Dr. Uri Kugel

CA Licensed Psychologist PSY#28642

I grew up near Tel Aviv, Israel, and ventured out in my early twenties to travel the world. I have lived in several different locations, including Paris, Tuscany, The Hague, and Kathmandu. In 2006, I earned my Master of Science in Clinical and Child & Adolescence Psychology from the University of Leiden, the Netherlands, and went on to earn a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Palo Alto University in 2015, with a dissertation titled, “Courage among Military Personnel and Veterans.” While earning my degrees and participating in clinical psychology training, I also worked in consulting and providing high-tech services to a wide variety of corporations and businesses.


Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, Palo Alto University (PGSP), Palo Alto, CA (APA Accredited)

Master of Science in Clinical and Child and Adolescent Psychology, University of Leiden, the Netherlands

Postdoctoral Fellow at the San Diego Center for Children, working with children, adolescents, adults, and families providing psychotherapy and psychological evaluation services.

APA accredited internship at Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital in San Diego, CA. At Mesa Vista hospital, I worked in various inpatient and outpatient units with children, adolescent, adults, and seniors. My experience included working with severe mental health illness, substance abuse, individual and group psychotherapy, and neuropsychological testing.

Over the years I’ve worked in the following sites in the U.S. :

  • El Camino Hospital, Mountain View, CA
  • Palo Alto VA Center – with veterans
  • Stanford University – Department of Psychiatry
  • Institute on Aging, San Francisco, CA
  • University of California San Francisco – Department of Psychiatry, San Francisco, CA

I am willing and happy to work with everyone. My extensive travels and training have provided me with multicultural experience and perspective. During my years as a psychologist in training, I had the opportunity to work with young children, adolescents, young adults, older adults, families, patients with substance abuse, veterans, and members of the LGBT community. Most of my clients today are children ages 5 and above, adolescents, adults, families, and couples.

My expertise lies in:

  • PTSD, trauma, veteran and active duty personnel and their families
  • Mood disorders and anxiety
  • ADHD
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • I also do a great deal of work using hypnotherapy and mindfulness practices to eliminate and significantly decrease symptoms of adolescent onset diabetes (type I), chronic pain, tinnitus, allergies, arthritis, various autoimmune disorders, and more medical conditions that have psychogenic components in which stress, anxiety, and depression are implicated.

What will our work look like?
We start with a consultation in which I will learn what is going on in your life and what you seek in coming to therapy, and give you some immediate tools to help you feel better right here, right now. We then collaborate to develop a relationship that will focus on what you truly want to achieve.

During my career I was trained in a variety of treatment approaches. In early studies, I was primarily grounded in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Since then, my treatment approach has become more integrative, as every client and family will need different treatment ingredients. For example, with children who suffer from ADHD, I also integrate mindfulness practices and emotional intelligence to facilitate neuroplastic brain changes, which increase their ability to concentrate and be more focused. With families, I will use family system approaches and parental guidance and training to make the family more integrated, peaceful, and joyful. With adults and adolescents suffering from pain, health problems, or substance abuse I also add subliminal therapy or hypnosis to target conditioned behaviors, using the body and mind to cope with difficult life situations.

Lastly, I strongly emphasize my relationship with you, your family, or your children. It is important to understand that the relationship itself is therapeutic and for this reason I bring a great deal of warmth, acceptance, and openness to our relationship. This will help us effectively achieve your goals and address your needs.

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