top of page

About Us


Julie Manoogian Psy.D.

Dr. Manoogian is the founder and clinical director of La Jolla Psychologists. Julie Manoogian, Psy.D. (CA License PSY31242) is a licensed clinical psychologist with over 18 years of experience in the mental health field. She has worked in multiple settings, including college counseling centers, an inpatient residential treatment facility, and private practice. Dr. Manoogian works from a trauma informed framework and has extensive training and expertise working with individuals and couples struggling with relationship challenges, emotion regulation, anxiety, stress, identity issues, self -esteem, and depression.  She finds working with the military, both active duty service members and veterans, to be very enriching and rewarding, Dr. Manoogian is also an educator and adjunct faculty member at Alliant International University.


Avery Morrison, Psy.D.

Avery Morrison, Psy.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist, who obtained her doctorate degree from
Alliant International University in San Diego. Dr. Morrison’s contextual lens has been informed and enriched by previous clinical experiences in treatment facilities, such as a crisis house, substance abuse residential facility for veterans, vocational training school, and university counseling centers. She is interested in working with individuals and couples and has experience treating mental health concerns, including anxiety, depression, substance use concerns, relational distress, post-traumatic stress disorder, and perfectionism.

Dr. Morrison works from a relational-cultural framework to conceptualize and collaborate with clients to increase overall functioning and fulfilment in everyday life. Dr. Morrison enjoys exploring aspects of intersectional identities, including race, ethnicity, culture, intergeneration concerns, and immigration experiences. Dr. Morrison believes in meeting clients where they are and incorporating the most helpful approach based on client’s presenting problems. Dr. Morrison’s objective is to foster a safe, supportive, and empowering environment in which clients can freely explore current stressors and fears, as well as discussing accomplishments and successes.

Paige pic for website.jpg

Paige Thompson, Psy.D.

Dr. Paige Thompson is a licensed psychologist who works with individuals, couples, military service members, veterans and their family members on relationship issues, anxiety, depression, life transitions, and general life dissatisfaction. Her approach is to collaborate with patients to create lifelong change by examining underlying patterns that no longer serve a person, establishing goals, and developing new skills that create deep change. Dr. Thompson particularly enjoys working with couples navigating conflict, learning new ways of communicating wants and needs, and improving the bond between partners. Dr. Thompson’s patients describe her as genuine, down to earth, open-minded, patient, warm, and accepting. Dr. Thompson’s experience ranges from community mental health settings, inpatient
residential settings, primary care settings, and private practice. Additionally, Dr. Thompson is an adjunct professor at Alliant International University teaching clinical skills to developing psychologists.

0738_SD HEADSHOTS_FORWEB_edited_edited.jpg

Rebecca Clement, Psy.D.

Dr. Clement received her PsyD from Southern California Seminary. She has training and experience working with individuals with trauma. She has worked in community-based settings in the Bay Area with foster youth, collaborating with social workers, school staff, and medical professionals. Dr. Clement facilitated and managed the mental health program at an Oakland high school, specializing in trauma among youth. Dr. Clement is impassioned to work with the military and their families, and those who have experienced sexual trauma. She provides individualized treatment to help clients manage trauma symptoms and integration. Dr. Clement believes it is possible to overcome trauma and is honored to walk alongside clients as they move through that journey.


Dr. Clement specializes in working with both children and adults who have experienced anxiety, depression, abuse, codependency, and trauma. She also specializes in women's health and pelvic pain. She values the importance of collaboration and works with other professionals such as medical doctors, social workers, psychiatrists, etc., to form a treatment team to provide comprehensive care to her patients. Dr. Clement uses a variety of modalities to individualize her treatment, including CBT, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic theory, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness-based practice, and other modalities when needed.


Dr. Clement is trained in Pain Reprocessing Therapy (PRT), an evidenced-based practice, which allows patients with chronic pain to attend to and appraise the pain through a lens of safety. Research has shown that chronic pain is often due to or can be intensified by how we interpret the pain. PRT directs patients in learning new ways to relate to pain.

Sue Pic.jpeg

Sue Shrader-Hanes, LMFT

I am a licensed marriage and family therapist with many years of clinical experience working in multiple settings. My specialties include EMDR, trauma resolution, and addressing the root cause of emotional and psychological distress and eliminating or mitigating symptoms. I really enjoy my work with youth. I am also a champion of Family Therapy and I look at all of my clients from a systemic perspective, helping them see that coping mechanisms, trauma, and healing need to begin by looking at all systemic issues that could be affecting the client, as well as trans-generational transmission, or the spill down effect of trauma from one generation to another. I find this key to transformation and acknowledgement that our communities of color and our immigrant populations also inherit trauma from the last few generations. 

I began my career in San Diego California working with community based agencies. Initially most of my work was with youth at San Diego Youth Services. I was a case manager/therapist at the Storefront, a shelter for homeless youth that promoted education and I worked with what is now called the Monarch School to help youth on the streets continue their education even though they did not have parents to enroll them in school.

For the last 14 years I have worked at Mesa College, focusing on empowerment of students that struggle with trauma. As the daughter of a Civil Rights leader, diversity, and social justice have been a major focus of my work. I served on both the City College and Mesa College Diversity Committee since 2007 and continue this work pro bono to support equal rights and social justice for all people. 

Caitlin Zahlis Headshot.jpeg

Caitlin Zahlis, LCSW

Caitlin Zahlis is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW 104823) based here in San Diego with an eclectic background in the mental health field. She has over 6 years of experience in forensic social work, neuro-psychology research, building out prevention and peer support programs in California schools, non-profit development, and therapy. 


She tailors her person-centered therapy approach to reflect the unique background, needs, strengths, and preferences of each person she works with – using a variety of tools to help individuals’ build confidence in their ability to recognize how they’re feeling and what they need, calm thoughts and the central nervous system, build and maintain meaningful relationships, feel energized in life, and authentically express themselves. Caitlin has significant experience supporting those who are struggling with stress, burn-out, and panic attacks; life change, transition, or grief and loss; and those wanting to increase their independence from substances. 


When she’s not practicing therapy or involved with a community mental health project, she’s usually at the beach or on a hike, painting, at a local coffee shop, visiting with West and East Coast family, or traveling.


Caitlin Zahlis, LCSW

Dr. Matthew Berlin is a dedicated psychologist with extensive experience spanning diverse settings and a wide-ranging population. Dr. Berlin tailors his approach to meet the needs and goals of his patients. With a holistic approach to mental health, Dr. Berlin exemplifies compassion and expertise in his dedication to promoting resilience and wellness in individuals and communities alike. He has a warm and nonjudgmental

stance and enjoys partnering with his patients to best help them achieve their goals. Dr.Berlin is skilled in providing cognitive behavioral therapy and has found this approach to

be helpful for many patients struggling with depression, anxiety, self esteem, and a myriad of other challenges.


Holding a Doctorate in Psychology from Alliant International University, he has committed the past three decades to providing comprehensive therapy and support services. Dr. Berlin's career encompasses pivotal roles at Liberty Healthcare

Corporation, where he provided crisis management for the San Diego County jail population, and Fred Finch Youth Center, where he supported foster children and their families through comprehensive assessments, treatment planning, and therapy

services. His earlier tenure at New Alternatives showcased his commitment to adolescents; well-being through therapy and case management.

Psychological Assistants are typically advanced in their clinical training, but not yet fully licensed and are able to practice independently under the supervision of Dr. Manoogian. Psychological assistants can provide services that may be covered by insurances, including MediCare, Medi-Medi, Tricare, and some private insurances. Additionally, psychological assistants can offer a reduced fee based on financial need.

Naomi Midura, Psy.D.

Dr. Naomi Midura is a Registered Psychological Associate. She graduated from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University in 2015 with her doctorate in psychology with a focus on Marriage and Family Therapy. Prior to stepping into this role as a Registered Psychological Associate, she worked 11+ years practicing as Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. During those years she worked in a variety of settings including: School-Based Mental Health, Inpatient Drug and Alcohol Recovery Treatment, Community Based Work, and Private Practice.


As a clinician, she works collaboratively with clients and families to support whole person and whole system healing and growth. She believes the key to growth and healing happens in the context of safe relationships, where we can deepen our understanding of ourselves, others, and all aspects of our lives. Her focus on growth and healing involves utilizing mind, heart and body interventions. A large part of her work with individuals and families incorporates understandings of how trauma affects our development and experiences. Trauma can include specific events, various wounding that can happen in life, neglect or unmet needs, as well as ruptures in our relationships.


Her focus is on supporting ways we can utilize mindfulness techniques to increase understanding about ourselves, identifying coping strategies that we can implement to decrease overall distress in order to connect to the things we want in our lives, and partnering with you around ways we can heal. She has a heart for working with Active Duty Service Members and families, and supporting folks addressing stressors, ruptures, relationship issues, and heal from trauma experiences.  She loves caring for and supporting others in this work and is excited to get to know you, and partner with you on ways you can better understand yourself, others, and heal and grow on your journey.


Noreen Marsland, Psy.D.

Dr. Noreen Marsland is a registered psychological assistant and a retired United States Air Force Major and Social Worker with over 25 years of counseling experience. Dr. Marsland provides counseling services to adolescents and adults dealing with anxiety, depression, suicidality, identity development, life transition, family of origin, intersectionality, trauma and recovery, and interpersonal relationship issues. Dr. Marsland specializes in working with active-duty military and their families, veterans, retirees, as well as LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC. Dr. Marsland provides coping skills to assist clients in dealing with anxiety, depression, suicidality, self-injurious behavior, attention deficit and hyperactivity issues, learning disorders, bipolar, and personality disorders.

Dr. Marsland uses an integrative theoretical orientation based on evidence-based treatment modalities to include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Interpersonal Process, Humanistic, and Psychodynamic Therapy. Dr. Marsland assists and empowers clients to live their best lives by helping to uncover maladaptive thought and behavioral patterns and implement life-long changes. Dr. Marsland likes to create a safe space where all clients feel welcome, seen, and heard. Dr. Marsland’s approach is person-centered, collaborative, and warm in nature.

bottom of page