Dr. Desiree Purcell

(Licensed, Clinical, Psychologist, PsyD.)

About Me

Hello!
I am a Clinical Psychologist (PsyD) and Nutritional Therapist.  I am licensed in California and I have been providing therapy since 1996.

I have experience working in residential and outpatient settings and in my own private practice with clients experiencing depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting, teen concerns, life transitions, and a wide range of challenges, including grief/loss, trauma, abuse, anger management, crisis and adjustment issues.

I mostly tend to draw from the person-centered approach when in a therapeutic relationship with my clients. This means that I make consistent efforts to meet each client "where they are" and to serve as a catalyst to each individual who is progressing through their unique process of self-discovery and self-identification.

I also use such modalities as Internal Family Systems (IFS) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Guided Meditation and Mindfulness.

I also utilize humanistic, existential, experiential and narrative approaches and solution-focused therapy. I enjoy and feel honored to be a part of someone’s personal experiences, as our problems and feelings are unique and yet we are all one and together.

I like to approach my sessions – as a team, addressing challenges together to become free from judgment, criticism, and pain; to change our negative perceptions that do not serve us well; and to live a joyful and peaceful life.

For my professional growth, I continuously read related literature, keep myself up to date with the ethical and legal guidelines in the field, and the latest research, and attend conferences and trainings.

I believe in creating a space where we can have difficult conversations, work on resolving issues and collaborate on treatment plans that are tailored to your personal needs and experiences. It takes a lot of courage and motivation to reach out for additional support.

I am here for you and thank you for trusting me with your utmost personal dilemmas.

I look forward to working with you!

SPECIALTIES
Stress, Anxiety
Multicultural Identity Development
Relationship issues
Parenting issues
Depression

I also have experience in LGBT, Trauma and Abuse, Grief, Sleeping disorders, Anger Management, Self esteem, Coping with life changes.

Years of Experience: 23 


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Sleeping disorders
  • Self esteem
  • Depression
  • ADHD
Also experienced in:
Addictions , LGBT , Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Parenting issues , Anger management , Career difficulties , Coping with life changes , Coaching , Compassion fatigue , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 27

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Languages

English

Spanish


Licensing

Psychologist #PSY19575 (Expires: 2021-07-31)


Reviews

Written by A.L. on Sep 01, 2020 after counseling with Desiree for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, and relationship issues

Dr. Purcell was always patient during sessions and gave different approaches to help what I was feeling. She really puts in the time to understand each factor and always makes sure to check in when possible. She doesn’t talk down to patients instead a lifts them up and encourages them to see a new light everyday!

Written by L.E. on Aug 25, 2020 after counseling with Desiree for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, and coping with life changes

I’ve been with Dr. Purcell for a few months (since the start of COVID-19 actually) and she’s helped me so much in dealing with my anxiety, believing in my self-worth and goal setting. I appreciate her openness and guidance through my journey in therapy.

Written by J.O. on Aug 17, 2020 after counseling with Desiree for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, intimacy-related issues, and coping with life changes

Dr. Purcell is great!

Written by J.O. on Aug 12, 2020 after counseling with Desiree for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and self esteem

I’ve had 3 therapists before Dr. Purcell and I have to say after 3 months I have grown more with her than all 3 of them together. She doesn’t sugar coat what really needs to get done and is very knowledgeable on everything I’ve asked about. I honestly wish I had her as my therapist years ago.

Written by H.A. on Jul 19, 2020 after counseling with Desiree for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, and career difficulties

Dr Purcell is my first counseling experience and I think she’s very understanding and helpful to face the problems logically and professionally.

Written by S.H. on Jun 12, 2020 after counseling with Desiree for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and sleeping disorders

Dr. Purcell is everything I have been looking for in a therapist. She is extremely knowledgeable and professional, in addition to being kind and compassionate. Her expertise spans beyond mental health and into nutrition, offering a wholistic diagnosis of well-being. She offers tangible tools so that I feel empowered to make a difference in my own life, and in the short amount of time I've been working with her I've already seen such a big difference in the way I think. I would highly recommend Dr. Purcell!

Written by J.A. on May 07, 2020 after counseling with Desiree for 4 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Dr. Purcell has been super helpful during my recovery. I couldn’t imagine therapy with anyone else. I look forward to our sessions together.

Written by T.A. on May 01, 2020 after counseling with Desiree for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, sleeping disorders, and career difficulties

Dr. Purcell is awesome!!! Finally someone who understands me.

Written by A.M. on Apr 28, 2020 after counseling with Desiree for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Dr. Purcell made me feel see and heard throughout our sessions together and always provided effective feedback. Her mind-body approach was very effective and I'm really grateful for the tools she taught me. I've decided to step away from the platform for financial reasons, but will certainly look up Dr. Purcell again if I feel the need to seek out counseling again!

Written by F.E. on Apr 06, 2020 after counseling with Desiree for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting issues, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and coaching

Really helpful and supportive. I would definitely recommend to friends and family.

Written by M.A. on Apr 01, 2020 after counseling with Desiree for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Dr. Purcell has been a great help to me. She is very responsive to my issues and takes a very proactive approach to helping me both in understanding what the source my issues might be and in offering me a wide variety of tools to work on them.