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Scott Nelson, Psy.D.
Psychologist

Scott Nelson, Psy.D.

Success in therapy treatment can only be built upon a foundation of empathy, genuineness, rapport, and trust.  A high-quality personal relationship between patient and therapist is the most predictive factor for achieving positive change, because that bond creates the conditions for targeted therapy interventions to achieve their goals.

Dr. Nelson’s therapeutic approach begins with this principle in mind for every patient.  Depression, anxiety, ADHD and executive functioning impairments, learning difficulties, relationship turmoil, personality disorders, and co-occurring substance use issues are among the most common issues Dr. Nelson works with.  Dr. Nelson incorporates multiple intervention modalities, but most often employs Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and psychodynamic techniques.  Individual therapy with adults, teens, and adolescents is his current primary area of focus.

Dr. Nelson earned his B.A. in Psychology from Chapman University in Orange, California, and his Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University, Los Angeles.  Pre-doctoral experience included internship turns at Providence Community Services, South Coast Children’s Society, and the Neurobehavioral Testing Unit of the Orange County Health Care Agency.  Before enrolling in his doctoral program, Dr. Nelson worked in the non-profit mental health sector in Orange County, CA as a Therapeutic Behavioral Specialist (TBS) for adolescents and teens. 

Prior to joining the Harbor Psychiatry team, he has offered psychological services in private practice in Newport Beach and Costa Mesa, at First Step Counseling and South Coast Family Services in San Pedro, and at Chiron Psychological in Yorba Linda. In addition to psychotherapy services, Dr. Nelson has extensive background in psychological testing and evaluation, which allows him to bring strong diagnostic and case conceptualization skills to his therapy work.  Dr. Nelson’s professional affiliations include service on the Executive Committee for the Orange County Psychological Association (OCPA) as 2018 President; Dr. Nelson served previously as 2013-14 OCPA Treasurer and 2015-16 Secretary.  He is also a member of the California Psychological Association (CPA).

Grace Kwon, DO
Psychiatrist
Associate Medical Director

Erin Benesch, DO
Psychiatrist
Associate Medical Director

Kiefer Greenspan, MD
Psychiatrist
Supervising Physician

Arde Anoshivani, MD
Psychiatrist
Addiction Specialist

G. Mustafa Surti, MD
Psychiatrist
Geriatric Psychiatry Specialist

Anthony Mele, Psy.D.
Clinical Director
Psychologist

Ralph Kuechle, Ph.D.
Psychologist
Child & Adolescent Specialist

Dina Zayat, Psy.D.
Psychologist
Marriage & Family Specialist

Helen Kienzle, Ph.D.
Psychologist

Aidin Tajbakhsh PhD, BCB, BCN

Psychologist

Mary Berst, Ph.D.
Psychologist

Cynthia Nakoski, Psy.D.
Psychologist

Cathy Francis, Psy.D.
Psychologist

Debra Hadden, Psy.D.
Psychologist

Nicole Mantegna, Psy.D.
Psychologist

Kelly D. Krueger, Psy.D.
Psychologist

Natalie Do, Ph.D.
Psychologist

Gauri Saxena, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist
Maternal Health Specialist

Hasti Zand Psy.D.
Psychologist

Michelle McGuire Psy.D.
Psychologist

Mimi Amaral, Psy.D.
Psychologist

Amanda Nelson, PA-C, PMH-C
Maternal Mental Health Specialist

Tannaz Jourabchian, PA-C
Physician Assistant

Ando Muneno, PA-C
Physician Assistant
Ketamine Treatment Specialist

Thomas Bales, PA-C
Physician Assistant
Ketamine Treatment Specialist

Lauren Dunn, PMHNP-BC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Ketamine Treatment Specialist

Morgan McClafferty, PA-C
Physician Assistant
Treatment Resistant Depression Specialist

Danichi Yoshida, PA-C
Physician Assistant
Geriatric Specialist

Olivia DeFilippo, PMHNP-BC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Eating Disorders Specialist

Max Kupferman PA-C
Physician Assistant
Lead Advanced Practitioner

Chelsea Galdo, PA-C
Physician Assistant

Darrell Deguzman, PMHNP, FNP
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Kristin Wilkerson, PMHNP, DNP
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Jennifer Tustison, PMHNP, FNP
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Nimisha Jain, PA-C
Physician Assistant

Sarah Rezaee, PMHNP-BC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Dariya Pak PMHNP-BC

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Mark Anantiyo, PA

Physician Assistant

Brett Larson, PA-C
Physician Assistant

About Harbor Psychiatry & Mental Health

We believe outstanding healthcare is delivered when we merge the science of medicine with the compassion of our hearts. We refer to this as “head and heart together,” inspiring constant improvement and lasting success.
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