About Me

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I am a clinical psychologist specializing in the use of cognitive-behavioral, humanistic and existential approaches to treat patients with a range of medical and mental health challenges. I have a strong interest in acceptance and commitment therapy and other mindfulness-based interventions that help to heal the body and mind. My focus is on collaboration with the goal of assisting patients in adjusting to difficult experiences and achieving a greater sense of well-being, balance and peace in their lives.

I earned both my masters in psychology and my doctorate in clinical psychology from Pepperdine University and have gained experience in a range of settings including private practice, community mental health, hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Throughout my training, I have focused on gaining skills that will help people to improve their health starting in early adulthood and as their age advances.

With over a decade of experience in mental health, I have had the opportunity to provide services at some of the most well-respected hospitals in Southern California including Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and City of Hope where I served patients facing a range of medical challenges including cancer, heart disease, diabetes, MS, HIV/AIDS and chronic pain. In addition to my work with medically ill patients, I have successfully worked to help clients who have presented with a variety of mental health concerns including anxiety, mood disorders and problems with adjustment to life challenges. 

Throughout my career, I have had a strong interest in supervision and training. I started as a peer-supervisor during her time at the Pepperdine University Counseling Center, Encino. I then went on to supervise and train practicum students and medical interns at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. At City of Hope, I developed, coordinated and provided supervision for the postdoctoral fellowship program in health psychology. In 2016, I returned to the Pepperdine University Community Counseling Center in Encino where I supervised students pursuing their master's degree in marriage and family therapy. In 2017, I began a training program for marriage and family therapy associates at the Rowan Center for Behavioral Medicine where I have continued my work as clinical supervisor.

I currently provide psychotherapy services to patients at both the Westlake Village Counseling Center in Westlake Village, CA.

Clinical Experience
Rowan Center for Behavioral Medicine
Westlake Village Counseling Center
City of Hope National Medical Center
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services
Veterans Administration Sepulveda Ambulatory Care Center
Pepperdine Community Counseling Center, Encino
LAC + USC Medical Center
Union Rescue Mission, Pepperdine Counseling Center

Recent Presentations and Publications

Postraumatic Stress Versus Posttraumatic Growth

Davidson, S. L.
City of Hope Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Summit
February 9, 2019

Compassionate Cancer Care (click here for a link to a recording of the show)
Dr. G: Engaging Minds
KABC radio 790
August 5, 2018

Emotional Recovery Following Cancer Treatment
Davidson, S. L.
Roy and Patricia Disney Family Cancer Center, Providence St. Joseph Medical Center

Young Adult Panel: Coping with Stress and Disease
Panelist
StupidCancer Summit, City of Hope Medical Center
August 5, 2017

Psychological Approach to Cancer Patients and Cancer Survivors
Davidson, S. L.
Providence St. Joseph Medical Center

Communication in Clinical Psychology
Patel, S. K., Davidson, S., & Folbrecht, J.(2016)
In Wittenberg, E., Ferrell, B. R., Goldsmith, J., Smith, T., Ragan, S. L., Glajchen, M., & Handzo, G. (Eds.)
Textbook of Palliative Care Communciations (71-78). New York: Oxford University Press.

Palliative Psychology: A Developing Frontier in Healthcare
Davidson, S. L., Folbrecht, J. & Patel, S. K.
Association of Psychologists in Academic Health Centers National Conference
Academic Health Centers in the Era of Interprofessionalism:
Multifaceted Contributions of Psychology, Poster Session
February 5, 2015

I'm done with treatment, now what? Best practices for education
Hammer, S. L., Mallory, L., Davidson, S. & Klein, L. A.
Cancer Patient Education Network, 23rd Annual Conference
September 19, 2013

Evidence Based Management of Insomnia
Zachariah, F., Davidson, S. L., & Van Zyl, C.
City of Hope National Medical Center
March 19, 2013

City of Hope’s Department of Supportive Care Medicine:
An Inter-Professional Practice in Cancer Care
Davidson, S. L.
American Psychological Association Annual Convention
Presidential Poster Session
August 4, 2012

Professional Memberships & Affiliations
American Psychological Association (APA)
APA Division 38, Health Psychology
APA Division 12, Society of Clinical Psychology
American Psychosocial Oncology Society
California Psychological Association
Los Angeles Psychological Association
International Psycho-Oncology Society 2012-2014
National Association of Cognitive Behavioral Therapists 2010-2014
APA Division 20, Adult Development and Aging 2011-2012
Society of Clinical Geropsychology 2011-2012
Society of Personality Assessment 2005-2011
National Alliance for the Mentally Ill 2007-2011

Association of Psychologists in Academic Healthcare Settings 2015-2016

License
I am licensed by the Board of Psychology in the state of California.
License number PSY24540.


Location

Availability

Monday:

9:00 am-5:00 pm

Tuesday:

9:00 am-5:00 pm

Wednesday:

9:00 am-5:00 pm

Thursday:

9:00 am-5:00 pm

Friday:

9:00 am-5:00 pm

Saturday:

Closed

Sunday:

Closed

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