The Emotional Wellness Center for Skin Disorders
Specializing in therapy for individuals with various skin disorders
Dr. Mina Guirguis
My approach to therapy varies to suit the need of the patient. I will focus on the issue and work with the patient on a solution utilizing evidence-based psychological counseling. I will help the patient identify thoughts that are causing emotional pain and hinder the patient from moving forward. It's a collaborative process between the patient and the therapist to bring on the needed changes. In working with patients with skin disorders, the focus would be to help the patient deal with the pain the skin condition is causing them.
COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY (CBT)
This practice is used to change behaviors that interfere with everyday functioning.
SOLUTION FOCUSED BRIEF THERAPY (SFBT)
For those with specific outcomes in mind and of shorter duration.
Individual and couples therapy to cope with the various challenges.
Individuals, Couples, Family
ONLINE PSYCHOTHERAPY/ COUNSELING
An effective means when in-person is not feasible.
DR. MINA GUIRGUIS
I received my Doctor of Psychology degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Behavioral Medicine from the California School of Professional Psychology in 2005 and a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology in 2003. My training focused on providing psychological counseling treatment to patients with medical conditions that negatively impact their lives.
I am an active member of various vitiligo support groups and enjoy offering talks and consultations relating to psychodermatology.
Dr. Mina Guirguis
Licensed Clinical Psychologist - Psychodermatologist
Member of the Association for Psychoneurotaneous Medicine of North America
Skin Disorders and Emotional Wellness
Dealing with my Vitiligo since my early 20's reminds me of a journey, albeit a journey that I did not ask for. This journey began when I noticed a white patch on my forehead. "What is this?" "It's probably nothing, it will go away." But it didn't. Not only did it not go away, it persisted and invited other white patches. With many questions about the illness itself, my future and of how others would perceive or accept me, my mind was filled and often occupied with negative thoughts. In psychology, negative thoughts about ourselves, others and the world is often associated with Depression, Anxiety and Stress. The emotional effects of my skin condition were evident in how I interacted with others or isolated myself from them. I often would hide my condition due to how I perceived/assumed others would perceive me.
An article by the American Psychological Association discussed the link between our mind and our skin, emphasizing that dermatological conditions can cause emotional distress and emotional distress can exacerbate skin conditions. Psychological counseling has been shown to help patients with skin conditions that have an undesirable impact on a person's emotional and psychological well-being. Psychologists can often provide the patient with tools and techniques that can be of great benefit as they would be used to bring a sense of control over their skin disorder. https://www.apa.org/monitor/2015/02/cover-skin.aspx
My decision to establish The Emotional Wellness Center for Skin Disorders came about towards the later parts of my journey. It's related to my acceptance of my Vitiligo and my decision to not hide my illness. I am not offering my psychological services to somehow request of patients with skin disorders to accept their condition, nor would I ask them to hide it. But I am here to walk with you through your own journey. I AM HERE FOR SUPPORT.
"The brain is wider than the sky."
Dr. Mina Guirguis's professional therapeutic services are offered to clients who are invested in improving their personal lives. Evidence-based psychotherapy treatment is provided by Dr. Guirguis to assist clients to better deal with difficult life situations. Evidence-based treatment has been found to be effective in treating depression, anxiety, and stress-related disorders. Psychotherapy has also been found to assist couples to improve relationships and address relational issues.
Vitiligo and other dermatological conditions- Psychotherapy/counseling services are tailored to help address the emotional and psychological concerns related to various dermatological conditions in order to improve the overall well-being and adherence to medical treatment.
Being part of an interdisciplinary team at Moataz Giurgius, M.D. INC., which include a Board certified Psychiatrist, you will find that many of your mental health needs will be addressed.
Online video psychotherapy is offered to patients who find difficulty attending in-office sessions through a confidential and HIPAA compliant website. Please refer to the address below to be able to connect with Dr. Guirguis for an online therapy session.
Insurance will be accepted if the patient is a member of PIH or Applecare medical groups. If your insurance is not accepted, you will be provided with a superbill to provide to your insurance company for partial or full reimbursement.
* At this time online psychotherapy only accepts credit card payment.