Rachael Berg-Martinez, PhD
License: CA PSY26730; MI 6301019003
Offices: Santa Ana
Dr. Berg-Martinez is passionate about helping children and adults who come from hard places to find hope and healing, including those with PTSD, anxiety, and attachment problems. Her desire is for her clients to experience a genuine, compassionate, and well-equipped psychologist to guide them toward their goals. She strives to help her clients learn, grow, and heal so they can flourish. She tailors her approach to each individual’s and family’s strengths and needs, pulling from several evidence-based practices, teaching concrete skills, coaching parents, and focusing on reflection and relational patterns.
Dr. Berg-Martinez has clinical expertise in the treatment of trauma both in children and adults, including those with histories of abuse, neglect, and other forms of interpersonal trauma. She is also trained in EMDR, which is effective in working with both verbal and pre/non-verbal aspects of trauma. She is compassionate and supportive of parents who themselves have come from hard places or with histories of loss who are struggling to find their way in parenting.
Dr. Berg-Martinez has specialized training in helping foster and adoptive families. Additionally, she treats young children who are struggling with behavioral problems at home and school.
Dr. Berg-Martinez provides psychological testing for children and adults, including testing for ADHD, Autism, cognitive abilities, psychoeducational testing for learning disabilities, diagnostic clarification, personality functioning, and pre-adoption psychological evaluations.
Dr. Berg-Martinez integrates interventions from training in the following evidence-based practices:
• Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
• Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).
• The TIES Transitional Model for foster-adoptive families, incorporating Adoption-Specific Psychotherapy (ADAPT).
• Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) for young children with disruptive behaviors.
• Incredible Years (IY) parenting groups.
• Managing and Adapting Practices (MAP).
• Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for anxiety.
Areas of Focus
• Trauma, including sexual abuse and PTSD
• Adoptive/foster families
• Attachment disorders
• ADHD and behavior problems in young children
• Grief and loss
• Individual Adults
• Postdoctoral fellowship: UCLA T.I.E.S. For Families, Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA, Department of Pediatrics (a specialty program for foster and adoptive children and families)
• Predoctoral internship: University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (USC UCEDD) at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), Project HEAL (a specialty program for child and adolescent trauma)
• PhD in Clinical Psychology from Rosemead School of Psychology
• MA in Clinical Psychology from Rosemead School of Psychology