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Metro Psychological also includes two 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.
​Dr. Julie Manoogian has over 16 years of experience in the mental health field. She has worked in multiple settings, including college counseling centers, an inpatient residential treatment facility, and private practice. She is completed her doctorate at the California School of Professional Psychology in 2018. 

Dr. Manoogian provides individual and couples therapy, and conducts psychological assessments. She is particularly interested in the treatment of trauma, relationship challenges, and depression and anxiety. She works from a psychodynamic framework that seeks to understand each individual’s patterns of thoughts, feelings, and behavior in order to deepen self- awareness and insight, and provide a window for change.

Julie has a very open-minded and non-judgmental approach that helps foster a safe and comfortable space for sharing. Julie believes change can occur best when there is authenticity and genuineness in the therapeutic relationship. Julie offers some flexibility in appointment times. Please contact Julie directly to arrange for a consultation. 

Dr. Manoogian can be reached directly at 858-213-1014

Daniel Blaess, Ph.D.
Julie Manoogian, Psy.D.
PSB#: 94021341  
​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.

Christopher 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.

Mr. Schmelzle can be reached directly at 619-455-8689
Christopher Schmelzle, Ph.D.
PSB#: 94024034