Daniel Blaess, Ph.D. and
Metro Psychological also includes several Registered Psychological Assistants. Psychological Assistants are typically advanced in their clinical training, but not yet fully licensed and able to practice independently. These clinicians work under the supervision of Dr. Blaess, and function as employees of Daniel Blaess, Ph.D., Psychologist, Inc. Accordingly, the psychological assistant can provide services that may be covered by insurances, including MediCare, Medi-Medi, Tricare, some private insurances. Dr. Blaess, as well as the Registered Psychological Assistants, offer reduced fee services based on financial need.
I specialize in individual and couples psychotherapy. I have extensive training beyond my doctorate, including training in adult psychoanalysis. I am particularly interested in the treatment of depression and anxiety, relationship problems, and personality issues.
I also conduct psychological testing and assessments, including psychological evaluations needed for the courts or armed services.
I am currently an adjunct faculty member at the Center for Creative Leadership, where I work extensively with executives and leaders from leading corporations (see CCL.org). I have been on the faculty at Alliant International University, where I have taught graduate students in clinical psychology, and am currently a clinical faculty member at the UCSD Department of Psychiatry and the U.S. Navy Psychiatry Residency Program, where I supervise the clinical work of psychiatric residents.
Sahiba Chandhok, Psy.D., has worked in multiple settings, including, inpatient and outpatient treatment facilities, and college counseling centers. She completed her doctorate in clinical psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology. She has completed an APA internship at UC Davis Student Health and Counseling Services.
Dr. Chandhok provides individual therapy. She is particularly interested in the treatment of anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and relationship struggles. She works from a psychodynamic framework through which she seeks to deeply understand her patients in order to help them live a fulfilled life.
Sahiba believes that each person is unique and for this reason she tailors therapy to the needs of each patient. She uses a collaborative approach, emphasizing the therapeutic relationship. Sahiba’s approach centers on creating a safe and inviting environment to make the process of therapy and change as comfortable as possible. She offers some flexibility in fees and appointment times.
Dr. Chandhok can be contacted at 619-736-2776
Daniel Blaess, Ph.D.
Sahiba Chandhok, Psy.D.
Christopher Schmelzle, Ph.D., has been working in mental health for over a decade. He has worked in a variety of settings, including outpatient and inpatient treatment facilities, college counseling centers, and in private practice. He completed his doctorate in clinical psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology, and is receiving advanced training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy at the San Diego Psychoanalytic Center.
Dr. Schmelzle provides individual and couples therapy, and can also conduct various psychological assessments and evaluations. His particular area of interest is in the treatment of depression, anxiety, relationship struggles, and challenges with infertility and infertility treatment. He works from a psychodynamic framework which aims to explore and understand the psychological motivations that underlie a person’s behavior.
Christopher’s approach centers on listening, communicating, and cultivating a supportive environment - as this is an essential part of therapeutic collaboration. He offers some flexibility in fees and appointment times, and is available on evenings and weekends.
Dr. Schmelzle can be reached directly at 619-455-8689
Christopher Schmelzle, Ph.D.
Mark Teles, Ph.D. has been working in the mental health field for nearly 10 years. He has experience working with diverse persons in a variety of settings, including inpatient and outpatient treatment facilities, college counseling centers, and private practice. Mark completed his doctorate in clinical psychology in 2019 at the California School of Professional Psychology. He is currently training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy at the San Diego Psychoanalytic Center.
Mark provides individual and couples therapy, and he also conducts psychological assessments. He is committed to helping persons work through anxiety, depressive, bipolar, trauma, and substance use conditions as well as other challenges in living. Mark works primarily from a psychoanalytic framework through which he seeks to deeply understand his patients in order to help them make meaningful changes in their lives.
Mark aims to create relationships with his patients that are both professional and personal. He has great appreciation for the uniqueness and complexity of persons as well as their circumstances. Mark therefore strives to be open, empathic, and collaborative in his therapeutic approach. He offers some flexibility in fees and appointment times.
Dr. Teles can be reached directly at 619-693-8979
Mark Teles, Ph.D.