The Emotional Wellness Center for Skin Disorders

Specializing in therapy for individuals with various skin disorders

 

PRACTICE

AREAS

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.

FAMILY/MARITAL

 

Individual and couples therapy to cope with the various challenges.

MODALITY

 

Individuals, Couples, Family

ONLINE PSYCHOTHERAPY/ COUNSELING

 

An effective means when in-person is not feasible.

 

BIOGRAPHY

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

Psych #23685

Member of the Association for Psychoneurotaneous Medicine of North America

Tel: 424-255-8127

e-mail: drguirguispsyd@gmail.com

 

ABOUT

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.

 

Resources:

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/0163834379900811?fbclid=IwAR2_-r09wVDENXCsqkrlTHX0iv94C5A-3NDFWFpMrkJNMxdxXhTfAGFAnJE

https://www.mdedge.com/cutis/article/99626/pigmentation-disorders/vitiligo-disease-triggers-psychological-stressors?fbclid=IwAR2HnI8y2BC11ntkcISoyWWbJod2IjN9WGpSVEeaCuI02XiyXiJ7s9sMwKM

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/news/9499471/Skin-disease-hope-through-psychotherapy.html

 
"The brain is wider than the sky."

Emily Dickinson

(1830-1886)

 

SERVICES

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 Therapy

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.

 

https://doxy.me/patients

Invitation link

https://doxy.me/drminaguirguispsyd

 

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. 

CONTACT

DR. GUIRGUIS

ADDRESS

15651 Imperial Hwy., Suite 203

La Mirada, Ca 90638

Email: drguirguispsyd@gmail.com
Tel:  424-255-8127

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