Max Maisel, Ph.D.
I grew up in a family of medical doctors, and I was always fascinated by the idea that healing and growth was possible through simply changing the way we respond to our thoughts and feelings. My parents taught me from an early age the importance of treating people from all walks of life with kindness, dignity, and respect. The primary reason why I chose to specialize in treating anxiety disorders is because I know first hand how much suffering it can cause. In my early twenties, I experienced severe panic attacks and constant worry. In fact, I came very close to dropping out of my first year of graduate school. Through my own therapy, I learned how to respond differently to my anxiety and regain control of my life. I haven’t had a panic attack in years. I want to help you break the bonds of anxiety so you can get back to living too.
I am married and love traveling the world and practicing Brazillian Jiu Jitsu in my spare time. I have two cats and a blue tongue skink, which usually makes for a great conversation starter. I deeply value multiculturalism and celebrate diversity, and I welcome people from all backgrounds and identities with respect and openness.
To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.
The process of therapy is a collaborative one, and I embrace working with parents, teachers and anyone else on your child’s team. I believe that the relationship we develop through our work together should aid in instilling hope and increasing motivation to tackle you or your loved one’s fear and stress.
I strive to be present, warm, and authentic in all of my interactions and to meet my clients where they are at.
I am a clinical psychologist who specializes in treating OCD and anxiety disorders. l have experience working with diverse adults, teens, and children across a variety of settings, including the OCD and Anxiety disorder program at PCH treatment center, university counseling centers, schools, medical clinics, and hospitals. I deeply value multiculturalism and diversity, and I acknowledge the importance of my client’s intersecting identities and unique family and cultural backgrounds.
I am passionate about using therapeutic interventions which are based on the latest psychological research. These modalities will empower you to change your relationship with painful thoughts and uncomfortable feelings in order to live a more meaningful and fulfilling life.
I always tailor my treatment approach to meet the unique goals, backgrounds, and strengths of each of my clients. Together, we’ll explore which aspects of your life are keeping you stuck in unhealthy patterns and what actions you can take to create positive and meaningful change. For instance, this may include changing our roles and boundaries in relationships, exploring and challenging distressing and unhealthy thinking patterns, or learning how to process uncomfortable and painful emotions in more effective ways. I also frequently incorporate self-compassion and mindfulness to help you learn to be more grounded within yourself.