression, anxiety, psychosis, personality problems, and relationship issues. She specializes in working with compulsive sexual behavior and sexual dysfunction.

Dr. Manetta offers flexible fees and appointment times. 
She can be reached at 619-393-1447.
Etianne Manetta, Psy.D.
Gabriela Tiraspolski, M.A., is a Registered Psychological Associate, and a  clinical psychology doctoral student at the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP), Alliant International University. Gabriela has experience providing long-term and short-term psychotherapy at outpatient and residential settings, as well as at a non-profit educational facility. Gabriela has experience working with people experiencing various difficulties ranging from substance use to psychosis to depression and has extensive experience with the LGBTQ+ population. With a research focus on intergenerational trauma, Gabriela provides trauma-informed therapy with an emphasis on cultural humility. 

Gabriela Tiraspolski offers flexible fees and appointment times. 
She can be reached at 858-609-9794.
Gabriela Tiraspolski, M.A.