Daniel Blaess, Ph.D. and 
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Dr. Daniel Blaess founded Metro Psychological as a general psychology practice.  He specializes in individual and couples psychotherapy, and has extensive training beyond his 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 testing and assessments, including psychological evaluations needed for the courts or armed services.  

Dr. Blaess is currently an instructor for the U.S. Navy Psychiatry Residency Program, where he has also provided clinical supervision to psychiatry residents.  He has also been an adjunct faculty member at the Center for Creative Leadership (see CCL.org), where he has worked extensively with corporate executives and leaders.  He has been on the faculty at the California School of Professional Psychology, and is currently a voluntary clinical faculty member at the UCSD Department of Psychiatry , where he supervises the clinical work of psychiatric residents.
Daniel Blaess, Ph.D.
619-804-1669
Sara Roldan, M.S.
 619-859-4800
Sara Roldan, M.S., is a bilingual Clinician, Spanish/English, specializing in Behavioral Health and Neuropsychology. Sara is a registered Psychological Associate with the California Board of Psychology. Sara Roldan's background includes working with anxiety, depression, complex trauma, and PTSD. She has worked with teens, young adults, adults, and older adults in varied clinical settings. She draws from a variety of interventions and is passionate about mindfulness and psychotherapy. She strives to understand individuals with regards to diversity factors and phases of life. Sara offers specialized therapies, such as EMDR, MBSR, and Hero Therapy, to assist patients suffering from PTSD. She aims to provide an empathic environment that facilitates healing in all stages of life.

Sara Roldan provides individual therapy and psychological assessments. Sara Roldan is particularly interested in clinical work with the Military Community and First Responders. Sara offers some flexibility in fees and appointment times and can be reached directly at 619-859-4800.​
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.
619-455-8689
Ed De Anda, Psy.D.
‭(619)754-1928
Edward De Anda, Psy.D. provides services in English and Spanish and comes from a bicultural background. He earned his Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from Alliant International University. He has worked extensively with people from diverse ethnic backgrounds and across a range of clinical settings. He has worked with people who have experienced a variety of problems, including substance use issues, anxiety, depression, aggression, trauma, dementia, and severe mental illnesses.

Dr. De Anda seeks to establish a collaborative relationship with patients in order to promote a setting where the patient can freely express themselves regarding what is most important or conflictual for them. Dr. De Anda also helps people to identify their strengths and overall sources of resilience as a way of facilitating change and promoting a sense of empowerment.  He can be reached directly at 619-754-1928.


Miguel Castro, Psy.D.
‭(619)870-6223
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 619-870-6223.​

Victoria Emerick, M.A. has worked as a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT) with children, adolescents, and adults for more than 9 years. She is also a 4th year clinical psychology student at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in San Diego. She has experience conducting individual, couples, family, and group therapy sessions with diverse populations and in multiple settings including children’s shelters, crisis centers, inpatient partial hospitalization programs, schools, and mental health clinics. 

Victoria’s goal is to help individuals gain insight and realize their full potential in a safe and caring environment. She has extensive experience treating depression, anxiety, trauma, bipolar disorder, and relational and existential issues. Victoria offers some flexibility in fees and appointment times, and provides services in English and Spanish. Victoria Emerick can be reached directly at 619-603-5780.


Victoria Emerick, M.A.
‭(619)603-5780