Maddy Brener, PsyD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Maddy Brener, PsyD

  • Dr. Brener's particular areas of expertise include LGBTQIA+ issues, nonmonogamy/polyamory, kink/BDSM, chronic pain, negative self-talk, military service-related issues, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, and interpersonal communication. She puts a great deal of focus on increasing clients' self-acceptance, which includes aiding them in rising above stereotypes and stigmas.
  • Dr. Maddy Brener is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist based in San Diego, California with 10+ years of experience in the mental health field. She has worked with a diverse range of children, teens, adults, and seniors with a wide variety of diagnoses ranging from generalized anxiety and major depression to chronic paranoid schizophrenia and personality disorders.

    The therapy Dr. Brener provides is primarily based in Cognitive Behavioral and Acceptance and Commitment Therapies. She believes that everyone is the expert on themselves and that it is her role to assist people in the process of creating the road map for their individual emotions, thoughts, and behaviors. Her counseling style is pretty laid back and patient-centered, and she is always open to questions.

    Dr. Brener has been described as supportive, relatable, and compassionate, with a pretty good sense of humor. She likes to focus on identifying patients\' strengths and helping to maximize them to overcome obstacles in a safe place to be open and honest without fear of judgment. You are not alone. You have taken the first and most important step by reaching out for help — things can and will get better. Dr. Brener looks forward to working with you.

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