Hello, I'm Dr. Carole Goguen, Licensed Psychologist. As a Night Owl myself, I understand the unique needs and challenges we have navigating our lives in a day-oriented world. I also know the challenges of carving out the time for self-care in a satisfying but hectic life. I started Night Owl Psychotherapy because I want to connect with you where you live so you can get the care that you so rightfully deserve.
I’ve been working with folks just like you for over 20 years. Why have I been a therapist for so long? Because I love it. I get so excited when you go out with your family and never noticed that there was a crowd around you. It makes me smile when you’re able to enjoy the things you used to enjoy. I’m touched when you say that you can tell me things you haven’t told anyone else. I’m so proud when you stand up for yourself. I love it when, not only your friends and family, but you notice how much you’ve changed for the better.
I began my interest in psychology by volunteering at a crisis line and learning about the traumatized and overwhelmed lives of the callers. I wanted to get the best education and quality supervised experience possible to be able to help people just like the callers get the care they deserve. I obtained my Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Psychology from California State University, Los Angeles. I then attended Pepperdine University and earned first my Master of Arts (M.A.) in Clinical Psychology and then my Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.).
During my 6 years of graduate school education, I received supervised psychotherapy and assessment training working with people of color and members of the LGBTQ community in several diverse settings:
A Rape Counseling Center working with sexual assault survivors who were struggling to come to terms with the violence they had been subjected to and I also worked with their partners who were struggling with their own feelings and how to support their loved one.
A Community Mental Health Clinic providing therapy to clients struggling with depression, anxiety, self-doubt, and conflicted relationships.
Juvenile Hall working with adolescents helping them to cope with the circumstances of their incarceration and to learn practical strategies to better navigate their often troubled, chaotic lives at home.
A Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Center providing therapeutic support to residents going through physical withdrawal and detox from drugs and alcohol, while helping clients understand how their past lead to their addiction, and teaching relapse prevention.
A VA Medical Center working with newly hospitalized Veterans who were a danger to themselves or others by helping them contain their emotions, understand their feelings, and learn new coping skills.
I received further clinical training in a year-long, full-time internship program at Patton State Hospital, a forensic hospital for persons who had a severe mental disorder that caused them to be in conflict with the legal system. I provided psychological testing and psychotherapy to help the patients understand their illness and the impact their illness had on the course of their lives and the lives of their loved ones.
Upon graduation I was the Associate Director of Research and Education at the National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in Vermont and provided therapy to Veterans struggling with the aftermath of war, sexual assault, depression, anxiety, troubled relationships, sleep problems, and and the effects of Gulf War Illness.
After returning home to California, I became a staff psychologist at the Veteran’s Administration’s (VA) Los Angeles Outpatient Clinic. To add to my therapeutic tools, I trained and became certified in Prolonged Exposure therapy. For more than 20 years, I have been working with Veterans suffering from PTSD, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, severe mental illness, homelessness, and military sexual trauma (MST).
Although I am now in private practice, I also continue to work at the VA with Veterans. I also train and supervise VA internship trainees.
National Register of Health Service Psychologists
Los Angeles Psychological Association
San Gabriel Valley Psychological Association
San Diego Psychological Association
Sacramento Valley Psychological Association
So this has been my journey... so far. Tell me the story of your life. Let me help you with your journey.