Dr. Darlene R Townes is a licensed psychologist with 10-years of professional experience and a myriad of life experiences including, a 10-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force and Air Force Reserves. She has worked as a private school principal, administrator, church leader, military spouse and home-school mom of 6-children from birth to college. In 2010, after raising and preparing her children for college degrees, she returned to academia.
Dr. Townes earned psychology degrees (Psy.D. and M.A.) from John F. Kennedy University in Northern California, graduating in 2016. Dr. Townes’ years of professional training focused on treating mood, anxiety, trauma, health, women’s issues, substance use, LGBT, geriatric issues, and couple relationship issues. Training sites included: ANKA Behavioral Health, Marin Treatment Center, and Pacific Center for Human Growth-the third oldest LGBT psychotherapy clinic in the U.S. Her pre-doctoral training was at Palomar Medical Center Behavioral Health In-patient Psychiatric, Geriatric and Acute Rehabilitation Units. Her post-doctoral training was under direct supervision in private practice.
In addition, Dr. Townes worked as a Geriatric Specialist for Community Research Foundation and the County of San Diego. Dr. Townes has provided psychotherapy services for HELP Therapist since 2017 and Fraternity House, Inc. serving the HIV-AID population. In 2017, Dr. Townes was elected and re-elected to the Board of the San Diego Psychological Association and was recently elected as the Chair of the Cultural Diversity committee.
Dr. Townes uses evidence-based therapies shown to be effective with a variety of disorders. She uses the following therapies to achieve healing: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Brief Therapies, Gottman Couples Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Prolonged Exposure for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. In addition, she is especially interested in serving communities of color. Dr. Townes has been conducting research with trauma associated with the residuals of slavery and its continued impact to mental health. For those interested in incorporating their Christian faith in the therapy process, Dr. Townes has decades of faith-based experience and currently serves on a Pastoral Support Team.
Population Served: Adults of all ages, ALL people, especially those of the African Diaspora and those marginalized!
Areas of Specialty:
- Graduate School
- Preparing for Licensing and Professional Exams
- Empty Nest
- Engaged couples
- Family & Generational Issues
Health and Wellness
- Chronic Pain
- Addiction and Recovery
- Terminal Illnesses
- Faith-Beliefs Issues