Dr. Sabina Sehgal is a licensed clinical psychologist (PSY22035) who specializes in health psychology. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship at Moores UCSD Cancer Center assisting young adults, couples and families cope with the effects of chronic illness. She has worked with children, families and couples for the last 7+ years , including 3 years at Rady Children’s Hospital , San Diego, where she focused on individual therapy for adolescents, teens and their families. Currently she works with issues regarding stress, low self-esteem, body image, divorce, anxiety, depression, and chronic illness. Dr. Sehgal also works as an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, at University of California, San Diego, where she teaches the foundational skills needed for the practice of clinical medicine. She has experience working with individuals and families challenged by chronic and acute health conditions such as cancer, HIV, diabetes, spinal cord injury, chronic pain, posttraumatic stress as related to medical conditions, accidents and combat. Patient populations have included diagnosis such as Chronic Pain, PTSD, ADHD, Depression and Anxiety disorders.
Using self-regulatory interventions such as mindfulness and guided imagery, and behavioral medicine, Dr. Sehgal works with individuals, couples and families to support their transition through their diagnosis and promote a positive supportive setting in which the patient can recover.
Dr. Sehgal’s specialty is in evidenced based treatment for stress and anxiety disorders. She has substantial experience assessing and treating children, teens, and adults. Dr. Sehgal is interested in the relationship between physical health and mental health and utilizes an integrative approach to treatment including cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and biofeedback in order to enhance her client’s feelings of purpose, efficacy, control and general satisfaction with life.
The Reason I Became A Helping Professional
As a teenager, I remember my little cousin Reema being diagnosed with a brain tumor. Our family traveled to London to pay our condolences and lend support. At this time the tumor was small, and she was just as rambunctious as ever. Running around, playing hopscotch and hide and seek with her playful glee. During this time, everything seemed normal and we were all content in our oblivion of the seriousness of her condition. A few years later, we returned to lend further support to our family. Reema had grown physically, but developmentally had regressed. She did not attend school or have friends to play with, and she was in her home on a constant basis. She still had her energy and was able to walk, skip, and hop, if not run, though she typically watched television during the day. I remember feeling like Reema had so little time left and how it would be nice to expose her to activities like painting, going to the park, playing a game. I talked to her parents about activities we could do with her, and they seemed startled at the thought of taking her out of their home. It was at this point that I decided I wanted to be in a profession where I would have the medical knowledge to help parents understand appropriate limitations for children with an illness, as well as activities that should be encouraged. I wanted to be able to guide parents in their child's recovery process while at the same time assisting their child with their own quality of life. As I progressed in my profession, I recognized that an individual's quality of life is often decreased by other factors, such as anxiety, depression, stress, etc. This led me to my current role as the founder of Center for Integrative Wellness. Here, we utilize cognitive behavioral therapy to assist individuals with freeing themselves of faulty thinking patterns, and leading them to a happier and overall healthier well-being.