Mirsad Serdarevic, Ph.D. (La Jolla)
(He/Him/His) Psychologist specializing in providing treatment for anxiety, depression, substance use disorders and other psychological problems.
Dr. Mirsad Serdarevic is an experienced psychologist trained in providing treatment for anxiety, depression, substance use disorders, and other common psychological problems. His primary approach to treatment combines the use of person-centered, cognitive behavioral strategies and motivational interviewing. He does not believe in using only one therapeutic approach, but rather adjusts his interventions to the unique needs of his clients. Dr. Serdarevic works collaboratively with his clients and strives to provide caring environment in which clients can feel comfortable exploring their emotions as well as gain better self-awareness. He uses brief rating scales to assess his clients’ symptoms and to track their response to treatment. Dr. Serdarevic also collaborates closely with his clients’ medical and psychiatric providers when psychotropic medications are indicated.
Dr. Serdarevic is experienced in working with college and graduate students and adults who are going through significant life transitions, including significant changes in career, relationships, family, and health. Over the years he received advanced training at the University of Southern California (USC) Student Counseling Services Center, where he completed his APA pre-doctoral psychology internship, University of British Columbia (UBC) Student Counselling Centre, where he served as a post-doctoral psychology fellow, and at the University of California Merced Counseling and Psychological Services where he served both as a senior psychologist and was engaged in training of psychology pre-doctoral and post-doctoral interns. In addition to working within diverse outpatient clinical settings, Dr. Serdarevic also provided inpatient psychological services and clinical supervision within large medical centers, including Palomar Medical Centers in Escondido and Poway, and within the Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine where he also served as an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Health Behavior.
Dr. Serdarevic grew up in Europe and speaks fluent Bosnian / Croatian / Serbian (BCS), as well as some German. He worked in the past and is open to working with clients who speak BCS or come from BCS-speaking families, and with clients who are from a wide range of other countries and are experiencing difficulties in adjusting to life in the U.S.
Dr. Serdarevic completed his undergraduate degree with honors at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He received his Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University. He received his Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees from an APA-accredited counseling psychology program at the University of Oregon. He has published in peer-reviewed professional journals numerous topics including immigrant mental health; recovery model in psychiatric treatment; motivational interviewing; geropsychology; poetry therapy; and has presented nationally on trauma-informed care, integration of behavioral health and primary care, and internationally on transgenerational transmission of trauma. Dr. Serdarevic also currently serves as an Associate Chair and an Assistant Professor of Applied Clinical Psychology at San Diego campus of the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.
Dr. Serdarevic works through Hillcrest Psychological Associates. His office is located in a charming Hillcrest neighborhood, at 106 Thorn Street, San Diego, CA 92103. He can be reached by calling 619-354-7400 ext. 19, or via e-mail at email@example.com.
Dr. Serdarevic is married and has a daughter, and enjoys spending time with his family, jogging, and traveling.