Dr. Gosney received her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) at Alliant International University, San Diego. Prior to her doctoral studies, she obtained her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy while working as a Special Education teacher in the public schools and Student Services Coordinator of a virtual-hybrid charter school. As Student Services Coordinator, she initiated and coordinated Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and 504-plan processes, including initial evaluations, re-evaluations, and conducting in-class observations. This provided Dr. Gosney first-hand experience in understanding the school system, and in finding meaningful accommodations to help children with various developmental, physical, learning, and emotional challenges succeed in the classroom.
Dr. Gosney has experience treating children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of clinical settings. She has treated both civilian and military populations in inpatient hospitals, outpatient clinics, and substance abuse treatment programs. Dr. Gosney worked at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego on their Hematology/Oncology unit. There, she provided psychotherapy to patients and families struggling with the emotional effects of cancer and blood disorders.
Dr. Gosney completed an APA accredited internship at Wellspan Philhaven in Pennsylvania providing individual, group, and family therapy to children, adolescents, and adults. She also conducted neuropsychological and personality assessments to aid clients, therapists, and psychiatrists in diagnostic clarification and treatment planning.
During her Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Dr. Gosney provided both therapy and testing services. In therapy, she helped adults cope with the effects of anxiety, depression, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and parenting, family, and other relationship challenges in individual and couples therapy. She provided a variety of testing services, most of which were referrals through the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR). With these clients, she conducted Neuropsychological, Academic, Vocational, Personality, and Disability Evaluations. She also conducted private assessments, including ADHD Evaluations and Therapeutic Assessments.
Dr. Gosney specializes in psychological testing, and in the treatment of anxiety, trauma, depression, and stress in children, adolescents, and adults. She has training and experience in evidence-based therapies, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). She also has training and experience in the use of biofeedback therapy to help manage anxiety, depression, and chronic pain.
Dr. Gosney has training and experience in treating Selective Mutism using PCIT-SM skills. She provides individual and family treatment for children, youth, and young adults with Selective Mutism on an outpatient basis. In February 2018, Dr. Gosney worked as a Counselor at Mighty Mouth, a 4-day intensive therapy program for children with Selective Mutism. She was greatly inspired by the bravery of all the children involved, and was amazed to see how much progress each child made in those four days of “brave talking.” While she continues to see clients on an outpatient basis in her own private practice, Dr. Gosney hopes to begin an intensive program for children and youth with SM in Southern California in the future.
Clarissa (Clare) Gosney, PsyD
Pinnacle Counseling and Testing Center
41690 Enterprise Circle North, Suit. 100, Temecula, CA 92590