Don Vercellini, Ph.D.

Psychological Assistant

Education:

Professional School:

  • California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University

Doctoral Internship:

  • Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System Joint Ambulatory Care Center, Pensacola FL

Post-Doctoral Work:

  • Recovery Road Medical Center, Santa Barbara CA and California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, San Luis Obispo CA

Specialities:

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Complex Trauma, Chronic and Serious Mental Illness, and Personality Disorders

Dr. Vercellini graduated summa cum laude from California State University, Fresno before completing his doctorate in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Clinical Neuropsychology at the California School of Professional Psychology. He received and completed an interdisciplinary doctoral internship at the VA’s Joint Ambulatory Care Center in Pensacola Florida, a joint project between Veterans Affairs, the Department of Defense, Department of the Navy, Naval Air Station Pensacola, and Navy Hospital, Pensacola. There, he worked closely with colleagues from psychiatry, pharmacy, neurology, primary care, suicide prevention, chaplaincy, and addiction while receiving training in chronic and serious mental illness including complex trauma, PTSD, and psychotic spectrum disorders as well as mood and personality disorders. He also has extensive experience with suicide risk assessment and crisis intervention.

Dr. Vercellini began his post-doctoral work at Recovery Road Medical Center where he treated substance abuse and addiction in an Intensive Outpatient Program. He completed his post-doctoral work with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation where he is currently a Staff Psychologist in the Enhanced Outpatient Program treating chronic and serious mental illnesses.

Dr. Vercellini has conducted and presented research in the neurocognitive assessment of brain-injured pediatric patients; the relationship between adverse childhood experiences, attachment, and dysregulation; and the effects of martial art practice on depression and anxiety. He is currently adjunct faculty at The California School of Professional Psychology where he has taught Group Psychotherapy and Clinical Neuropsychology to Ph.D. students.

Dr. Vercellini brings a rich set of life experiences to his work and is a lifelong practitioner of traditional martial art who incorporates mindfulness practice, meditation, and traditional martial/eastern philosophy into his clinical work. He treats adolescents, adults, and couples utilizing individual, couples, and group psychotherapy