Dr. Simone was fortunate to have found her passion for the field of
psychology and for the possibilities of helping others when she was quite young. It certainly helped sustain her persistence and motivation to obtain the extensive
required education, training and experience. Her secret to making it through? She was
fascinated with learning the knowledge and greatly enjoyed the actual practice of working with people.
Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, United States International University 10/96
M.A., Psychology, United States International University 11/94
M.B.A., Marketing, UCLA Graduate School of Management 6/90
B.A., Magna Cum Laude, Psychology, Brown University 5/84
R.A.D.T.-T., Registered Alcohol and Drug Technician, CCAPP 2018-19
She is a bilingual Licensed Clinical Psychologist (English-Spanish) practicing in Palm Springs and surrounding cities in Southern California. She earned her Ph.D. at the culturally diverse United States International University. This almost felt like home to Dr. Simone as it resonated with her background. She was raised by two cultural anthropologists which meant she was able to travel extensively throughout the world and developed an early understanding of the importance of being compassionate and non-judgmental towards people from other cultures and sub-cultures.
Dr. Simone completed her Fellowship at Thalians Mental Health Center, part of the renowned Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, working with a talented multidisciplinary team of medical and mental health professionals assisting individuals experiencing a wide range of mental health conditions.
Her experience is extensive as over the years she has worked with patients of all ages in a wide range of settings, including medical clinics and hospitals, private practice, prison and drug and alcohol treatment and recovery centers. She started her own private practice in Pacific Palisades, CA in 1997. She has lived in the Desert for 15 years and recently re-opened her former private practice in Palm Springs, CA.
She is also a motivational and educational speaker presenting on issues including using neuroscience-based tools for personal change, performance enhancement, stress optimization, women and change, mindfulness and addiction and others. Dr. Simone was the host of a successful radio interview show on the I AM Network. She has been interviewed by media, such as NBC, CBS, NPR and WebMD and magazines, such as Self, Woman's World and Prevention.
She has also written three books and contributed to others. Her most recent book became an International Bestseller. It is "Brain Boosters: Seven Ways to Help Your Brain Help Yourself" which presents seven practices involving brain changes (i.e., mindfulness, tapping, cognitive behavioral
therapy, etc.) which can reduce emotional and physical pain, improve mood, boost focus and concentration and enhance well-being.
Her other two books include "High on Stress" and "Thriving with Your Autoimmune Disorder" published by New Harbinger Publications.
How It Works
With You Every Step of the Way
Your desire to make changes in yourself and your life is highly admirable. As a practiced Licensed Clinical Psychologist with over 20 years in the mental health field, including having had two successful private practices (Pacific Palisades and Palm Springs, CA) and working in hospitals, medical clinics and treatment and recovery programs, I feel fortunate to be able to help people move away from their struggles to transform themselves and optimize their lives.
Twenty-eight years ago, I was given a diagnosis to explain my overwhelming pain, brain fog, extreme fatigue and other symptoms. Since then, I've been diagnosed with additional pain conditions. The shock, the denial, the anger, the loss, the sadness, and, of course, the pain...I knew them all too well. My response was to start researching everything, interviewing Western and alternative doctors, speaking to cutting-edge researchers and conversing with philosophers of Buddhism which lead to my writing my books. I incorporated what I had learned into my life practices to sustain a positive life and have some control over my experience of pain. I share this so you may not feel so alone. My experiences mirror my optimism about individuals on a path to healing.
You may be aware of the huge interest in the human brain over the last years. I had been fascinated by neuroscience before the brain craze and my interest hasn't swayed. I ended up writing an international bestseller entitled, "Brain Boosters: Seven Ways to Help Your Brain Help Itself". It describes methods and the notion of neuroplasticity to literally change the function and structure of our brains which can lead to major improvements in our thoughts, feelings and behaviors.
Because of the success I've had using neuroscience-based tools with clients and because there is supportive relevant research, I often use a neuroscientific perspective in my work. My clients have typically learned a bit about the brain and have been pleased with how they can better understand and make effective changes in themselves and in their lives.
People dealing with emotional pain and distress share some similar experiences in their suffering. However, each person and his or her experiences are unique. This means I tailor psychotherapy for each person I see. Having good, strong knowledge of and experience working with a range of approaches and tools helps me accomplish this goal. Here are some brief descriptions of some of the techniques I use:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): Based on the notion that one's thoughts determine one's emotions and behavior. Teaching a client to monitor and eliminate their "stinking thinking" (irrational, exaggerated) and to replace it with more rational thinking can lead to improved mood, decreased anxiety, less stress, better decision-making and healthier behaviors.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR): a powerful, evidence-based approach to therapy that has been proven effective for relieving symptoms of trauma as well as other mental health issues. Using bilateral stimulation (visual, tactile or auditory stimuli presented to left and right sides of eyes, hands or ears). EMDR rapidly integrates and reprocesses information through activating neural networks in both the left and right hemispheres of the brain. Through this process, painful stuck memories are unlocked, allowing the brain's information processing system to naturally heal emotional wounds and return to a state of equilibrium. This means that while you will still likely have the previously disturbing or traumatic memories, they will no longer be charged and should no longer cause significant distress.
Mindfulness: Jon Kabat-Zinn, one of the leaders in the world of mindfulness, defines it this way: "Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally." (From Wherever You Go, There You Are – Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life, page 4, Hyperion, 2005). Being aware and accepting, in the here and now, of what is going on with you in terms of thoughts, images or pictures, emotions and physical sensations is incredibly liberating and empowering. For example, mindfulness practice has been found to increase brain gray matter, improve focus and calm, boost mood, ease access to unconscious memories and beliefs, lead to better emotion regulation and distress tolerance, assist with cravings for drugs and alcohol and introduce many other positive results.
I also use techniques and methods from psychodynamic psychotherapy, Emotional Freedom Technique (Tapping), Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Somatic Awareness.
With the mounting knowledge about the interactions among brain, mind, body and spirit, I use an integrative approach. This means that each dimension is involved in making deep, lasting changes in beliefs, emotions, perceptions and behaviors.