Dr. Carcel is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in La Jolla, California. She graduated from California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University, specializing in clinical psychology and psychotherapy. She has over 10 years experience working with a broad spectrum of clients with a range of mental health disorders. Dr. Carcel completed her predoctoral internship at Scripps Clinic Medical Group - Division of Mental Health and Mercy Hospital. She then completed her first postdoctoral fellowship working as a crisis lead for Community Research Foundation. She completed her second postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) Eating Disorders Research and Treatment Clinic. Among her areas of expertise are depression and anxiety disorders, eating disorders and maladaptive eating behaviors, interpersonal/ relationship concerns, medical and health issues, cognitive issues, substance abuse, and she offers therapy in English and Spanish languages.
In addition to being psychotherapist and diagnostician, Dr. Carcel has presented at national and international conferences and to general audiences speaking on research and treatment in the field. She has also received awards and scholarships for merit and academic achievement. Dr. Carcel is an integrative psychologist that practices utilizing the empirical research of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), Internal Family Systems (IFS), and trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy (TF-CBT).
She is a member of the National Association of Cognitive Behavioral Therapists and former board member of the San Diego Psychological Association. The most important elements to her treatment approach are the alliance and collaboration with her clients. Her goal is to guide client's to an understanding with personal life challenges as well as provide support, practical feedback and interventions to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. She integrates complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion and understanding, she works with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing. Education Psy.D. Clinical Psychology M.A. Clinical Psychology B.A. Psychology (graduated Cum Laude)
License and Certification CA Psychologist - PSY27241
Additional Training Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Schema Change, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I), Internal Family Systems (IFS), Enhanced Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Eating Disorders (CBT-E), Humanistic Therapies, Integrative Approaches, Positive Psychology and Strength-Based approaches, Mindfulness-Based Interventions, Conflict Resolution, Motivational Interviewing for Substance Abuse, Multicultural Therapy, Psychological Assessment and Cognitive Screenings
Professional Activities and Memberships American Psychological Association San Diego Psychological Association National Latinx Psychological Association California Psychological Association National Association of Cognitive Behavioral Therapists
Personal Dr. Carcel is an active supporter of several local and national organizations and charities that promote the advancement of mental health education to the public, social concerns, and environmental awareness. She and her family enjoy living in La Jolla and often engage in activities in southern California.
Michelle M. Carcel, Psy.D. Licensed Psychologist (PSY 27241) Office: 7590 Fay Avenue, Suite 501 La Jolla, California 92037 Main: 858-337-5258 Fax: 858-430-3552