Farah Giovannelli, Psy.D. (La Jolla)
(She/Her/Hers) Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Farah Giovannelli is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in working with young adults and college students experiencing a range of concerns, including depression and anxiety, eating disorders and body image, low self-esteem/self-confidence, relationship and family concerns, acculturation and cultural oppression, trauma as well as general dissatisfaction with life. Dr. Giovannelli offers an empathic and compassionate space in which she strives to empower all of her clients to thrive and embrace their authentic selves.
While completing her postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Chicago Student Counseling Services, she received specialized training in addressing the needs of college students struggling with stress, identity development and life transitions, while also providing tools and skills to help them live a life worth living. Additionally, Dr. Giovannelli has trained at internationally recognized eating disorder treatment centers including Laureate Eating Disorders Program and UCSD Eating Disorders Treatment Center, where she provided Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and other evidence-based therapies for disordered eating, body dissatisfaction, trauma, and self-harm concerns. Furthermore, as a first-generation graduate and Mexican American immigrant, Dr. Giovannelli is committed to providing inclusive mental health services to young adults and college students from historically oppressed groups. She is passionate about working bilingually in English and Spanish with individuals identifying as Latinx, people of color, immigrants, and LGBTQ+.
Dr. Giovannelli believes that therapy can be useful in helping people gain a deeper understanding of themselves so they can heal from past wounds and break free from deep-rooted distressing or unwanted behavior patterns and relationship cycles. She also sees therapy as a learning environment in which people can gain tangible coping skills and tools to move forward in the here-and-now in ways that align with their values and allow them to engage with the world boldly and whole heartedly. Dr. Giovannelli’s clients would describe her approach as collaborative, compassionate, authentic, and to-the-point.